Faculty

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Colleen Flood (Common Law) – Director

colleen.flood@uottawa.ca
Professor Flood’s research focuses on comparative health care policy, public/private funding of health care systems, health care reform, and accountability and governance issues. Other research has focused on administrative law, accessibility in health care, and health care issues in the context of the Constitution and the Charter.

 

Yvonne Boyer (Common Law) – Associate Director

yboyer@uottawa.ca
Professor Boyer's research interests include Aboriginal law, treaty law, and the intersection of law and Aboriginal health.

 

Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies)

lbeaman@uottawa.ca
Lori Beaman is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada. Her research explores the ways in which we as a society define religion and how these definitions are translated into interpretations of religious freedom. In the process of this exploration she is taking a close look at the theoretical underpinnings of the limitation of religious freedom as it is currently viewed by Canada’s courts.

 

Louise Bélanger-Hardy (Common Law)

louise.belanger-Hardy@uottawa.ca
Professor Bélanger-Hardy’s research focuses on tort law and medical law as well as common law in French, legal writing, and pedagogy. Her current research projects in tort law include the notion of recognizable psychiatric injury and the remoteness in negligence law. Her current research projects in health law include law and psychology scholarship, and adverse events in hospital settings.

 

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault (Management)

ivy.bourgeault@uottawa.ca
Professor Bourgealt’s research interests include health professions, health policy and women’s health.  Her recent work focuses on the migration of health professionals and their integration into he Canadian health care system.

 

Angela Cameron (Common Law)

a.cameron@uottawa.ca
Professor Cameron’s research focuses on social justice with a particular focus on the equality interests of women. Other research areas include reproductive technologies law, criminal law, restorative justice, property law, family law, legal theory, sociological approaches to law, and human rights law.

 

Jennifer Chandler (Common Law)

jennifer.chandler@uottawa.ca
Professor Chandler’s research focuses on the law and ethics of neuroscience including law and memory, the use of neuroscientific and behavioural genetic evidence in courts, legally-coerced consent to medical treatment in the context of criminal rehabilitation, capacity-enhancing medical treatment, death determination criteria, and family decision-making around end of life and organ donation.

 

Y.Y. Chen (Common Law)

yy.chen@uottawa.ca
Professor Chen’s research interests lie primarily at the interface between health care and international migration. His scholarly work explores how the intersection between these two fields affects the struggle for social justice both domestically and globally. He has published in both academic journals and popular media on subjects relating to migrant health care, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS, and the right to health, among others. He currently teaches “Introduction to Public & Constitutional Law” and “Studies in Public Law: International Migration & Health.”

 

Karen Eltis (Civil Law)

karen.eltis@uottawa.ca
Professor Eltis is interested in the impact of new technologies on constitutional rights, from a comparative perspective, with particular emphasis on courts and bioethics. Her recent work examines GPS tracking of dementia patients and genetic discrimination. Her research on privacy was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in A.B. v. Bragg.

 

Patrick Fafard (Public and International Affairs)

patrick.fafard@uottawa.ca
Professor Fafard’s current research interest is public health policy, specifically governance of public health and the role of knowledge and evidence in public health policy. He also has a longstanding interest in Canadian federalism and intergovernmental relations including their impact on health services delivery and various aspects of public health.

 

Paul Fedoroff (Psychiatry)

paul.fedoroff@theroyal.ca
Professor Fedoroff’s research interests include the assessment and treatment of paraphilic sexual disorders and prevention of sex crimes.  He has a special interest in individuals with developmental delay or brain injury.

 

Audrey Ferron Parayre (Civil Law)

audrey.parayre@uottawa.ca
• Droit et politique de la santé
• Droits et libertés de la personne
• Sociologie et effectivité du droit
• Responsabilité professionnelle
• Transfert des connaissances

 

Daphne Gilbert (Common Law)

daphne.gilbert@uottawa.ca
Professor Gilbert specializes in criminal, constitutional and comparative constitutional law. Her research interests lie primarily in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with a particular emphasis on equality rights, reproductive rights and animals and the law.

 

Michelle Giroux (Civil Law) 

mgiroux@uottawa.ca
Professor Giroux’s research focuses on medical law and bioethics, human rights law, family law, and children’s law. Her research has focused on rights and end of life care, public health, and assisted reproduction, specifically the right to know one’s origins and surrogacy.

 

Vanessa Gruben (Common Law) 

vanessa.gruben@uottawa.ca
Professor Gruben’s research focuses on the regulation of assisted human reproduction including third party reproduction, the regulation and funding of assisted reproductive technologies and the constitutionality of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Other research interests include organ donation and the regulation of health professionals. Professor Gruben teaches in the areas of property law, family law, access to health care and public health law.

 

Simon Hatcher (Psychiatry)

shatcher@uottawa.ca
Dr. Simon Hatcher is currently Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
• Depression
• Psychiatry
• Suicide

 

Martha Jackman (Common Law)

martha.jackman@uottawa.ca
Professor Jackman’s research focuses on Constitutional law with particular interest in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the rights of women and other disadvantaged groups. Other research areas include Charter health law work and projects aimed at enhancing the ability of community groups to advocate for social rights.

 

Ian Kerr (Common Law)

iankerr@uottawa.ca
Professor Kerr’s research focuses on the impact of information and authentication technologies on our identity and our right to be anonymous and Canadian copyright legislation reforms on privacy and freedom of expression. Other research has focused on the laws of robotics, privacy, health technologies, and anonymity.

 

Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Common Law)

jamie.liew@uottawa.ca
Jamie Chai Yun Liew is an expert in immigration and refugee law, administrative law, public law and poverty law. Jamie’s current research examines the meaning of citizenship in Canada, gendered implications of Canadian law on migrants, and how Canada’s immigration and refugee system marginalizes those navigating the process.

 

Katherine Lippel (Civil Law)

klippel@uottawa.ca
Professor Lippel’s research focuses on occupational health and safety law, including prevention of work accidents and occupational disease, workers' compensation, disability prevention and rehabilitation. Many of her projects examine OHS issues raised by precarious employment and much of her research applies a gender based analysis. Her studies on legal issues related to specific occupational health problems focus on mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer.

 

Isabelle Marcoux (Health Sciences)

isabelle.marcoux@uottawa.ca
Professor Marcoux’ research interests include euthanasia, assisted suicide and suicide, ethical issues about end-of-life decisions, transition from curative treatment to palliative care, mental health, coping, social support, communicational and relational aspects in care, effects of public policies on medical end-of-life practices, and methodological issues in end-of-life research.

 

Brenda Macdougall (Geography)

brenda.macdougall@uOttawa.ca
Professor Brenda Macdougall, PhD, is a leading expert in the history of Métis and First Nations and Ontario's first Chair in Métis Research. The Métis Family and Community Research Lab, established by Professor Macdougall, serves as the centre for her two primary research projects—the Ontario-Based Métis Research Project and the Great Plains-Based Métis Research Project. 

 

Jason Nickerson (Medicine)

jason.nickerson@uottawa.ca
Dr. Nickerson's work focuses on three areas: health systems strengthening in humanitarian emergencies; access to essential medicines for pain relief, palliative care, and anesthesia; and the management of chronic respiratory diseases. Internationally, Jason’s work focuses on how to maintain a minimally functional health system that responds to people’s needs during humanitarian emergencies. In Canada, Jason works mostly on issues related to the management of chronic respiratory diseases.

 

Chidi Oguamanam (Common Law)

chidi.oguamanam@uottawa.ca
Professor Oguamanam’s research focuses on global knowledge governance especially in the context of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, and agricultural biotechnology. Other research has focused on the intersections of knowledge systems, particularly western science and the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities.

 

Michael Orsini (Political Studies)

morsini@uottawa.ca
Professor Orsini’s main areas of research interest are in health politics and policy, and the role of social movements in policy processes. His substantive areas of interest include autism, HIV/AIDS and illnesses that affect marginalized people. Other research interests include qualitative research and interpretive policy analysis.

 

Christine Straehle (Public and International Affairs; Philosophy)

christine.straehle@uottawa.ca
Christine Straehle' research is in the domain of health ethics and health justice. Her research interests lie in questions of justice in health access, vulnerability and the conditions of autonomy in health and questions of health inequality locally and globally. 

 

Brenda Wilson (Epidemiology and Public Health)

bwilson@uottawa.ca
Professor Wilson’s research interests lie in public health genetics and health services and policy research.  She is involved in a range of projects, including assessing the utility of family history as a tool for chronic disease prevention, developing and evaluating interventions in genetics education and knowledge translation, public engagement in genomics health policy development, using outcome measures in genetics health services, family communication and disclosure of shared risks, and integrating ethical, legal and social issues into technology assessment processes.

 

Kumanan Wilson (Internal Medicine)

kwilson@ohri.ca
Dr. Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital.  Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on public health policy including blood safety, health surveillance, pandemic preparedness and immunization. 

 

Michael Wolfson (Epidemiology and Public Health)

michael.wolfson@uottawa.ca
Professor Wolfson’s research involves using computer simulation models to integrate evidence from large population data sets to better understand what makes people healthy or ill. This research will yield new insights and support better policies to improve the health of Canadians by posing appropriate “what if” questions, and using models to simulate likely scenarios.
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