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New faces at CHEPA

21 Feb 2018

There are new faces at CHEPA, which has welcomed two new faculty members and two new post-doctoral students. The centre will also see the retirement on March 31 of long-time faculty member Steve Birch.

Joining CHEPA’s faculty are Laura N. Anderson, PhD, and Dr. Mitchell A. H. Levine, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FISPE, FACP.

Dr.  Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University and an Adjunct Scientist in the division of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute. She completed a Master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Dr. Anderson’s primary area of research is population and public health with a focus on chronic disease prevention and modifiable determinants of health in early life. The methods used in her research include life-course epidemiology, survey design, population health interventions, and analysis of big data. She is an investigator on multiple CIHR-funded projects related to childhood obesity. Dr. Anderson contributes to teaching and graduate student supervision in the Masters of Public Health program at McMaster.

 Dr. Levine received his medical degree from the University of Calgary and postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine and in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto. He then obtained an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster.

Dr. Levine is a Professor at McMaster in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology. He is the Assistant Dean for the Health Research Methodology program in the Faculty of Health Sciences. His academic interests include assessing prescription drug use in the community and developing methods to obtain maximum value from drug therapy resources.

Dr. Levine has a Governor-in-Council appointment as the Vice-Chair of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board of Canada. As well, he serves as an advisor to federal and provincial governments on issues relating to drug efficacy, safety and pharmaco-economics. He is also a practicing consultant physician in the fields of Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

Two new post-doctoral students are also now at CHEPA:

  • Connie Schumacher, PhD, RN, is a registered nurse seconded to McMaster’s Deptartment of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.  She has more than 20 years of clinical experience, practicing in Cardiac Care, Emergency, and most recently Community Care.  She is currently working as the Lead Clinical Coordinator for the DIVERT-CARE Trial.  Her interests are in chronic disease management, patient education, and promoting evidence-based care in the community. She recently obtained her PhD in Nursing, completing a qualitative grounded theory study on heart failure self-management in the community. She is doing her post-doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Andrew Costa.


  • Dr. Marian Braga, DDS, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of São Paulo Dental School. She holds a PhD degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.  Her research focuses on investigating the impact of some diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to control dental caries in children. Dr. Braga has been also coordinating multi-institutional initiatives to improve teaching and learning in the study of dental caries and their development (cariology) among undergraduate students. She is working at CHEPA as a visiting research post-doc fellow under the supervision of Stephen Birch and Amiram Gafni. She is measuring the economic impact of early caries detection and treatment in children. This is part of a Brazilian-funded clinical trial (CARDEC-02) linked to a series of clinical trials related to diagnostic strategies for dental caries (NCT02473107). 
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