February 2, 2018
Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée holds the Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities. She is a Professor at McGill University, where she holds an Arts and Medicine cross-faculty appointment in the Departments of Sociology and of Epidemiology. She is also the founding Director of the McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms.
She obtained her M.Sc. from Université de Montréal, and her PhD in Sociology from Duke University, where she was a Fulbright Canada Fellow. Her research examines the contribution of social policies to social inequalities in health over the life course, thanks to funding from agencies such as the Fonds de recherche du Québec en santé, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Her work appeared in a book she co-edited, Le privé dans la santé : Les discours et les faits (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2008), as well as in journals such as The Lancet, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and Social Science and Medicine. Her research has received numerous awards, including the Population Association of America Dorothy Thomas Award and the American Sociological Association Dissertation Award.
Committed to furthering public understanding of science, she is frequently sought by the media to comment on health care policy and population health. She has consulted for Statistics Canada and Health Canada, was a member of Statistic Canada’s National Statistics Council from 2014 to 2017, and is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was elected President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on the Sociology of Health in 2014 in recognition of her leadership in the field.