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Below are biographies of a select group of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE)’s members. Additional members will be added soon.

David Buckeridge, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University

David Buckeridge is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Informatics. He is also a Medical Consultant at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and the Direction de Santé Publique de Montréal. His research focuses on public health informatics and particularly on the informatics of public health surveillance. Current research projects include developing and evaluating systems for automated surveillance in community and hospital settings. He has an M.D. from Queen's University in Canada, an MSc. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, and a PhD. in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University. Dr Buckeridge is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Community Medicine.

Richard Gold, Professor of Law, McGill University

Richard Gold is the President of The Innovation Partnership and previously was the Founding Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University. His research centers focus on understanding the links between innovation, intellectual property and development. He led the International Expert Group on Biotechnology, Innovation and Intellectual Property, a transdisciplinary research team that issued a ground-breaking report on the policies and law of innovation and intellectual property. He consults frequently with national governments and international agencies such as the World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, UNITAID and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. He publishes widely in legal, political science, science and other journals around the world.

Reut Gruber, Assistant Professor of Psychology, McGill University

Reut Gruber is a Professor of Psychology at McGill University. Her research looks at how sleep deprivation has consequences for our health and daytime functioning. Reut Gruber, PhD, is examining the association between sleep and attention in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents, the role of sleep in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the genetics of sleep. It has been previously established that, although children with ADHD are hyperactive, they are actually hypo-aroused (more tired, less alert) during the day. Treatment of sleep problems may improve the cognitive functioning and regulation of behavior of these children. Reut Gruber is testing this hypothesis, with the aim to demonstrate a positive impact of sleep on the children’s concentration and behavior. She is also involved with the Douglas’ sleep intervention programs and the day camp for children with ADHD.

Barbel Knauper, Associate Professor of Psychology, McGill University; Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Barbel Knauper is an Associate Professor of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. Her area of research is applied social cognition with a focus on health. She studies how individuals make health related judgments (e.g., risk perception); how cognitions (e.g., health beliefs) influence health behavior; and how interventions can be used to restructure health-related cognitions and behaviors. Currently, she studies these processes mainly in the areas of sexual health and eating behavior (dieting, obesity, diabetes). Her methodological interests include the construction of psychometric scales, questionnaire design and the validity of self-reports.

Yu Ma, Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Alberta

Yu Ma is an Associate Professor of Marketing at University of Alberta. His research focuses on various aspects of retailing. Using scanner panel data, he studies how consumers react to marketing activities, such as pricing/promotions/displays. He also examines broader retailing issues such as the influence of food marketing on population health.

Doina Precup, Associate Professor of Computer Science, McGill University

Doina Precup is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science with McGill University. Doina Precup’s research interests center around machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is most interested in reinforcement learning and in building real-life applications of machine learning algorithms. She received her graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, where she was a Fulbright fellow.

Thomas Shultz, Professor of Psychology, McGill University

Thomas Shultz is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Member of the School of Computer Science at McGill University. He teaches courses in Computational Psychology and Cognitive Science. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and a founder and former Coordinator of McGill Cognitive Science. Research interests include connectionism, cognitive science, cognitive development, evolution and learning, and relations between knowledge and learning. He has over 200 research publications in these areas. He is a Member of the IEEE Neural Networks Society Autonomous Mental Development Technical Committee and Chair of the AMD Task Force on Developmental Psychology. He earned his PhD at Yale in Psychology. In collaboration with Laurette Dubé (Management, McGill), Yu Ma (Management, Alberta), David Katz (Medicine, Yale), Len Epstein (Medicine, SUNY Buffalo), he has immediate plans for a grant application to assess the impact of food labeling on dietary choices and subsequent weight changes. His skills and experience in computational modeling and psychological experimentation will be applied to this and other projects.

Jeroen Struben, Professor of Strategy & Organization, McGill University

Jeroen Struben is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy & Organization Area at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University and a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he is leading a project with Professor John Sterman on alternative energy and transportation transitions. Jeroen received a doctorate in management from the Sloan School and a graduate degree in physics from Delft University of Technology. Jeroen’s work focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to successful market formation. He focuses in particular on challenges around the development of market infrastructure, of social and material nature, and of new categories and their coevolution. Empirically Jeroen studies transitions in nutrition, alternative fuel vehicle, and energy markets. His research combines empirical and formal analysis, including dynamic computational modelling, and produces insights related to coordination, collective action, and commitment across organizations, industries, and governments. Through his research Jeroen has worked with organizations across a variety of sectors ranging from automotive (Ford, GM, SAIC Shanghai), to energy (Shell, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US DOE, Johnson Controls China), public health (PHAC), and to fisheries (NOAA, GCDC). Jeroen teaches managing innovation, system dynamics, and systems thinking.

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