Scientific Leadership Advisory Council

The Scientific Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) is a multi-disciplinary expert panel from across the University of Toronto, and will help determine the research agenda, priorities and partnerships of the Leong Centre. The SLAC will provide informed direction in executing research objectives and is comprised of the following members:

 

ARJUMAND SIDDIQI is Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity and Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, where she also holds appointments in the Department of Paediatrics, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and the Hospital For Sick Children, as well as at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Siddiqi is interested in understanding how societal conditions produce and resolve inequities in population health and human development across the lifespan. Her research focuses primarily on the roles of resource inequities and social policies, the methods and metrics that enable scientific inquiry on health inequities, and mechanisms related to public and political uptake of evidence. Dr. Siddiqi is an alumnus of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Global Academy and former Associate Member of its Program on Successful Societies. She was also a member of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health Knowledge Hub on Early Child Development, and has consulted to several international agencies including the World Bank and UNICEF. Dr. Siddiqi received her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.
BARBARA FALLON is a full Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare. She was the Associate Dean of Research from 2015-2019 and the PhD Director from 2013-2015. Her research focuses on the collection and sharing of reliable, valid national and provincial data to provide an evidence-based understanding of the trajectories of children and families in the child welfare system. She is currently the Scientific Director of The First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (FN/CIS) 2019 and the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (OIS) 2018. These studies provide a comprehensive description of the needs of children and families identified to the child welfare system allowing for evidence-based improvements to policy and practice. Other research interests include comparisons of child protection systems and the contribution of worker and organizational characteristics to child-welfare decision making. Dr. Fallon was the Director of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008 (CIS-2008) and managed two previous cycles of the study. She has also managed other national child-welfare research projects. Dr. Fallon’s past research has helped child welfare workers and policy-makers understand the use of risk assessments in child protection investigations and opportunities for early intervention and prevention for children at risk of maltreatment. Her research has also contributed to the implementation of key policy initiatives in child welfare including differential response models and specialized intimate partner violence teams.
CATHERINE S. BIRKEN is a general paediatrician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine, Professor, University of Toronto (U of T), and a Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. Her clinical care activities include attending paediatrician in inpatient paediatrics, and paediatrician in the outpatient SickKids Obesity Management Program for children with complex obesity. Her research is in prevention of childhood overweight and obesity in early childhood, and is co-leader of TARGet Kids! primary care practice-based research network to advance child health research. Dr. Birken is funded by CIHR for the study of obesity and cardiometabolic risk and early childhood development in school, randomized controlled trials in obesity prevention and treatment with public health nurse-led parenting and home visiting intervention, and a population evaluation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Ontario. She has a special interest in interventions that address vulnerable populations.
JENNIFER JENKINS is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education and University of Toronto. Prior to working at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jenkins worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St.London and Stirling University. She obtained her PhD from the University of London. She has written extensively on emotional development and developmental psychopathology, including two books: Understanding Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley) and Human Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley and Nancy Stein), as well as numerous scientific articles (see links under Research Themes). She teaches in the Collaborative PhD Program in Human Development, the School and Clinical Child and the Developmental Psychology and Education graduate programs at the University of Toronto.
LAURA ROSELLA is the Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the Population Health Analytics Lab and Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and Site Director for ICES UofT. She also holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics. Her research focuses on using a range of analytic approaches and a combination of health and non-health data sources to study population health, population-based risk tools to support health planning and health equity. She has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications and awarded several national grants including a CIHR Foundation scheme grant for her population health analytics research program and New Frontiers in Research Fund grant to advance the application of machine learning methods for studying multiple chronic diseases. Notably, Dr. Rosella was awarded the Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiology Award by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Her research has been featured by Forbes, Newsweek, Reuters, CBC, CTV, and The Globe and Mail.

MARK STABILE is the Stone Chaired Professor of Wealth Inequality and Professor of Economics at INSEAD and Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  At INSEAD he directs the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality at INSEAD and is the Deputy Academic Director of the Hoffmann Institute for Business and Society. From 2007 to 2015 he was the founding Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. From 2003-2005 he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance, where he worked on tax, health, and education policy. He is the recipient of the Carolyn Tuohy award in Public Policy, the John Polanyi Prize in Economics, the Harry Johnson Prize from the Canadian Economics Association (twice) and Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Rotman School and INSEAD.  His recent work focuses on inequality, poverty, child health, health care financing, and tax policy. He has advised the Governments of the United States, Canada, and Ontario, among others, on health care reform and programs to reduce child poverty. He is associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics. Professor Stabile received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his BA from the University of Toronto.

 

STEVEN MILLER is Head of the Division of Neurology and the Centre for Brain & Mental Health, and is a Senior Scientist in Neurosciences & Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and holds the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience. Dr. Miller cares for children with brain diseases. His clinical subspecialty is caring for newborns with brain injury. Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, Dr. Miller's research program focuses on better understanding brain injury and development in the newborn. He and his team use advanced brain imaging and detailed long-term follow-up to help children who were born early or with conditions that put them at risk of neurological and developmental deficits. He has contributed to our understanding of brain abnormalities caused directly by preterm birth, perinatal asphyxia or indirectly by congenital heart disease.