Research Clusters

The Faculty of Health Sciences promotes interdisciplinary health research that fosters scientific discovery. To this end, FHS has adopted a population and public health perspective as a framework for its diverse research programs. This perspective provides a basis for facilitating interdisciplinary engagement and problem-solving of health issues that span molecular and cellular processes, field-based investigation, intervention and evaluation, as well as policy processes that promote the health of communities.

FHS faculty are engaged in research in the following areas:

Chronic and infectious diseases

  • Mark Brockman virology, T-cell immunology, pathogenesis, HIV vaccines & immune-based therapies
  • Zabrina Brumme molecular epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, immunology, genetics
  • Shira Goldenberg global health, migration and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, field-based global health instruction
  • Robert Hogg HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, marginalized populations, population health
  • Michel Joffres epidemiology, primary prevention, population health, hypertension & cardiovascular disease
  • Scott Lear cardiovascular disease prevention, population health, ethnic disparities, e-health
  • Anne-Marie Nicol health communication; toxicology; social marketing; risk perception; risk assessment
  • Masahiro Niikura virology, Marek’s disease virus (MDV), recombineering, vaccine research
  • Bohdan Nosyk economic evaluation and mathematical modelling; substance abuse; HIV/AIDS; illicit drug dependence and treatment
  • John O'Neil global health, medical anthropology, Aboriginal health systems, HIV/AIDS & participatory research
  • Ralph Pantophlet molecular biology, infectious diseases immunology, antiviral antibody responses, HIV/AIDS
  • Jamie Scott molecular immunology, biochemistry, antibody responses, HIV-1 vaccine development
  • Diego Silva public health ethics, global health ethics, tuberculosis, ethical and political issues of mental health, empirical bioethics, research ethics
  • Will Small ethno-spatial epidemiological methods, illicit drug use, HIV prevention
  • Malcolm Steinberg occupational health, epidemiology, program management, HIV/AIDS, public health consulting
  • Tim Takaro occupational & environmental health, toxicology, asthma, community-based interventions
  • David Whitehurst health economics, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal conditions, clinical economic evaluation

Global Health

  • Nicole Berry global health, gender & reproductive health, maternal/child health, participatory methods
  • Mark Brockman virology, T-cell immunology, pathogenesis, HIV vaccines & immune-based therapies
  • Susan Erikson anthropology, ethnographic research, global health politics, information technologies
  • Maya Gislason social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Shira Goldenberg global health, migration and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, field-based global health instruction
  • Angela Kaida global health, epidemiology, HIV & sexual/reproductive health, antiretroviral therapy
  • Kelley Lee globalization, public health, tobacco-related diseases, global health governance
  • John O'Neil global health, medical anthropology, Aboriginal health systems, HIV/AIDS & participatory research
  • Diego Silva public health ethics, global health ethics, tuberculosis, ethical and political issues of mental health, empirical bioethics, research ethics
  • Jeremy Snyder public health ethics, medical tourism, vulnerable populations, health worker migration
  • Tim Takaro occupational & environmental health, toxicology, asthma, community-based interventions
  • Rochelle Tucker social psychology, adolescent mental health, social determinants of health, research methods

Mental health and addictions

  • Nicole Catherine children's mental health, socio-emotional and neurobiological development, childhood injury incidence and prevention, randomized controlled trial methodology
  • Frank Lee pharmacology, pathogenesis & Parkinson’s disease, molecular neurobiology, schizophrenia
  • Marina Morrow critical health policy, mental health & social inequity, gender & health, globalization
  • Will Small ethno-spatial epidemiological methods, illicit drug use, HIV prevention
  • Julian Somers clinical psychology, substance use & mental health, primary healthcare reform, homelessness
  • Charlotte Waddell Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, children’s rights
  • Denise Zabkiewicz social epidemiology, health economics, structural environment, employment & mental health

Environmental  and occupational health

  • Ryan Allen environmental health, air pollution, exposure assessment & analysis, epidemiology
  • Timothy Beischlag pharmacology, molecular toxicology, carcinogenesis, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • John Calvert public policy, economics, occupational health & safety, international trade law & health
  • Maya Gislason social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Bruce Lanphear early childhood health, environmental neurotoxins, lead poisoning, epidemiology of asthma
  • Lawrence McCandless biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-analysis, Bayesian statistics
  • Pablo Nepomnaschy human biology, anthropology, human ecology & health, stress & reproductive health
  • Anne-Marie Nicol health communication; toxicology; social marketing; risk perception; risk assessment
  • Gratien Prefontaine molecular biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, DNA methylation
  • Malcolm Steinberg occupational health, epidemiology, program management, HIV/AIDS, public health consulting
  • Tim Takaro occupational & environmental health, toxicology, asthma, community-based interventions
  • Scott Venners epidemiology, biostatistics, biomonitoring, endocrine disruptors & reproduction
  • Meghan Winters epidemiology, GIS applications, built environment & health, transportation & city design

Population and public health

  • Ryan Allen environmental health, air pollution, exposure assessment & analysis, epidemiology
  • Nicole Berry global health, gender & reproductive health, maternal/child health, participatory methods
  • Zabrina Brumme molecular epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, immunology, genetics
  • Nicole Catherine children's mental health, socio-emotional and neurobiological development, childhood injury incidence and prevention, randomized controlled trial methodology
  • Maya Gislason social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Robert Hogg HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, marginalized populations, population health
  • Rodney Hunt social determinants of health, theorizing health inequities, the social and behavioral contexts of health and disease, human sexuality, gender
  • Scott Lear cardiovascular disease prevention, population health, ethnic disparities, e-health
  • Lawrence McCandless biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-analysis, Bayesian statistics
  • John O'Neil global health, medical anthropology, Aboriginal health systems, HIV/AIDS & participatory research
  • Diego Silva public health ethics, global health ethics, tuberculosis, ethical and political issues of mental health, empirical bioethics, research ethics
  • Julian Somers clinical psychology, substance use & mental health, primary healthcare reform, homelessness
  • Tim Takaro occupational & environmental health, toxicology, asthma, community-based interventions
  • Rochelle Tucker social psychology, adolescent mental health, social determinants of health, research methods
  • Charlotte Waddell Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, children’s rights
  • David Whitehurst health economics, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal conditions, clinical economic evaluation
  • Meghan Winters epidemiology, GIS applications, built environment & health, transportation & city design

Social and health policy sciences

  • John Calvert public policy, economics, occupational health & safety, international trade law & health
  • Nicole Catherine children's mental health, socio-emotional and neurobiological development, childhood injury incidence and prevention, randomized controlled trial methodology
  • Susan Erikson anthropology, ethnographic research, global health politics, information technologies
  • Maya Gislason social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Laurie Goldsmith comparative health care, qualitative methods, health care delivery & policy, rural health
  • Scott Lear cardiovascular disease prevention, population health, ethnic disparities, e-health
  • Kelley Lee globalization, public health, tobacco-related diseases, global health governance
  • Marina Morrow critical health policy, mental health & social inequity, gender & health, globalization
  • Bohdan Nosyk economic evaluation and mathematical modelling; substance abuse; HIV/AIDS; illicit drug dependence and treatment
  • John O'Neil global health, medical anthropology, Aboriginal health systems, HIV/AIDS & participatory research
  • Jeremy Snyder public health ethics, medical tourism, vulnerable populations, health worker migration
  • Julian Somers clinical psychology, substance use & mental health, primary healthcare reform, homelessness
  • Charlotte Waddell Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, children’s rights
  • David Whitehurst health economics, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal conditions, clinical economic evaluation
  • Denise Zabkiewicz social epidemiology, health economics, structural environment, employment & mental health

Social inequities and health

  • Nicole Berry global health, gender & reproductive health, maternal/child health, participatory methods
  • Susan Erikson anthropology, ethnographic research, global health politics, information technologies
  • Maya Gislason social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Shira Goldenberg global health, migration and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, field-based global health instruction
  • Laurie Goldsmith comparative health care, qualitative methods, health care delivery & policy, rural health
  • Marina Morrow critical health policy, mental health & social inequity, gender & health, globalization
  • John O'Neil global health, medical anthropology, Aboriginal health systems, HIV/AIDS & participatory research
  • Jeremy Snyder public health ethics, medical tourism, vulnerable populations, health worker migration
  • Malcolm Steinberg occupational health, epidemiology, program management, HIV/AIDS, public health consulting
  • Charlotte Waddell Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, children’s rights
  • Denise Zabkiewicz social epidemiology, health economics, structural environment, employment & mental health

Health Care Systems

  • Nicole Berry global health, gender & reproductive health, maternal/child health, participatory methods
  • Laurie Goldsmith comparative health care, qualitative methods, health care delivery & policy, rural health
  • Malcolm King chronic lung diseases, Aboriginal health, health service delivery, vulnerable populations
  • David Whitehurst health economics, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal conditions, clinical economic evaluation