Faculty/Staff Directory

York Faculty appointed to the School of Health Policy and Management

AHMAD, Farah

photo of Professor Farah Ahmad

(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Health Policy & Equity; PhD in Public Health, University of Toronto)
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Email:  farahmad@yorku.ca
Address:  Room 414, HNES Building

Dr. Farah Ahmad holds the CIHR New Investigator Award (2014-19), the Early Researcher Award (2014-19) from the Ministry of Economic Dev & Innovation, and York U Research Leaders of 2015 recognition. She is appointed as Research Scientist at the North York General Hospital since 2013. Her training includes medical degree from Punjab University and master’s degree from Harvard University. She conducts interdisciplinary research with a focus on primary care settings, psychosocial health, vulnerable communities, access to care and eHealth innovations for health promotion and disease prevention. She uses mixed-method research designs which range from randomized controlled trials to in-depth interviews, focus groups and concept mapping. She has published peer-reviewed papers and chapters on the issues of intimate partner violence; mental health; gender, migration and health; and under-screening of cancer.

Research Interests: Primary care settings; psychosocial health; vulnerable communities; eHealth innovations.


(Assistant Professor, PhD, Rutgers University, 2016)
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Email: Lora.Appel@yorku.ca
Address: Room 420, HNES Building

Dr. Lora Appel is thrilled to return, and give back, to her alma matter - eleven years after graduating from Schulich School of Business. She holds a position as Research Scientist at OpenLab, and innovation Centre housed at University Health Network, the largest medical research organization in Canada where she leads “Prescribing Virtual Reality (VRx)” a collection of studies that introduce and evaluate AR/VR/MR interventions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. She received several grants from the Centre for Aging in Brain Health innovation to pursue this work in aging and dementia care. Lora received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and was awarded the Gerald Miller Outstanding Dissertation award in 2017 for her work defining clinician anonymity and designing “Face-2-Name” a tool to improve interprofessional communication in clinical settings. Lora has published in premier journals like the American Journal of Medicine and the International Journal of Medical Informatics, she has given talks at Harvard Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians in London, and her work with VR has resulted in several national media appearances. Lora’s expertise is in applying design thinking and science methodologies to healthcare innovation; she is passionate about designing new technological interventions that provide care in the pursuit of a cure.

Research Interests: Virtual Reality, Aging and Dementia


Fatou Bagayogo

(Assistant Professor,  PhD in Management 2014, McGill University)
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Email: bagayogo@yorku.ca
Address: Room 404, HNES Building

Dr. Fatou Bagayogo currently does research projects examining the organization of cancer care. One of them is about inter-professional collaboration and practice change in the care of older cancer patients. The other one is about explaining organizational and professional processes that influence healthcare utilization (specifically emergency room visits) by endometrial cancer patients. In her research, she mostly uses case studies involving semi-structured interviews with physicians and nurses, document analysis and administrative records. For theoretical bases, she draws from the literature on organization studies and sociology of professions. Her post-doctoral work involved collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare management researchers to rethink the way care processes can be optimized in a large urban hospital. She spent about 3 years collecting data in this hospital and participated in a number of invited presentations to its professional and administrative staff.  She is a member of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research and the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ).

Research Interests: Cancer care; elderly cancer patients; emergency room visits.

CHAUFAN, Claudia

Claudia Chaufan

(Associate Professor, MD University of Buenos Aires; PhD Sociology/Notation Philosophy, University of California Santa Cruz)
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Email: cchaufan@yorku.ca
Address: Room 418, HNES Building

Dr. Claudia Chaufan has an interdisciplinary background that spans medicine, sociology and philosophy.  She practiced medicine in her native Argentina before shifting to a career in sociology with a focus on the history and political economy of health, comparative health policy and critical genetics. Prof. Chaufan’s dissertation research critically assessed the dominant narrative around the causes of diabetes inequalities among racialized groups, deconstructing subtle forms of racism in medical discourse and redirecting attention to the political and social determination of health. She later expanded her research to incorporate an analysis of struggles against colonialism, imperialism, and capitalist globalization, and their implications for global health policy and equity.  Other intellectual interests include the history, philosophy and sociology of science, power/discourse, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Current research projects include an assessment of the corporatization of global health governance, a cross-national analysis of the ideology of moral hazard, and an assessment of active learning in global health instruction.

Dr. Chaufan has taught at the university level in Argentina, the USA, Taiwan, and Palestine. Past and present teaching includes sociological theory, the sociology of health and science, comparative health policy, and the politics of health and global health. While her expertise is on Latin America she has also conducted research on other selected regions in the Global South. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Public/Global Health Specialist, editorial board member and reviewer of several peer-reviewed journals, long-time member/activist of US Physicians for a National Health Program, and supporter of several grassroots organizations opposing US/Western intervention in the Global South.

Research Interests: Corporatization of global health governance; global health instruction.

DALY, Tamara


(Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: dalyt@yorku.ca
Address: Room 411, HNES Building

Dr. Tamara Daly is a political economist and a health services researcher, a CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health, an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, and the Director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE). She holds a PhD from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, an MA in political economy from Carleton, and an undergraduate degree in political science, history and economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto.  Her scholarship highlights paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working conditions; and it promotes promising practices, principles and policies to improve access and health equity for older adults and for those who provide their care.  She has authored numerous academic publications and policy reports, is the recipient of several teaching, research and career awards, and actively supervises graduate and postdoctoral students in research and publication. Her ethnographic, survey and intervention research is tri-council funded by SSHRC, CIHR as well as by ERA.  As an expert in care work — including paid, unpaid and voluntary care -- Dr. Daly is frequently invited to speak at research and policy conferences held locally and internationally.

Research Interests: Paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working conditions; health equity for older adults and those who provide their care.


(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Critical Disability Studies; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: gorman@yorku.ca
Address: Room 406, HNES Building

Research Interests: Political economies of disability, Disability Arts and Culture movements, postcolonial and dialectical materialist approaches to understanding the social organization of disability, disability in the context of nationalisms, transnational imperialism, and national liberation, internationalist and anti-capitalist approaches to global healthcare provision.



(On Sabbatical July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)

(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Bucharest, Romania)

Dr. Serban Dinca-Panaitescu has a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on biomedical engineering and health informatics. Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu has worked for many years in the area of medical informatics focusing on computer processing of physiological signals. His major research contributions address the field of cardiovascular disease prevention by developing decision support tools aiming at detecting the cardiovascular dysfunction in the subclinical phase. He has published numerous articles and one book in this field. Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu’s research is also employing statistical modeling techniques to untangle the complex relationship between socio-economical factors and different diseases such as diabetes. Other research interests include medical equipment, health information systems and e-health.

Research Interests: Biomedical engineering; health informatics; cardiovascular disease prevention; medical equipment; health information systems; e-health.

EL MORR, Christo

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(Associate Professor; PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Compiègne University of Technology, France)
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Address: Room 412, HNES Building

Dr. Christo El Morr is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics, and the Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. His cross-disciplinary research covers health informatics and computer engineering.

His research interests focus on Health Virtual Communities, Mobile Communities, e-collaboration, particularly in the domain of Chronic Disease Management and health promotion: Peripheral Arterial Disease, Kidney Diseases and Mental Health.

His work in Global eHealth addresses Human Rights, Equity, and Gender Based Violence challenges. He also has research interests in Health Services and Patient Quality of Care (e.g. readmission patterns, dose reduction). He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas including the “The first of its kind” book in Canada about Health Informatics from a Canadian perspective.

He is a Research Scientist at North York General Hospital and work with collaborators from Saint Michael's Hospital. In 2016, he received recognition as York U Research Leader.

Research Interests: Community-based research; health virtual communities; mobile communities; e-collaboration; chronic disease management; health promotion; hospital patient services; patient quality of care.



(Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 413, HNES Building

Dr. Liane Ginsburg is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University (Toronto, Canada) where she teaches Applied Research Methods in Health and Quality & Safety in Healthcare.  Liane trained in healthcare organization and management at the University of Toronto.  Her research interests focus on patient safety culture/ climate, learning from patient safety failures, and health professional education and training in patient safety.  She is also involved in a large program of research based in Western Canada that focuses on nursing home quality and has an overarching interest in knowledge translation / implementation science. In 2016-2017 she spent her sabbatical at the World Health Organization doing a study of patient safety curriculum implementation in lower and middle income countries.

Research Interests: Healthcare organization and management; patient safety culture/climate; learning from patient safety failures; health professional education and training in patient safety; nursing home quality; knowledge translation / implementation science.


(Assistant Professor; PhD, Ryerson University, Toronto)
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Email: shillier@yorku.ca
Address: Room 413, HNES Building

Sean Hillier is a queer Indigenous scholar from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Currently, Sean is researching the impact of policy on health care delivery in remote First Nations communities for First Nations people living with HIV/AIDS. His research focuses on how policy shapes and impacts health care for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Sean conducts community based & engaged research with a focus on Indigenous methodologies and ways of knowing and being. He is completing his PhD in Policy Studies (Social Policy) from Ryerson University (fall 2018). Sean has taught extensively in the areas of Indigenous Health, Social Determinants of Health, Indigenous Law, and Sexuality & Gender. Sean has served on Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board, as their First Nations, Inuit, Metis expert. An advocate for human rights and equality, he aims to bring greater information to the general public regarding both First Nations people and LGBT issues. He is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), he is the former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.

Research Interests: Indigenous health; Indigenous HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; community-engaged research.


 (Professor; Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health; JD, University of Toronto; PhD, Harvard University; LLD, Sciences Po Paris)
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Email: hoffmans@yorku.ca
Address: Room 2120, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building


Dr. Steven Hoffman is a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management in the Faculty of Health and is cross-appointed as Professor in Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Dr. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab,  and is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with Trygve Ottersen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz. He is on the Executive Advisory Committee and was a Founding Editor of Wiley's new premier open-access journal Global Challenges.

Dr. Hoffman previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. He recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics.

Research Interests: Global health; global governance; international law; institutional design; pandemics; antimicrobial resistance; legal epidemiology; methodology.

LUM, Lillie

(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: lum@yorku.ca
Address: Room 319, HNES Building

Dr. Lillie Lum is an associate professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and also cross-appointed in the York School of Nursing, and is also a registered nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario, Canada. She also holds graduate appointments for both the School of Health Policy and Management and the School of Nursing. She possesses over 20 years of experience in higher education in Canada and the U.S. in a variety of roles as an educator, researcher and administrator.

Her professional career has focused on actively contributing to academic excellence in health professions education and promoting quality care of nursing and other professions within the Canadian health care system.

Dr.  Lum’s scholarly focus has been on the interdisciplinary interactions at local, national and global levels. She has been successful in supporting her program of research with Tri-Council and other external granting agencies. Her research program is characterized as being socially relevant, advancing social justice for vulnerable populations such as skilled immigrants, highly interdisciplinary, and based upon theoretically pluralistic frameworks. In particular, the major themes include promoting equitable access and participation in the health system through institutional change, removal of barriers, increasing the leadership capacities of international health professionals and enhancing educational opportunities for adult immigrant students.

Dr. Lum is the past chair of the governing board of the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She has contributed to health policy and administrative law as a member of two, non-government health services appeal Boards.

Research Interests: Health human resources management; organizational justice in healthcare; administrative justice in healthcare; mental health nursing; distance education and learning communities.

MORROW, Marina

(Professor, Chair of The School of Health Policy and Management; PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto)
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Email: mmmorrow@yorku.ca
Address: Room 425, HNES Building

Dr. Marina Morrow has a research focus in critical health policy that explores the following themes: 1) Mental health reform, service provision and access to health services, 2) Mental health and social inequity, 3) Mental health, citizen engagement and social justice, 4) Neoliberal reforms, gender and health and, 5) Intersectional theory and approaches in mental health. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management Marina was a charter faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences as Simon Fraser University in BC. Marina is the lead editor of Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health, forthcoming University of Toronto Press. Marina’s research strongly supports public scholarship and collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations, health care practitioners, advocates and policy decision makers.

Research Interests: Critical health policy; mental health reform; service provision; access to health services; mental health and social inequity; mental health, citizen engagement and social justice; neoliberal reforms; gender and health; intersectional theory and approaches in mental health.


(Professor, Director, Dahdelah Global Health Research Institute, MD from McMaster University Medical School)
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Email: orbinski@yorku.ca
Address: Room 5021K, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building

Dr. James Orbinski is a Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management and being appointed Professor and Director of the Dahdelah Global Health Research Institute at York University, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and was Chair of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto. Dr. Orbinski has also served as CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance and Director of the Africa Initiative at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He has also worked at Wilfrid Laurier University's  School of International Policy and Governance in the Health Sciences Program in the Faculty of Science, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He was President of the International Council of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, aka Doctors Without Borders) at the time the organization received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Orbinski also is the co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization working with communities to increase access to life-saving treatment and prevention in areas overwhelmed by HIV/AIDS. He is a strong advocate for increasing the availability of anti-retroviral drugs to combat AIDS in poor countries.

Dr. Orbinski has also received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross for his work as the MSF Head of Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. In 2009, Orbinski became an Officer of the Order of Canada and in the citation was recognized by the Governor General of Canada as an advocate for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and mass starvation.

Research Interests: Climate change and health; global health and humanitarianism; global health.


(On Sabbatical July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)

(Professor, Current Graduate Program Director in Health; PhD in Educational Theory, University of Toronto)

Dr. Dennis Raphael works in the area of public policy, political economy, and the social determinants of health The most recent of his over 300 scientific publications have focused on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being. Dr. Raphael is editor of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada: Essential Readings, co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care and author of Poverty in Canada: Implications for Health and Quality of Life, all published by Canadian Scholars' Press. Two new books: Immigration and the Modern Welfare State and the 2nd edition of Health and Illness were published this past Fall. He is also co-author of Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts which is a primer for the Canadian public that has been downloaded over 300,000 times from the Canadian Facts website.

He is also co-author of Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts which is a primer for the Canadian public that has been downloaded over 700,000 times from the Canadian Facts website.

Research Interests: Human development; social determinants of health; the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being.

REAUME, Geoffrey

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Geoffrey Reaume
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: greaume@yorku.ca
Address: Room 416, HNES Building

Dr. Geoffrey Reaume has research interests in the following areas: mad people's history; history of people with disabilities; psychiatric consumer/survivor movement; class, labour and disability; archiving the history of psychiatric consumer/survivors; accessible history. His dissertation on the lives of psychiatric patients at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane was published in 2000 as "Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940" (Oxford University Press; reprinted University of Toronto Press, 2009, 2010). Part of this study was made into a play by a local theatre group involving psychiatric consumer/survivors in 1998-2000 and by a high school students' theatre group in 2016. His second book was published in 2007 "Lyndhurst: Canada's First Rehabilitation Centre for People with Spinal Cord Injuries, 1945-1998" (McGill-Queen's University Press). He is also a co-editor with Brenda LeFrancois and Robert Menzies of "Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies" (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2013).

Research Interests: Mad people's history, history of people with disabilities, medical history, psychiatric patients' labour history, archiving psychiatric survivor and disability histories, labels, terminology, activism and self-identity among psychiatric survivors/consumers, connecting the past with contemporary social justice struggles.

RIOUX, Marcia

Marcia Rioux
(Professor, PhD, University of California at Berkeley, USA)
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Address: Room 410, HNES Building;

Dr. Marcia Rioux is a legal scholar with extensive experience in community based participatory research in the areas of human rights, health and social justice, particularly around international disability rights.

Dr. Rioux is a University Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and teaches Critical Disability Studies and Health Policy and Equity at York. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. She is co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally. She has been an advisor to federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO's as well as United Nations agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and more than 70 book chapters and articles on human rights. Her most recent book was published in November 2015, Disability, Rights Monitoring and Social Change: Building Power out of Evidence: (Eds. M.H. Rioux, P.Pinto, G. Parekh) Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press.

Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been a visiting scholar and professor at a number of international institutions, including the University of Zagreb, Croatia and LaTrobe University in Australia. She teaches the full year PhD seminar GS/CDIS 6100, Doctoral Seminar in Critical Disability Studies, and supervises MA and PhD students.

Research Interests: International human rights and monitoring, the social and legal construction of inequality, theory of critical disability, education for all, globalization, social welfare and social justice, health equity, social policy and diversity.


Ellen Schraa

(Associate Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director, School of Health Policy and Management; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 415, HNES Building

Dr. Ellen G. Schraa teaches with a focus on health services financial management and evaluation. Her collaborative research work has most recently involved an economic evaluation of a new Health Canada approved medical device for improving the rates of central-line associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Schraa has also recently worked with Schools of Nursing across the province in performing a cost utility analysis of pre-simulation training preparation for nurses. Dr. Schraa has worked in the healthcare sector for over 25 years, involved in value for money auditing, business case analysis, funding formulae, and key provincial performance measurement initiatives.

Research Interests: Financial measurement of health care organizations for funding reform and performance evaluation.

TIMOTHY, Roberta

(Associate Lecturer; PhD, Adult Education, Community Development, and Gender Studies)
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Email: rtimothy@yorku.ca
Address: Room 407, HNES Building

Dr. Roberta Timothy has worked utilizing anti-oppression approaches as a researcher, trainer, group facilitator, therapist, community organizer, professor, and clinical supervisor in community and educational settings, and in private practice. Her areas of interest include the practice, research, and knowledge translation of Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy, critical expressive arts therapy, inclusive qualitative research, trauma and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change, Anti- Oppression/colonial political economy, Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance. Roberta holds a B.A. in Political Sciences, Sociology and International Justice and Human Rights; two Masters in Political Sciences and Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Adult Education, Community Development, and Gender Studies. She also did a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Counselling Psychology department at the University of Toronto.

Research Interests: Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy; critical expressive arts therapy; trauma and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change; Anti-Opression/colonial political economy; Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance.


(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Address: Room 421, HNES Building

Dr. Peter Tsasis is an Associate Professor of Management, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Management). In 2010, he received recognition for outstanding leadership as the undergraduate program director at the School of Health Policy & Management. In 2011, he was recognized as an outstanding professor with the Faculty of Health's Dean's Teaching Award in Excellence, in the Established Career Category. As well, he was the recipient of the President's University Wide Teaching Award in 2013. He has extensive experience in integrating the disciplines of business, health and medicine. His research focuses on the interface between interorganizational collaboration and patient outcomes. He has research expertise in organizational change, healthcare management, and complexity and is recognized as a leader in the field. His latest research explores complexity and an interdisciplinary system approach to chronic disease management. He actively supervises doctorate students in the field of health care management and engages undergraduate students in experiential learning. He has disseminated his work nationally and internationally and his research scholarship has been widely published in interdisciplinary academic journals. His work has been supported by tri-council research funding. Dr. Tsasis is an Executive Member of the York Institute for Health Research, a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Research Interests: Interface between interorganizational collaboration and patient outcomes.

viva davis halifax, nancy

(Assistant Professor; PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto, 2002)
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Email: nhalifax@yorku.ca
Address: Room 423A, HNES Building

Dr. nancy viva davis halifax brings interdisciplinary and activist experience to her teaching and research which is located at the intersections of embodiment, difference, debility and disability, and intimate perspectives on violence and biomedicine. She has worked broadly in health research using the arts and documentary, participatory methods with economically displaced
persons in Canada. Her research uses the arts for sustaining and creating conversations around social change, self-determination, social auto/biographies, and for engaging communities in social development, and has been located in community and institutional settings; research has received funding from SSHRC as well as the arts councils. Her theoretical orientation uses the feminisms (new materialisms, crip, poststructural, affect) and experiments with the polyphonic. Her last book "hook" published by Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series, McGill Queen's Press was written to address the ongoing extremity of suffering within Canada, and the systemic violences sustained by those at the margins.

Research Interests:  Arts-based research & research creation; crip arts praxis; critical auto/ethnography; body/s and embodiment/s; the more-than-human; theory/s in the feminisms (crip; poststructural; new materialism; affect); language and representation; imaginative ethnographies; social death and abandonment; intimate perspectives on biomedicine and psychiatry; polyphonic and lyrical theory/s.


On Leave

(Assistant Professor; PhD in Critical Disability Studies, York University, 2017)
Email: jessvort@yorku.ca

Dr. Vorstermans is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Disability Studies program in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health at York University. Her research makes critical interventions into the field of international experiential and service learning and global citizenship, engaging plural ideas of human rights, disability and equity in our current neoliberal world. She uses Critical Disability theory and the lens of intersectionality to complicate North-South encounters engaging impairment and disablement. Her ongoing work engages community-based research, centers the perspectives and desires of those in the South and takes up equity, critical care in community, disability & North/South relations.

Before this appointment, she held a Postdoctoral fellowship on a large multi-partner longitudinal study at Ryerson University, The Inclusive Early Childhood Services System Project. The project uses institutional ethnography to map the experiences of families of disabled children in the institutional system in Ontario.

Throughout her PhD and as Executive Director of a small international experiential learning organization that is partnered with 10 partners in the Global South, her research has focused on centering the desires and perspectives of those in the Global South who welcome and host Northern volunteers to their small NGOs working in the fields of rights, disability, health equity, the environment and community work. She has deep and long-lasting relationships with these organizations and has collaborated on research with them to understand their experiences. Over the past fifteen years, she has lived, worked and completed research in Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands.

Research Interests: International experiential and service learning and global citizenship; Critical Disability Theory; Human Rights, Disability and Equity; Disability and North/South relations.


(Professor; Director and Special Advisor to the Dean (Faculty of Health) for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects; PhD, University of Toronto)
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Email: mwiktor@yorku.ca
Address: Room 435, HNES Building

Dr. Mary Wiktorowicz is Professor of Health Policy, and Director and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Health. As Associate Dean, Community and Global from 2014 - 2017 she supported the launch of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and served as its Interim Director (2016 - 2017). As Chair, School of Health Policy and Management from 2006 - 2014 she led the school through a period of growth including the development of the PhD Program in Health, Health Policy and Equity field, and guided the development of the interdisciplinary Global Health BA and BSc. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Health (Health Policy and Equity) and Critical Disability Studies.

Professor Wiktorowicz adopts a comparative lens to study mental health, pharmaceutical and global health governance and policy. A recent study focused on mental health governance assessed the governance models ten local health networks used to coordinate mental health care across four provinces in Canada. The fragmented accountability underlying mental health policy and governance is a related research theme, including the legacy of the Canada Health Act in strengthening a prevailing institutional logic that limited the evolution of a system of comprehensive mental health care.

In her research on pharmacogovernance, Professor Wiktorowicz develops frameworks to enhance our understanding of the transnational governance models that guide the development of harmonized global standards for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy policy. Her research traces parallels in the governance framework of the International Council on Harmonization as a global medicines network to that of its member jurisdictions to clarify the nature of their distinctive governance approaches and the resulting dissonance they foster in post-market regulatory policy.

Professor Wiktorowicz's research in global health governance addresses the limitations inherent in the governance and accountability frameworks underlying global programs of financial aid, including social accountability frameworks. Her research on the governance in Indigenous communities in India and in the lake region of Benin assesses the systems of national and local governance and their limitations in supporting vulnerable women's and children's health.

She has advised governments on current policy including the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, the Ontario Local Health Integration Collaborative on Mental Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She was a CIHR Best Brain advising on mental health policy.

Research Interests: Comparative health policy including mental health sector restructuring, the regulation of pharmaceuticals and the role of interest groups in shaping health policy.

WONG, Hannah

hannah wong

(On Sabbatical July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)

(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)

Dr. Hannah Wong has a PhD in Industrial Engineering. She utilizes statistical regression modeling techniques, in conjunction with system dynamics computer simulation, to study problems important to clinicians, health care managers and policy makers. These include issues related to the growing frail elderly population and the large variation that exists in the use of expensive diagnostic tools and therapies. The goal is to guide the better design of policies to improve appropriateness and quality of care. If we can approach the challenges facing our health care system as “systems problems”, where undesirable behaviours of the system are a direct consequence of the system’s own structure, we may have a promising way to fundamentally address pressing local and global health care challenges.

Research Interests: Statistical regression modeling techniques and system dynamics computer simulation for clinicians, health care managers and policy makers; elderly population health; diagnostic tools and therapies; quality of health care; systems problems of health care.

2018-2019 Part-Time Instructors at the School of Health Policy and Management


Email: madelinb@yorku.ca
Address: Room 005, HNES Building


Email: lisarf@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building

GURIEL, Natalie

Email: nguriel@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building


Email: priyaj@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building

KLEJMAN, Michael

Email: mklejman@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building

POORAN, Brendon

Email: bpooran@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building


Email: svemulak@yorku.ca
Address: Room 422, HNES Building


Email: cwpooran@pooranlaw.com
Address: Not Applicable


Email: mwywest@yorku.ca
Address: Room 005, HNES Building

Email: mwywest@yorku.ca
Address: Room 005, HNES Building

Administrative Staff at the School of Health Policy and Management

LAM, Domenica

Administrative Assistant
Extension: 22653
Email: shpm@yorku.ca
Address: Room 408, HNES Building

MURRAY, Collette

Graduate Program Assistant - Critical Disability Studies
Extension: 44494
Email: gradcds@yorku.ca
Address: Room 409, HNES Building

Graduate Program Assistant - Health Policy & Equity
Room 409, HNES Building

MYERS, Monique

Interim Operations Manager
Extension: 22605
Room 424, HNES Building

WISCICKA, Aleksandra

On Leave

Operations Manager
Extension: 22605
Room 424, HNES Building