Our Team


Jennifer Splane, BSc, BN, RN

Patient Navigator

Jennifer is a registered nurse from Rothesay, New Brunswick and mother of two. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick. Jennifer’s nursing experience includes acute and community nursing. For the past two years Jennifer has worked in critical care at the Saint John Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit. When Jennifer is not caring for patients, she leads an active lifestyle as a mom and triathlete training for IRONMAN competitions. Jennifer joins the NaviCare/SoinsNavi team to educate and empower families in the community.


Family Advisory Council

Our Family Advisory Council is comprised of parent volunteers. They all have extensive personal experience navigating the pediatric health care system. Their responsibilities include:

  • acting as a resource to the Patient Navigator
  • ensuring that resources are family-friendly
  • influencing resource development (e.g. brochures)
  • guiding educational opportunities for families and the care team 


Dr. Rima Azar, PhD

Scientific Co-director

Dr. Rima Azar is the Scientific Co-Director of NaviCare/SoinsNavi and the founder/director of the Psychobiology of Stress & Health Lab (PSHL). She is an Associate Professor at Mount Allison University where she has joined the Psychology Department in 2008 and earned tenure in 2011. Dr. Azar held a CIHR New Investigator in Developmental Psychoneuroimmunology award from 2011-2016. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services at the Université de Moncton, an Adjunct at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, and an Honorary Research Associate in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).  In addition, she is the Co-Scientific lead in the tripartite leadership of the NB-SPOR-PIHCI (Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations) Network; our provincial network includes 2 researchers, 2 clinicians, and 2 policy makers. Since September 2013, she has served as a CIHR Advisory Board Member for the Institute of Human Development, Child, and Youth Health (IHDCYH). She is grateful for the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation (NBCF)’ $750K grant to jointly implement/co-lead the NB Navigation Centre for Children with Complex Care Cond Needs with her Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Shelley Doucet. What a beautiful collaboration (good marriage!) between our respective institutions, Mount Allison University & UNB Saint John. Dr. Azar’s research focuses on the: (1) Inflammatory and endocrine mechanisms linking prenatal stress and depression to birth weight & (2) Maternal and paternal coping strategies when facing child chronic illnesses. Dr. Azar’s projects are funded by several federal as well as provincial agencies, including CIHR, RSC, NBHRF, & NBCF, a charity organization. She is also thrilled to be involved in provincial and Pan-Canadian research networks aimed to better serve children/youth such as the $25 million-funded SPOR-CHILD BRIGHT. Over her career, she has worked with newborns, children, teens, and their families- both as a stress researcher and as a developmental clinician. She is a proud aunt and, in a recent second life, she and her husband have been involved in the foster care system in NB, as foster parents.


Dr. Shelley Doucet, RN, BN, MScN, PhD

Scientific Co-director

Dr. Shelley Doucet is the Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care, an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

She began her career as a Registered Nurse in Family Medicine at the Saint John Regional Hospital in 2005, yet soon found her calling in the world of academia. Dedicated to helping others, she continued to work as a Registered Nurse in Saint John until 2012, while simultaneously pursuing graduate education. Beginning in Family Medicine, she also worked in the Departments of Emergency Care and Acute Care Mental Health.

In the way of her academic achievements, Dr. Doucet immediately entered her graduate studies upon receiving a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of New Brunswick Saint John in 2005. She received her Master’s degree of Science in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Western Ontario and again, driven as ever, immediately pursued post-graduate studies. She gained a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Brunswick in 2010 and has since received Teaching Certifications and Postdoctoral Experience in Interprofessional Education and Practice.

Despite being early in her career, Shelley is recognized as an emerging leader in interprofessional education and practice within Canada and is regularly invited to present her research in a variety of settings. Shelley is also a mother of two, an active community volunteer, and an avid runner.




Alison Luke, PhD

Senior Research Associate / Evaluation Lead

Dr. Alison Luke the Crawford/Jarislowsky Post Doctoral Fellow in Health Policy. Alison completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Waterloo in 2010. Since that time she has worked and taught in the areas of sociology of health and interpersonal relations. Alison is specialized in the social determinants of health, access to healthcare, and social inequality. Alison is evaluating the effectiveness of NaviCare/SoinsNavi over the short and long-term.