Affiliated Scientists

Affiliated Scientists are part of the OTRU team as collaborators on select projects and as contributors to our mission of generating and providing knowledge for tobacco control efforts in Ontario and beyond.

Tara Elton-Marshall

Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH, an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University.

Dr. Elton-Marshall evaluates addiction and substance use-related policies and programs with the goal of providing the evidence needed to strengthen future policy and programming and thus reduce addiction and substance use problems. Her research conducted in seven countries to date has provided the evidence base for restricting tobacco packaging and product design characteristics (for example, smoother sensation) that increase misperceptions of reduced harm. She has examined factors associated with problem gambling among adolescents in three provinces, and she is the co-principal investigator of a study evaluating the impact of the legalization of online gambling in Ontario.

She is also interested in health disparities in mental health and addiction, psychosocial mediators of addiction, and health equity in policy and programs. She has published several papers examining disparities in health among First Nation, Inuit and Métis youth in Canada. Her goal is to ensure that policies and programs are equitable, appropriate, and effective for vulnerable populations, both nationally and internationally.

Emmanuel Guindon

Emmanuel Guindon is the inaugural Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) and an associate member of the Department of Economics at McMaster University. Prior to joining McMaster University, Emmanuel was on Faculty at Université de Montréal and a staff economist at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Emmanuel’s research interests cover a broad array of topics in health economics, health behaviour, health services research and applied econometrics.