Team

Nathalie Beaupré

Nathalie Beaupré, Accounts & Human Resource Administrator 

Nathalie Beaupré is the Accounts Administrator for the Centre. She has been with the Centre since its inception in 2004 where it evolved from the Health Challenge Think Tanks. Nathalie is responsible for all administration as it relates to research budgets, accounting, payroll, HR, and travel reimbursements.

Dana Koluezez Brown, Project Administrator 

mcche.mgmt [at] mcgill.ca (Dana Koluezez Brown) is the Project Administrator for the Centre. She has a diverse background ranging from public relations and graphic design to administrative organization. Having worked in a variety of fields such as a public health and advertising, Dana brings a unique perspective to the Centre. She holds a BA in Communications from Bethany College.

Laurette Dubé

Laurette Dubé, Founding Chair and Scientific Director 

Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She is also the founding chair and scientific director of the MCCHE. Beyond books, Laurette has published extensively in the leading scientific journals of her field. Her work also appears in general audience and business publications such as Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and USA Today. Laurette received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Sabina Hamalova

Sabina Hamalova, Research Assistant

sabina.hamalova [at] mcgill.ca (Sabina Hamalova) joined the MCCHE team as a Research Assistant in summer 2017. Her life and career choices have been shaped by two of her biggest passions: research and human health. Previously, her research activities focused on lines of treatment in gastrointestinal oncology patients (Jewish General Hospital), and the impact of nutrition on human health (McGill University and Lund University, Sweden). She holds a M.Sc. in Food and Biotechnology at the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic and B.Sc. in Dietetics from McGill University.

Dora Koop, Managing Director

Dora Koop has worked at McGill University for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Managing Director of the MCCHE and the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) which is delivered in 5 countries around the world. With her experience in governance, she was instrumental in building McGill’s Director’s Education Program run jointly with the ICD and Rotman School of Management. Dora currently sits on the Board of CATSA, a Federal crown corporation, and Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail operation with over 35 stores in Canada. Dora has an MBA from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Alberta. 

Andre K. Portella, PostDoc Fellow

Andre Portella is a pediatrician and a postdoctoral fellow of nutrition and neuroscience at MCCHE. Before joining MCCHE, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Universidade Federal de Ciencias da Saude de Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil he was in charge of the social pediatrics program and undergraduate rotation in general pediatrics. Andre is currently studying the effects of early nutritional and social environment on the programming of appetite and related risks for the development of overweight and obesity and associated metabolic complications. Andre has a Phd in Pediatrics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, RS Brazil.

Atefeh Ramenzankhani, PhD Candidate

Atefeh Ramenzankhani is a PhD candidate at McGill’s faculty of management in ‘strategy and organization’ area. Her research explores scale up of community projects and local initiatives to tackle social and environmental problems with an emphasis on explaining the role of bridging organizations in creation and transformation of market arrangements that sit between social and commercial economy. She studies this through a combination of mathematical modeling of diffusion of market practices and an ethnographic study of a leading food security non-governmental organization in Canada.  

Byomkesh Talukder, PostDoc Fellow

Byomkesh Talukder’s research is based on ground-level data related to a community’s sustainability needs in Bangladesh, India. Over a 10-year span, Byomkesh was engaged in interdisciplinary training of civil servants who are now leaders in sustainable development programs and policy design in Bangladesh. Currently, Byomkesh is a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at Parmalat Canada and MCCHE. In his post-doctoral studies, he is investigating a project on “Multi-Criteria Supply Chain Design and Management Tool for Food Convergent Innovation in Dairy Business”. 

Wendy (Yun-Hsuan) Wu, PostDoc Fellow 

Wendy Wu is a postdoctoral fellow in the McGill Centre for Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) at McGill University after completing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and her first postdoctoral training at the University of South Carolina. Previously, her work focused on the influence of individual- and contextual-level social capital and socioeconomic status on mental disorders and diabetes. Dr. Wu’s currently postdoctoral research focuses on the mechanism of how individuals’ social networks and social capital influences obesity and meanwhile, explores how neighborhood food environments are affecting obesity.

Research Interns

Houji Yao

Houji Yao joined the MCCHE as a Research Intern in 2017. He is a current undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and physics. He has previous experience as Editor-in-Chief of the Ampersand Journal and is interested in international development and interdisciplinary economics. Outside the MCCHE, he is also President of the McGill Students' Chess Club and works as an Undergraduate Student Assistant for the department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill.

Rosemarie Cavillon

Rosemarie recently graduated from McGill University studying sociology with a double minor in psychology and economics. After taking various courses pertaining to research in social sciences, she discovered a growing passion for combining statistics, economics and psychology to enhance people's everyday decisions. She decided to join the MCCHE team to gain some hands on experience before pursuing her master's in the field of behavioural economics and decision making.

Stephanie Du

Stephanie is a U1 student at McGill studying Human Resources with a concentration in Finance at Desautels Faculty of Management. Aside from her major, she also has a strong interest in Economics. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys acting and singing in musical theatre, participating in sports, painting and photography. 

Yolanda Ferreiro Franchi

Born in Venezuela and raised in Spain, Yolanda is a senior at McGill University where she studies Political Science and Economics with a minor in Operations Management. As a recent addition to the MCCHE team, she is keen to explore the economic dimensions that influence, and culminate, in nutritional challenges. In her leisure time, she is an avid reader, learner of languages, and traveler."

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