Meet the team of PHDA Instructors

PHDA 01 Working with Administrative Data

Kim Nuernberger is a Senior Analyst for the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She brings to this course more than 10 years of experience as a health data analyst, much of it working with large administrative health data sets. Her experience spans a broad range of health service issues covering the life course and representing everything from contraception to the provision and delivery of appropriate long-term care services. A strong advocate of lifelong learning, Kim completed a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria in 2005 and solidified her skills in health research through completion of the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis. Most recently she has been involved in a collaborative project involving researchers based at the University of Victoria and the Fraser Health Authority examining patterns and predictors of long-term care use through administrative and clinical data. This project has involved extensive use of SAS and other statistical software to link anonymized data sets and employ a wide variety of statistical techniques.

PHDA 02 Epidemiological Statistics

Allison Scott is a Research Scientist with the Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL). She completed her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. There she partnered with community members and service providers to conduct a mixed methods study on pregnancy in homeless youth. This study utilized administrative data to estimate the rate of pregnancy in street youth and qualitative, in-depth interviews to understand how identity, isolation and belonging impacted the young women’s contraception and pregnancy-related decisions. Prior to working at PolicyWise, Allison was an Epidemiologist at Alberta Health, where she was involved in communicable disease surveillance, creating novel administrative data based vaccine efficacy estimates for the influenza vaccine, and developing and analyzing survey content to estimate the association between a history of homelessness and health.  Allison loves to conduct policy-relevant research, travel and cook.

PHDA 03 Population Health and Geographic Information Systems

PHDA 04 Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection

Anders Erickson obtained his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, an epidemiology focused program with the Division of Medical Sciences and the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, and his MSc in Community Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). His research interests are varied, but predominantly focus on the spatial and environmental epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and the social determinants of health. His PhD dissertation used small area spatial and multilevel analyses to model the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight and gestational diabetes relating to air pollution exposure and its possible interaction with social and behavioural factors. Anders is currently a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow with the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

PHDA 05 Longitudinal Analysis and Multi-level Modeling of Population Health Data

Laura Holder is a Senior Analyst with the Analytics and Special Projects team at the Western Office of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She completed her M.Sc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Public Health Sciences Department at Queen’s University, Ontario. Her graduate research focused on how best to employ statistical methodologies to handle missing data in complex survey settings and the impact these methodological choices have on the conclusions drawn in studies. Prior to her role at CIHI, Laura worked as an analyst with the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), where she used administrative health data to conduct the analyses for a broad range of studies. These included international comparisons of childhood mortality, usage of the emergency department for mental health issues, validation of liver disease case definitions, and maternal outcomes for incarcerated women. In her current role at CIHI, Laura and her team work to support the analytic capacity of Canada’s western jurisdictions. 

PHDA 06 Health Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Marla Steinberg has been a professional evaluator for over 25 years.  She has conducted evaluations in a wide range of areas including early childhood development, health promotion, research capacity building, organizational development, leadership, partnerships and coalitions, health services, research impact, and knowledge transfer and exchange.  Her work has examined strategies, policies and programs at the federal, provincial, and community levels.  She has extensive experience in teaching and professional development that spans developing and delivering graduate level courses, in-service coaching support for health service professionals, in-person workshops, and e-learning courses.  She brings to her work a passion for evaluation and a focus on engaging and experiential learning.


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