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Meet the Changemakers

Learn more about Faculty of Health students, alumni, faculty and staff who are creating positive change in our communities and the world around us.

Farah Ahmed

Farah Ahmed

HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT
In recent years, organizations have tapped into peer leaders as a conduit for awareness and information about health issues. Lesser known, however, are the emotional complexities of this role, Professor Farah Ahmad explores this relationship through a study funded by Cancer Care Ontario to deepen our understanding of the benefits and challenges of peer leadership.

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Joel Katz

Joel Katz

PSYCHOLOGY
About one in 10 people experience chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP). Psychology professor Joel Katz explores this problem by working with a large multidisciplinary team of Toronto health professionals to identify CPSP’s main risk factors.

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Shayna Rosenbaum

Shayna Rosenbaum

PYSCHOLOGY
Along with researchers at University College London, Shayna Rosenbaum, a York Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory, has discovered that other parts of the brain cooperate with the hippocampus in forming memories. 

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Ali Abdul-Sater

Ali Abdul-Sater

KINESIOLOGY & HEALTH SCIENCE
Professor Ali Abdul-Sater explores inflammation at the molecular level to find ways to bring it under control.

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Lyndsay Hayhurst

Lyndsay Hayhurst

KINESIOLOGY & HEALTH SCIENCE
Professor Lyndsay Hayhurst decided to bring both employers and students together in an experiential education collaboration for her International Development and Sport course. 

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Claire Mallette

Claire Mallette

NURSING
Professor Claire Mallette's fourth-year leadership course is all about inspiring students to identify a health issue and create a strategy for positive change that emphasizes compassion in health care.

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Shahirose Premji

Shahirose Premji

NURSING
Professor and York's School of Nursing director Shahirose Premji is shedding light on how physiologic burdens influence birth outcomes among women exposed to some of the most extreme psychosocial stress worldwide.

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Jonathan Weiss

Jonathan Weiss

PSYCHOLOGY
Research conducted by clinical psychologist and associate professor of Psychology Jonathan Weiss has shown that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can make life much brighter for children with autism and their families.

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Christine Jonas-Simpson

Christine Jonas-Simpson

NURSING
Professor Christine Jonas-Simpson is improving quality of life for patients with dementia at the Bitove Academy.

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James Orbinski

James Orbinski

DAHDALEH INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH
Established in 2015, York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is leading change in a world that desperately needs it. And there is no-one better to lead that change than James Orbinski, the Institute’s inaugural director.

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Tamara Daly

Tamara Daly

HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT
Over 100,000 Ontarians live in long-term care homes, and they are among our most vulnerable citizens. It’s essential that both residents and the people who care for them enjoy the highest quality of life and excellent conditions of work. Professor Tamara Daly has dedicated her career to improving policy and practice in this highly important field.

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Nicolette Richardson

Nicolette Richardson

KINESIOLOGY & HEALTH SCIENCE
Assistant Lecturer Nicolette Richardson has taken the teaching of anatomy to the next level by introducing state-of-the-art dissection software into the courses she teaches.

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Michaela Hynie

Michaela Hynie

PSYCHOLOGY
How well are Syrian refugees adapting to their new life in Canada? That’s the key question Psychology Professor Michaela Hynie asked in a study that measures the integration of Syrian refugees.

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