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Zinzi Bailey is a social epidemiologist interested in the intersection of public health and criminal justice, including the (physical and mental) health impact of incarceration, the “criminogenic” impact of (physical and mental) health problems, and the relationship between criminal justice policies and social justice. She is also interested in the use of data and indicators in justice and safety policy and management. She received her Doctor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard School of Public Health in May 2014 and served as a Research Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) 2011-2014. Zinzi received her Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Epidemiology from Emory University, conducting focused research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the potential implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV/AIDS prevention, especially as it related to social network theory, health equity measures, and ethics. Zinzi's previous research, while completing her A.B. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, focused on Afro-Brazilian political mobilization. 

Tarik Benmarhnia completed doctoral studies in Epidemiology and Public Health jointly in Montreal (University of Montreal) and Paris (Paris Sud University). His PhD work is focused on social vulnerability and the health impacts of climate change. He received an M.Sc in Environmental Toxicology from the Montpellier School of Pharmacy and an M.Sc in Environmental Health Sciences Engineering from the French School of Public Health (EHESP). He worked for one year as an environmental scientist at the French National Railway Company (SNCF) in its contaminated soils and sites sector and one year at the French National Institute of Health Education and Prevention (INPES) as health scientist for their national environmental health program. Tarik also contributed to research projects in parallel with his PhD project, including economic evaluation of public health programs and macroeconomic determinants of population health. His research interests include methods to assess the evidence of equity in public health policies and advancing the notion of vulnerability and its implications for public health policy.

Philippa Bird is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC). She studied for her PhD in Health Sciences at the University of York, UK. Her thesis compared social gradients in child health and development in relation to income inequality. Philippa has an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before commencing her PhD studies, she worked at the University of Liverpool and the University of Leeds, where she conducted research on access to health care, health policy processes and mental health in low income countries. During her MHERC fellowship, Philippa’s research will include analysis of the causes of health inequalities and the appraisal of evidence on the social determinants of health. 


Mark Daku is a political scientist whose work focuses on the politics of health. His research interests are in political epidemiology, health and social policies, monitoring and evaluation, youth empowerment, and media analysis. Regionally, he specializes in South African and Ugandan politics and has field experience in Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, and Jamaica. Methodologically, Mark has experience in multi-level modeling, key-informant interviews, household surveys, focus groups, and automated text analytics. Mark’s main research project at MHERC will examine the political determinants of risky road behaviour in sub-Saharan Africa, looking at helmet-use among motorcycle taxi drivers in Uganda and Rwanda, and the drinking and driving behaviour of ex-pats in Uganda and South Africa. He is also a partner at Large-N Analysis Inc., a monitoring and evaluation firm, where he is currently participating in an evaluation of a girls’ empowerment program in Rwanda. 

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC). An occupational therapist turned political philosopher, he holds degrees in occupational therapy and moral sciences, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Tampere (Finland). Previously he held positions at the University of Montreal (CREUM), Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and was a visiting scholar at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Oxford, University of East-Anglia, Universite Catholic de Louvain, Australian National University and Columbia University. Jurgen De Wispelaere is a founding editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-editor of several collections (Palgrave 2003, Routledge 2007, Blackwell 2013). He is currently completing a book on Republicanism for Continuum Press (with Simon Birnbaum and David Casassas). His main research interest are in the philosophical aspects of social policy and institutional design, with specific application to unconditional basic income, disability policy, adoption policy, and health. During his MHERC fellowship he will examine the implications of republican political theory for the debate around social determinants of health and health inequity more broadly. 

jurgen [dot] dewispelaere [at] gmail [dot] com (Email) | Website | Publications

Jon Huang is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC). His doctoral dissertation in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, Seattle modeled the effects of parental socioeconomic factors on adult cardiometabolic and pregnancy outcomes among young adult women, in the context of developmental origins hypotheses. Additionally, he examined potential epigenetic mechanisms through the quantification of candidate gene DNA methylation. Previously, Jon completed a Master of Public Health degree in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from UW and has also worked as a firefighter and paramedic. During his MHERC fellowship, Jon plans to continue working on models for developmental origins of socioeconomic health inequities, incorporating epigenetic biomarkers into causal models, and considering the potential implications of developmental origins on policies intending to produce health equity.

Muhammad Farhan Majid (Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Riverside 2013) is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the MACHEquity project. Previously, he worked at the Population Studies Center at University of Pennsylvania as Postdoctoral Research Scholar on "Saving Brains", a Grand Challenges Canada project to study causal impact of health and nutrition during first 1000 days of life on later life cognition, health and well being.  Earlier in 2008, he completed a dual M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. In his job market paper he utilized the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of religious fasting, as a natural experiment to identify the persistent effects of in utero nutrition on several stages of the life cycle with an emphasis on adult labor market outcomes in Indonesia. Another paper also uses a natural experiment methodology to estimate effects of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide on "missing educated" cohorts, introducing an alternate way to indirectly estimate excess mortality from war, for the more educated cohorts. His dissertation work was supported by the Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health and Development (2011-2013). He has presented at and has been invited to numerous seminars and conferences, and was part of the organizing committee for the University of California Global Health Day 2013. Along the way, he has gained valuable experience working with datasets from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. During his current fellowship with MACHEquity, he plans to complement his prior research by studying causal effects of different socio-economic conditions and policies (e.g. minimum wage laws) on global health.

Britt McKinnon is a postdoctoral fellow with the Social Inequalities in Child Health research group. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University in 2014. Her thesis examined the impact of financial barriers and access to health services on inequalities in maternal and newborn health in low-income countries. Britt has also conducted research on social determinants of perinatal health in Quebec and Canada and access to essential medicines in rural Tanzania. Her work at the IHSP will examine policy and structural determinants of adolescent health in collaboration with the WHO Health Behavior in School-aged Children study.

Leticia Morales is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IHSP and the Faculty of Law. She obtained her PhD in Law from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) in 2013 with a dissertation on the legitimacy of the constitutional protection of social rights. She also holds an LLB in Law and a Master in Political Philosophy from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. She held an FPI Fellowship at the Department of Law at Pompeu Fabra University (funded by the Spanish Government) and has been a visiting student at the University of Genova (2007, 2008), the University of Edinburgh (2009) and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (2010). Her research focuses on the topic of social and economic rights and their constitutional protection, with specific reference to issues of philosophical justification and democratic legitimacy. Leticiaʼs current research project examines the role of democratic constraints on the judicial protection of the right to health, combining philosophical analysis with comparative legal analysis of jurisprudence and case law on right-to-health decisions in Canada and Latin America.

leticia [dot] morales [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Website

Mariane Sentenac is a postdoctoral fellow at the IHSP. She obtained her PhD in epidemiology in France in 2011 and her area of expertise is disability and chronic condition in childhood and adolescence. Moreover, she is especially interested in the environmental factors that have an impact on children’s quality of life and participation, as such factors can be modified to improve the quality of the overall inclusion of children and adolescents with chronic conditions. In her PhD project, she examined the attitudinal and behavioural dimensions of the environment through the study of peer-victimization among students reporting disability and chronic illness, and its impact on their well-being and quality of life. She held postodoctoral position at the Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway (2011-2012) and at National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Toulouse, France (2012-2014). She is member of the HBSC network since 2008.

Drissa Sia completed his medical studies (1998) at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) before undertaking studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium where he obtained a Masters in Public Health (option Health and Development), with Distinction in July 2002. In August 2004, he received a doctoral fellowship to the Université de Montréal, completing a Ph.D. in public health (option health care organization) there in March, 2010. Since 2012, funded by the “Santé CAP” program, he is undertaking a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Drissa's research interests focus on issues of health equity in low-resource settings with a particular interest in maternal and child health issues. Specifically, he works on HIV/AIDS gender inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Douglas Barthold is a Doctoral Fellow at the IHSP, and a doctoral candidate in the McGill Department of Economics.  Broadly interested in applied microeconomics, he specializes in Health Economics.  His dissertation research focuses on the effects of health insurance plan characteristics on individuals’ utilization of health care, and their health.  Specifically, his job market paper examines the influence of prescription drug cost sharing on preventive care use, and preventable hospitalizations.  Additional research assesses the role of health insurance in interrupting the intergenerational transmission of health and socioeconomic status.  Doug’s past research with the Healthier Societies Initiative (HSI) included multi-level modeling of the relation between chronic condition diagnoses and labour force participation across European nations, and international longitudinal health system efficiency analyses in the OECD. 

Amm Quamruzzaman is a Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, McGill University, where he is teaching an undergraduate course on the Sociology of Culture during the winter term. At IHSP, he works primarily with the research program: Examining the Impact of Social Policy on Health Equity. His work on MACHEquity particularly focuses on the relationships between policies aimed at reducing poverty, income and gender inequalities and mortality and morbidity among women and children. He will test some of these relationships using empirical data and disseminate his research findings. His research interests include governance for human development, social policy and health outcomes, and population health in complex emergencies. He earned his first master’s degree in sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and his second master’s degree in the same subject from Queen’s University, Ontario. He served with different government and international organizations, including ten years in UNICEF in the fields of maternal and child health, water and sanitation, and education, and contributed to the development of a pre-primary education policy in Bangladesh.

amm [dot] quamruzzaman [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Website

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