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.
Geneviève Gariépy is a mental health epidemiologist and postdoctoral fellow with the Social Inequalities in Child Health research group. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill University for her research on the neighbourhood determinants of mental health in people with and without a chronic illness and served as a Bombardier fellow in services, policy and population mental health research. Her work was supported by the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral award. Dr Gariépy holds a Masters in epidemiology for her research on chronic health conditions and she has worked extensively on the associations and pathways linking chronic diseases to mental health, with expertise in obesity and diabetes research. Dr Gariépy holds a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy and has practiced clinical work for many years. Dr Gariépy’s research interests include social epidemiology, mental health, causal inference, mediation and moderation analysis and systematic reviews. As a fellow at the IHSP, Dr Gariépy will examine the social and structural determinants of mental health and mental well-being in adolescents, in part through collaboration with the WHO Health Behavior in School-aged Children study.
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.
Yael Peled is a postdoctoral research fellow in language and health in association with the HCALM (Health Care Access to Linguistic Minorities) Network. Her areas of expertise and interest include contemporary moral and political philosophy, language ethics, interdisciplinarity in the social sciences and humanities, and the application of complexity theory to public policy ethics research. Her past and present work considers the notion of ‘normative language policy’ bridging political philsophy and language management in multilingual and multicultural societies; the advantages and disadvantages of langue rights; the limits of linguistic justice theories in pursuing moral betterment; the facts and fallacies of English as a scientific lingua franca; and the complex logic of interdisciplinary research in theory and praxis. During the term of her IHSP fellowship, she is investigating the challenge of linguistic diversity to the equitable provision of healthcare in multilingual and multicultural societies, including topics such as the place of sign languages in linguistic justice theories, mental health and linguistic agency, and the link between a relational/dialogical notion of the self and the social determinants of health.
José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz is a Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow and holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University. He received his PhD in Sociology and a Masters of Arts from McGill University. His doctoral thesis ‘Inequity on the roads: the interplay of global forces and road safety policy diffusion and traffic fatalities and injuries’ was awarded the 2016 Arts Insight Dissertation Award for the best dissertation of 2015 in the Social Sciences at McGill. His research has been published in journals such as International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Injury Prevention and Traffic Injury Prevention, cited in United Nations’ resolutions (i.e. General Assembly A/68/368), public policy reports and peer-reviewed journals. He received the John D. States Award for the top student paper at the 58th Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Conference in Munich Germany in 2014. He has worked as consultant for United Nations. As a fellow at the IHSP Dr Nazif-Munoz will assess the extent under which the global diffusion of child restraint laws has been effective in targeting child occupant mortality rates across the world. His research expertise includes global health, globalization, road safety, road users’ vulnerable populations, policy diffusion, and policy evaluation. Dr. Nazif-Muñoz’s supervisors are Dr. Arijit Nandi and Dr. Mónica Ruiz-Casares.
Thirumagal Kanagasabai completed her doctoral studies in the School of Kinesiology at Health Science at York University in Toronto (ON, Canada). The overarching framework of her doctoral research is sleep and cardiometabolic health epidemiology of adults. Within this context, she quantified the mediating effect of dietary and physical activity factors to the relationship between sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors, estimated the associations between objective vs. subject sleep measures as they relate to cardiometabolic health, and quantified the risk of developing cardiometabolic conditions due to changes in sleep habits in a 4-year study. She also trained in toxicology from the University of Toronto, where she completed her HBSc and MSc. Thiru’s Postdoctoral Fellowship focuses on environmental risk factors and their associated cardiovascular disease risks. Her research interests include sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, light and environmental exposures, biomarkers of disease and health, human activity patterns and behaviours, and cardiometabolic health outcomes.
Maxwell J. Smith is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the IHSP, where he is combining philosophical and social science research methods to examine, understand, and construct the theoretical bases for an intersectoral strategy for health equity in Canada. Max's research interests and expertise are in the domain of public health ethics, and in particular in examining ethical concepts (e.g., 'social justice', 'health equity') and their role in public health policy and practice. His research has been published in journals such as Public Health Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Social Science and Medicine, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vaccine, Health and Human Rights, and in publications of the World Health Organization and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He obtained a PhD in public health sciences and bioethics from the University of Toronto in 2016, a Master of Science in bioethics from Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2010, a Certificate in Health Law from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in philosophy (bioethics) from the University of Toronto in 2008. Max's doctoral thesis, produced under the supervision of Ross Upshur, Alison Thompson, and Angus Dawson, was titled "Public Health as Social Justice? A Qualitative Study of Public Health Policy-Makers' Perspectives", which was funded by a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, a CIHR Doctoral Fellowship in Public Health Policy, and the CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics. In addition to Max's research and teaching, he is a bioethicist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital.
Graydon Snider is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (EBOH). His expertise is to make chemical air pollution data suitable for interpretation in global health studies. He is working with professor Jill Baumgartner, investigating the health impacts of regional and indoor aerosol pollution from Chinese households. In 2012, Graydon received his PhD from McGill University for his research into gaseous elemental mercury cycling within the troposphere. After graduation, he moved to Dalhousie University, Halifax, to help create a global network of urban aerosol-sampling instruments. As of 2016, the array (known as SPARTAN) has been collecting composition data from over 1000 filters at 12 locations worldwide, including in Dhaka, Pretoria, Buenos Aires, and Manila. Graydon’s research has been published in such journals as Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.