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McGill Expert Alert: Holiday sources


Published: 13 Dec 2007

We suggest the following sources for your holiday stories:

We suggest the following sources for your holiday stories:


robert [dot] soroka [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Robert Soroka)
Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management
Expertise: Retailing, marketing and consumer behaviour, cross-border shopping

sema [dot] barlas [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sema Barlas)
Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management
Expertise: Marketing and the psychology of shopping: what influences consumer behaviour? Internet shopping

christopher [dot] ragan [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Christopher Ragan)
Professor, Department of Economics
Expertise: The impact of the high Canadian dollar on retail and manufacturing sectors

The Tradition of Gift Giving

shirley [dot] steinberg [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Shirley Steinberg)
Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Expertise: The culture of "re-gifting"

donald [dot] taylor [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Donald M. Taylor)
Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Social, personality

conrad [dot] graham [at] mccord [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Conrad Graham)
Curator, Visual Arts Collection, McCord Museum of Canadian History
Expertise: History of gift giving, historic gifts

"Over-gifting"/Appropriate Gifts for the Holidays

jeffrey [dot] derevensky [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jeffrey Derevensky)
Professor, Faculty of Education, Co-Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behavior

Toy Safety/Recalls

joe [dot] schwarcz [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Joe Schwarcz)
Professor, Department of Chemistry; Director, McGill Office for Science and Society
Expertise: Health issues and the application of chemistry in everyday life

Donating to Charity Rewards the Brain

Dr. Alain Dagher
Neurologist, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital; Professor, Department of Neuroscience, McGill University
Expertise: The function of dopamine
Contact via sandra [dot] mcpherson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sandra McPherson), Communications Officer, MNI

Grieving during the Holidays

estelle [dot] hopmeyer [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Estelle Hopmeyer)
Director, McGill Centre for Loss and Bereavement
Expertise: How to deal with the loss of a loved one despite constant reminders of holidays past

Holiday Depression/Suicide Rates

Dr. Johanne Renaud
McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Hospital
Expertise: The phenomenon of "holiday blues" brought on by stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, commercialization and financial concerns
514-761-6131 ext. 3301

Holiday Weight Gain

laurette [dot] dube [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Laurette Dubé)
Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management; internationally respected professor in consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing, food and health specialist, and founding chair and scientific director of the McGill University Integrative Health Challenge Think Tank
Expertise: The role of comfort foods in alleviating negative emotions; which ones men choose, which ones women choose and why

baerbel [dot] knaeuper [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Baerbel Agnes Knaeuper)
Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: How individuals make food-related judgments, compensatory behaviour, whether post-holiday crash diets work

catherine [dot] sabiston [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Catherine Sabiston)
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Expertise: Body image, popular culture

Food Safety

judy [dot] campbell-gordon [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Judy Campbell Gordon)
Dietician/Food Lab Coordinator, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Expertise: How to prepare food safely, contamination risks

Healthy Food Choices during the Holidays

louise [dot] thibault [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Louise Thibault)
Professor, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Expertise: Smart food choices, avoiding winter weight gain

Food Chemistry

ariel [dot] fenster [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ariel Fenster)
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Expertise: The chemistry behind alcoholic hangovers and "turkey hangovers"; the effect of eating chocolate on mood


ellen [dot] aitken [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ellen Aitken)
Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies
Expertise: The spiritual meaning of the holiday season beneath the commercialism

Christianity and the Christmas season

patricia [dot] kirkpatrick [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Patricia Kirkpatrick)
Professor, Faculty of Religious Studies
Expertise: Biblical historiography

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