Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Marine Azevedo Da SilvaMarine Azevedo Da Silva is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Health and Social Policy (IHSP) at McGill University. She is a social epidemiologist whose current research focuses on studying the impact of policies and social environments on adolescent mental health and substance use.

Prior her affiliation to IHSP, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (USA), investigating the relationship between bullying behavior and mental health and substance use among adolescent. Her research was supported by the NIDA-Inserm Drug Abuse Research Fellowship Award. She also worked in the Social Epidemiology research team at the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (France), investigating the relationship between occupational status throughout the career, psychosocial work factors and suicide risk.

Dr. Azevedo Da Silva earned her PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from the University of Paris-Saclay (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research - Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, France).

Mary BartramMary Bartram has extensive experience in mental health and addictions policy development with federal and territorial governments, indigenous organizations and NGOs, including as the Director of the Mental Health Strategy for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As a McGill post-doctoral fellow, her research focussed on the potential for harm reduction to bridge different understandings of recovery in the mental health and addictions sectors. She completed her PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in 2017, with doctoral research on equity in access to psychotherapy in Canada, Australia and the UK.

Last we knew, Mary Bartram was the Policy Director with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and teaches courses in public policy at Carleton University, including a graduate seminar on mental health and substance us policy.

Michael Da SilvaMichael Da Silva was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Michael completed his doctorate in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he was a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. His numerous publications include works in constitutional law, health law, ethics, and philosophy of law. His primary research project examined the normative status of sub-state 'nations' and its implications in the health care status. He was especially interested in the implications of this status for health care allocation and health 'rights' claims generally and for the Canadian federal government's particular ability to take an increased role in allocation decisions in Canada.

Last we knew, Michael Da Silva was the Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare at the University of Ottawa AI + Society Initiative, under the supervision of Professor Colleen Flood.

Hazar HaidarHazar Haidar now works as an Assistant Professor at the Département des Lettres et Humanités, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR).

Hazar was a research postdoctoral fellow working jointly at the CRE (Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal) and at the Institute for Health and Social Policy. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences-Bioethics from the Université de Montréal. Her research includes the ethical, social and policy issues raised by the implementation of a prenatal test known as the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) into the Canadian context. She also focuses on the cultural and social factors that come into play when introducing such technology in a specific context.

Nour HammamiNour Hammami currently holds an Assistant Professor position in Child and Youth Studies at Trent University Durham in Ontario, Canada. The focus of her research lies at the intersection of investigations between social inequalities and adolescent’s health and well-being using innovative epidemiological designs and quantitative methods.

At the IHSP, Nour was a postdoctoral researcher focused on social inequalities in health among marginalized children and youth. She investigated the distinct mental and physical health disadvantage that marginalized social groups of youth are at, relative to the rest of the population. The groups of youth included: victimized and victimizing youth, youth living in low socioeconomic position, living in single-parent households, and non-majority groups including gender minorities, racial groups, visible minorities, etc. She used a variety of analytical skills in both cross-sectional and prospective study designs with Canadian and international study populations. Nour completed her PhD in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

A central area of her research remains investigating disparities in health and understanding the structural, social, behavioural determinants that cause and that narrow these gaps using an equitable and inclusive approach. Nour acts as a reviewer for several journals and is a stakeholder with Health Canada

Thirumagal KanagasabaiThirumagal Kanagasabai is an FRQS Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology and Global Health. Her postdoctoral work focuses on environmental risk factors of cardiovascular and renal diseases in China. She completed her doctoral studies at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto (ON, Canada) in epidemiology. She also trained in toxicology from the University of Toronto, where she completed her HBSc and MSc. Her research interests include behavioural and environmental determinants of cardio-vascular-metabolic-renal diseases from both the cross-cultural and global contexts.

Bertrand LavoieBertrand Lavoie was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Banting Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Bertrand Lavoie holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in sociology, and a doctorate from the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law, where he was a SSHRC Bombardier Graduate Scholar. He was recently a SSHRC postdoctoral Fellow at Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law, and he has worked as a researcher invited to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. He is also a lecturer in public law, human rights and constitutional law. He is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Society, Law and Religion (SoDRUS) at University of Sherbrooke and at the Centre for Public Law (CRDP) at University of Montreal. His is a member of the Montreal Intercultural Council. 

Bertrand’s Banting research is to understand how ethical issues related to equality rights and freedom of religion are treated in a pediatric hospital, in order to clarify the important role ethicists play in their daily work. In close collaboration with the Unité d’éthique at the francophone university hospital Sainte-Justine, he will study the influence that the pediatric dimension can have on resolving ethical health dilemmas involving beliefs.

Last we knew, Bertrand Lavoie was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sherbrooke.

Vanessa RamptonVanessa Rampton was a Branco Weiss Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Philosophy Department. Prior to coming to McGill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich’s Chair for Practical Philosophy. She holds a PhD from King’s College, University of Cambridge, where she was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. In spring 2023 she will take up a research position for an ERC-funded project on assisted dying with Professor Anna Elsner at the University of St Gallen.

Vanessa is an intellectual historian with a particular interest in normative concepts (freedom, justice, progress, limits) and how these are adapted in concrete circumstances. While much of her previous work focused on eastern Europe, more recently she has been working on health-related topics. She is currently finishing a monograph on the idea of progress in medicine.

Bertrand StoffelBertrand Stoffel is a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly in the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University. His research covers two areas in particular, private law (contract law, evidence, international arbitration, and comparative law), and public health law (anti-doping policy, harm reduction). As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Bertrand Stoffel has developed a multidisciplinary research program exploring the legal and ethical dimensions of international anti-doping policy, as well as the legal tools that are best suited to protect athletes' rights and health. Bertrand Stoffel holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2017), and is also a member of the Bar of Zurich (2016). He is an editor for the Canadian Journal of Bioethics.

Bertrand Stoffel’s current research project is entitled Towards an Integrated Framework for Anti-Doping Policy: Law, Social Science, and Public Health Reasoning. It examines the impacts, the quality, and the effectiveness of anti-doping policy. Using a mixed-method approach, the project explores what anti-doping policy should achieve, how it can best address the complex issue of doping, and how its effectiveness can be measured.

Last we knew, Bertrand Stoffel was working at the University of Maryland in a research position.

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