Individual Members

Shalya Anand. Dr. Shalya Anand is a researcher at the Health Economic Evaluation at Julius Research Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. She also works as a visiting researcher at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for her master’s thesis on health literacy as a social vaccine to promote the uptake of gender-neutral HPV vaccination and overcome vaccine hesitancy. She believes that advocating female-only HPV vaccination leads to the stigmatization of women and the marginalization of men. Shalya believes in the promotion of health literacy focused on boys and young men to minimize the burden of growing penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancers in men.

David Baxter. David is a physiotherapist and Professor at the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago (New Zealand). David’s research expertise is in the fields of: physical activity and health; musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; and laser medicine.  His current projects include older men’s opinions and needs in terms of health and wellbeing (PhD: Hui Xiao), and stratified care for low back pain (STarTBack).

Margarita Bernales. Margarita is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She earned her PhD in Community Health at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and her MS in Health Psychology and her BS in Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Margarita’s research expertise is in the fields of: cultural competence, medical anthropology, gender studies and masculinities. Her current projects include exploring the health needs of young men in Chile, from a gender and diversity approach.

Chris Booth. Professor Chris Booth is a retired consultant urologist from Colchester (UK). He set up the urology department in Colchester, establishing a national and international reputation for clinical research and service redesign and gaining regional status as a cancer centre. After leaving the NHS in 2006, Chris continued in clinical practice , worked on four different Department of Health (DH) Committees, drafted two DH reports and provided consultancy to two Primary Care Trusts and the Greater Manchester CATS (Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services) project. Chris is currently a director of the CHAPS Men’s Health Charity and Healthwatch Essex and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board for TACKLE Prostate Cancer with a brief to advise on screening and early diagnosis.

Christopher J Colvin. Chris is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia (with honorary affiliations at the University of Cape Town and Brown University). He is an anthropologist and epidemiologist by training. His research focuses on men, masculinity and HIV in the South African context, with a specific focus on the development of community and health system-based strategies for better engaging men in HIV prevention and treatment services. He also has an interest in developing theories of change to explain shifts in gender norms and practices for use in gender transformative initiatives.

Morna Cornell. Dr Morna Cornell is a senior researcher and manager of the IeDEA-SA (International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa) scientific collaboration based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is also a co-investigator on the iALARM project to improve men’s linkage to HIV care. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1992, initially as Executive Director of the South African AIDS Consortium, 1992-2000, and was a founder member of the Treatment Action Campaign. In 2014 she was awarded her PhD for a thesis on the evolution and effectiveness of the South African antiretroviral therapy programme. Morna has a particular interest in the invisibility of boys and men in HIV programmes and in public health.

Paul Galdas. Paul is a Professor of Nursing at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK. He began his career as a Registered Nurse on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at City Hospital, Birmingham, later moving to work on CCU at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. His PhD examining the influence of masculinity on men’s help-seeking behaviour for cardiac chest pain, was awarded in 2006 from the University of Leeds. Since this time he has developed a programme of research in the field of men’s health, investigating men’s help-seeking and engagement with health services in a variety of issues including coronary heart disease, depression, perinatal mental health and chronic illness, and has published widely on these topics. Paul’s research interest is primarily grounded in identifying ways to integrate understandings of gender/masculinity into the design and delivery of health services in order to make them more effective, accessible and acceptable to men. He has used a range of research methodologies, with particular expertise in applied qualitative research. Paul held academic positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the University of Sheffield, UK, before joining the University of York in 2011.

Jon Gilgoff. Jon is currently a PhD social work student at University of Maryland School of Social Work. He was founder and former Director of the Oakland, CA based nonprofit Brothers on the Rise.  He has been working for over twenty-five years to support boys’ and men’s health through gender and culturally responsive practice, policy, and research. Jon’s current research focuses on national men’s health policy and programming, and how the USA may apply lessons learned from other countries with such initiatives.

Paul Hopkins. Paul has an MSc in Men’s Health and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University . He has a background in nursing and public health work, with interests in social marketing and male health promotion; he has also worked in the private sector and as a Research Associate at the University of South Australia with Associate Professor Gary Misan. Paul is currently a Visiting Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire and developing the Mengage project with a focus on practical preventative health work with boys and men. He is also is a member of the Erasmus+ Project team for SSaMS (Sports Science Students as Mentors) which aims to improve the educational attainment of boys and young men through the mentoring capabilities of sports science students.

Lovemore Khomo. Lovemore is a journalist and PR communications expert with over eight years’ experience working with a number of media houses in Malawi. He has a particular interest in health and aims to generate coverage of men’s health issues in Malawi and more widely in the Africa region.

Mike Kirby. Professor Mike Kirby has expertise in all aspects of men’s health, with particular strengths in the management of diabetes, and cardiovascular risk, lower urinary tract symptoms, erectile dysfunction, and andrology. He is an Associate Member of The British Association of Urological Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Visiting Professor to the Prostate Centre London. Mike is also editor in chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several journals including the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease and the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

Natalie Leon. Dr Natalie Leon is a health system and public health researcher with applied and research expertise in strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries. She is co-investigator on the iALARM project to improve men’s linkage to HIV care in Cape Town, South Africa and co-authored  a commissioned report on male equity in TB services in South Africa. She specializes in qualitative evidence reviews to inform the development of global guidelines for strengthening health services and systems, and her research includes intervention development, process evaluation, and implementation science research.

Morris Lewis. Morris is a United States-based public affairs and policy consultant. He is a healthcare and pharmaceutical industry professional, including more than 16 years at Pfizer, where he worked in numerous commercial and corporate affairs roles. Morris’ most recent role was at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where he led the Corporate Affairs function. In that capacity, he directed the organization’s public affairs and policy efforts, focusing on proactively addressing issues facing the consumer healthcare industry by working with trade associations, regulators and other stakeholders. He also led efforts to shape the environment around numerous 1st-in-class or category Rx-to-OTC switches, including such areas as erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol, overactive bladder, and smoking cessation. He was an active leader in Pfizer’s successful switch of Viagra in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Maria Lohan. Maria is a Professor of Social Science and Health at Queen’s University Belfast. One of her early papers called How can we understand men’s health better?, published in Social Science and Medicine, was selected by the Editor as one of the most influential articles on gender and health in the 2000s, in its contribution to the debate about moving from merely cultural explanations of men’s health towards intersectional understandings of men’s health. Her programme of research on men’s health has focused on male engagement in sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality. Maria has served on the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and is a consultant to the World Health Organization in their generation of a global research agenda on Masculinities and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Matthew Maycock. Matthew is currently doing research at the Scottish Prison Service College, focusing on developing academic processes and supporting the development of a diploma that represents a significant change in the way that future Prison Officers will be trained in Scotland. Matthew was previously undertaking post-doctoral research at the Social and Public Health Scientist Unit at the Glasgow University. His research focused on masculinity and health in prisons, with a particular focus on the adaption of a health promotion intervention delivered in a number of secure institutions in Scotland. Matthew’s PhD thesis focused on masculinities in post-conflict Nepal, specifically considering the experiences of a group of recently freed bonded labourers.

Donald McCreary. Dr Donald McCreary is an independent men’s health consultant (DRM Scientific Consulting), as well as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Brock University, Canada). His background is in the social psychology of gender, focusing on gender role socialization and measurement. After reading David Brannon’s 1976 chapter on the blueprint for the male gender role, he began to focus more on the psychology of men, masculinity, and men’s health. Don has authored numerous papers and chapters, was the co-editor of the Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, and served as the founding Associate Editor for two men’s health-related journals, Psychology of Men and Masculinity and the International Journal of Men’s Health.  He continues to serve on editorial boards and volunteers for men’s health-related organizations, such as the Movember Foundation.

Ruth Mursa. Ruth is a Registered Nurse and an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner residing in Newcastle NSW Australia. She is a highly experienced primary health care nurse, and holds a MN (Advanced Practice) and a MN (Nurse Practitioner), as well as additional postgraduate qualifications in sexual and reproductive health and continence. Ruth is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, researching men’s help-seeking and engagement with general practice.

Davies Mwachumu. Davies is passionate about development work and supporting under-served communities. He has extensive work experience in research, health policy advocacy and social accountability project management. Davies has worked as Head of Programs at Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) for 11 years.

Amon Ashaba Mwiine. Amon holds a PhD (Sociology) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is a Lecturer in the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University (Uganda). He teaches on courses that include: Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities, Gender and Sexuality and Feminist Theory. Amon currently holds a research fellowship in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His research focus is ‘On the Feminist encounter with men and masculinities: Silences, Polarities and the Contradictions of the ‘turn to male involvement’ in Uganda.’ His recent publications include a 2019 co-authored book chapter, ‘Contesting ideas, aligning incentives: The politics of Uganda’s Domestic Violence Act 2010’, in Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy (S. Nazneen, S. Hickey, & S. Eleni, eds). In 2019, he also published ‘Negotiating patriarchy? Exploring the ambiguities of the narratives on “male champions” of gender equality in Uganda Parliament’ in Agenda. 33(1):108–116.

John Oliffe. Professor John Oliffe is based at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia in Canada. His research programme in masculinities and men’s health has focused on prostate cancer, depression and suicide and men’s smoking. He is the principal investigator of a Movember-funded project titled Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide. John has also collaborated on work on a range of other men’s health issues including immigrant men’s heart health, male youth sexual health, Aboriginal men’s health, incarcerated men’s health and gay men’s intimate partner violence.

Ian Peate. Ian is a Registered Nurse and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London and St George’s, University of London. He is Head of School at the School of Health Studies in Gibraltar. Ian is also Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nursing and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. His key interests are nursing practice and theory, men’s health, HIV and sexual health.

Mahesh Puri. Dr Mahesh Puri is Associate Director at the Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), a national non-profit research organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mahesh has been actively involved in the areas of reproductive and sexual health and rights, including gender-based violence and men’s health-related research studies and programmes, for more than 17 years in Nepal. His current research focuses on family planning, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, men’s health, unintended pregnancy and abortion. He has extensive experience of engaging concerned national level stakeholders in the research process and results uptake.

Simon Rice.  Dr Simon Rice is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, at The University of Melbourne (Australia). He has a joint clinical and research interest in young men’s mental health including the assessment of depression, anger and risk-taking behaviours, in addition to men’s help seeking behaviours and masculinity. Simon’s PhD developed the Male Depression Risk Scale, a multi-dimensional assessment tool for atypical or externalising symptoms of depression or distress in men. He holds a concurrent clinical position at the Youth Mood Clinic, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program – an early intervention service for young people experiencing severe and complex depression and suicidality.

Noel Richardson. Dr Noel Richardson has extensive experience in the area of men’s health at a research, policy and advocacy level.  He is principal author of the first ever National Policy on Men’s Health, which was published in Ireland in 2009, and the follow-up National Men’s Action Plan published in 2016. He has worked as a senior researcher and policy advisor in men’s health at the Department of Health in Ireland since 2005. He is also co-author of the first European Union report on men’s health, published in 2011. Noel completed a doctoral thesis on men’s health in 2007 and has authored a number of peer-reviewed and other publications in men’s health. He is a board member of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the European Men’s Health Forum.

Damien Ridge. Damien is Professor of Health Studies, and Acting Head of Psychology, at the University of Westminster, London. A specialist in patient experience, he was previously at the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford. In 2010, the UK-wide National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) adopted his research extensively into their guidance on the management of depression in adults. In 2015, his work in originating the Atlas Men’s Wellbeing pilot programme for distressed men in primary care was shortlisted for the BMJ Award (primary care). He is a psychotherapist and social scientist, who has published over 80 academic papers and one sole-authored book, with a keen interest in working with men to improve their mental health. He is a Trustee of the CALM charity.

Steve Robertson. Steve is Professor of Men, Gender and Health at Leeds Beckett University in the UK where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Men’s Health. Steve’s main interests and publications are around social theories of masculinity and their application to aspects of health and health promotion. He has also acted as a consultant on gender and men’s health to the UK Department of Health and to WHO (Europe).

Nathan Romano-Solís. Nathan is a non-binary Costa Rican psychologist. He graduated with an Academic Master’s Degree in Women, Genders and Sexualities and an Academic Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). He is interested in multiple topics related to psychology and queer theory and has a particular interest in access to health (physical and psychological) for and the human rights of intersex, trans and non-binary people. He is a clinical psychologist with a psychoanalytic approach.

Philippe Roy. Dr Philippe Roy is professor at the University of Sherbrooke’s School of Social Work (Canada). His research interests include gender, men, masculinities, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and rural social work. He also teaches many courses on psychosocial intervention with Indigenous communities. He collaborates regularly with community services and health agencies for men’s health programmes, including the training for psychosocial intervention with men. He is a member of the Pôle d’expertise et de recherche en santé et bien-être des hommes (Men’s Health Research Pole), responsible for the Eastern Township region and co-responsible for the community development axis at the Institut universitaire de première ligne en santé et service sociaux (Health and Social Services Research Institute).

Mohammed (Mo) Saab. Dr Mo Saab is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland. He holds a PhD in Nursing and Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from UCC. Dr Saab also holds an MSc in Advanced Practice Nursing and BSc in Nursing with distinction from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. In the past, he worked as an Oncology Nurse, Palliative Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and Oncology Clinical Instructor. His research is primarily focused on the use of innovative technologies such as virtual reality in promoting cancer awareness among young men. Dr Saab has over 60 research outputs and was involved as PI, Co-Applicant and Collaborator in over 30 funded research projects, including a clinical trial funded by the Health Research Board to test the feasibility of using virtual reality in promoting young athletes’ awareness of testicular cancer.

Tim Shand. Tim is a PhD student and consultant exploring men’s sexual and HIV health in Malawi.  Tim previously worked for Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa), IPPF (London) and WHO (Geneva).  He holds a Public Health Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has published and spoken widely on men’s sexual health issues.

James Smith. James is the Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Alcohol Harm Minimisation at Menzies School of Health Research (Australia). He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and Editorial Advisory Board Member of the International Journal of  Men’s Social and Community Health. He has published widely on a range of men’s health issues, including health promotion, help-seeking and health service use, health policy, health literacy, Indigenous male health and marginalised men. He is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Heart Foundation (in Australia). He also holds adjunct research positions at Charles Darwin University, Curtin University, University of Sydney and University of Saskatchewan.

Joe Strong.  Joe is a Population Studies / Demography PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research – “Exploring the relationships between men, masculinities and post-coital pregnancy avoidance” – is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. His working interests are focused on masculinities, gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights, in particular abortion-related care. Recent projects have included a multi-country study of adolescent abortion trajectories in partnership with Ipas and as a consultant for the WHO on maternal, newborn and child healthcare.

Gilles Tremblay. Gilles is a former professor at Laval University, Québec City (Canada) in social work. He has been involved in men’s issues for the last 40 years. All his research studies are in the field of studies on men and masculinities. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 papers on men’s health and wellbeing. He has trained about 6,000 practitioners on how to work with more traditional men, especially according to the model he has developed with his colleague Pierre L’heureux. He chaired an expert committee on family homicides for the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services in 2011 and 2012. He is the head of the Pole of Expertise and Research on Men’s Health and Well-being which brings together 42 researchers in Quebec.

Alan White. Alan is Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University, where he was the Founder and Co-director of the Centre for Men’s Health. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Health Forum (England & Wales) Charity and the Chair of its Board of Trustees for 12 years. He is now its Patron. Alan is currently a Board member of the International Society for Men’s Health, a Visiting Professor at the University of Malay in Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He has undertaken a broad range of studies into the health and wellbeing in men, including heading up an international team of academics to complete the European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report and was a collaborator on the European Commission funded ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study. He has worked closely with women’s health academics across Europe on a number of key projects including the current European Commission funded study on Gender and Coronary Artery Disease (GenCAD).