About Us

The Beyond Silence Team:

For general inquiries, please contact us at beysilen@mcmaster.ca

Principal Investigator

Dr. Sandra Moll, M.Sc.(OT), PhD – Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University


Sandra’s research interests relate to mental health/mental illness, along the continuum from mental health promotion to illness intervention. Her primary program of research focuses on workplace mental health, including approaches to building mental wellness and mental health literacy and reducing stigma in the context of work. She developed the Beyond Silence workplace training program and the Beyond Silence app platform with input from healthcare workers across Canada. Her research expertise is in co-design, qualitative methods, and implementation science.

Research Team

Melissa Parker

Research Coordinator


Melissa holds a BSc (Hons) in Life Science, a BA in Psychology, and is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science (Neuroscience). Her academic achievements are matched by her passion for mental health advocacy, with a particular focus on improving mental health outcomes in vulnerable populations.

Saleha Ansari

Research Assistant


Saleha holds a H.BSc in Health Studies (Population Health Stream) and Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Disease. She continues to grow her skills in knowledge translation, data analysis, and health policy design and evaluation. At present, her research interests surround the intersectionality of health outcomes and care, with a growing interest in critical disability studies, rehabilitation, and mental health.

Raaniyah Chitamun

Research Assistant


Raaniyah is a Molecular Biology and Genetics Co-op student at McMaster University. She is currently gaining valuable experience as a research assistant for the Beyond Silence and Peer on Call projects during her co-op term. Raaniyah is passionate about public health, health policy, and the practical application of healthcare strategies to enhance the current healthcare system.

Misimi Sanni



Misimi is a high school student at Appleby College. Passionate about pursuing the Life Sciences and Engineering through Biomedical Engineering or Neuroscience in university, she continues to explore all areas of STEM while aiming to help others along the way.

Sheila Addanki

PhD Student