BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2018 – 2020
Laura Rosella is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Faculty Member in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and holds scientific appointments at ICES and Public Health Ontario. She also holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics and established the Population Health Analytics Lab. Her research focuses on a range of factors that contribute to population health, health system impacts and health inequities. She was previously awarded CSEB’s Early Career Award and the Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiology Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Dr. Rosella was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for 2018. She is passionate about maintaining a strong culture of epidemiology and biostatistics in Canada.
Past President:Mark Oremus
Dr. Oremus is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, and an Associate Professor (part-time) in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evaluation, and Impact, McMaster University. He is Chair of the International Network for Epidemiology and Policy and Past President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Oremus specializes in chronic diseases and aging, systematic reviews, and health economics. He has particular interests in Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive function. Dr. Oremus teaches introductory and advanced epidemiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and was nominated for a teaching award in 2018.
Dr. Mark Ferro is the Canada Research Chair in Youth Mental Health. He earned his BSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University, MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan, and PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University. He completed postdoctoral training in Child Psychiatry at McMaster University. His program of research takes a life-course approach using both clinical and epidemiological studies to understand the determinants and mechanisms leading to the onset of mental disorder and physical-mental multimorbidity, psychiatric health service use among children with multimorbidity, and psychosocial outcomes in medically vulnerable children and young people.
Kristine is a Data Analyst at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She works on projects using clinical and administrative data and leads workshops in R. She completed her B.Sc (Hons) in Statistics and M.Sc in Community Health Sciences both from the University of Manitoba.
Sharon Birdi is a 2nd year Medical Sciences student attending The University of Western Ontario. She is currently apart of Western’s Science Students’ Council and works alongside fellow student leaders to help undergraduate students achieve the best experience possible. In the future, Sharon hopes to pursue a career in healthcare science and medicine.
Student Representative:Tiffany Fitzpatrick
Ms. Fitzpatrick is a PhD (Epidemiology) Candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is a trainee at both the Hospital for Sick Children and ICES, as well as a fellow of the Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy. Her dissertation focuses on social inequities in childhood respiratory infection burden. Ms. Fitzpatrick holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and HBSc in Biological Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Guelph. She is also the secondary representative for CSEB on the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP).
Members at Large
Dr. Jennifer Payne is an epidemiologist based in Halifax. She splits her time between Dalhousie University (Associate Professor in Breast Imaging) and the two health authorities (advising on breast screening evaluation and chronic disease surveillance).
Raywat Deonandan, PhD, (@deonandan) is an Associate Professor with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and a former federal government Chief Scientist. A global health specialist, his research involves the creative analysis of administrative data, the epidemiology and ethics of assisted reproductive technologies, most prominently the emerging global industry of so-called reproductive tourism, and the exploration of novel avenues of medical education. Raywat is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and a recipient of the 2016 OCUFA (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations) professorial teaching award.