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March 1, 2021

A study to learn more about the experience with peer support among individuals living with spinal cord

Hello there,

My name is Joy McLeod. I am the family member of an individual who sustained a spinal cord injury in Ottawa, Ontario, and a student at Carleton University. I am reaching out to you today to tell you about the research I am conducting, which was motivated by my lived experience as a caregiver, as you may find it to be of interest to you (and/or your peer support coordinator). My supervisor, Dr. Chris Davis, and I have created a study to learn more about the experience with peer support among individuals living with spinal cord injury. For example, we are hoping to learn what aspects of peer relationships people find most (or least) valuable, how these relationships relate to well-being, and whether any aspects of these relationships have changed, and how, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards. The estimated odds of winning are 1 in 50. 

In order to participate, the individual must: 

• Have sustained a spinal cord injury  

• Receive support from others living with a spinal cord injury (formally or informally), and 

• Be at least 18 years of age

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in participating, we would appreciate you sharing the details of our study. I have included a poster with the details of our study which can be shared easily on any platform. 

The survey can be completed online by following this anonymous link (or using the attached QR code):

It can also be completed over the phone with assistance by the lead researcher:

This study has received clearance by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B (114704) and is being supervised by Dr. Chris Davis (

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to connect. Wishing you all the best this coming year. 


Joy McLeod

MA Student, Social, Personality, & Health Psychology

Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Stress and Coping Lab