Theresa Thompson-Colón, PhD
theresa.thompson-colon [at]

Department of Sociology

Dr. Thompson-Colón is a sociologist and survey methodologist with more than 20 years of international experience in directing complex data collection efforts in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean region, and West Africa.

Starting in 2011, through her affiliation with McGill Institute for Global Food Security, Dr. Thompson-Colón has contributed to several large-scale multidisciplinary international research initiatives to undertake issues related to food security, malnutrition, health inequalities, gender disparities, and agriculture and rural development. Some of the Institute initiatives and research projects include: (i) the Nutrition Links Project (2013-2018), a joint research effort between McGill University and the University of Ghana (Accra) to build capacity through integrated agricultural, educational, nutritional, and economic interventions to improve livelihood and sustainability in Upper Manya Krobo District in Ghana; (ii) the Nutritious Potatoes Project (2016-2018), a collaboration with Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá) to design monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the scale-up an agricultural innovation model and its implementation; and (iii) the CARICOM Food Security Project (2011-2013), a joint research effort between McGill University and the University of West Indies (Trinidad-Tobago) to improve food and nutrition security in the Caribbean region. Dr. Thompson-Colón also contributes her time in building the research capacity and skills of graduate students affiliated to the Institute, as well as co-supervises, with Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, the research projects of several graduate students completing their master’s and doctoral program.

Before joining McGill University in 2011, Dr. Thompson-Colón was a Senior Project Director at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, where she designed survey instruments and managed data collection efforts using best practices and innovative sample management techniques for complex data collection projects. She also led an initiative to increase international survey research work and taught a graduate level class on Survey Methods for Public Health Professionals. Dr. Thompson-Colón holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.

Arlette S. Saint Ville, PhD

Dr. Arlette Saint Ville is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher with the McGill Department of Natural Resources.Dr. Saint Ville is examining how community-based school feeding initiatives can provide food system responses to counter increasing occurrences of overweight and obesity among children and reduce the related burden of non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Through applied research she aims to identify solutions that are adaptive, decentralized and engage all stakeholders across the agri-food system. This research forms part of an IDRC-funded project entitled “Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM.” The project aims to implement coordinated packages of interventions within national food systems to promote sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable groups and to combat obesity and diet-related NCDs in three countries: Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dr. Saint Ville completed a Bachelor of Environmental Geography degree (Honours) at Nipissing University, a Master of Environmental Studies degree at York University, and PhD at McGill University. Her doctoral research used mixed methods to explain why scientific advances in agriculture, food and environment have not translated into sustainable food and nutrition security outcomes for the Caribbean as part of the McGill/UWI CARICOM Project. Her work has appeared in journals such as Food Policy, Food Security, Rural Studies and Regional Environmental Change.

In collaboration with the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security, Dr. Saint Ville is working on a number of important co-authorships. She is currently leading a special section soon to be published in the journal of Food Security that will feature manuscripts from existing and past students from the institute.