Looking for a supervisor?

The following Faculty are available to supervise students for the 2017-18 academic year.
If you are applying for the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy program in Population and Public Health, you should review these profiles to identify a potential supervisor. Unless indicated, the Faculty listed on this page are looking to supervise PhD and MSc PPH students. Faculty members with an * next to their name are eligible to co-supervise students in partnership with SPPH faculty who are members of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS).

Nick Bansback (Masters Students Only)

Concentration: Health Economics
Research Area: Cost-effectiveness; patient decision making
Funding: student stipend


Stirling Bryan

Concentration: Health economics
Research Area: Economic evaluation of radiology in BC
Funding: Yes


Michael Law

Concentration: Health Services and Policy Research
Research Area: Pharmaceutical policy
Funding: Possible CIHR funds


Kimberlyn McGrail

Research Area: Health systems research and policy evaluations; aging; health care costs; health information
Funding: Available for student support


Boris Sobolev

Research Area: A population-based study of hip fracture surgical wait times and associated outcomes. Benefits include exposure to a multidisciplinary approach, participation in collaborative on-the-job training in both academic and non-academic settings, and acquisition of skills to communicate research results to practitioners.
Funding: Possible funds from Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures


Daniel Steel

Research Area: Ethical issues related to science and policy (e.g., the precautionary principle, sponsorship bias, diversity in science)
Funding: TBA.



Jason Sutherland

Concentration: Health Services and Policy Research
Funding: TBA.



Jeff Brubacher (Prospective PhD Students)*

Concentration: Population health; road safety
Research Area: Traffic policy evaluation, driver based risk factors for crashing, injury outcome, road trauma surveillance
Funding: TBD
Contact (also CC Dr. Herbert Chan)


Bruce Carleton*

Concentration: Pharmaceutical outcomes
Research Area: Molecular epidemiology in the determination of clinical and genomic predictors of adverse drug reactions; pharmacoepidemiology; public health surveillance systems for drug safety
Funding: Internal; External award opportunities possible


Corinne Hohl*

Concentration: Drug safety and effectiveness; adverse drug event reporting; health data
Research Area: Adverse drug event surveillance; clinical prediction tools for adverse drug events; validation of adverse drug event outcomes in administrative data and PharmaNet
Funding: Yes, if DSEN-related topic


Judy Illes*

Concentration: Neuroethics
Research Area: Biomedical ethics, neuroscience, populations and public health
Funding: CIHR, other

Rosemin Kassam

Concentration: Local and Global health, community-based research
Research Area: Child and maternal health, women’s health, and senior’s health. Primary health care with a specific focus on global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals.
Funding: TBD


Eva Oberle

Concentration: Positive Youth Development, thriving in childhood, school-based mental health and wellbeing
Research Area: understanding and promoting health and wellbeing in schools; social and emotional learning in schools, supportive relationships and thriving in childhood; program evaluation; quantitative research; whole-child-development; population level research; social determinants of wellbeing.
Funding: TBD


Brenda Poon

Concentration: Early years of the life course; child development
Research Area: Community-level determinants of health, population-level interventions supporting children and families, program evaluation, qualitative research, special needs/disabilities, models of service delivery
Funding: Potential GRA funding


Nichole Fairbrother*

Research Area: Maternal perinatal anxiety disorders; epidemiology; fear of childbirth; postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder
Funding: TBD


Richard Carpiano*

Research Area: Health disparities; social determinants of health; community effects on health
Funding: TBD



Quynh Doan*

Research Area: Paediatric emergency medicine; child and youth mental health in the ED
Funding: Some funding



Richard Lester

Concentration: Global health, infectious diseases
Research Area: mobile health (mHealth)
Funding: CIHR, NIH, Michael Smith Foundation, CTN


Chris Richardson (Masters Students Only)

Research Area: Youth mental health and well-being; substance use; psychometrics; e-health initiatives related to youth mental health
Funding: TBD.


David Patrick

Research Area: Discovery and clinical research in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; epidemiology of antibiotic use and resistance
Funding: TBD.


Jacek Kopec (Masters Students Only)

Research Area: Hip pain; physical activity; femoroacetabular impingement.
Funding: Stipend from a research grant.



Rachel Murphy

Research Area: Nutrition; obesity and prevention of chronic disease (particularly cancer); older adults and other at risk populations; community knowledge translation
Funding: Funding support possible.


Trevor Dummer

Research Area: Cancer prevention; health geography; built environment; environmental risk factors; community knowledge translation
Funding: TBD.


Helen Tremlett*

Research Area: Multiple sclerosis.


Viviane Dias Lima (Masters Students Only)

Research Area: HIV epidemiology; Aging; Comorbidities; Statistical and Mathematical Modelling;
Funding: Stipend from a CIHR grant

Mieke Koehoorn

Concentrations: Occupation health/occupational epidemiology
Research Areas: workers’ compensation policies and programs, work disability, and gender, work and health
Funding: Possible graduate research assistant positions


Hugh Davies

Concentrations: occupation & environmental exposure assessment & epidemiology
Research Areas: Noise and chronic disease; Exposure databases; occupational health in construction
Funding: Possible graduate research assistant positions in 2017 related to occupational health in Construction and environmental noise studies.


Lawrence Frank

Professor and Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation and Health
Director of the Health and Community Design Lab University of British Columbia

Dr. Frank is a Professor in Sustainable Transportation and Public Health at the University
of British Columbia. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior,
air quality; and health; and in the energy use, and climate change impacts of urban form
policies. He coined the term “walkability” in the early 90’s and Thompson and Reuters
lists him in the top 1% globally in 2014, 2015, and 2016 based on how much his research is
cited. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and reports and the two leading
books – Heath and Community Design and Urban Sprawl and Public Health on these
topics. Dr. Frank works directly with local, regional, provincial or state, and federal
agencies to help translate results from leading edge research into practice based tools.