Our team

Current staff

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Andrew Pinto

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of The Upstream Lab. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Pinto completed his residency at the University of Toronto and his Master’s in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Commonwealth Scholar. Currently, he is a Scientist in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

Andrew’s publications on Google Scholar.

 

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Amy Craig-Neil

Amy Craig-Neil is a Research Assistant in The Upstream Lab, working on an audit and feedback intervention that incorporates information on social determinants to improve HIV primary care. She completed her Bachelor of Science Honours degree at Queen’s University in Life Sciences in 2009 and  her Master’s degree in Global Health at McMaster University in 2014.

 

 

 

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Nadha Hassen

Nadha Hassen is a Research Coordinator in The Upstream Lab. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto, where she was a CIHR Fellow in Public Health Policy and also completed the Community Development Collaborative Program. For the last six years, Nadha has worked in research at policy and community levels, including roles at Wellesley Institute, Public Health Ontario, Jane’s Walk and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is passionate about health equity, working with communities and advocating for populations that are marginalized.

 

 

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is the coordinator the Decent Work and Health Network. She enjoys thinking and working at the intersections of education, advocacy, research, and social and environmental justice.

 

 

 

 

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Kim Radford

Kim is a research coordinator with The Upstream Lab. She organizes the data collection and analysis phases of the Medical-Legal Partnership Evaluation Project.  A social worker by training, she is particularly interested in the concept of “mental health.” This includes envisioning more ethical systems of support and enriching the social determinants of mental health literature with critical theory.

 

 

 

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Anne Rucchetto

Anne Rucchetto is a Research Coordinator in The Upstream Lab, working on a series of studies focused on income security. She previously worked at the IMAGINE clinic, Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank (TCT2), and the Transition Emerging Study. Her research interests include the social determinants of health, harm reduction, gender, law, community development, arts-based health promotion, and environmental health.

 

 

 

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Rose Wang

Rose Wang is a Research Coordinator in The Upstream Lab, working on a series of studies focused on Income Security Health Promotion.  She holds an MPH with a specialization in Epidemiology, and was previously involved in research at CAMH investigating the effects of alcohol on decision-making in HIV+/- men who have sex with men, as well as a systematic review evaluating the longitudinal effects of cannabis on depression. She is passionate about upstream research focused on improving the health and well-being of marginalized individuals, communities, and populations.

 

 

Students

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Rohit Vijh

Rohit Vijh is currently a medical student at the University of Toronto. He graduated from McGill University in 2015 with a B.Sc in Pharmacology. His previous research experience  included HIV clinical epidemiological research surrounding HIV point of care diagnostics. He is currently working on a project looking at community mapping HIV prevention services geared towards gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Toronto.