Full Member Faculty

AHMAD, Farah

photo of Professor Farah Ahmad(Associate Professor; PhD in Public Health, University of Toronto)
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Email:  farahmad@yorku.ca
Address:  Room 349A, Stong College

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.


(Assistant Professor, PhD, Rutgers University, 2016)
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Email: Lora.Appel@yorku.ca
Address: 346, Stong College

photo of Lora AppelDr. 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


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Address: Room 2118, Vari Hall

Research Interests: Health care and health policy; women and work; feminist political economy.


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Email: aberthel@yorku.ca
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Website: https://agnesberthelotraffard.com

Dr. Agnès Berthelot-Raffard is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University.

Her works focus on Black Health Studies/Black Disability Studies. She analyses the impact of racism and racialization on all dimensions of health and well-being. She also tries to examine the consequences of epistemic injustices in the healthcare system for those who are on the margins. Dr. Berthelot-Raffard is currently leading a Pan-Canadian project on the socio-determinants of Black Students’ Mental Health (funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada). As principal investigator, she is also working on Black women’s reproductive health (with Relais Femmes, a feminist community partner in Quebec).

In her PhD, she analyses the ethical and political stakes on the recognition of caregiving. As a political philosopher, she published several papers about the rights of caregivers, and the ethical aspects of caring for an elderly or someone living with a disability, a chronic illness or a cognitive impairment. She also published feminist philosophy papers on Black feminist epistemology, and about the care workers’ rights in a transnational perspective.

Before joining York, she worked as an advisor in the ethics of research board (Direction de santé publique de Montréal). She taught bioethics, medical ethics, and ethics of public health. She was also an Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Knew as an expert of Black feminism, Dr. Berthelot-Raffard created the first accredited university course in the francophone world devoted entirely to this political thought (UQAM, Montreal, Quebec).

Research interests: caregivers’ rights; disability rights; autism and neurodiversity; ageing; ethics of care and vulnerability; impacts of epistemic injustices and racism on health; “coloniality of power” and historical legacies of slavery in the social institutions; intersectionality as critical theory and praxis; mental health; women's health; health equity; socio-determinants of health; ethics of public health; bioethical approaches in critical disability studies.

CHAUFAN, Claudia

photo of Claudia Chaufan(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Health Policy & Equity; MD University of Buenos Aires; PhD Sociology/Notation Philosophy, University of California Santa Cruz)
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Email: cchaufan@yorku.ca
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.


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Email: adaftary@yorku.ca
Address: Room 5022H, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Website: ResearchGate

Dr. Amrita Daftary is a social and behavioural global health researcher. She examines health care seeking and caregiving practices for tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, and informs the design and evaluation of multi-level interventions. Dr. Daftary has expertise in qualitative research methods, implementation science, and health services research. She is well cited for her work on stigma associated with TB, including drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV coinfection. She works in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly South Africa, and India and Canada. Her research has been funded by CIHRNIHBMGFIC-IMPACTS, IDRC, OHTN and WHO. Dr. Daftary holds adjunct positions at the University of Toronto and Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), University of KwaZulu Natal. She has served as an evidence reviewer for the WHO Global TB Programme, Associate Director for the McGill International TB Centre, and is on the academic editorial board for PLoS One and Scientific Reports. In 2018, Dr. Daftary was named a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health.

Research Interests: Qualitative methods; health services research and evaluation; social determinants of health; stigma research; global implementation science; medication adherence; digital health interventions.

DALY, Tamara

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Email: dalyt@yorku.ca
Address: Room 354, Stong College

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.


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(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Critical Disability Studies; PhD, University of Toronto)

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Email: gorman@yorku.ca
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.


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(Associate Professor, York University; PhD University of Toronto)
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Email: nhalifax@yorku.ca
Address: Room 344, Stong College

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.


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(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Bucharest, Romania)
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Address: Room 351, Stong College

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.

EL MORR, Christo

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(On Sabbatical July 2020 to June 2021)

(Associate Professor and Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator; PhD, Compiègne University of Technology, France)
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Address: Room 350, Stong College

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.


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(Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 353, Stong College

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.


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(Associate Professor; PhD, York University)
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Address: Room 342, Stong College

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.


(Assistant Professor; PhD, Ryerson University, Toronto)
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Email: shillier@yorku.ca
Address: Room 348A, Stong College

Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar and a registered member of the Qalipu First Nation. He is an assistant professor and York Research Chair in Indigenous Health Policy & One Health at the School of Health Policy & Management & Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Health. He is Co-Chair of the Working Group on Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism in the Faculty of Health and the Chair of the Indigenous Council of York University. Additionally, Sean is a Board Member of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Dr. Hillier’s collaborative research program spans the topics of Indigenous Health Policy & Governance with a focus on understanding Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance through a One Health approach. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network. Dr. Hillier has been successful in receiving funding from each of the three federal granting agencies, with more than 10 external grants. He is a Principal Investigator on the Project: One Health Modelling Network for Emerging Infection, this 2-year NSERC funded project will build a modeling network that seeks to enhance early detection, warning, and response to emerging infectious diseases in Canada, using a multi-species, multi-system OH approach. Sean is also a Principal 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 work plan 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’. Finally, Sean has been involved in the Public Health Agency of Canada funded project to create a national AMR Network to implement the National AMR Action Plan.

Research Interests: Indigenous health; Health Policy; One Health; Indigenous Peoples living with HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; community-engaged research.


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(Director, Global Strategy Lab; Professor of Global Health, Law and Political Science, York University; Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health)
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Email: hoffmans@yorku.ca
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 previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics.
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.

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Research Interests: Global health; global governance; international law; institutional design; pandemics; antimicrobial resistance; legal epidemiology; methodology.

HYNIE, Michaela

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(Associate Professor, Acting Director York Institute for Health Research, York University; PhD, McGill University)
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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.

KHANLOU, Nazilla

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(Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Echo's OWHC Chair in Women's Mental Health Research, York University; PhD, Wayne State University)
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Email: nkhanlou@yorku.ca
Address: York Lanes, 270G

Research Interests: Mothering children with developmental disabilities; refugee health.


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(Professor-School of Public Policy & Administration, York University; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: tklassen@yorku.ca
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.

LUM, Lillie

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(Associate Professor-School of Health Policy & Management, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health; PhD, University of Toronto)
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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.

McDONALD, Paul W. (Dean, Faculty of Health)

MORROW, Marina

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(On Sabbatical July 2020 to June 2021)

(Professor; PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto)
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Email: mmmorrow@yorku.ca
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.


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(Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, York University; PhD, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia)
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Email: nielsene@yorku.ca
Address: Room 734, Ross Building South

Research Interests: Health and Medical Humanities, Critical Disability Studies, Feminist Queer Crip Cultural Studies, Research-Creation


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(Professor, Director, Dahdelah Global Health Research Institute, MD from McMaster University Medical School)
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Email: orbinski@yorku.ca
Address: Room 2150, DB Building

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.

PILON, Dennis

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(Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director-Dept. of Political Science LA&PS, York University; PhD York University)
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Email: dpilon@yorku.ca
Address: Room S638, Ross Building

Research Interests: Elections, democratic reform, class analysis.


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(Professor; PhD in Educational Theory, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 334, Stong College

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.


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(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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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.


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(Associate Professor of Management; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 289, Atkinson Building

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.

van DREUMEL, Lynda

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(Assistant Professor; PhD Business Administration, Health Policy & Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University)
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Email: lyndavd@yorku.ca
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.

VIENS, Adrian

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(Assistant Professor - Global Health; PhD School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London)
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Email: amviens@yorku.ca
Address: Room 5022B, DB Building

Research Interests: ethics, legal theory and public policy, especially public health ethics and law.


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(Professor; Director and Special Advisor to the Dean (Faculty of Health) for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects; PhD, University of Toronto)
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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.

WONG, Hannah

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(On Sabbatical July 2020 to June 2021)

(Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 310, Stong College

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.

Associate Member Faculty

EYAWO, Oghenowede

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(Assistant Professor - School of Kinesiology & Health Science; PhD, Simon Fraser University)
Extension: 30044
Email: oeyawo@yorku.ca
Address: 5022G Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building

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.



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(Assistant Professor; PhD, York University)
Extension: 44087
Email: migon@yorku.ca
Address: Room 133, Founders College

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.


MENSAH, Joseph

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(Professor & Chair-Dept. of Geography, York University; PhD, University of Alberta)
Extension: 66344
Email: jmensah@yorku.ca
Address: Room N418, Ross Building

Research Interests: Culture and cultural studies; transnational and return migration; ethno-racial identity formation; African development.


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(Assistant Professor of Program and Policy Evaluation, School of Global Health, York University; PhD, University of Cambridge)
Extension: 33406
Email: tpenney@yorku.ca
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.

Twitter: @TarraPenney 

Current Research

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.

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(Associate Professor-Dept. of Political Science LA&PS)
Extension: 88834
Email: rsaunder@yorku.ca
Address: Room S639, Ross Building

Research Interests: African studies; politics and government; development political economy; extractive resources; civil society and democratisation.

SHORT, Nicola



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(Assistant Professor, Coordinator Management- School of Administrative Studies LA&PS; PhD, York University)

Extension: 22653
Email: thomsonk@yorku.ca
Address: Room 214, Atkinson College

Research Interests: Management; organizational theory; social movement theories; sustainability and health care coordination.


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(Associate Professor-Dept. of Philosophy LA&PS, York University; PhD, York University)
Extension: 33522
Address: Room S428, Ross Building

Research Interests: Ethics; mental health; bioethics; philosophy of psychiatry.

Adjunct Faculty




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(Professor and Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Chair in Urban Health, Ryerson University)
Telephone: 416-979-5000 X 4964
Email: sguruge@ryerson.ca




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(Post-Doctoral Fellow Visitor; PhD in Primary Care Research, University of Nottingham, U.K.)
Email: nasih@yorku.ca
Address: Room 349, Stong College

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.







SAYANI, Ambreen

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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.

SHNIER, Adrienne

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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.

Email: ashnier@yorku.ca

Website: www.adrienneshnier.com

Selected Publications:

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.

WILLIAMS, Charmaine

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(Associate Professor-Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; PhD, University of Toronto)
Telephone: 416-946-8225
Email: charmaine.williams@utoronto.ca

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


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(Member Emeriti-School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health, York University; MD, University of Toronto)
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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.

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical policy.

Suggested article of interest - Cost Recovery (Health Canada, September 1998)