York Faculty appointed to the Graduate Program in Health

AHMAD, Farah

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(Associate Professor, PhD in Public Health, University of Toronto, 2007)
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Email:  farahmad@yorku.ca;
Address:  Room 414, HNES Building;

Dr. Farah Ahmad holds the CIHR New Investigator Award (2014-19), the Early Researcher Award (2014-19) from the Ministry of Economic Dev & Innovation, and York U Research Leaders of 2015 recognition. She is appointed as Research Scientist at the North York General Hospital since 2013. Her training includes medical degree from Punjab University and master’s degree from Harvard University. She conducts interdisciplinary research with a focus on primary care settings, psychosocial health, vulnerable communities, access to care and eHealth innovations for health promotion and disease prevention. She uses mixed-method research designs which range from randomized controlled trials to in-depth interviews, focus groups and concept mapping. She has published peer-reviewed papers and chapters on the issues of intimate partner violence; mental health; gender, migration and health; and under-screening of cancer.


Fatou Bagayogo

(Assistant Professor,  PhD in Management 2014, McGill University)
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Email: bagayogo@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 404, HNES Building;

Dr. Fatou Bagayogo currently does research projects examining the organization of cancer care. One of them is about inter-professional collaboration and practice change in the care of older cancer patients. The other one is about explaining organizational and professional processes that influence healthcare utilization (specifically emergency room visits) by endometrial cancer patients. In her research, she mostly uses case studies involving semi-structured interviews with physicians and nurses, document analysis and administrative records. For theoretical bases, she draws from the literature on organization studies and sociology of professions. Her post-doctoral work involved collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare management researchers to rethink the way care processes can be optimized in a large urban hospital. She spent about 3 years collecting data in this hospital and participated in a number of invited presentations to its professional and administrative staff.  She is a member of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research and the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ).

CHAUFAN, Claudia

Claudia Chaufan

(Associate Professor, (MD University of Buenos Aires; PhD Sociology/ Notation Philosophy, University of California Santa Cruz, 2006)
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Email: cchaufan@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 423A, HNES Building;

Dr. Claudia Chaufan has an interdisciplinary background that spans medicine, sociology/political economy, and philosophy. She practiced medicine in her native Argentina before shifting to a career in sociology with an emphasis on the political economy of health inequalities and comparative health policy and systems. Her dissertation research investigated the dominant narrative around the causes of diabetes inequalities, especially concerning the so-called “genetic predisposition” to diabetes among minorities. Her interests and research later expanded to incorporate the effects of neocolonialism and capitalist neoliberal globalization on global health policy and inequalities, and the struggle of counterhegemonic discourses and practices against these phenomena. Other intellectual interests include the history, philosophy and sociology of science, power/discourse, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Current research projects include an assessment of the influence of private wealth on foundation-sponsored research and policy in the area of diabetes and an international comparison of the (presumed) role of moral hazard in healthcare costs. Her past and current teaching include sociological theory, the sociology of human genomics, comparative health policy, and the politics of health / global health. While her main focus is Latin America, she has also conducted research on selected regions in the Global South – the Middle East (Palestine), and Asia (Taiwan). Prof. Chaufan is editorial board member and reviewer of several peer-reviewed journals. She is also a long-time member/activist of US Physicians for a National Health Program, and affiliated with other organizations opposing US/Western intervention in the Global South.

DALY, Tamara


(Associate Professor, Interim Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Email: dalyt@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 411, HNES Building;

Dr. Tamara Daly is a political economist and a health services researcher, a CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health, an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, and the Director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE). She holds a PhD from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, an MA in political economy from Carleton, and an undergraduate degree in political science, history and economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto.  Her scholarship highlights paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working conditions; and it promotes promising practices, principles and policies to improve access and health equity for older adults and for those who provide their care.  She has authored numerous academic publications and policy reports, is the recipient of several teaching, research and career awards, and actively supervises graduate and postdoctoral students in research and publication. Her ethnographic, survey and intervention research is tri-council funded by SSHRC, CIHR as well as by ERA.  As an expert in care work — including paid, unpaid and voluntary care -- Dr. Daly is frequently invited to speak at research and policy conferences held locally and internationally.



(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Bucharest, Romania)
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Address: Room 420, HNES Building;

Dr. Serban Dinca-Panaitescu has a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on biomedical engineering and health informatics. Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu has worked for many years in the area of medical informatics focusing on computer processing of physiological signals. His major research contributions address the field of cardiovascular disease prevention by developing decision support tools aiming at detecting the cardiovascular dysfunction in the subclinical phase. He has published numerous articles and one book in this field. Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu’s research is also employing statistical modeling techniques to untangle the complex relationship between socio-economical factors and different diseases such as diabetes. Other research interests include medical equipment, health information systems and e-health.

EL MORR, Christo

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(Assistant Professor, PhD, Compiègne University of Technology, France)
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Address: Room 424, HNES Building;

Dr. Christo El Morr is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics at the school of Health Policy and Management at York University. His cross-disciplinary research is community based. His research interests focus on Health Virtual Communities, Mobile Communities, e-collaboration, particularly in the domain of Chronic Disease Management and health promotion: Peripheral Arterial Disease, Kidney Diseases and Mental Health. He also has research interests in Hospital Patient Services and Patient Quality of Care (e.g. readmission patterns, radiation dose reduction), and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas. Christo particularly enjoys working in applied research in partnerships with IT industry, he received funds from the Ontario Center of Excellence - Voucher for Innovation Program (OCE - VIP) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research - eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (CIHR-eHIPP).




(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 413, HNES Building;

Dr. Liane Ginsburg is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University (Toronto, Canada) where she teaches Applied Research Methods in Health and Quality & Safety in healthcare organizations.  Liane trained in healthcare organization and management at the University of Toronto.  Her research interests focus on patient safety culture/ climate, learning from patient safety failures, and health professional education and training in patient safety.  She is also involved in a large program of research based in Western Canada that focuses on nursing home quality and has an overarching interest in knowledge translation / implementation science.

GORMAN, Rachel

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(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 407, HNES Building;

Political economies of disability; Disability Arts and Culture movements; postcolonial and dialectical materialist approaches to understanding the social organization of disability; disability in the context of nationalisms, transnational imperialism, and national liberation; internationalist and anti-capitalist approaches to global healthcare provision.


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(Assistant Lecturer, PhD in Medical Science, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 404A, HNES Building;

Dr. David Kirsch is an innovative agent of change with extensive academic and business experience. His research interests include improving health through the application of health informatics in least developed countries and improving the effectiveness of global health interventions through accountability and governance. He has published in diverse areas including infectious disease surveillance and accountability. Dr. Kirsch has over 30 years of experience as a management consultant in enterprise architecture, planning, strategy, evaluation, accountability and governance in the public and private sectors, providing services to federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as banks and major corporations, in Canada and abroad. He believes that in order to be accountable, enough information must be provided so that a situation can be critically analyzed and thoughtfully judged. He has an excellent ability to blend academic excellence with business needs and is committed to improving program effectiveness through sensibly applied accountability and governance. His teaching interests include health informatics, health technology assessment, management and experiential education.

LAM, Kenneth


(Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Email: kennethl@yorku.ca
Address: Room 423, HNES Building;

Dr. Kenneth Lam has expertise that spans across various disciplines: Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Health Policy, and Law.  He teaches graduate courses for the Graduate Program in Health in health policy, health politics, health economics, and health research methodologies with dimensions in public health, health law, and global health.  His current research interest lies in high users/spenders of health care services.  Professor Lam has been active in academia having served (1) as a Senior Editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, (2) as Sports and Entertainment Section Editor for Obiter Dicta: The Official Student Newspaper of Osgoode Hall Law School, (3) as a Junior Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy as well as the Journal of International Law and International Relations, (4) and as a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., Healthcare Policy, Oxford University Press Canada, as well as Women's Press.  He has also published in the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Palliative Care, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and World Spine Journal as well as worked on reports that were commissioned by Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC) in addition to giving talks and lectures by invitation at the Toronto General Hospital, the University of British Columbia, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Toronto.  Beyond academia, his experience in the health care industry include consulting with the OMHLTC and other meaningful positions with the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (now renamed Public Health Ontario), The Change Foundation, and the Ontario Hospital Association.  Dr. Lam has also received media attention having been interviewed for stories that are published in both Humber Et Cetera and healthydebate.ca.

LUM, Lillie

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(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 423, HNES Building;

Dr. Lillie Lum has a scholarly focus on the interdisciplinary interactions at local, national and global levels. She has been successful in supporting her program of research with Tri-Council and other external granting agencies. Her research program is characterized as being socially relevant, advancing social justice for vulnerable populations such as skilled immigrants, highly interdisciplinary, and based upon theoretically pluralistic frameworks. In particular, the major themes include promoting equitable access and participation in the health system through institutional change, removal of barriers, increasing the leadership capacities of international health professionals and enhancing educational opportunities for adult immigrant students. She is the past chair of the governing board of the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She has contributed to health policy and administrative law as a member of two, non-government health services appeal Boards.

MORROW, Marina

Marina Morrow

(Professor, PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/UT 1997)
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Email: mmmorrow@yorku.ca
Address: Room 425, HNES Building;

Dr. Marina Morrow has a research focus in critical health policy that explores the following themes: 1) Mental health reform, service provision and access to health services, 2) Mental health and social inequity, 3) Mental health, citizen engagement and social justice, 4) Neoliberal reforms, gender and health and, 5) Intersectional theory and approaches in mental health. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management Marina was a charter faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences as Simon Fraser University in BC. Marina is the lead editor of Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health, forthcoming University of Toronto Press. Marina’s research strongly supports public scholarship and collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations, health care practitioners, advocates and policy decision makers.


(Professor, PhD in Educational Theory, University of Toronto, 1975)
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Address: Room 418, HNES Building;

Dr. Dennis Raphael applies political economy and human rights concepts to analyze and act upon the social determinants of health, societal discourses towards health, and the economic and political forces that shape the welfare state. His doctoral students are studying differing national approaches towards the promotion of health equity, the social determinants of chronic disease, and the lived experience of racial discrimination. MA students have examined the politics of obesity discourses, how the organization of the political system shapes the addressing of health equity, and the role neo-liberalism plays in poverty, food insecurity, and social exclusion, and governmental responses to these issues.

Dr. Raphael is an active author who has prepared a number of academic volumes on these topics. He also contributes op-ed pieces on issues of public health, as well as health inequalities, and poverty reduction strategies.

Dr. Raphael teaches the required graduate course GS/HLTH 6210, the Political Economy of Health Inequities.

REAUME, Geoffrey

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(Associate Professor, PhD in History, University of Toronto, 1997)
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Address: Room 416, HNES Building;

Dr. Geoffrey Reaume has research interests in the following areas: mad people's history; history of people with disabilities; psychiatric consumer/survivor movement; class, labour and disability; archiving the history of psychiatric consumer/survivors; accessible history. His dissertation on the lives of psychiatric patients at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane was published in 2000 as "Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940" (Oxford University Press; reprinted University of Toronto Press, 2009, 2010). Part of this study was made into a play by a local theatre group involving psychiatric consumer/survivors in 1998-2000 and by a high school students' theatre group in 2016. His second book was published in 2007 "Lyndhurst: Canada's First Rehabilitation Centre for People with Spinal Cord Injuries, 1945-1998" (McGill-Queen's University Press). He is also a co-editor with Brenda LeFrancois and Robert Menzies of "Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies" (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2013).

RIOUX, Marcia H.

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(Professor, PhD, University of California at Berkeley, USA)
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Address: Room 410, HNES Building;

Dr. Marcia Rioux is a legal scholar with extensive experience in community based participatory research in the areas of human rights, health and social justice, particularly around international disability rights.

Dr. Rioux is a University Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and teaches Critical Disability Studies and Health Policy and Equity at York. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. She is co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally. She has been an advisor to federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO's as well as United Nations agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and more than 70 book chapters and articles on human rights. Her most recent book was published in November 2015, Disability, Rights Monitoring and Social Change: Building Power out of Evidence: (Eds. M.H. Rioux, P.Pinto, G. Parekh) Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press.

Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been a visiting scholar and professor at a number of international institutions, including the University of Zagreb, Croatia and LaTrobe University in Australia. She teaches the full year PhD seminar GS/CDIS 6100, Doctoral Seminar in Critical Disability Studies, and supervises MA and PhD students.

SCHRAA, Ellen (On Sabbatical)

Ellen Schraa

(Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 314, Atkinson College;

Dr. Ellen G. Schraa teaches health system accounting, finance and performance measurement, evaluating this performance as part of the broader public sector.   Her research interests have focused on financial measurement of health care organizations for funding reform and performance evaluation. She has most recently been part of a multidiscplinary team looking at Acute Care for the Ederly (ACE) evaluating the measures of patient and program outcomes.


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(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, 2004)
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Address: Room 421, HNES Building;

Dr. Peter Tsasis is an Associate Professor of Management, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Management). In 2010, he received recognition for outstanding leadership as the undergraduate program director at the School of Health Policy & Management. In 2011, he was recognized as an outstanding professor with the Faculty of Health's Dean's Teaching Award in Excellence, in the Established Career Category. As well, he was the recipient of the President's University Wide Teaching Award in 2013. He has extensive experience in integrating the disciplines of business, health and medicine. His research focuses on the interface between interorganizational collaboration and patient outcomes. He has research expertise in organizational change, healthcare management, and complexity and is recognized as a leader in the field. His latest research explores complexity and an interdisciplinary system approach to chronic disease management. He actively supervises doctorate students in the field of health care management and engages undergraduate students in experiential learning. He has disseminated his work nationally and internationally and his research scholarship has been widely published in interdisciplinary academic journals. His work has been supported by tri-council research funding. Dr. Tsasis is an Executive Member of the York Institute for Health Research, a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


nancy viva davis halifax

(Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director Critical Disability Studies, PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto, 2002)
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Email: nhalifax@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 408, HNES Building;

Dr. nancy viva davis halifax brings interdisciplinary and activist experience
to her teaching and research which is located at the intersections of
embodiment, difference, debility and disability, and intimate perspectives on
violence and biomedicine. She has worked broadly in health research using the
arts and documentary, participatory methods with economically displaced
persons in Canada. Her research uses the arts for sustaining and creating
conversations around social change, self-determination, social
auto/biographies, and for engaging communities in social development, and has
been located in community and institutional settings; research has received
funding from SSHRC as well as the arts councils. Her theoretical orientation
uses the feminisms (new materialisms, crip, poststructural, affect) and
experiments with the polyphonic. Her last book "hook" published by Hugh
MacLennan Poetry Series, McGill Queen's Press was written to address the
ongoing extremity of suffering within Canada, and the systemic violences
sustained by those at the margins.



(Professor, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada)
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Address: Room 425, HNES Building;

Dr. Mary Wiktorowicz is Interim Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health, Associate Dean Community and Global, and Professor, School of Health Policy and Management. She was Chair, School of Health Policy and Management from 2006-2014 where she supported the launch of the MA and PhD Programs in Health focused on Health Policy and Equity, and the launch of the BA and BSc Programs in Global Health. Dr. Wiktorowicz’s research involves developing frameworks to compare the transnational and national governance models that guide the development of health policies to enhance our understanding of them. Her comparative research addresses the governance of global and national pharmaceutical policy, mental health policy, maternal and child malaria policy, and indigenous women’s access to healthcare in India funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and related funding agencies. Her research is published in leading journals including Social Science and Medicine. Dr. Wiktorowicz has advised the Canadian Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Health Canada, the Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Collaborative on Mental Health, and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

WONG, Hannah

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(Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, PhD 2010, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 412, HNES Building;

Dr. Hannah Wong has a PhD in Industrial Engineering. She utilizes statistical regression modeling techniques, in conjunction with system dynamics computer simulation, to study problems important to clinicians, health care managers and policy makers. These include issues related to the growing frail elderly population and the large variation that exists in the use of expensive diagnostic tools and therapies. The goal is to guide the better design of policies to improve appropriateness and quality of care. If we can approach the challenges facing our health care system as “systems problems”, where undesirable behaviours of the system are a direct consequence of the system’s own structure, we may have a promising way to fundamentally address pressing local and global health care challenges.

York Faculty cross-appointed to Graduate Program in Health

ALI, Harris

Harris Ali

(Professor, PhD, McMaster University, 1996)
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Email: hali@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 112, HNES Building;

Dr. Harris Ali does primary research is in the area of environment and health. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate level for over 15 years in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Dr. Ali has taught courses on environmental disasters which have included topics related to health, such as the Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Disasters taught with the Graduate Program of Disaster and Emergency Management Studies.

Dr. Ali has published numerous articles on the social and political dimensions of infectious disease outbreaks and related topics such as those pertaining to the critical sociology of risk and tuberculosis and homelessness.



(Associate Professor, PhD, McGill University, Canada)
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Address: Room S704A, Ross Building;

Dr. Megan J. Davies is a BC historian with research interests and publications in old age, madness, marginal and alternative health practices, rural medicine and social welfare.  Based in the Social Science Department at York University, Toronto, Davies is a team member of the Re- imagining Long-term Residential Care: An international study of promising practices.  Her 2003 book, Into the House of Old: A history of residential care in British Columbia, offered a historical window into this subject.

In the field of mad studies, Davies is currently engaging in curating After the Asylum/ Après l'asile, a national historyofmadness.ca research site about the history of deinstitutionalization in Canada.  She is a team member for the post-secondary on-line education project History in Practice: Community-Informed Mental Health Curriculum/ Histoire en tête: sagesse communautaire et apprentissages, and was executive producer and collective member on the documentary project, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories from MPA.

HYNIE, Michaela


(Associate Professor, Acting Director York Institute for Health Research, PhD, McGill University)
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Address: Room 5021D,  Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building;

Dr. Michaela Hynie is a cultural psychologist in the Department of Psychology, the Centre for Refugee Studies and the York Institute for Health Research at York University, where she leads the Program Evaluation Unit. Dr. Hynie conducts both qualitative and quantitative community based research and evaluation in the areas of social inclusion and resilience. She has a particular focus on situations of social conflict and displacement, including forced migration, and the development and evaluation of interventions that can strengthen social and institutional relationships to improve health and well-being in different cultural, political and physical environments.

JENSEN, Elsabeth


(Associate Professor, PhD, Wayne State University, USA)
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Address: Room 338, HNES Building;

Dr. Elsabeth Jensen is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at York University. Her areas of research expertise include Nurse Practitioner education, mental health, childhood abuse, housing, discharge models, program evaluation, and knowledge translation. She has been involved in over $895,000 worth of funded research projects and is skilled in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. She has authored 16 book chapters, 22 peer reviewed papers, 3 technical reports and co-edited a book on mental health and housing. She has presented 54 scientific papers and 9 scientific posters all over the globe.


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(Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: tklassen@yorku.ca;
Address: Room S636, Ross Building;
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Dr. Thomas Klassen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, and School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.  His research interests include the politics of aging, age discrimination in the workplace, disabilities in the workplace and labour market, perceptions of people who stutter, treatment of stuttering, gambling policy.

Thomas is a political scientist and sociologist who teaches about, and writes on, retirement, pensions, unemployment, immigration, gambling, discrimination, and how to ensure students succeed.  His teaching is focused on public policy, particularly in labour market policy, income security and retirement.

Dr. Klassen’s has published widely in a number of fields. His most recent book is the co-edited Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration published in 2017. He is co-author of How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job!): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work and Life that was published in late 2015. Read the FREE ebook version HERE.

He has conducted extensive research for local, national and international agencies and governments. At various times he has been called to be an expert witness at tribunals, hearings and commissions. During 2014 to 2016 he was Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.


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(Professor, PhD, University of Glasgow, Scotland)
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Address: Room 110, Farquharson Building;


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(Associate Professor, PhD, York University, Canada)
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Address: Room S428, Ross Building;

Dr. Duff Waring (B.A., M.A., LL.B., Ph.D.) is a philosopher/lawyer who specialized in mental health law and psychiatric patient advocacy. He began doctoral studies in philosophy at York University in 1996 with a focus on ethics, political theory and bioethics. He held a post-doctoral fellowship during 2001-2002 with the Biomedical Ethics Unit in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. He was a Research Associate from 2002-2004 with the Health Law and Policy Group in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is appointed to the graduate faculties of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Health and Osgoode Hall Law School. He teaches currently in the Philosophy Department at York University. He also teaches the Bioethics course in the Osgoode Hall Professional Development Centre’s Part-time Master’s Program in Health Law, as well as the Health, Ethics, and Law course in the Faculty of Health’s Policy and Equity graduate program. He is the author of Medical Benefit and the Human Lottery: An Egalitarian Approach to Patient Selection (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2004) and The Healing Virtues: Character Ethics in Psychotherapy (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Research Areas: Ethics, bioethics (particularly patient selection for scarce, lifesaving resources, biomedical research ethics, risk assessment of new biomedical technologies), and philosophy of medicine (particularly psychiatry).

Adjunct Faculty


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(Professor, PhD, McGill University, Canada)
Telephone: 514-398-6266
Email: abbyl@epid.lan.mcgill.ca




(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
Telephone: 613-533-6000 Ext. 74742
Email: deborah.tregunno@queensu.ca

WILLIAMS, Charmaine


(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
Telephone: 416-946-8225
Email: charmaine.williams@utoronto.ca
Address: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street West,  Room 434, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V4

Dr. Charmaine C. Williams is an Associate Professor in Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health at the University of Toronto. Her research bridges practice and access and equity issues that affect various populations including racial minority women, LGBTQ individuals in local and international context, and individuals and families affected by serious and persistent mental illnesses. The majority of her practice experience has been in the mental health care system where she worked in inpatient and outpatient services, providing interventions for individuals, families and groups. She has also been involved in organizational change initiatives in the health care sector, and has extensive experience developing and delivering professional education in the areas of anti-racism, cultural competence, mental health and addictions.

Professor Williams has served as the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Officer (2003-2004), the Associate Dean Academic for Social
Work  (2009-2014), and the Provostial Advisor on Access Programs (2014-2015).

Dr. Williams teaches in the M.S.W. Year I program and in the specialization streams for Mental Health and Health and Social Justice and Diversity.

Research Interests:
  • Illness, health and health care services
  • Individual and family experiences associated with serious mental illness
  • HIV Prevention and other health care issues in racial minority communities
  • Diversity, access and equity in service provision
  • Complementary research designs combining qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Professional education and training
  • Anti-racism, anti-oppressive practices and cultural competence

Emeritus Faculty



(Member Emeriti, MD, University of Toronto, 1977)
Retired: 2016

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Email: jlexchin@yorku.ca
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Dr. Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and has worked for the past 28 years as an emergency physician at The University Health Network. He was a full Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and he was the chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association from 1997-99. He has been a consultant for the province of Ontario, various arms of the Canadian federal government, the World Health Organization, the government of New Zealand and the Australian National Prescribing Service. He is the author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles on virtually all areas of pharmaceutical policy both in Canada and internationally. His book Private Profits versus Public Policy: the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian State was published by University of Toronto Press in October 2016.


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(Member Emeriti, PhD, Harvard University, USA)
Retired: 2009

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Email: ronp@yorku.ca
Address: Farquharson Building, 242
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Dr. Ronald E. Pearlman received a B.Sc. in Honors Chemistry from McGill University and an AM and Ph.D. from Harvard University from the Committee on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working with Nobel Prize winner Konrad Bloch. Following two years of postdoctoral training at the Biological Institute, Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen Denmark supported by an NRC/NATO fellowship, he returned to Canada as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, York University, Toronto. Recently, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Steering Committee for the Tetrahymena Genome Project that has led to the determination of the complete sequence of the Tetrahymenagenome, a large and complex genome only 30 times smaller than the human genome. Dr. Pearlman has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals during his career and presented his work in many venues including national and international conferences. He has served on peer review committees with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and with peer review for other granting agencies and for many journals. He served for many years as York’s University Delegate to CIHR. He has been an associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Evolutionary Biology Program, has served on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel, on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Advisory Board, and is presently the Associate Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation and the co-ordinator of the Gairdner high school outreach programs.  He has served on the Council of the Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science as immediate Past President and Advisor. He recently served as Associate Dean (1999-2004) and Dean (2005-2007) of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University.  He formally retired in 2008 becoming University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar but maintains an active research program funded by CIHR and NSERC and has supervised a prestigious Banting Fellow from Japan in the lab.

ROSENBERG, Harriet Gail

Gail Harriet Rosenberg

(Member Emerita, PhD, University of Michigan, USA)