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Dr. Marcia Rioux
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Dr. Michaela Hynie
Associate Director 
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Emily Hostland
Projects Coordinator
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Mirela Cojoaca
Centre Coordinator
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YIHR Executive Members

Harris Ali

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BA Hons, MA (Sociology) McMaster, BEng (Materials Engineering) McMaster, PhD (Sociology) McMaster

S. Harris Ali is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His research interests involve the study of environmental health issues and the sociology of disasters and risk from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has published on toxic contamination events and disease outbreaks in such journals as: Social Problems, Social Science and Medicine; Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology; and Journal of Canadian Public Policy.

Uzo Anucha

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Uzo Anucha an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director at the School of Social Work, York University.  She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto and BSW and MSW from York University. Dr. Anucha’s scholarship, teaching and professional activities focus on promoting equity and access for diverse communities within local, national and international contexts. Dr. Anucha conceptualizes her applied research scholarship as a community dialogue that must fully engage the community studied. She actively seeks to bridge the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use by translating and disseminating research findings to end users (policy-makers and practitioners) using multiple channels. She frequently presents her work in diverse forums that are accessible to communities, agencies and policy makers. She is the Principal Investigator of the Assets Coming Together for Youth Project (ACT for Youth), a community-university research partnership that is focused on developing a comprehensive youth strategy for the Jane-Finch community.  Dr. Anucha has served on a variety of community-based boards and is currently on the board of the Central Local Health Integration Network. Research Website ACT for Youth:

Pat Armstrong

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Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and of Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto. She held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and Health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Focusing on the fields of social policy, of women, work and the health and social services, she has published widely, authoring or co-authoring such books as They Deserve Better: the Long-term Care Experience in Canada and Scandinavia; A Place to Call Home: Long-term Care in Canada; Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services University of Toronto Press); Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (Oxford University Press). .Much of this work makes the relationship between paid and unpaid work central to the analysis. She was Chair of Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for more than a decade by Health Canada, and was acting director of the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health. She is currently co-director at York of the Ontario Training Centre, a member of the Board for the York Institute for Health Research and has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton.  She is also a board member of the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases, heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to federal Human Rights Tribunals on issues related to women’s health care work and to pay equity.  Her current research is focused on reimagining long-term residential care, a Major Collaborative Research Project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Sandra Gabriele

Associate Professor, Department of Design

Sandra Gabriele has been practicing and teaching design for over twenty-five years. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, and holds an MDes in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta. In professional practice, she has designed communications materials for a variety of clients: government organizations, corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations, in both print and digital media. Her research interests are in the area of typography (legibility and the digital representation of large text collections) and information design (specifically, patient safety initiatives involving graphic design).

Stephen Gaetz

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Stephen Gaetz is an Associate Professor at York University and Director at the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. Dr. Gaetz is dedicated to increasing the impact of research on solutions to homelessness.  He has published extensively on the economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues of people who are homeless, as well as solutions to homelessness from both a Canadian and international perspective. Prior to coming to York University, Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto) and Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto. Professor Gaetz continues to play a leading role internationally in knowledge dissemination in the area of homelessness, as the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub, the largest web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world. Under Professor Gaetz’s leadership, York played host to the Canadian Conference on Homelessness in 2005 – the first research conference of its kind in Canada.

Joan Gilmore

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BA, LLB (Toronto), JSM, JSD (Stanford), of the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia

Professor Gilmour joined Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty in 1990, after practising civil litigation and administrative law.  She teaches Health Law, Legal Governance of Health Care, Torts and Disability and the Law in the LLB program.  She developed and is Director of Osgoode’s part-time LLM program specializing in Health Law, and teaches graduate courses on Professional Governance, and Legal Frameworks of the Healthcare System.  She is past Director of Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, and past Associate and Acting Director of York University’s Centre for Health Studies.  Professor Gilmour’s research and publications in health law span some of the most debated issues in contemporary society.  She recently completed a major study on the effects of tort law (negligence) on efforts to improve patient safety and reduce medical error.  Current research projects include an examination of legal and ethical issues in decision-making about health care for children, and a study of the interrelationship of disability, gender, law and inequality.  She has acted as a consultant to Health Canada, and completed a study for the Ontario Law Reform Commission on assisted suicide, euthanasia, and foregoing life-sustaining treatment.  She has also completed studies on health care restructuring and privatization, professional regulation of complementary and alternative medicine, and the interrelation of poverty, health and access to justice.

Michaela Hynie

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Dr. Michaela Hynie received her PhD in Social Psychology from McGill University in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, and the Associate Director of the York Institute for Health Research. Dr. Hynie’s current research has 3 broad areas of focus. The first is on culture, immigration and health. This includes culturally appropriate health and mental health care, health care access, and using community based research methods in diverse immigrant communities. Within this area she has worked on the development and use of community based support networks to promote mental health in local and international settings and on social, cultural and structural barriers in immigrants’ access to mental health services. The second is on how basic interpersonal or social psychological processes are affected by culture. This includes looking at how stress and social support differ by culture, and the effects of culture on the experience and expression of social emotions (i.e., shame and guilt). The third is sexual behaviour and safer sex, with a focus on culturally appropriate interventions and the evaluation of international initiatives. Dr. Hynie also founded the Program Evaluation Unit in the York Institute for Health Research, a unit that supports not for profit organizations in conducting program evaluations. The Program Evaluation Unit focuses on evaluation of programs designed to promote health and well-being and social inclusion.

Jennifer Jenson

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Jennifer Jenson is Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education. She is the outgoing president of a scholarly society to support digital games reserach in Canada and Internationally, the Canadian Game Studies Association ( She is also co-Editor (with Suzanne de Castell, Simon Fraser University) of the society’s journal Loading ( Her research and publication includes work on gender and technologies, gender and digital gameplay, players and identities in MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) like World of Warcraft, Eve Online, and Rift, technology and education, and technology policies and policy practices in K-12 education in Canada. In addition, working with a team of people at York, Simon Fraser University and Seneca College, she has designed and developed several educationally focused digital games in her Play:CES lab at York including a Baroque music game for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto (see Other games she has developed include: “Epidemic: Self-Care for Crisis” and an iPad/iPhone game “Compareware”. Committed to ludic forms in research, scholarship and ‘real life’, Jenson’s favorite game of all time is “Frogger” and she is committed to waiting for the last game in the Ico series, “The Last Guardian”.

Marcia Rioux

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Dr. Marcia Rioux is a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and teaches in the MA and PhD (Critical Disability Studies and Health Policy and Equity).  She is also currently the Director of the York Institute of Health Research.  She has recently taught a course in law and disability at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia (2008 and 2011) and has taught core courses in the PhD (Critical Disability Studies) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. With Bengt Lindqvist, she is the co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a Sida-funded multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally.  It has regional centres on 5 continents.  Besides that grant, she currently holds grants from CIDA, SSHRC, Heritage Canada and the Stars of Hope Foundation (in the Middle East).  Professor Rioux’s research includes health and human rights, universal education, international monitoring of disability rights, the impact of globalization on welfare policy, and poverty and disability.  Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. 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 nearly 70 book chapters and articles on disability rights.  Her PhD is in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mina Singh

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Mina Singh received her Neurosurgical Nursing Certificate in 1983 at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981 at University of Toronto. She became a Registered Nurse in 1981 at College of Nurses of Ontario and she also received her Bachelor of Science, Minor in Pharmacology in 1978 at University of Toronto, Doctor of Philosophy (Measurement and Evaluation) in 2004 at University of Toronto, Mental Health Nursing Certification in 1988 at the Canadian Nurses Association and Masters of Education in 1999 at University of Toronto. Singh was chosen as the Pat Griffin Scholar for her influential research in the area of accountability in education and practice, curriculum development and design, as well as international development in nursing education. In addition, it was noted that she has a solid record of mentoring nursing students. Her interests also include mental health and community health nursing. She is a member of York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, formerly AXON, which is a peer reviewed journal published three times a year.

Jianhong Wu

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University Distinguished Research Professor

Senior Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Director, Center for Disease Modeling

His scientific work, largely using delay differential equations and other infinite dimensional dynamical systems, aims to develop the theory and techniques of non-linear analysis and dynamical systems to resolve issues arising from “real-world” applications in ecology, epidemiology, data processing, and neural dynamics. His work has been supported by a number of Canadian and international funding agencies including the Canada Research Chair Program (CRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Mathematics for Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), the Geomatics for Informed Decisions (GEOIDE) and International Development Research Center (IDRC). He is currently directing the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (LIAM) and the MITACS Centre for Disease Modeling at York University (CDM). He is the Canada Research Chair partner leader of an Infectious Disease Management and Modeling project under the International Research Chairs Initiative (IRCI), a new partnership between the International Development Research Centre and the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Ron Pearlman

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Dr. Ronald E. Pearlman received a B.Sc. in Honors Chemistry from McGill University and an AM and Ph.D. from Harvard University from the Committee on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working with Nobel Prize winner Konrad Bloch. Following two years of postdoctoral training at the Biological Institute, Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen Denmark supported by an NRC/NATO fellowship, he returned to Canada as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, York University, Toronto. Recently, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Steering Committee for the Tetrahymena Genome Project that has led to the determination of the complete sequence of the Tetrahymena genome, a large and complex genome only 30 times smaller than the human genome. Dr. Pearlman has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals during his career and presented his work in many venues including national and international conferences. He has served on peer review committees with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and with peer review for other granting agencies and for many journals. He served for many years as York’s University Delegate to CIHR. He has been an associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Evolutionary Biology Program, has served on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel, on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Advisory Board, and is presently the Associate Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation and the co-ordinator of the Gairdner high school outreach programs.  He has served on the Council of the Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science and is presently President of the RCI. He recently served as Associate Dean (1999-2004) and Dean (2005-2007) of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University.  He formally retired in 2008 becoming University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar but maintains an active research program funded by CIHR and NSERC and supervises a prestigious Banting Fellow from Japan in the lab.