People

Frank Elgar (BA, MSc, Memorial; PhD, Dalhousie) is a developmental psychologist with research expertise in social inequalities in adolescent health. He has worked in university and government settings in Canada and the UK, including the Cardiff Institute for Society, Health and Ethics (Cardiff University), Welsh Assembly Government, the University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Social Sciences, and Carleton University’s Department of Psychology. At McGill, Dr. Elgar is a full professor cross-appointed to the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine, is an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology, and holds a Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Social Inequalities in Child Health. 

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Postdoctoral fellows:

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Nour Hammami (PhD, Waterloo) is a postdoctoral fellow in adolescent health at the Institute of Health and Social Policy. Her research addresses food insecurity and bullying among adolescents and its links to health and social conditions in national and international contexts. Previous research projects examined gender differences in chronic disease risk behaviours and their association with weight status among adolescents using multilevel cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs. With her nutrition and dietetics background, Dr. Hammami previously worked on developing and validating dietary measures to more accurately assess children’s dietary intake, served as a reviewer for several journals and is a stakeholder with Health Canada. 

Contact: nour.hammami@mail.mcgill.ca

Twitter: @NourishmentPhD

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Sample publications:

    Hammami, N., Chaurasia, A., Bigelow, P., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2019). A gender-stratified, multilevel latent class assessment of chronic disease risk behaviours’ association with BMI among youth in the COMPASS study. Preventive Medicine, 126(C). 

    Moghames, P.  , Hammami, N. 1 , Hwalla, N., Yazbeck, N., Shoaib, H., Nasreddine, L. & Naja, F. (2016). Validity and reliability of a food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary intake among Lebanese children. Nutrition Journal, 15(4). 

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Marine Avezedo Da Silva (PhD, Laval)

Coming soon….

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Graduate students: 

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Allison MacNeil is a PhD student in clinical psychology studying social inequalities and determinants of health, specifically how the experience of food insecurity impacts adolescents' mental health. Her interest in this area stems from several years of working with at-risk youth and their families in community-based programs, and undergraduate studies in interdisciplinary health sciences. Allison’s work employs a wide range of research methods, including epidemiological analysis of large international data sets and community-based studies and  knowledge mobilization and translating research into policy.

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Samira Feizi (PhD student in health psychology)

Coming soon….

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Alexandra Maduro (B.A., M.A.) is a M.Sc. student in psychiatry at McGill University. Her research interests include child and adolescent health, socioeconomic inequalities, and the translation and mobilisation of knowledge for health and social policy. She is currently studying mental health outcomes in adolescents who have experienced food insecurity in childhood. Furthermore, she would like to examine associations between youth mental health and the availability of food assistance programs in schools.

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Research assistants

Akankasha Sen (PhD student in  human nutrition)