Experts: 2019 Holiday Season

Published: 6 January 2020

The McGill Media Relations Office suggests the following sources for your holiday stories:

Health and Wellbeing

Alcohol and pregnancy: Navigating holiday parties and gatherings
Dr. Gabrielle Cassir, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Expertise: Women’s health, holiday gender reveals, expecting during the holidays.
gabrielle.cassir [at] (English, French)
514-398-5909 (via Jason Clement, Communications Manager, Faculty of Medicine)

Being sick during the holidays
Dr. Brian Ward, Professor, Department of Medicine and Senior Scientist, Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre
Expertise: Infectious diseases, tropical medicine, vaccines.
brian.ward [at] (English, French, Spanish)
(514) 934-1934, ext. 42810

Prof. Eric Latimer, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Expertise: Evidence on interventions to address homelessness, ‘Housing First’ recovery-oriented approach.
eric.latimer [at] (English, French)

Trying to catch a break in hectic times
Prof. Daniel Levitin, James McGill Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Music and mood, holiday music, organization and multitasking, information overload.
daniel.levitin [at] (English, French* written only)

“You can do it!”: Finding motivation for New Year goals
Prof. Nathan Yang, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Desautels Faculty of Management
Expertise: Productivity, shared goals, success metrics, health and wellness.
nathan.yang3 [at] (English)
(514) 378-6233

Visits to the Emergency Room
Dr. Zachary Levine, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Expertise: Emergency medicine, cold and flu, flu shots; heart attacks in winter; seasonal affective disorder; frostbite; hypothermia and falls.
zachary.levine [at] (English)
(514) 934-1934, ext. 34277

Shopping and Consumerism

Dreaming of a (not so) White Christmas
Prof. Lawrence Mysak, Professor Emeritus, Department of Ocean, Climate and Paleoclimate Dynamics
Expertise: Climate change, warmer winters, increase of freezing rain.
lawrence.mysak [at] (English)
(514) 398-3768

Appropriate gifts for kids
Prof. Jeffrey Derevensky, James McGill Professor and Chair, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Expertise: Child development, developmental psychopathology, addiction, gambling, gaming.
jeffrey.derevensky [at] (English)
(514) 398-4249

Changing landscape of retail
Prof. Maxime Cohen, Associate Professor of Retail Management and Operations Management, Desautels Faculty of Management
Expertise: Pricing and promotions, data science and artificial intelligence, retail, online platforms and marketplaces.
maxime.cohen [at] (English, French)
(514) 398-2609

Sustainable tree shopping 
Prof. David Wees, Faculty Lecturer and Associate Director, Farm Management and Technology Program, Department of Plant Science
Expertise: Horticulture; greenhouse crops; urban horticulture; Poinsettias growth.
david.wees [at] (English)
(514) 398-7756

Food and Cooking

Cooking and folklore: A recipe as old as time
Prof. Nathalie Cooke, Professor, Department of English and Associate Dean, Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art, and Archives, McGill Library
Expertise: Canadian food history; historical food choices; historical cookery books and food texts; historical menus; seasonal cooking.
nathalie.cooke [at] (English, French)
(514) 398-1751

Cooking during the holidays: Interactions between gender and labour
Prof. Alexandra (Alex) Ketchum, Faculty Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Expertise: Food and gender; food and feminism; cooking and feminism; household labour and gender; feminist restaurants.
alexandraketchum [at] (English, French* written only).
(581) 995-4726

Food cravings: Weight gain, health choices and New Years resolutions
Prof. Daiva Nielsen, Assistant Professor, School of Human Nutrition
Expertise: Nutrigenomics, gene-environment interactions; ingestive behaviour.
daiva.nielsen [at] (English)
(514) 398-7677


November 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020 - Enchanted worlds: Relive the magic of Ogilvy’s holiday window displays
McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montrealers have been spellbound by the mechanical displays in Ogilvy’s department store window every Christmastime since 1947. The Bavarian scenes, custom made by the German toy manufacturer Steiff, feature dozens of handcrafted animals working and playing. For details, click here.

December 12 to 22, 2019 – Holiday spirit at the Redpath Museum
Entrance Hall, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W.

The Redpath museum invites you to its special activity for the Holidays with friends from the forest such as the arctic fox, the beaver, the cardinal, the snowy owl, the lynx, the wolf and many more. Includes a special scavenger hunt and a photo booth area so you can remember your visit. For the whole family. No reservation necessary. Located in the Entrance Hall. For details, click here.

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