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DLSPH Open: Meet our four new faculty members

October 3/2019

Dear colleagues,

Adalsteinn Brown

This summer, four stellar faculty members began academic appointments at the DLSPH. Growing our community of scholars creates exciting new learning opportunities for our graduate students, opens the door to interdisciplinary research discovery, and is critical to delivering on our Academic Plan.

I am delighted to welcome and introduce the newest members of our community, two of whom are joining IHPME’s health services research program and two additions to the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division.

Meena Andiappan is an Assistant Professor (tenure stream) with expertise in organizational behaviour and its application in various workplace settings. She joins IHPME by way of Montpellier, France and holds an MSc from Penn State and PhD from Boston College. Her research area is ethical behaviour, notably ethical leadership and change mechanisms, and has examined the role of emotions — both positive and negative — in organizational behaviour.

With the strong link between emotions and ethics in healthcare, I think graduate students will benefit tremendously from exploring ethical behaviour and leadership under Professor Andiappan’s guidance.

Lucas Dufour is also an Assistant Professor (teaching stream) in the health services research program’s organization behaviour area with roots in the South of France. He holds an MSc from Kedge Marseille Business School and from IAE Aix-en-Provence, and a PhD from Aix-Marseille University and Essec Paris.

Dufour also studies ethics and emotions, with additional focus on socialization, innovation and creativity.

Given the continuously evolving healthcare system, including changes to technology, patient needs, and quality standards, Professor Dufour’s course offerings will help students develop the critical soft skills needed to lead change management initiatives in hospitals, government and beyond.

I invite you to read more about Professors Andiappan and Dufour in IHPME News.

Amaya Perez-Brumer joins the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure stream). She is a critical global health scholar and holds a MSc from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a PhD from the Mailman School of Public Health. Her research program examines the intersection between social theory and community-driven strategies to improve HIV prevention science and reduce the health disparities among people of diverse genders and sexualities.

Professor Perez-Brumer’s has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and is currently co-investigator on two NIH-funded studies. Her political and reflexive scholarship style and mentoring potential will be invaluable to students and collaborators across DLSPH and she will be teaching Social and Political Forces in the Health in the Winter 2020 term.

Roberta Timothy also joins the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division of DLSPH at the rank of Assistant Professor (teaching stream). She is an innovator in developing and applying intersectional, anti-colonial and anti-oppression curriculum and frameworks to understanding health promotion, health systems, health access, and the social determinants of health.

She holds a PhD and MEd from the University of Toronto and a MA from the University of Guelph. Professor Timothy has extensive experience teaching anti-oppression practice and intersectionality theory, which will be invaluable in teaching graduate students in the health promotion field. Her research program broadly addresses local and transnational dimensions of community health promotion, the unequal impact of social determinants of health across diverse communities in local and global contexts, and anti-oppression and community-informed interventions into health policy and equity.

Please join me in welcoming these new faculty members to the DLSPH community.


Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown
Professor and Dean
Dalla Lana School of Public Health