I am excited to serve as Acting Director for the McMaster Institute of Health Equity for 2021/22!

I truly believe in the Institute’s mission: together we can better understand the underlying pathways that influence patterns of health inequity in our society. I am passionate about the interdisciplinary spirit of the Institute. We need wide spanning collaborations and unique perspectives to find holistic solutions to health disparities.

I come to this position from a Sociological background and hold a Canadian Research Chair in Mental Health and Work-Life Transitions. I am excited to develop the mental health focus of the Institute, and working with leading membership to create the foundation for other core themes of concentration.

We plan to have a variety of engaging events this year to highlight important research on health equity from external academics, as well as our own members. We will be in touch soon with details.

I look forward to meeting all of you–either virtually or in person. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for the Institute.

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming year!


Marisa Young, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Mental Health and Work-Life Transitions  Graduate Chair, Sociology Acting Director, McMaster Institute of Health Equity

Department of Sociology 

Kenneth Taylor Hall 640
(905) 536-3028

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