Research Office


 The Faculty of Education Research Office works with faculty members, graduate students, and staff to provide assistance with a range of research activities; from finding research funding and developing research grant proposals to post-award administration. We support visiting scholars and researchers, mentor early career faculty members, offer workshops on topics that build research knowledge and skills, and administer internal conference travel and research awards for faculty and graduate students. 

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Nicole Neil, PhD, BCBA-D (she/her)

Associate Professor
Associate Dean (Research)
Coordinator, MPEd in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis

Ext. 84761,, FEB. 1161

As the Associate Dean, Nicole is responsible for the operation and vision of the research office. Her responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of the Faculty of Education’s research strategy
  • Developing a supportive research culture
  • Supporting faculty members in identifying and pursuing research opportunities
  • Facilitating collaborative team development
  • Representing the faculty to Western’s wider research community


Malihe Mehdizadeh Allaf, PhD (she/her)

Research Officer

Ext. 88561,, FEB 1161B

Manages research grant facilitation including assisting faculty members and graduate students with proposal development and review, guidance on budgets, and post-award questions. Provides faculty members with up-to-date resources for funding opportunities, and proposal development, assists faculty with guidance on research ethics, ROLA inquiries and approvals, and is the point of contact for various administrative and internal/external research funding-related inquiries. Supports the administrative functions of the Research Office, and coordinates Research Office events such as faculty conferences and workshops.

 Funmi Ajayi (She/her)  headshot-f.jpg                     

 Administrative Assistant   

 Ext. 88547,, FEB 1161     

Point of contact for various administrative and internal/external                  research funding related inquiries; supports the various administrative functions of the Research Office; assists faculty members with ROLA preparation; assists researchers (faculty and students) with research related claims; coordinates Research Office events (seminar series, workshops, visiting  speaker presentations.