New faculty appointments in Occupational and Environmental Health and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences

December 12/2014

The Dalla Lana School of Public health would like to welcome four new faculty members to the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Health and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences.

Tracy Kirkham has been appointed Assistant Professor in Occupational and Environmental Health and will commence this position on January 1, 2015.  Kirkham is – currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre of Research at the Centre hospitalier de l'université de Montréal (CHUM) where she focuses on methodological issues in the development of job exposure matrixes.  Her primary research interests include: workers' compensation for chronic occupational disease, determinants of exposure, and biological monitoring.

Kirkham joins Professor Jeremy Scott, Associate Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, who also officially starts January 1, 2015, but has taught an industrial toxicology course at the School since fall 2014.

Lori Ross has been appointed Assistant Professor in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and will commence this tenure-track position on May 1, 2015. Ross had been a status faculty member in the division since 2010 and supervised a number of PhD and practicum students in her role as scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  Ross uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches in her research work, with a focus on integrating the principles of community-based research. Much of her research focuses on understanding the mental health and service needs of marginalized populations including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people, in order to improve access to services for these communities.  

Daniel Grace has been appointed Assistant Professor in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and will commence this tenure-track position on February 1, 2015. Grace recently completed a research fellowship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Public Health and Policy. His research in the UK involves working with local government and conducting mixed methods research to evaluate complex interventions related to alcohol-related harms and social inequality.  In much of his ongoing research, Grace utilizes critical research strategies and social theory to explore the social and structural determinants of health for diverse population groups with a focus upon the social, sexual, physical and mental health of gay and bisexual men.