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Faculty Research Interests
Dr. Rick Audas health; human resource issues in health care settings; health technology assessment; high cost treatments; health policy analysis
Dr. Natalie Beausoleil Creativity and artistic expression for health promotion and illness recovery; Linking social sciences, arts and community health in research and activism; Social production of gender, body, health and illness through popular, medical and scientific discourses; Feminist and other critical approaches; Qualitative research; Promotion of positive body image; Youths' experiences and the meanings of the body and health; Cultural studies and the analysis of media and visual culture
Dr. Fern Brunger critical social studies of science and medicine (the study of culture in its relation to power); research ethics (critiquing notions of "vulnerability" and "risk", research involving social identifiable populations, aboriginal health ethics); clinical ethics (cross-cultural ethics, ethics of cultural accommodation)
Dr. Catherine Donovan health promotion; chronic disease prevention; communicable diseases; environmental issues
Dr. Jennifer Flynn
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Bioethics
Dr. Vereesh Gadag statistical analysis of data pertaining to either population health or clinical trials with special interest in vaccine related data; Pharmacoepidemiological research using large health care data bases with special emphasis on the association between drug use and its perceived side effects; Data analysis using time series and stochastic process approach; Theoretical developments in statistics related to detection of Outliers, Branching Processes and Sampling Schemes
Dr. Diana Gustafson health-related social justice issues; gendered analysis of determinants of women's health; health of marginalized populations; sociology of marginalized populations; sociology of the family with emphasis on women's health-related issues; feminist qualitative methodology and epistemology
Dr. Olga Heath examining prevalent of eating disorders and self injury in MUN student population; developing, implementing and evaluating a training program on eating disorders for professionals working outside of large urgancentres to develop capacity to identify, intervene for early cases, recognize need for referral and follow-up post specialized treatment; impact of interprofessional team functioning in practice placements on student attitudes about and intention to be involved in interprofessional practice; physician decision making about involvement in interprofessional training in mental health
Dr. Chris Kaposy ethical and policy issues in abortion care; clinical ethics; public health ethics; ethics of vaccine research and vaccination programs; disability theory and disability rights
Dr. Anne Kearney breast screening, including broad social factors influencing women's practice of breast self examination and a critical review of the application of screening evidence to policy; primary health care reform; patient safety
Dr. Victor Maddalena health policy, palliative and end-of-life care; vulnerable populations; health system governance
Dr. Maria Mathews access to care issues; primary care; cancer care; physician supply; outcome evaluations
Dr. Shree Mulay health of immigrant and refugee women in Canada; contraceptive clinical trials in India and human rights of women; liberalization and access to health services and medicines in India; assistant human reproduction and medical tourism
Dr. Maisam Najafizada To support community health workers in addressing the root causes of poor health, the CLEAR toolkit has been developed by an international collaboration of researchers and policymakers. The CLEAR toolkit is designed as a practical clinical decision-aid to help community health workers in not only treating the medical issues, but also asking their patients about underlying social problems, referring to local support services and advocating for larger social change. This can serve to promote community development and counteract the “inverse care law” with the aim of improving the health of disadvantaged populations and reducing health inequities. The CLEAR toolkit is being piloted in a number of settings (Pakistan, Uganda and Canada) around the world to determine how the toolkit can best be adapted and used in a wide range of contexts. The aim of this research is to pilot the CLEAR toolkit in rural Afghanistan with the following objectives.
Dr. Daryl Pullman research ethics; clinical ethics; ethics and aging; privacy; issues related to genetic research and therapy; human dignity and moral epistemology
Dr. Barbara Roebothan community nutrition; nutrition surveys; dietary intake data
Dr. Atanu Sarkar climate change and health; environmental contamination and health; ecosystem and health; social epidemiology; agriculture and health; occupational hazards; global health
Dr. Jennifer Shea
  • Aboriginal health
  • Community-based participatory and decolonizing approaches
  • Visual methodologies
  • Gender
  • Youth
  • Cancer journey
  • Resilience
  • Social determinants of health
  • Knowledge translation
Dr. Martha Traverso health promotion; children and youth health and wellbeing; community aging in deprived contexts; vulnerable population's health promotion and wellbeing; meanings of health and illness (critical constructionist approach); social determinnts; power relations and economic inequities related to health and health care
Dr. Peter Wang cancer epidemiology; arthritis epidemiology; disability; statistics modeling; hepatitis epidemiology; quality of life; survey methods
Dr. James Valcour infectious diseases; spatial analysis/geographic information systems; environmental epidemiology; climate change; exposure assessment; aboriginal health
Dr. Yanqing Yi statistical design and analysis for clinical trials; dependent data analysis; survival data analysis; stochastic modeling and Markov processes; statistical modeling and computation for complex data
Dr. Benjamin Zendel
  • Aging
  • Hearing, auditory processing
  • Music and speech perception
  • Music training
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging (electroencephalography (EEG) & magnetic resonance imaging (MRI))