News and Publications

Faculty members participate in numerous international conferences and symposia throughout the year, and actively engage media in addition to publishing on a wide range of topics. Use the tabs to the left to explore past publications, news, and community announcements. For upcoming events, click here. For more on our research, visit this page.

News and Publications from 2020

IHSP Blog Launch Announcement and ScheduleOn July 13th, 2020 the IHSP will launch its new blog entitled, Learning from COVID: Perspectives on health & social policy - COVID and beyond. It is a space for weekly commentaries on health, social, ethical, legal and environmental policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our first post is CHSLDs in Court: Thoughts on Government’s and Managers’ Liability by Lara Khoury, Associate Professor and Co-Convenor of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law, Faculty of Law, and Associate Member of the IHSP and BMEU (McGill).

Blogs will be posted weekly on Mondays at

Please click the following link to view the full-sized Launch Announcement or to see the Blog Summer Schedule.

June 16, 2020 - article by Christopher Maskell, Communications Officer, Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives

Young brains on cannabis: Making science accessible

New website offers a layperson's guide to neuroscience studies on cannabis and the developing brain.

Read the McGill Reporter article HERE!

McGill University's Law School and the McGill University Faculty of Arts are delighted to announce that Professor Daniel Weinstock has been appointed to the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in civil society and public policy, effective June 1, 2020.

Announcement text on a clickable imageJune 1, 2020 - Funded by the Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives initiative, a team of researchers based at the Departments of Psychiatry and Philosophy, Institute for Health & Social Policy and the Montreal Neurological Institute have launched Led by Dr. Suparna Choudhury, the Cannabis & Adolescent Brain Development (CABD) website will post summaries of the latest published research on cannabis and the adolescent brain to help policy-makers, journalists, educators and parents engage directly with neuroscience. The website aims to increase neuroscience literacy and translation of neuroscience to policy by presenting critical, accessible research digests which pay attention to methodologies, context, analyses and interpretations.
Please click the link to view the full-sized Launch Announcement!

Lara Khoury Alana Klein M-E Couture  May 21, 2020 Webinar on Power, people and the pandemic: the legal sides of COVID-19 with speakers: Lara Khoury, Associate Member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law and the co-convener of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law; Alana Klein, Associate Member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law and co-convener of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law; and Marie-Eve Couture Ménard, Associate Professor at Faculty of Law of Université de Sherbrooke and affiliated with the Centre de recherche sur la régulation et le droit de la gouvernance (CrRDG).

May 11, 2020, article on Accessibility and allocation of public parks and gardens during COVID-19 social distancing in England and Wales by Niloofar Shoari, Majid Ezzati, Jill Baumgartner, Diego Malacarne, Daniela Fecht.  Note: This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.
View the article here!

Christopher Barrington-LeighMay 4, 2020 Blog post in Psychology Today on Happiness and the CoVid Pandemic by economist Chris Barrington-Leigh, Associate Professor jointly appointed by McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment.

Daniel WeinstockProfessor Daniel Weinstock was interviewed by Neale McDevitt of the McGill Reporter on April 28th, 2020 about ethics, social distancing and reopening elementary schools. Read the interview.

April 20, 2020 Webinar on High Compliance Policies and their Pitfalls by Daniel Weinstock, IHSP Director and Professor in the McGill Faculty of Law:

April 19, 2020 Philodio interview with Daniel Weinstock, IHSP Director and Professor in the McGill Faculty of Law

News and Publications from 2019

Greg Marchildon interviews David Wright of McGill University on his book SickKids: The History of The Hospital for Sick Children (University of Toronto Press) which won the Champlain Society’s Chalmers Award in 2016. This podcast was produced by Hugh Bakhurst in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Ryerson University.

The 2019 Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture will be delivered on October 24th by Dr. Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Canada Research Chair in Social Inequality in Child Health. He will be speaking on Health Inequality in Children and Youth and the Wealth of Nations. More details:

September 24th, Mylene Riva, Institute for Health and Social Policy, Department of Geography, and Canada Research Chair in Housing, Community and Health at McGill University presented a project on “Improving community well-being through housing” to the Band Council of the Cree Nation of Eastmain. Dr. Riva is the academic lead on this initiative that is led by the Cree Nation of Eastmain and funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

SEPTEMBER 19th: IHSP Faculty member Alissa Koski presents new research on child marriage in Canada to the federal Interdepartmental Working Group on Harmful Practices. For more information on Alissa’s work please visit her research page at

Anthony Bossis standing next to event posterAnthony Bossis, PhD, NYU School of Medicine
Psychedelic Research: Implications for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Existential Distress
September 12, 2019 from 18:00-19:00
McIntyre Medical Building
Palmer Auditorium, 6th floor
3655 Promedade Sir William Osler

Hosted by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. Co-hosted by Palliative Care McGill, the Divison of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Culture, Mind and Brain program.

To view full sized poster, please click HERE!


Christopher Barrington-LeighIncreasing numbers of governments worldwide are recognizing the importance of happiness and well-being as top policy priorities. Life satisfaction can now be measured and evidence is providing clear direction to policymakers in where to focus new and effective public policies for raising societal well-being. Using data on happiness from around the world over the last 13 years, new research by Chris Barrington-Leigh, faculty member at the IHSP and the McGill School of the Environment, with Eric Galbraith from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: “What is the feasible range of changes in life satisfaction by 2050?” and “What kind of policies might be responsible for those changes?”. Results clearly show that "policies in the future can only make a modest difference in our happiness if they are focused on increasing material outcomes. By contrast, policies that affect our social engagement, belonging, and community have the potential to radically determine our future quality of life". For more information, please visit Prof. Barrington-Leigh's website: and this video summarizing his research

GLOBE AND MAIL - June 19th, 2019

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY - June 17, 2019


Alissa KoskiAlissa Koski, faculty member at the IHSP and the McGill Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, is conducting new research on child marriage across Canada. Preliminary results show that "child marriage is legal and on-going in Canada", with Ontario sanctioning the most child marriages with 1,353 since 2000, then Alberta with 791, Quebec with 590 and British Columbia with 429. The vast majority are girls; and compared to boys, girls marry at younger ages and to substantially older spouses. Professor Koski adds that her results likely “underestimate the true extent of the practice", and that “child marriage is associated with poor health and economic outcomes, particularly for girls”. For more information, please visit Prof. Koski's website:



Radio Interview on John Gormley Live (Saskatoon/Regina) -  June 18
Listen to the interview here  Audio icon koski_gormley_interview18june2019.mp3

Article in Le Devoir by Magdaline Boutros - 10 septembre 2019

Book cover for High TimeMontreal launch of the much awaited volume, High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada, edited by Daniel Weinstock and Andrew Potter. Event is free of charge and open to the general public on April 11, 2019 at 17:00-18:30 at Librarie Paragraphe Bookstore. For more details please click here.

Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh's research on Understanding Human Well-Being was discussed in an article on McGill Newsroom - Media Relations Office on February 4, 2019. Visit the link below for more details.
Global well-being in coming decades hinges on non-material factors

Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh's research on Understanding Human Well-Being was discussed on February 4, 2019 on CBC Listen Radio Noon Montreal with Shawn Apel - Would you be happier living in the city or a small town?

Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Feasible future global scenarios for human life evaluations'' (With Eric Galbraith), Nature Communications, Volume 10, Number: 161, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-08002-2, January 2019.
What does recent research into the human happiness tell us about life in the future? We use trends that account for differences in happiness across countries and over time to project what life could be like in 2050, in good and bad scenarios. Our findings highlight the critical role of non-material factors such as social supports, freedoms, and fairness in determining the future of human well-being.
Published PDF / 2-minute video introducing this work

Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "How Happy are Your Neighbours? Variation in Life Satisfaction among 1200 Canadian Neighbourhoods and Communities'' (with John F. Helliwell, Hugh Shiplett) PLoS ONE, 14(1): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210091, January 2019.
The first high-resolution map of life satisfaction across Canada
Interactive map

Sentenac, M., Lach, L. M., Gariepy, G., & Elgar, F. J. (2019). Education disparities in youth with neurodisabilities in Canada. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 61, 226-231.

News and Publications from 2018

Dr. Alissa Koski was interviewed in a recent article:
Child marriage in the USA: persistent but little understood
by Bryant Furlow
Published: November 02, 2018
The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health - Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2018, Pages 849-850.

The US Government advocates an end to child marriage, but in 48 of 50 states, legal exceptions to minimum marriage ages allow those younger than 18 years to be married. The District of Columbia and territories like Puerto Rico also allow child marriage.

The article refers to her research on child marriage in the following: Koski, Heymann J. Child Marriage in the United States: How Common Is the Practice, And Which Children Are at Greatest Risk? Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 Jun;50(2):59-65.

Global project to reduce health inequalities in cities around the world - McGill University News and Events, February 6, 2018

Beaudry, J.-S., The Vanishing Body of Disability Law: Power and the Making of the Impaired Subject, Canadian Journal of Family Law, (2018) vol. 31, p. 7-56

Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Informing policy priorities using inference from life satisfaction responses in a large community survey'' (with Jan Wollenberg), Applied Research in Quality of Life, doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9629-9, April 2018.
Analysis of life satisfaction data in Connecticut from Datahaven's survey.
PDF manuscript, with Supplemental Information

Christopher Barrington-Leigh, "Measuring progress and well-being: A comparative review of indicators'' (with Alice Escande), Social Indicators Research, doi:10.1007/s11205-016-1505-0, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 893–925, February 2018.
We provide a new database sampling well-being and progress indicators implemented since the 1970s at all geographic scales. We assess in particular the roles of subjective well-being and of sustainability metrics in the evolution of attempts to better measure progress and the broadest social outcomes.
Springer-Nature's free online version / PDF manuscript / Our full database of indicators is available under the Creative Commons license.

Chai Y, Nandi A, Heymann J. Does extending the duration of legislated paid maternity leave improve breastfeeding practices? Evidence from 38 low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Global Health 2018; 3:e001032.

Nandi A, Jahagirdar D, Dimitris MC, et al. The Impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature. The Milbank Quarterly September 2018; doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12340.

Batomen Kuimi, BL, Oppong-Nkrumah, O, Kaufman, J et al. Child labour and health: a systematic review. International Journal of Public Health January 2018; doi:10.1007/s00038-018-1075-9.

Su, Q., Chen, Z., Li, R., Elgar, F. J., Liu, Z., & Lian, Q. (2018). Association between early menarche and school bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 213-218.

Elgar, F. J., Donnelly, P., Gariepy, G., Riehm, K., & Pickett, W. (2018). Bans against corporal punishment and physical fighting in adolescents in 88 countries and regions. BMJ Open, 8, e021616.

Gariépy, G., Sentenac, M. Jannsen, I., & Elgar, F. J. (2018). School start time and the healthy weight of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 69-73.

Elgar, F. J., Canale, N., Wohl, M., Lenzi, M., & Vieno, A. (2018). Relative deprivation and disordered gambling in youths. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 72, 589-594.

Vieno, A., Altoè, G., Kuntsche, E., & Elgar, F. J. (2018). Do public expenditures on health and families relate to alcohol abstaining in adolescents? Multilevel study of adolescents in 24 countries. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, S120-S128.

Chzhen, Y., Bruckauf, Z., Toczydlowska, E., Elgar, F. J., Moreno-Maldonado, C., Stevens, G. W. J. M., Sigmundová, D., & Gariépy, G. (2018). Multidimensional deprivation among adolescents in 39 countries: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) 2013/14 study. Child Indicators Research, 11, 729-753.

Lian, Q., Su, Q., Li, R., Elgar, F. J., Liu, Z., & Zheng, D. (2018). The association between chronic bullying victimization with weight status and body self-image: a cross-national study in 39 countries. PeerJ, 6, e4330.

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