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Research Staff: Efe AtabayAdam Mahon |  José Mauricio Mendoza | Gonzalo MorenoJennifer Proudfoot | Jackie Rosenhek | Adriana Villota | Ilona Vincent |

Administrative Staff: Denise Maines |  Heather Whipps

Administrative Excellence centre: Adele Tarantino | John Kuchyna | Katherine Dao | Andrew Griffin | Laurie Tesseris | Tasha Ayinde

Efe Atabay PhoroEfe Atabay received his BA in History and Political Science and his MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University. He wrote his Master's thesis on the history of eugenic thought in Turkey, examining the complex interactions between health, urbanization, gender and science. Efe is currently working as a member of the WoRLD poverty reduction team at IHSP. Efe's academic interests include labor and gender relations in the Middle East, the informal economy, the history and sociology of science and medicine. He is also interested in organic farming and urban agriculture. Previously, he worked as a quality control and international trade assistant at an organic agriculture company in the west coast of Turkey. He enjoys learning languages of his region and has studied Arabic, Persian and Russian.

Adam Mahon PhotoAdam Mahon received his BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and his MA in Political Science from McGill University. His MA thesis used automated content analysis to examine the framing of social assistance policies by mainstream Canadian print media outlets. Adam is currently a Research Assistant working on the IHSP's World Rights and Legal Database Project. Prior to joining the IHSP, Adam held a fellowship at the Canadian Opinion Research Archive at Queen's University and was a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill. His research interests include media representations of social assistance policies, procedural barriers to accessing social programs, and media content analysis.

José Mauricio Mendoza completed a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University and earned an MA in Economics and Social Statistics at McGill. He joined the Institute for Health and Social Policy in October 2010 as a Research Assistant for the Healthier Societies Initiative – a research program investigating relevant associations among health expenditures, health system characteristics, and health outcomes in Canada. In 2013, he joined the MACHEquity research program, fulfilling the role of Data Manager of health outcomes data contained in DHS and MICS household surveys. Within MACHEquity, he also participates in the design and execution of multilevel analyses aimed at understanding the impact of social policies on maternal and child health. Before coming to McGill, José lived in British Columbia, where he worked as a consultant and quantitative analyst for market research projects in the healthcare sector.

Gonzalo Moreno PhotoGonzalo Moreno received BAs in Translation at the University of Malaga and in International Development at the University of Guelph, and completed his MA in International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the student-run graduate academic journal. He joined the Institute as administrative coordinator in January 2010, after completing a term as an assistant at Oxfam Canada's Americas program, and has also led past lives as a translator, writer and proofreader. Gonzalo's main research interests include global health initiatives and financing, conceptualizations of security in development contexts, and the political economy of development assistance, especially as it pertains to donors.

Jennifer ProudfootJennifer Proudfoot is Program Director at IHSP. She manages the Institute’s outreach and external relations activities building bridges with academics, policymakers, NGOs and community organizations locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. In addition, Jennifer is Knowledge Mobilisation Specialist for the MACHEquity Project and manages the McBurney Latin America programs. Her background is in international cooperation, community health and development and intercultural communication. She has worked in program management, policy development and inter-sectoral collaboration, with universities and nongovernmental international cooperation and human rights organizations. She has done consulting work in intercultural effectiveness, group facilitation and project management for Canadian NGOs and government agencies. Before joining the Institute, she worked at McGill on a basic education and social equity project with Indonesia. Her community health and development experience has led her to work on domestic violence in Bolivia, women's political participation in Chile, environmental education in Brazil, and health promotion for immigrant and refugee women in Toronto. Jennifer received her Master's of Social Work, specializing in community development and social planning, from Wilfrid Laurier University and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Ottawa.

Jackie Rosenhek received her BA in Psychology from McGill University and her Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in Health Policy and Management from New York University. After completing her Masters degree, she worked for a non-profit organization in the United States (the Center for Health Care Strategies) where she provided technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies on developing integrated health care programs to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations with multiple chronic conditions. Upon her return to Montreal, Jackie worked at the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics, where she supported research focused on global nutrition-related health issues. Jackie joined the IHSP as a Research Assistant in October 2013.

Adriana Villota received her BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University and her MA in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where she specialized in International Development. She joined the IHSP in October 2013 as a Research Assistant for the Healthier Societies initiative, an IHSP flagship initiative that informs the public on health care issues related to increasing costs, health quality and access in Canada and OECD countries. Prior to joining the IHSP, Adriana worked for the Canadian International Development Agency as a policy analyst where she worked on important development topics such as public-private partnerships, microfinance, illicit financial flows and remittances. She also worked at the Canadian Embassy in Argentina as a Research Assistant for the Trade Division.  Her current academic interests include the impact of health, gender and education inequality on economic growth and poverty reduction strategies. 

Ilona Vinent PhotoIlona Vincent received her BA in International Development from the University of Guelph and her MA in Economics from Queen's University. Before joining the Institute in 2008 as a Research Assistant for the World Rights and Legal Database Project, she worked for the Chicago Public Schools' Department of Postsecondary Education. She participated in research on topics related to the educational achievements of Chicago high school students as well as the development of a new student tracking system. Her other assignments included evaluation of a college preparatory program implemented in a large urban district setting. Ilona has also done consulting work in the areas of health, energy and labour economics.



Denise Maines received her BA from the University of the Fraser Valley and completed her MA in Medical History at McGill University. As a graduate student, Denise traveled to Sweden to conduct a case-study on sustainable urban renewal as part of the Institute’s Policy Fellowship Program. She joined the Institute as Administrative Coordinator in June 2011. Currently Denise is the Student Affairs Administrator at the IHSP. Prior to joining the Institute, Denise worked as a modern languages teacher in British Columbia. Her research interests include the translation of academic research into policy changes that have an impact on the ground, particularly in the areas of health and education.

Heather Whipps received her BA in Anthropology from McGill University. Prior to joining the Institute as Administrative Coordinator in January 2012, Heather worked in editing for the University’s Communications department. Previous experience in the travel industry allowed her to visit many corners of the globe, which has fostered a keen interest in the field of international development. She has been involved with several non-governmental organizations, including a poverty reduction and early childhood education program in Rwanda. Her other personal research interests include conflict studies, nutrition, and women’s health.



Adele Tarantino, Administrator

adele [dot] tarantino [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: 514-398-6034

John Kuchyna, Financial Officer

john [dot] kuchyna [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: 514-398-2022

Katherine Dao, Senior Accounts Administrator

aec3_finance [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: TBA

Andrew Griffin, Research Administrator

andrew [dot] griffin [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: 514-398-8412

Laurie Tesseris, Human Resource Administrator

laurie [dot] tesseris [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: 514-398-6263

Tasha Ayinde, Associate Director

tasha [dot] ayinde [at] mcgill [dot] ca; phone: 514-398-3105