Dr. Gillian Booth, MD, is an endocrinologist and epidemiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her main research interests include the assessment of health outcomes, methods to improve health care delivery, and management of patients with diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia. Dr. Booth has collaborated with CRUNCH on projects investigating the relationship between the neighbourhood-scale built environment and obesity, and the relationship between the built environment and diabetes, as it relates to gender.
Dr. Rick Glazier, MD, MPH, is a senior scientist and program lead in Primary Care and Population Health at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research scholar with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Glazier has published widely on neighbourhood inequalities in health and health care access. Dr. Dunn and Dr. Glazier co-lead CRICH’s Health Database Initiative and collaborate on a number of projects.
Dr. Paul Hess, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. His research interests include urban design practices and built environments; streets as public space; non-motorized transportation and neighbourhood form; and how development control and other institutional practices shape urban environments.
Dr. David Hulchanski, PhD, is a member of the CRUNCH Advisory Committee and an international expert on housing and neighbourhoods. He leads a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project to understand neighbourhood change in Toronto and develop strategies to maintain social diversity in Toronto neighbourhoods under pressure from gentrification. Dr. Dunn and Dr. Hulchanski co-chair the Toronto Neighbourhoods Research Network, a coalition of community groups, service providers, decision-makers and academics who meet 3 to 4 times per year to discuss neighbourhood issues and research.
Dr. Stephen Hwang, MD, MPH, is a research scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hwang’s research focuses on homelessness and health, including homeless people’s use of health care, deaths among homeless people, and the links between housing and health. Dr. Hwang is a CIHR New Investigator and holds grants from CIHR and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Hwang adds expertise on housing, homelessness and health, as well as study design and health outcome measurement.
Dr. Magdalena Janus, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Chair in Early Child Development at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Her research includes mother-infant relationships in children with chronic illness; impact of childhood chronic illness on children’s behavioural and academic adjustment; family coping; and sibling relationships. Dr. Janus is an international leader in the measurement of child outcomes. As the co-developer of a popular measure of children’s ‘readiness to learn’ at school entry (the Early Development Instrument, or EDI), Dr. Janus brings substantial knowledge of measurement tools for child health and development to CRUNCH.
Dr. Laura Johnson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with issues in housing, social planning and social research methods. A planner and sociologist, her areas of research include housing; employment and family issues; and telework and other alternative work arrangements. Much of her research addresses the social dimension of the built environment. As a social planner, she has worked extensively to develop linkages between academic researchers, policy makers and community organizations. Dr. Johnson brings expertise in the area of urban design and evaluation of the built environment.
Dr. Michèle Lamont, PhD, is Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She has written on the role of culture in generating social inequality; the cultural strategies of stigmatized groups for coping with racism; culture and poverty; and how culture mediates the impact of discrimination on health. Dr. Lamont has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the German Marshall Funds. She is also co-director of the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Lamont provides direction to CRUNCH in the area of boundary-making.
Dr. Rahim Moineddin, PhD, is a statistician who has worked on several research projects and collaborated extensively with a number of researchers in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Research in Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Moineddin has extensive experience analyzing correlated data and repeated observations. His contributions to CRUNCH will ensure statistical rigour in analyzing the impact of rent-geared-to-income housing on health and child development.
Dr. Carles Muntaner, MD, PhD, is the Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Nursing Research and senior scientist at the Community, Culture and Health Studies Section of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as Professor of Nursing and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Muntaner is a leader in the measurement and assessment of social class, work organizations and community context in relation to psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Patricia O'Campo, PhD, is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and holds the Alma and Baxter Ricard Chair in Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she is the Director of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH). Dr. O’Campo is a social epidemiologist who has contributed to substantive and methodological advances in understanding links between the socio-economic attributes of neighbourhoods and health, including child health and early child development.
Dr. Nancy Ross, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography at McGill University. Nancy has an ongoing research program investigating income inequality as a determinant of population health in North America, as well as regional and neighbourhood scale work on the social-contextual influences on health status. She is also involved in research with a diabetes cohort in Montréal, examining the link between environment and health-related behaviour. Nancy currently holds research funding from the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI), The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Le Fonds de la recherche en Santé Québec (FRSC) and Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
Dr. Sanjeev Sridharan, PhD, is the Director of the Evaluation Program at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health and Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His work over the last decade has been funded from a variety of sources including the Scottish Executive, NHS Health Scotland, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UNICEF South Asia and U.S. Department of Justice. In Scotland, he is currently evaluating a set of interventions, called anticipatory care, that seek to break the connection between deprivation and poor health. Dr. Sridharan uses a range of quantitative methods, including spatial econometrics, time series analyses, network analyses and multilevel models. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation.
Dr. Alan Walks, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto and a research associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS). His published research examines the spatial parameters of social inequality, neighbourhood polarization, ideology and social exclusion, as well as neighbourhood effects on poverty, political attitudes and health indicators. He is currently leading a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research project examining the implications of 'automobility' for the spatial articulation of social inequality and citizenship in Canada.