The YIHR Executive Committee is a prime example of the interfaculty interaction that drives the interdisciplinary nature of YIHR research projects. YIHR’s Executive Committee is comprised of members from seven faculties across the university. Making transdisciplinary connections unites a breadth of expertise to inform innovation directions. YIHR brings new researchers to the area of health and extends health research to less traditional areas of focus, creating opportunities for exciting new synergies.
Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science
Dr. Jianhong Wu is a University Distinguished Research Professor, a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and a CRC partner leader of an Infectious Disease Management and Modeling project under the IDRC-CRC International Research Chairs Initiative. In 2012, he received a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in coordinating large-scale interdisciplinary research bridging complex data, geo-simulation tools, mathematical modelling and public health policy. He is the founding director for the Centre for Disease Modelling and the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at York University. He has co-authored over 300 peer reviewed journal publications, 7 monographs and 14 edited volumes.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Dr. Michaela Hynie received her PhD in Social Psychology from McGill University in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, and the Associate Director of the York Institute for Health Research. Dr. Hynie's current research has 3 broad areas of focus. The first is on culture, immigration and health. This includes culturally appropriate health and mental health care, health care access, and using community-based research methods in diverse immigrant communities. Within this area she has worked on the development and use of community-based support networks to promote mental health in local and international settings and on social, cultural and structural barriers in immigrants’ access to mental health services. The second is on how basic interpersonal or social psychological processes are affected by culture. This includes looking at how stress and social support differ by culture, and the effects of culture on the experience and expression of social emotions (i.e., shame and guilt). The third is sexual behaviour and safer sex, with a focus on culturally appropriate interventions and the evaluation of international initiatives. Dr. Hynie also founded the Program Evaluation Unit of the York Institute for Health Research, a unit that supports not for profit organizations in conducting program evaluations. The Program Evaluation Unit focuses on evaluation of programs designed to promote health and well-being and social inclusion.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Uzo Anucha holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto and BSW and MSW from York University. Dr. Anucha’s scholarship, teaching and professional activities focus on promoting equity and access for diverse communities within local, national and international contexts. Dr. Anucha conceptualizes her applied research scholarship as a community dialogue that must fully engage the community studied. She actively seeks to bridge the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use by translating and disseminating research findings to end users (policy-makers and practitioners) using multiple channels. She frequently presents her work in diverse forums that are accessible to communities, agencies and policy makers. She is the Principal Investigator of the Assets Coming Together for Youth Project (ACT for Youth), a community-university research partnership that is focused on developing a comprehensive youth strategy for the Jane-Finch community. Dr. Anucha has served on a variety of community-based boards and is currently on the board of the Central Local Health Integration Network. Research Website ACT for Youth: http://www.yorku.ca/act
Initiative Director, Re-Imagining Long-term Residential Care
Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Pat Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and Health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Focusing on the fields of social policy, of women, work and the health and social services, she has published widely, authoring or co-authoring such books as They Deserve Better: the Long-term Care Experience in Canada and Scandinavia; A Place to Call Home: Long-term Care in Canada; Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services University of Toronto Press);Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (Oxford University Press). Much of this work makes the relationship between paid and unpaid work central to the analysis. She was Chair of Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for more than a decade by Health Canada, and was acting director of the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health. She was the co-director at York of the Ontario Training Centre. She held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the York Institute for Health Research and has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton. She is also a board member of the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases, heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to federal Human Rights Tribunals on issues related to women’s health care work and to pay equity. Her current research is focused on reimagining long-term residential care, a Major Collaborative Research Project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Associate Professor, Department of Design, Faculty of Arts
Sandra Gabriele has been practicing and teaching design for over twenty-five years. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, and holds an MDes in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta. In professional practice, she has designed communications materials for a variety of clients: government organizations, corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations, in both print and digital media. Her research interests are in the area of typography (legibility and the digital representation of large text collections) and information design (specifically, patient safety initiatives involving graphic design).
Professor, Faculty of Education
Stephen Gaetz is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. Dr. Gaetz is dedicated to increasing the impact of research on solutions to homelessness. He has published extensively on the economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues of people who are homeless, as well as solutions to homelessness from both a Canadian and international perspective. Prior to coming to York University, Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto) and Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto. Professor Gaetz continues to play a leading role internationally in knowledge dissemination in the area of homelessness, as the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub, the largest web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world. Under Professor Gaetz’s leadership, York played host to the Canadian Conference on Homelessness in 2005 – the first research conference of its kind in Canada.
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Professor Gilmour joined the Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990, after practising civil litigation and administrative law. She teaches Health Law, Legal Governance of Health Care, Torts and Disability and the Law in the LLB program. She developed and is Director of Osgoode’s part-time LLM program specializing in Health Law, and teaches graduate courses on Professional Governance, and Legal Frameworks of the Healthcare System. She is past Director of Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, and past Associate and Acting Director of York University’s Centre for Health Studies. Professor Gilmour’s research and publications in health law span some of the most debated issues in contemporary society. She recently completed a major study on the effects of tort law (negligence) on efforts to improve patient safety and reduce medical error. Current research projects include an examination of legal and ethical issues in decision-making about health care for children, and a study of the interrelationship of disability, gender, law and inequality. She has acted as a consultant to Health Canada, and completed a study for the Ontario Law Reform Commission on assisted suicide, euthanasia, and foregoing life-sustaining treatment. She has also completed studies on health care restructuring and privatization, professional regulation of complementary and alternative medicine, and the interrelation of poverty, health and access to justice.
Associate Professor, Mathematics, Director of CDM
Dr. Heffernan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at York University. She is also the Director of the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM), and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Mathematical Biology (SMB). Dr Heffernans research program centres on understanding the spread and persistence of infectious diseases. Her, Modelling Infection and Immunity Lab (MI2), which is affiliated with the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM) focuses on the development of new biologically motivated models of infectious diseases (deterministic and stochastic) that describe pathogen dynamics in-host (mathematical immunology) and in a population of hosts (mathematical epidemiology). Models in immuno-epidemiology, which integrate the in-host dynamics with population level models, are also developed.
Professor, Faculty of Education
Jennifer Jenson is Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University, Canada. She is the outgoing president of a scholarly society to support digital games reserach in Canada and Internationally, the Canadian Game Studies Association (http://www.gamestudies.ca). She is also co-Editor (with Suzanne de Castell, Simon Fraser University) of the society's journal Loading (http://journals.sfu.ca/loading). Her research and publication includes work on gender and technologies, gender and digital gameplay, players and identities in MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) like World of Warcraft, Eve Online, and Rift, technology and education, and technology policies and policy practices in K-12 education in Canada. In addition, working with a team of people at York, Simon Fraser University and Seneca College, she has designed and developed several educationally focused digital games in her Play:CES lab at York including a Baroque music game for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto (see http://www.tafelmusik.org/education/webgame.htm). Other games she has developed include: "Epidemic: Self-Care for Crisis" and an iPad/iPhone game "Compareware". Committed to ludic forms in research, scholarship and 'real life', Jenson's favorite game of all time is "Frogger" and she is committed to waiting for the last game in the Ico series, "The Last Guardian".
University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
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 Tetrahymena genome, 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.
Initiative Director, Disability Rights Promotion International
Professor, School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health
Marcia Rioux is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management; in the MA and PhD (Critical Disability Studies) and in the M.A./PhD in Health Policy and Equity at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is the past Director of the York Institute of Health Research (YIHR). She works with many disability organizations and has published and consulted widely on disability and human rights and disability policy issues, both nationally and internationally. Marcia has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She advises federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO‘s as well as United Nations agencies. She recently published with Brill Press, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law, (Eds. M. H. Rioux, L. Basser, M. Jones). She is the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection of essays on participatory monitoring, Building Power out of Evidence. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health
Mina Singh received her Neurosurgical Nursing Certificate in 1983 from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981 from University of Toronto. She became a Registered Nurse in 1981 from the College of Nurses of Ontario and she also received her Bachelor of Science, Minor in Pharmacology in 1978 from the University of Toronto, Doctor of Philosophy (Measurement and Evaluation) in 2004 from the University of Toronto, Mental Health Nursing Certification in 1988 from the Canadian Nurses Association and Masters of Education in 1999 from the University of Toronto. Singh was chosen as the Pat Griffin Scholar for her influential research in the area of accountability in education and practice, curriculum development and design, as well as international development in nursing education. In addition, she has a solid record of mentoring nursing students. Her interests also include mental health and community health nursing. She is a member of York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, formerly AXON, which is a peer reviewed journal published three times a year.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Dr. Peter Tsasis is an Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. He has been recognized as an outstanding professor with a Faculty of Health Award in 2011 and a University Wide Teaching Award in 2013. His current research interests focus on the nature and dynamic of structural conditions and social norms in which patterns of relationships are developed and enacted in patient centered integrated care. His research scholarship has been widely published in interdisciplinary academic journals and his work has been supported by tri-council research funding. Dr. Tsasis is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is Board Certified with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Professor, Associate Dean, Community and Global
Mary Wiktorowicz is Associate Dean, Community and Global in the Faculty of Health and was the chair of the School of Health Policy and Management for eight years (2006 - 2014). Professor Wiktorowicz adopts a comparative lens to study models of health system governance, focusing on mental health policy and pharmaceutical policy. A recent study assessed the governance models ten local health networks used to coordinate mental health care. Her comparative research also analyses pharmaceutical policy by developing frameworks to enhance our understanding of the governance models that guide them. Her most recent research compares the governance processes underlying the global medicines policy network with that of its national counterparts to clarify the distinctiveness of their policy strategies.