Acting Director: Dan Allman, MA, MScR, PhD
Telephone: (416) 978-1830
The work of Dr. Allman focuses on the social and structural production of risk and well-being, particularly for those considered marginal, vulnerable or peripheral to a society’s core. Interests include the sociology of health and medicine, social equity, global health and new techniques for public health research. Dr. Allman enjoys teaching, translating knowledge and building capacity within university and community settings.
Member: Paula K. A. Braitstein, PhD
Dr. Paula Braitstein is an HIV epidemiologist living and working in Eldoret, Kenya. Dr. Braitstein is Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (Canada), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair of Applied Public Health, Visiting Professor at Moi University School of Medicine (Kenya), and co-Field Director of Research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program in Eldoret.
Member: Ann Burchell, MSc, PhD
Telephone: 416-642-6486 Ext. 2210
Dr. Burchell’s research interests focus on the study of sexual health, the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and prevention of the leading causes of global STI-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Burchell is a Scientist at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto following many years conducting epidemiologic research at the HIV Studies Unit, University of Toronto. She holds a New Investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Founding Member: Liviana Calzavara, PhD
Telephone: (416) 978-4643
Over her career, Dr. Calzavara has developed expertise in social and behavioural aspects of HIV/AIDS. Her past research has involved research with marginalised individuals, for example gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, provincially and federally incarcerated inmates, HIV infected women, immigrant communities living in Toronto and First Nations people. Dr. Calzavara was the principal investigator for the Polaris HIV Seroconversion Study and has led multi-disciplinary research teams in international research projects in Russia and China. She is currently the Director of the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention.
Founding Member: Rhonda Cockerill, PhD
Telephone: (416) 978-7721
Dr. Cockerill is a professor of health policy, management and evaluation. She has expertise in evaluation of community-based programs, evaluation within ethno-cultural communities, and the sociology of work. She has been involved with the development of models for community-based research and has a particular interest in the evaluation of community-based programs.
Member: Daniel Grace, PhD
Telephone: (416) 978-1883
Dr. Daniel Grace is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Daniel is a sociologist who conducts research related to the social determinants of health, HIV and STI prevention strategies, and the sexual health of gay men. Daniel completed his postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is currently working on multiple qualitative and mixed methods studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in the areas of health care access, HIV and STI prevention, and mental health for diverse communities of gay men. These studies include a focus on conducting qualitative analysis to understand how HIV prevention strategies and biomedical technologies are used and understood by gay men in their everyday social and sexual lives. Daniel is currently teaching public health graduate courses at the in social and political theory.
Member: Peggy Millson, MD, FRCPC
Discipline: Community Medicine & Epidemiology
Telephone: (416) 978-7514
A doctor of medicine and epidemiologist by training, Dr. Millson is a Professor Emeritus in the Dalla School of Public Health. She has expertise in public health evaluation, injection drug users and HIV, substance use, harm reduction, and infectious diseases.
Founding Member: Ted Myers, PhD
Discipline: Social and Behavioural Epidemiology
Dr. Myers has extensive experience in socio-behavioural and behavioural-epidemiological research with marginalised populations including First Nations people, gay and bisexual men and drug using populations, including injection drug users. He has particular interests in geographic and cultural analyses and the determinants of sexual and risk behaviour. He has undertaken a number of province-wide and national studies of behaviour and service delivery as well as studies in other countries. He has undertaken research in HIV testing, needle exchange programmes, and other service delivery systems to help inform policy.
Member (deceased): Robert Remis, MDCM, MPH, FRCPC
Discipline: Epidemiology & Public Health
Professor Emeritus Robert Remis grew up in Winnipeg’s large Jewish community, striking it out on his own in Montreal, where he completed his MD at McGill University. After practice as a GP in disadvantaged communities, his desire to help humanity on a larger scale led to his true calling of community medicine and infectious-diseases epidemiology, and he became expert in HIV/AIDS epidemiology, working in Montreal and later at the University of Toronto, where he acted as a mentor to many students, publishing extensively and contributing to HIV surveillance.
Dennis J. Haubrich PhD
Staff: Caroline Godbout