York Faculty appointed to the Graduate Program in Health
On Sabbatical July 2019 to June 2020
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.
Research Interests: Primary care settings; psychosocial health; vulnerable communities; eHealth innovations.
Dr. Lora Appel is thrilled to return, and give back, to her alma matter - eleven years after graduating from Schulich School of Business. She holds a position as Research Scientist at OpenLab, and innovation Centre housed at University Health Network, the largest medical research organization in Canada where she leads “Prescribing Virtual Reality (VRx)” a collection of studies that introduce and evaluate AR/VR/MR interventions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. She received several grants from the Centre for Aging in Brain Health innovation to pursue this work in aging and dementia care. Lora received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and was awarded the Gerald Miller Outstanding Dissertation award in 2017 for her work defining clinician anonymity and designing “Face-2-Name” a tool to improve interprofessional communication in clinical settings. Lora has published in premier journals like the American Journal of Medicine and the International Journal of Medical Informatics, she has given talks at Harvard Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians in London, and her work with VR has resulted in several national media appearances. Lora’s expertise is in applying design thinking and science methodologies to healthcare innovation; she is passionate about designing new technological interventions that provide care in the pursuit of a cure.
Research Interests: Virtual Reality, Aging and Dementia
(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Health Policy & Equity; MD University of Buenos Aires; PhD Sociology/Notation Philosophy, University of California Santa Cruz)
Address: Room 312, Stong College
Dr. Claudia Chaufan's interdisciplinary background spans medicine, sociology and philosophy. She practiced medicine in her native Argentina before shifting to a career in sociology with a focus on critical genetics, comparative health policy and the history, geopolitics and political economy of health. Her research deconstructs dominant narratives around inequalities in the global diabetes epidemic to redirect attention to the political and social determination of health. It also addresses the policy and equity implications of neocolonialism and capitalist globalization with particular attention to Latin America. Other interests include the history, philosophy and sociology of science, language/power/discourse, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Current projects include active pedagogy in health/global health policy instruction, a critique of dominant narratives on fetal alcohol syndrome and the geopolitics of Canadian sanctions and refugee policy. Prof. Chaufan’s expertise is on Latin America but she has also conducted research on other selected regions in the Global South. She is also a former Fulbright Scholar and Public/Global Health Specialist, editorial board member and reviewer of several journals, and long-time supporter/activist of US Physicians for a National Health Program as well as of a range of antiwar organizations opposing US/Western intervention in the Global South.
Prof. Chaufan is the current Graduate Program Director of the York Graduate Program in Health.
Research Interests: Corporatization of global health governance; global health instruction.
On Sabbatical July 2019 to June 2020
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.
Research Interests: Paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working conditions; health equity for older adults and those who provide their care.
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.
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering; health informatics; cardiovascular disease prevention; medical equipment; health information systems; e-health.
Dr. Christo El Morr is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics, and the Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. His cross-disciplinary research covers health informatics and computer engineering.
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.
His work in Global eHealth addresses Human Rights, Equity, and Gender Based Violence challenges. He also has research interests in Health Services and Patient Quality of Care (e.g. readmission patterns, dose reduction). He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas including the “The first of its kind” book in Canada about Health Informatics from a Canadian perspective.
He is a Research Scientist at North York General Hospital and work with collaborators from Saint Michael's Hospital. In 2016, he received recognition as York U Research Leader.
Research Interests: Community-based research; health virtual communities; mobile communities; e-collaboration; chronic disease management; health promotion; hospital patient services; patient quality of care.
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. 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. In 2016-2017 she spent her sabbatical at the World Health Organization doing a study of patient safety curriculum implementation in lower and middle income countries.
Research Interests: Healthcare organization and management; patient safety culture/climate; learning from patient safety failures; health professional education and training in patient safety; nursing home quality; knowledge translation / implementation science.
Dr. Leeat Granek, PhD, a critical health psychologist, joins us as an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Granek was a visiting professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Division. Her research expertise is in the areas of psycho-oncology, healthcare professional well-being, and grief and loss. Recent awards include the Sigmund Koch Award for Early Contribution to the Field of Psychology and Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award, both awarded by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Granek has published more than 70 articles on her research in leading journals including Cancer, JAMA Archives, and Psycho-Oncology. She frequently writes about her research for the mainstream media in outlets such as The New York Times, Slate Magazine, and The Huffington Post. In 2017, Dr. Granek was named one of the top 40 under 40 researchers by The Marker.
Research Interests: Psycho-oncology; Women's health; History and theory of psychological diagnoses and practices; Psychological and social determinants of health; social processes that have an impact on relationships between health, culture, and gender.
Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation. He is an assistant professor at the School of Health Policy & Management & Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Health of York University. He is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Council at York. Additionally, Sean is a Board Member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).
At York University, Sean earned his Honors Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law and Society, as well as a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies. Following, he pursued his Doctorate in Policy Studies with a specialization in Social Policy at Ryerson University.
Sean is a former CIHR doctoral scholar in the area of Indigenous Peoples living with HIV. His research focuses on how policy shapes and impacts access to and utilisation of health care for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trails Network ($15 million). Dr. Hillier is also a Principle Investigator and Executive Team member on the CIHR funded project entitled: One Health Network for the Global Governance of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance, where he leads the workplan related to equity and diversity. He is also an Investigator and Executive Team member for the SSHRC funded research project: Imagining Age-Friendly ’communities within communities’ ($2.5 million). Dr. Hillier’s research interests include Indigenous Health, Indigenous research ethics, Indigenous methodologies, 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights, and community-engaged research.
Research Interests: Indigenous health; Indigenous HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; community-engaged research.
Address: Room 2120, DB Building
Dr. Steven Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University, and, for the 2018-2019 academic year, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats and social inequalities. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health misinformation, pandemics and tobacco control. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)”.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, an MA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in law from Sciences Po Paris.
Research Interests: Global health; global governance; international law; institutional design; pandemics; antimicrobial resistance; legal epidemiology; methodology.
(Professor, Current Chair of The School of Health Policy and Management; PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto)
Address: Room 314C, Stong College
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.
Research Interests: Critical health policy; mental health reform; service provision; access to health services; mental health and social inequity; mental health, citizen engagement and social justice; neoliberal reforms; gender and health; intersectional theory and approaches in mental health.
Dr. James Orbinski is a Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management and being appointed Professor and Director of the Dahdelah Global Health Research Institute at York University, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and was Chair of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto. Dr. Orbinski has also served as CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance and Director of the Africa Initiative at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He has also worked at Wilfrid Laurier University's School of International Policy and Governance in the Health Sciences Program in the Faculty of Science, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He was President of the International Council of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, aka Doctors Without Borders) at the time the organization received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Orbinski also is the co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization working with communities to increase access to life-saving treatment and prevention in areas overwhelmed by HIV/AIDS. He is a strong advocate for increasing the availability of anti-retroviral drugs to combat AIDS in poor countries.
Dr. Orbinski has also received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross for his work as the MSF Head of Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. In 2009, Orbinski became an Officer of the Order of Canada and in the citation was recognized by the Governor General of Canada as an advocate for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and mass starvation.
Research Interests: Climate change and health; global health and humanitarianism; global health.
Dr. Nasih Othman has a background in medicine and health research. He did his first degree in medicine from the University of Baghdad. After around 15 years of medical practice as a general practitioner in various urban and rural settings in Iraq and Iran, he moved to the humanitarian assistance sector and worked on health and rights promotion programs with UNICEF, HelpAge International and local NGOs in Iraq. After completing his MSc in epidemiology in 2004, he joined the higher education sector in Iraqi Kurdistan and continued for over 10 years teaching community health, epidemiology, research methodology and biostatistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr. Othman also served in senior management/leadership roles at the university. In addition to classroom teaching, he has been doing graduate online teaching since 2015 with the University of Roehampton London-Online, teaching MPH modules and supervising MPH students during their research project implementation and write-ups.
Research Interests: Epidemiological research methods; Quantitative methods including surveys, case-control studies, prospective studies, use of secondary data and reviews; Qualitative methods, including observation, in-depth interviews and focus groups; Public health issues; Mental health issues; Injuries; Infectious diseases; Chronic diseases; Environmental health.
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.
Research Interests: Human development; social determinants of health; the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being.
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 333, Stong College
Dr. Ellen G. Schraa teaches with a focus on health services financial management and evaluation. Her collaborative research work has most recently involved an economic evaluation of a new Health Canada approved medical device for improving the rates of central-line associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Schraa has also recently worked with Schools of Nursing across the province in performing a cost utility analysis of pre-simulation training preparation for nurses. Dr. Schraa has worked in the healthcare sector for over 25 years, involved in value for money auditing, business case analysis, funding formulae, and key provincial performance measurement initiatives.
Research Interests: Financial measurement of health care organizations for funding reform and performance evaluation.
Dr. Peter Tsasis (PhD, University of Toronto, 2004) 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. 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. As well, he was the recipient of the President's University Wide Teaching Award in 2013. He continues to receive recognition for teaching excellence in the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the School of Administrative Studies, and most recently also received recognition for Excellence in Research. His contribution to research collectively provides a paradigmatic shift in thinking about health and healthcare using complex systems science. His research focuses on interorganizational collaboration, learning health systems, and organizational change. He is recognized as a leader in the field with numerous authored academic publications. As an expert, Dr. Tsasis has been invited to speak at research symposiums and to serve as editor on book proposals. He is a founding member of the International Society for Systems and Complexity Sciences for Health. His latest research explores complexity within an interdisciplinary systems approach to chronic disease management. He most recently co-edited a book publication entitled, Innovative Healthcare Systems for the 21st Century which draws on econometric, system dynamics, and agent-based models as well as empirical studies. 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 also been supported by tri-council research funding. Dr. Tsasis is an advocate of patient-driven healthcare, characterized by the need for greater patient communication, transparency, customization of care, collaboration and patient choice. Dr. Tsasis has extensive expertise in the healthcare industry. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Research Interests: Interface between interorganizational collaboration and patient outcomes.
(Assistant Professor; PhD Business Administration, Health Policy & Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University)
Address: Room 338, Stong College
Lynda van Dreumel is an experienced educator in health management and a registered Occupational Therapist with over 19 years of experience in the healthcare system. She holds a BSc. (University of Guelph), BSc.O.T. (University of Toronto), MSc. (University of Guelph), and MBA. (McMaster University). In 2019, she will complete her PhD in Business Administration (McMaster University). Her research explores health professional regulatory models and their influence on interprofessional care in health systems.
Her professional career has spanned clinical and administrative roles across various healthcare sectors. She has served as a Professional Practice Leader at the University Health Network, Project Manager at a Community Care Access Centre, and a Policy Advisor of Health System Transformation at a Local Health Integration Network. Lynda also maintained a private consulting practice, providing ergonomics and disability management services to employers and healthcare insurance providers.
Throughout her career she has been actively engaged in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including Organizational Behaviour, Management, Healthcare Financing and Funding, and Quality Management in Healthcare. Her teaching approach involves making healthcare management concepts meaningful to students by drawing upon relevant examples from her clinical and professional experiences and providing impactful experiential learning opportunities.
Lynda is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), past Executive Board Member for the Hamilton Chapter of CCHL, and she currently serves as Board Chair for Hospice Wellington in Guelph, Ontario.
(Assistant Professor - Global Health; PhD School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London)
Address: Room 5022B, DB Building
Research Interests: ethics, legal theory and public policy, especially public health ethics and law.
(Professor; Director and Special Advisor to the Dean (Faculty of Health) for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 425, HNES Building
Dr. Mary Wiktorowicz is Professor of Health Policy, and Director and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Health. As Associate Dean, Community and Global from 2014 - 2017 she supported the launch of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and served as its Interim Director (2016 - 2017). As Chair, School of Health Policy and Management from 2006 - 2014 she led the school through a period of growth including the development of the PhD Program in Health, Health Policy and Equity field, and guided the development of the interdisciplinary Global Health BA and BSc. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Health (Health Policy and Equity) and Critical Disability Studies.
Professor Wiktorowicz adopts a comparative lens to study mental health, pharmaceutical and global health governance and policy. A recent study focused on mental health governance assessed the governance models ten local health networks used to coordinate mental health care across four provinces in Canada. The fragmented accountability underlying mental health policy and governance is a related research theme, including the legacy of the Canada Health Act in strengthening a prevailing institutional logic that limited the evolution of a system of comprehensive mental health care.
In her research on pharmacogovernance, Professor Wiktorowicz develops frameworks to enhance our understanding of the transnational governance models that guide the development of harmonized global standards for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy policy. Her research traces parallels in the governance framework of the International Council on Harmonization as a global medicines network to that of its member jurisdictions to clarify the nature of their distinctive governance approaches and the resulting dissonance they foster in post-market regulatory policy.
Professor Wiktorowicz's research in global health governance addresses the limitations inherent in the governance and accountability frameworks underlying global programs of financial aid, including social accountability frameworks. Her research on the governance in Indigenous communities in India and in the lake region of Benin assesses the systems of national and local governance and their limitations in supporting vulnerable women's and children's health.
She has advised governments on current policy including the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, the Ontario Local Health Integration Collaborative on Mental Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She was a CIHR Best Brain advising on mental health policy.
Research Interests: Transnational and national governance models that guide the development of health policies; global and national pharmaceutical policy; mental health policy; maternal and child malaria policy; indigenous women's access to healthcare.
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.
Research Interests: Statistical regression modeling techniques and system dynamics computer simulation for clinicians, health care managers and policy makers; elderly population health; diagnostic tools and therapies; quality of health care; systems problems of health care.
York Faculty cross-appointed to Graduate Program in Health
Research Interests: Anthropology of the body; concepts of health; Indigenous health; social suffering; health disparities; gender and stress, biotechnologies and the body.
Research Interests: Global climate change; environment; environment and health; sociology of risk, disasters; infectious diseases, environmental management; environmental justice.
Research Interests: Health care and health policy; women and work; feminist political economy.
Research Interests: Policy; women; the political economy of women's equality/Inequality; labour market policy and precarious employment.
Research Interests: Influence of political, economic and social forces on the quality of care and the quality of work and life for nurses and other health care providers; influence of current reform directions on the conditions of care and the relations of care, most recently in settings where older adults receive care.
Research Interests: Labour; gender issues; patterns of diaspora engagement; transnational migration and globalization; returning migration.
(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Critical Disability Studies; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 315, Stong College
Dr. Rachel da Silveira Gorman is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Critical Disability Studies at York University, and an artist working in dance theatre, performance, and curating. Da Silveira Gorman’s research engages theory and method from fine arts, humanities, and sciences. Her writing has appeared in Auto|Biography Studies, American Quarterly, Somatechnics, thirdspace, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Da Silveira Gorman has created and choreographed 14 dance-theatre and site-specific productions, ten of which have been remounted or screened at festivals.. Since 2009, she has been on the curatorial committee at A Space Gallery in Toronto, where she has curated four exhibitions. In 2017, she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for a performance-based research-creation project Year Five of the Revolution. Da Silveira Gorman spent the nineties working in social services and as a feminist and union organizer; and the aughties in anti-occupation organizing and in disability and queer arts scenes.
Research interests: transnational social movements; anticolonial and revolutionary aesthetics; anti-racist disability theory; institutional ethnography and critiques of ideology in corrections, health, community, and social service sectors.
Research Interests: Old age; madness; marginal and alternative health practices; rural medicine; social welfare.
Dr. Eyawo's research interest is focused on precision-based global health and the application of epidemiological methods to examine patterns of morbidity, mortality and their potential effects among vulnerable populations of children, women and men. Past and current work have focused on HIV, HCV, tuberculosis, and other comorbidities that lie at the crossroads of these diseases. He is also interested in the methodological aspects of study designs in observational and experimental epidemiology, and how to improve the use of linked health administrative data in research.
Research Interests: Global health; epideomiology; HIV/AIDS; HCV; tuberculosis and other comorbidities.
Research Interests: Adolescent health; community-based participatory research; HIV/AIDS; community development.
Research Interests: Anthropology; gender issues; migration and forced migration; gender relations economic and political migration; gender and militarization; ethnicity, nationalism and gender; women and development.
Research Interests: Bioethics; disability and the law; health law; legal governance of health care; privatization and health care reform; legal regulation of alternative health care; professional regulation of health care practitioners; torts; civil procedure; equality rights & discrimination; feminist legal analysis.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez Perez is an adjunct faculty in the International Development Studies program at York University. In recent years Miguel has taught both in the undergraduate and graduate programs in International Development at York University. His current research relates to two broad themes and projects:
First, indigenous self-governance and territorial autonomous regimes in Latin America. On this question he has published extensively and he co-edited a themed issue for a specialized academic journal in the field on indigenous studies. Miguel is co-editor of a thematic issue of the Latin America and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal (LACES) on the topic of Indigenous Autonomies in Latin America. Publications include a book chapter on Central American Indigenous and Afro-descendants social movements which he has co-authored with leading scholars in the field.
Jose Miguel’s second area of interest is the governance of small-scale fisheries (SSF) in the global south, with a particular geographical concentration in the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast. On this question he has just completed a paper that revolves around the health-related impacts of commercial lobster diving in the Miskitu Coast. Finally, Miguel is a researcher associated with the Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (http://toobigtoignore.net) and with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University.
Research Interests: Indigenous Peoples , Fisheries , International Development Studies, Social Movements, Territorial Autonomous Regimes, Small-Scale Fisheries
Research Interests: Global cardiovascular rehabilitation access and delivery; cardiac psychology.
Research Interests: Urban political economy and urban culture with a focus on neoliberal urbanism in North America and East Asia; Post-developmental urbanization in South Korea; Marxist and critical geographic thought; Marxist cultural theory and critical race theory; Feminist urban theory; Critical legal theory, with a focus on the implications of the free expression right on space.
(Associate Professor, Acting Director York Institute for Health Research, York University; PhD, McGill University)
Address: Room 5021D, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Research Interests: Social inclusion and resilience; social conflict and displacement, including forced migration; interventions that can strengthen social and institutional relationships to improve health and well-being in different cultural, political and physical environments.
(Professor-Dept. of Political Science, Dept. of Social Science LA&PS, Director, Institute for Social Research, York University; PhD, Oxford University)
Address: Room S730A, Ross Building
Research Interests: Human rights; law and justice; public policy; health and human rights; access to justice.
Research Interests: Nurse Practitioner education; mental health; childhood abuse; housing; discharge models; program evaluation; knowledge translation.
(Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Echo's OWHC Chair in Women's Mental Health Research, York University; PhD, Wayne State University)
Address: York Lanes, 270G
Research Interests: Mothering children with developmental disabilities; refugee health.
(Professor-School of Public Policy & Administration, York University; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room S636, Ross Building
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Research Interests: 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.
(Associate Professor-School of Health Policy & Management, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 319, HNES Building
Research Interests: Health human resources management; organizational justice in healthcare; administrative justice in healthcare; mental health nursing; distance education and learning communities.
Research Interests: Culture and cultural studies; transnational and return migration; ethno-racial identity formation; African development.
Research Interests: Social Work; sexuality; social inclusion/exclusion of gender and sexually diverse populations in social policy and service provision and the degree of their recognition as distinct communities in cultural, systemic and structural contexts; gender and sexually diverse populations and their role as a social movement in civil society; regulation of advocacy and lobbying in the voluntary (third) sector and its impact on social change and democratization.
Research Interests: Sociology; health; HIV/AIDS; public health and the criminal Law; institutional ethnography.
(Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, York University; PhD, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia)
Address: Room 734, Ross Building South
Research Interests: Health and Medical Humanities, Critical Disability Studies, Feminist Queer Crip Cultural Studies, Research-Creation
Research Interests: Business; management; spatial analysis in remote sensing data; panel data analysis in business and organizational data; knowledge creation.
(Assistant Professor of Program and Policy Evaluation, School of Global Health, York University; PhD, University of Cambridge)
Address: Room 5022F, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Tarra Penney, PhD is an assistant professor of program and policy evaluation in the School of Global Health, an investigator with the Global Strategy Lab, a member of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University and a visiting researcher at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has worked with national and international organisations in the area of food system transition including Cambridge Global Food Security, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cambridge, the Global Food Security Programme in London, UK and the WHO European office.
Dr. Penney returns to Canada after serving as a Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK supporting the system level evaluation of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, a nation-wide policy to reduce sugar in soft drinks by targeting importers and manufacturers. She completed her PhD at the same department in dietary public health with a focus on local food availability and population level diet and obesity prevention, funded by the Cambridge Trusts. Prior to her PhD, She studied cognitive psychology and computer science, completed a CIHR funded Master’s degree in health promotion, and published in the area of obesity prevention with a focus on population health intervention research as a Research Associate at the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Dr Penney’s program of research focuses on examining the impact of globalization on human and planetary health through studying the complex consequences of national policies implemented within political, social and commercial systems. Specifically she is focused on generating population level evidence for addressing the common drivers of the global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition and climate change. She uses systems thinking and draws on multiple methods from epidemiology, social and political science to evaluate national policy and explore opportunities within the commercial sector to transition toward healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems. Tarra is also interested in methodological aspects of evaluating the consequences of policy change, in particular developing approaches to support understanding how and why policies work or fail in order to improve policy learning, and to reduce the potential for epistemic errors.
(Associate Professor, Program Coordinator Global Health, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University; PhD Loyola University)
Address: Room 019H, HNES Building
Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes and the social determinants of health; human experiences of loss, grieving, and resilience; global health.
(Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director-Dept. of Political Science LA&PS, York University; PhD York University)
Address: Room S638, Ross Building
Research Interests: Elections, democratic reform, class analysis.
(Assistant Professor, Global Health, York University; PhD York University)
Address: Room 50223, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Research Interests: Tobacco and alcohol tax policy, comparative welfare state studies, infectious disease and neglected tropical diseases, and healthcare system organization.
(Associate Professor-School of Health Policy & Management, Critical Disability Studies; PhD in History, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 347, Stong College
Research Interests: Mad people's history; medical history; critical disability studies; history of people with disabilities; class, labour and disability; disability and the Left; psychiatric survivor/consumer movement; archiving psychiatric survivor and disability history; health care ethics.
Research Interests: Finite sample econometrics; duration analysis; nonparametric estimation and Russian literatue.
Research Interests: African studies; politics and government; development political economy; extractive resources; civil society and democratisation.
(Professor-Faculty of Health, York University, Founding Dean of Faculty of Health, York University; PhD Western University)
Address: Room 019M, HNES Building
Research Interests: Global Health; smoking prevention; adolescent gambling problems and intervention using the Intenet; computer technology for health assessment.
Research Interests: Politics and government; sexuality; LGBT politics in Canada and the U.S.; public policy, political institutions & institutionalism; public law & federalism; social movements.
Research Interests: Medical pharmacology; cell biology; biotechnology.
Research Interests: Management; organizational theory; social movement theories; sustainability and health care coordination.
Research Interests: Arts-based research & research creation; crip arts praxis; critical auto/ethnography; body/s and embodiment/s; the more-than-human; theory/s in the feminisms (crip; poststructural; new materialism; affect); language and representation; imaginative ethnographies; social death and abandonment; intimate perspectives on biomedicine and psychiatry; polyphonic and lyrical theory/s.
Research Interests: Precarious employment; transnational labour regulation; gender.
Research Interests: Community-engagement; diaspora; feminist praxis, HIV/AIDS, Horn of Africa; im/migration; inequality; institutional ethnography; law and society; social justice; sociology of knowledge; qualitative methods.
Research Interests: Social and health policy; pharmaceutical policy; innovation policy; science and technology studies; political economy; history of economic thought.
(Physician, Public Health Ontario (Infection Prevention and Control), Assistant Professor-Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; PhD, Dalhousie University)
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Research Interests: Respiratory infections; immunosenescence; vaccine preventable infections in the elderly; epidemiology.
Research Interests: Health Law; International Human Rights Law; Privacy Law
Research Interests: Applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues; Development of a new film-based method (Brokered Dialogue) colleague Dr. Jim Lavery; Patients’ experiences of cancer and other illnesses; Health services delivery; Drug policy; Health disparities; Sociology of health and illness; Arts-based research; Knowledge Translation; Public engagement in health care; Narrative Analytic Theory
Dr. Ambreen Sayani, MD, MSc, PhD is passionate about advocating for patient’s rights and has carried out both bench and bedside cancer research to improve treatment and provide socially-just care. She has held leadership roles across multiple healthcare industries and has consulted for private-sector organizations and governments. At present, Ambreen’s research is focused on the interface between social and health equity, and its implications for cancer risk, treatment and survival. She has presented at numerous conferences in Canada and Internationally, has several peer-reviewed publications, and has received both leadership and research awards. Ambreen is a member of the Equity Advisory Committee for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network, and she is a Community Ambassador for the Region of Peel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Charter. Ambreen is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded Research Fellowship in Patient-Oriented research at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto and is a Research Affiliate at the MAP-Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital.
Research Interests: Inequities in cancer care, patient-oriented research, patient and stakeholder engagement in research, participatory and critical qualitative research methods.
Dr. Adrienne Shnier is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Policy & Management and Global Health program in the Faculty of Health at York University. She holds her M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Health Policy & Equity, with a specialization in pharmaceutical policy, regulation, education, and financial conflict of interest relationships, from the School of Health Policy & Management. Dr. Shnier will also receive her law degree (J.D.) in June 2019 from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was awarded the Sir Jack Jacob Prize in the Administration of Justice for her work in Administration of Civil Justice: Class Actions. While at Osgoode, she also served for two years as the Editor-in-Chief for the Osgoode Health Law Association. She is also a Research Fellow alumna of the Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration (PPRC). Dr. Shnier’s research focus is on pharmaceutical policy, regulation, education and promotion, health policy, governance, financial conflict of interest relationships, fraud, pharmaceutical litigation, and patient safety. She is author or co-author on peer-reviewed book chapters and articles in health, policy, and law journals and has presented her research both in Canada and internationally.
Grundy Q, Habibi R, Shnier A, Mayes C, Lipworth W. Decoding disclosure: Comparing conflict of interest policy among the United States, France, and Australia. 2018, 122:5, 509-518.
Lexchin J, Kohler JC, Gagnon MA, Crombie J, Thacker P, Shnier A. Combating corruption in the pharmaceutical arena. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 2018, DOI: 10.20529/IMJE.2018.022.
Shnier A, Lexchin J. Continuing medical education and pharmaceutical industry involvement: An evaluation of policies adopted by Canadian professional medical associations. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine. 2017; 29: 1-16.
Rosenberg HG, Shnier A. Regulatory data are hidden in plain sight: A letter in response to "The Wider Role of Regulatory Scientists". The BMJ. 2017;358:j3437.
Shnier A, Lexchin J, Romero M, Brown K. Reporting of financial conflicts of interest in clinical practice guidelines: A case study analysis of guidelines from the Canadian Medical Association Infobase. BMC Health Services Research. 2016;16: 1-8.
Rosenberg HG, Shnier A. De-coding serious adverse events in Study 329: The work of the RIAT team. The BMJ. 2015;351:h4320.
Shnier A, Lexchin J, Mintzes B, Jutel A, Holloway K. Too few, too weak: Conflict of interest policies at Canadian medical schools. PLoS One. 2013;8:e68633.
Research Interests: Patient safety; geriatric learning needs of acute care hospital nurses.
Research Interests: Immigrant families; gender; youth; social policy.
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.
(Member Emeriti-School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University; EdD, OISE/University of Toronto)
Research Interests: Nurses’ experiences in the context of restructuring of healthcare; impact of poverty and homelessness on health and quality of life.
(Member Emeriti-School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health, York University; MD, University of Toronto)
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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.
Research Interests: Pharmaceutical policy.
Suggested article of interest - Cost Recovery (Health Canada, September 1998)
(Member Emeriti-Dept. of Social Science, LA&PS, York University; PhD (Law), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; PhD (Sociology), Université de Montréal)
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Dr. Jaime Llambias-Wolff was appointed as Associate Professor at the Division of Social Science at York University in 1991 in the Health & Society Program, having previously taught at the University of Montreal, the University of Moncton and the University of Quebec in Montreal. On several occasions he was Invited Professor at the Business School of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile; the International MBA at the Universidad de Santiago , Chile; and the Chilean Diplomatic Academy. He was also a York University Senator between 2002 and 2005.
Research Interests: Health; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Political Economy; multicultural issues and legal theory; Third World and Latin America; development studies.
(Member Emeriti-Dept. of Biology, York University; PhD, Harvard University)
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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.
Research Interests: Biology; gene reorganization during nuclear development; regulation of gene expression; chemotherapeutic agents.
(Professor Emerita-School of Health Policy & Management, Critical Disability Studies; PhD, University of California at Berkeley)
Research Interests: International human rights and monitoring, the social and legal construction of inequality, theory of critical disability, education for all, globalization, social welfare and social justice, health equity, social policy and diversity.