ITC Project

University of Waterloo Staff

 

Investigators

   
Shannon Gravely, Ph.D.
 
Research Assistant Professor
 
Shannon Gravely holds an MSc degree in Health Psychology from Leiden University (The Netherlands), and a Ph.D. from York University (Canada) from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health. After obtaining her doctorate degree, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center, New York. Shannon spent her post-graduate education and early career researching access to heart health programs after a cardiac diagnosis and/or event, particularly among women and other vulnerable populations.
 
Shannon joined the University of Waterloo, International Tobacco Control Evaluation Project (ITC) team in 2013 as a Research Scientist, and in 2015 was appointed to Research Assistant Professor. She is involved in the development and implementation of research studies involving data from several of the ITC Projects, including a focus on vapourized nicotine products (VNPs), health warnings, smoke-free, plain packaging, and assessing the effectiveness of current policies in each of the domains of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Shannon currently holds a 3-year Canadian Cancer Society Career Development Award in Prevention.
 
 
 
Country Project Management Group
   

 

Anne C. K. Quah, Ph.D., DipTrans (IoL, UK), DipTrans (PPM, Malaysia) 
 
ITC Managing Director and Senior Research Scientist
 
Anne C. K. Quah, Ph.D., is the ITC Managing Director and Senior Research Scientist at the ITC Project at the University of Waterloo. She collaborates with the ITC Chief Principal Investigator, ITC Knowledge Translation Manager, ITC Administrative Manager, and DMC leadership to create an overall strategy for ITC Country Project planning, development, deployment, and evaluation related to the current ITC country projects and future ITC country projects. She also manages and facilitates the production of scientific papers, collaborating with ITC researchers at partnering universities and research centeres, as well as coordinating with Civil Society, the World Health Organization (WHO), ministries of health, among others. She also provides leadership for project management in the US PATH (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) Project at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Quah is the coordinator of the ITC Project Economists Group (IPEG), which consists of ITC economists from several universities in North American and Asia. Because of her expertise in linguistics and translation, Dr. Quah is a Co-Leader role in the ITC Project’s Cultural Translation Study on examining, in rigorous detail, the differences and commonalities across the countries in how respondents understand the “same” question.
 

Dr. Quah received her undergraduate honours degree in linguistics from the National University of Malaysia and her doctorate in translation and linguistics from the University of Surrey, UK. She is also a certified professional technical translator (English/Malay) from the distinguished Institute of Linguists, a credentialing professional body of translators, interpreters and linguists in the UK. Before arriving at the University of Waterloo, she held teaching positions at the National University of Malaysia and the Malaysian Translators Association. She was one of the team members of a multilingual machine translation project with NTT (Nippon Telegraph & Telephone), a Japanese telecommunication company. She is also the author of a book titled “Translation and Technology” published in 2006 by Palgrave MacMillan UK. Her book has been published in the UK and China, and in 2008, her book was translated into Russian, published by Moscow Academia.

Anne can be contacted via email at ackquah@uwaterloo.ca

 

 

Janine Ouimet, M.Sc.
 
Research Associate
 
Janine Ouimet currently the Project Manager for the ITC Japan Project. Janine has previously worked on many projects. Janine received her undergraduate honours degree in biochemistry and her master’s degree in epidemiology & biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario.
 
Before joining the ITC Project at the University of Waterloo, Janine held research and project management positions at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Waterloo, working in clinical arthritis research and community/population health, respectively. Janine has worked with community stakeholders, researchers, governments, and universities in project coordination and project management roles in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, including roles in provincial and national projects. 
 
Janine can be contacted via email at j2ouimet@uwaterloo.ca.
 
 

 

Susan Kaai, Ph.D.
 
Research Scientist
 
Susan Kaai is a Research Scientist and the ITC Project Manager for Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi and New Zealand. Susan completed her Ph.D. studies (Public health) on tobacco use at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. She has a M.Sc. degree (specialized in Applied Human Nutrition) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelors of Education from Kenyatta University. 
 
Prior to joining the ITC team, Susan worked for two global health non-profit organizations in Kenya: the Population Council as a Research/Programme Officer, and Population Services International as a Research Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. During her tenure at the Population Council, she gave technical guidance and monitored a four year prospective longitudinal randomized controlled two-arm study on Adult Adherence and ART in Kenya. Susan has a multi-disciplinary academic qualification (Tobacco use, HIV, Education, Human Nutrition, and Epidemiology) and diverse professional international research experience in evaluating HIV, tobacco use, nutrition, reproductive health, and maternal and child health programs. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, reports, and presented in national and international conferences. She has also been a teaching assistant and guest speaker for several of the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs at the University of Waterloo. 
 
Susan can be contacted via email at skaai@uwaterloo.ca.
 
 

 

Thomas Agar, M.A.
 
Research Associate
 
Thomas (Tom) Agar is the ITC Research Associate for the 6 European Country Project (Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Spain), as well as projects in France, the Netherlands, and Chile. He is responsible for organizing, leading, managing, and monitoring the overall planning and implementation of ITC surveys in these respective countries. 
 
Tom has been with ITC since 2011, where he started as the Assistant Survey Manager, aiding in the management of ITC's survey database. Tom has been a Research Associate and Country Project Manager since 2014, having managed projects in China, Malaysia, and Thailand. Tom completed his M.A. in History at McGill University, specializing in Canada's international relations. He has extensive work experience in international policy and health research, including work as a researcher and project manager for The Centre for International Governance Innovation, a global governance think tank based in Waterloo, Canada. He also served as an assistant coordinator for a web-based survey database with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
 
Tom can be contacted via email at tkagar@uwaterloo.ca.
 
 

 

Steve Xu. Ph.D.
 
Research Scientist
 
Steve Xu is the ITC Project Manager for Bangladesh, China, India and South Korea. Steve holds a PhD degree in human geography from the University of Hong Kong, a Master’s degree in geomatics (GIS) from the University of Waterloo. He joined the ITC team in August 2013.
 
Prior to joining the ITC Project, Steve Xu held a number of positions in both private and public sectors: Research Associate with Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences in China, GIS Specialist with Schlumberger Water Services, GIS and Paper Data Librarian with Dundee Precious Metals Inc., and Library Associate with the University of Waterloo Library.
 
Steve can be contacted via email at s4xu@uwaterloo.ca

 

Nadia Martin, Ph.D.
 
Research Scientist
 
Nadia Martin joined the ITC team as a Research Associate in September 2013. Nadia holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in the areas of reasoning, decision-making, individual differences, and statistics education.
 
Prior to joining the ITC Project, Nadia held a number of research and teaching positions at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in addition to acquiring some international experience while working with Air Canada for 9 years.
 
Nadia can be contacted via email at nadia.martin@uwaterloo.ca.

 

Dissemination Team

   

 

Lorraine Craig, M.H.Sc.
 
Dissemination Manager
 
Lorraine Craig joined the ITC Project in July 2007.  She leads the co-ordination of the ITC Waterloo team in the production of reports to translate ITC Survey findings into information for use by policymakers and tobacco control advocates in their fight for stronger, evidence-based tobacco control laws. 
 
Lorraine has a B.Sc. in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo and an M.H.Sc. in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto. Before joining the ITC Project, Lorraine did project management and knowledge translation work on environmental health issues with the Network for Environmental Risk and Assessment and Management (NERAM) at the University of Waterloo.
 
Lorraine can be contacted via email at lvcraig@uwaterloo.ca.
 
 

 

Janet Chung-Hall, Ph.D.
 
Research Scientist
 
Janet Chung-Hall is a Research Scientist for the ITC Project. Prior to joining the ITC team, Janet completed her Ph.D. degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Her dissertation research focused on examining how peer group contexts influence social, school, and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents.
 
Janet joined the ITC team in 2009, and plays a primary role in providing scientific and writing support for the preparation of ITC dissemination products.  She works in coordination with the Dissemination Manager to lead the synthesis and writing of reports that communicate research findings from the ITC Project to the global tobacco control community.  She also contributes to the preparation of academic publications for scientific audiences.
 
 

 

Genevieve Sansone, Ph.D.
 
Research Scientist
 
Genevieve Sansone holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Health Psychology and a doctoral degree in Psychology – Special Programs, both from the University of Waterloo. Her dissertation research focused on social acceptability of female smoking and smokeless tobacco use in Bangladesh and India. Genevieve’s other research interests include the role of psychosocial factors in understanding health-relevant behaviours such as smoking and quitting and the impact of tobacco control policies; the use of alternate tobacco products in other countries; knowledge of the health risks of tobacco; and cultural differences in attitudes and beliefs about tobacco.
 
Genevieve works on dissemination efforts for the ITC Project, providing research support for academic papers, presentations, and reports. She also acts as a liaison between the Dissemination and Data Management teams, by contributing to data analyses and the creation of data visualizations for dissemination, as well as managing access to the various ITC datasets.
 
 

 

Administration Team

   

 

Dana Komer, B.A.
 
Administrative Manager
 
Dana Komer is ITC's Administrative Manager. This position is responsible for the human resources, administration, finance, and grant coordination for the ITC Project.
 
Before joining the ITC team, Dana worked as the Manager for Learning Services within Global Learning at Research In Motion. In 2010, she received an award for being one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Top 40 Under 40 for her combination of local business, music, and community contributions. She has also worked at the York Health Economics Consortium, University of York in the UK as a project administrator and as an Instructor within Business Communications, Professional Writing, and English Language Studies at Conestoga College. Dana completed a Bachelor of Arts --English Literature, Spanish Minor at University of Waterloo as well as a teaching certification for Adult Learners of English as a Second Language.
 
Dana can be contacted via email at dkomer@uwaterloo.ca.
 
 

 

Mary Culham, H.B.B.A.
 
Finance and Grant Administrator
 
Mary Culham is ITC's Finance and Grant Administrator.  Mary is responsible for the ITC Project’s financial accounting and reporting, as well as coordinating all grant applications and awards submitted on behalf of the project.
 
Mary completed an H.B.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University, worked for an Investment Manager in London, England, and in the Investment Finance department at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan before joining the ITC Project.
 

 

Amanda McIntosh
 
Administrative Assistant
 
Amanda joined the ITC team as Administrative Assistant in September of 2013. Reporting to the ITC Administrative Manager, Amanda is responsible for supporting the ITC team with office administration, travel booking and co-ordination, and orientation of new staff members.
 
Amanda graduated from Sheridan College and has a diploma in Advertising. She began her career at the University of Waterloo in 2009 working for the Centre for Contact Lens Research as their Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator. 
 
 

 

Michelle Bauer, B.A.Sc.
 
Research Administrator
 
Michelle she assists with research administration, knowledge translation, and support functions within the ITC lab including preparation of grant applications and progress reports, maintenance of various databases and records, social media co-ordination, maintenance of the ITC Project website, production of the ITC newsletter, and the training and leadership of new research assistants and co-op students.
 
Michelle has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Adult Development, Families, and Well-Being from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate certificate in Community and Social Services Management from Conestoga College. Prior to joining the ITC Project full-time in 2014, Michelle worked as a Program and Facilities Associate with the City of Waterloo.
 
 

 

Survey Management Group

   

 

Ruth Loewen, M.M&E
 
Survey Manager
 
Ruth Loewen is the ITC Survey Manager, overseeing quality control and documentation of all ITC surveys. She was the first fulltime ITC staff person, joining in 2002, just months before the initial investigator meeting. Ruth obtained her first degree in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba.
 
She worked in sensory testing in the food industry early in her career, before finding her way back to academic research.  She spent 15 years conducting research on psychological aspects of food preference and food consumption at University of Toronto in Mississauga, taking time off during this period to obtain a Masters in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE, University of Toronto. 
 
 

 

Michelle McAvoy, B.A.
 
Survey Management Associate
 
As a Survey Management Associate, Michelle helps to ensure quality control and maintain documentation for all ITC surveys. She joined the ITC project in May of 2013. Michelle received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.
 
Prior to joining the ITC Project, Michelle worked for over 13 years with the global market research company Ipsos, including several years as a project manager coordinating international fieldwork on behalf of North American clients.
 
 

 

Shelly Jordan, M.A., MLIS
 
Survey Management Associate
 
As a Survey Management Associate, Shelly helps to ensure quality control and maintain documentation for all ITC surveys. She joined the ITC project in May of 2013. Shelly received an M.A. in Philosophy (with an emphasis on the history and philosophy of science) from the University of Calgary, and an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) from the University of Western Ontario.
 
Before joining ITC she worked as a freelance Teaching Assistant and online course facilitator (mostly in ethics) in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.
 
 

 

Eddie Bauer, B.Math
 
Programmer
 
Eddie Bauer is the ITC Programmer, overseeing quality control and function of all ITC databases. Eddie started with the ITC Project as a co-op student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo where he studied in the faculty of mathematics. He joined the ITC Project full-time in 2012. 
 
 

 

Simon Thompson, B.A.
 
Survey Research Assistant
 
Simon is the ITC Survey Research Assistant, providing input in survey development and working alongside the Survey Management Group to test, and oversee the testing of, computerized ITC surveys. He also checks fieldwork surveys and computer codes against records of surveys in the ITC Survey Database. 
 
Simon recieved his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has certificates in Volunteer Management and Adult Education from Conestoga College. Before joining the ITC Project, Simon worked as a Data Manager at Health Behaviour Research, an earlier incarnation of the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, and at the Survey Research Centre at the University of Waterloo. 

 

 

Data Management Core

 

 

Christian Boudreau, Ph.D.
 
Associate Director of Data Management Core (DMC)
 
Dr. Boudreau is the Associate Director of the Data Management Core (DMC), Co-Director of the University Survey Research Centre (SRC), and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. The DMC provides statistical support and ensures data quality of ITC surveys.
 
Dr. Boudreau holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in statistics from the Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Waterloo. Before joining the University of Waterloo in 2005, Christian was a member of the Division of Biostatistics and of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Boudreau’s research interests include applied survey sampling, survey methodology, longitudinal studies and survival analysis. He continues to be involved with the development of new statistical methodologies for the analysis of bone marrow data, focusing on methods for competing risks. 
 
 

 

Pete Driezen, Ph.D.
 
Senior Data Analyst
 
Pete Driezen is a Senior Data Analyst with the ITC Project. He joined the project in 2003 and provides statistical and analytical support for many of the ITC investigators. He conducts statistical analysis of ITC data for the ITC National Reports as well as for academic papers. He also manages the ITC research data for several ITC projects, including the ITC Four Country Survey, Southeast Asia (Thailand & Malaysia), Mauritius, Bangladesh, India, and Zambia.
 
Pete earned an honours B.Sc. degree in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, a M.Sc. degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Before joining the ITC Project, Pete worked as a research associate with Canadian Blood Services’ National Epidemiology and Surveillance Department.
 
 

 

Gang Meng, Ph.D.
 
Senior Data Analyst
 
Gang Meng joined the ITC Project in 2012 as a Senior Data Analyst who will take requested analysis of ITC data including cross-country comparisons.
Before joining the ITC team, Gang finished his post doctorate study in the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. Gang received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in urban planning from the University of Waterloo with a concentration in spatial statistical analysis and health geography.
 
 

 

Mi Yan, M.Math
 
Data Analyst
 
Mi Yan has been a data analyst at ITC since she joined the Project in 2006. Mi is responsible for data cleaning and processing, weights constructions for many ITC countries such as Korea, China, Mexico etc., as well as varies complex statistical analyses for presentations and research papers.
 
She holds a B.Sc. honors degree in Statistics from the University of Alberta and a M.Math degree in Biostatistics from the University of Waterloo. 
 
 

 

Grace Li, M.Math
 
Data Analyst
 
Grace Li is a data analyst at ITC. As a data analyst she is responsible for development, maintenance, analysis and interpretation of trends or patterns in complex datasets.
 
Grace Li holds a Master's degree of Mathematics in Biostatistics, a Bachelor's degree of Mathematics Honours in Actuarial Science & Statistics from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor's degree of Engineering Honours  in Software Engineering from Tianjin University of Technology, China. 
 
 
Matthias Schonlau, Ph.D.
 
Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
 
Matthias Schonlau is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. 
 
In 2011, Dr. Schonlau joined the University of Waterloo after a 14-year career in industry. He previously held positions at the RAND corporation (USA), the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (Germany), the German Institute for Economic Analysis (DIW), National Institute of Statistical Sciences (USA), and AT&T Labs Research (USA).  Dr. Schonlau received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Statistics.
 
Dr. Schonlau’s research interests include survey methodology including web survey methodology and open-ended questions. Dr. Schonlau is the lead author of the book "Conducting Research Surveys via E-Mail and the Web". Dr. Schonlau’s Stata implementation of respondent driven sampling (RDS) is being used by users in at least a dozen countries.  Dr. Schonlau has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in Statistical Science, JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals.