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Graduate students directed by the EPOP's researchers are actively involved in carrying out the team's various studies.

José Massougbodji, MD, MPH, MSc, PhD (c)

José Massougbodji was awarded a scholarship from the PEPO for a PhD in epidemiology at Université Laval. His doctoral studies are directed by Dr. Philippe De Wals with Alexandre Lebel as co-director. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (University of Abomey-Calavi, 2005) and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology (University of Paris VI, 2009). He is working on synthetic indicators of physical activity and healthy nutrition in young people. He will work on developing an explanatory model of physical activity and nutrition, taking into account individual and contextual factors (school, family, social and geographical environment). He will use databases available for Quebec. He is also working on a related study on published systematic reviews of the relationship between sweetened beverage consumption and obesity.



Laurence Letarte, BSc, M. ATDR, PhD (c)

Laurence Letarte is a PhD candidate in Land Management and Regional Planning at Université Laval. She is also affiliated to Quebec Heart and Lung Institut Research Centre. After a bachelor degree in biology, Laurence obtained a master’s degree in Land Management and Regional Planning with a speciality on travel behavior. As a doctoral student, she is interested in the neighborhood’s effect on obesity. Her thesis focuses on the use of residential history in contextual indicators of the neighborhood. She specializes in health data and residential sequence analysis.

Phone: 418 656-8711, ext. 5255


Marianne Dunlavey, RD, MSc (c)

In 2016, Marianne Dunlavey completed a Bachelor of Nutrition at Laval University. After her undergraduate studies, she worked amongst others as a clinical dietitian in a family medicine group, which allowed her to note the importance of the food environment on health-related behaviours of the population. To improve her knowledge in the field, she decided to accomplish a master's degree in Spatial Planning and Regional Development. Under the direction of Alexandre Lebel and Véronique Provencher, professor at the School of Nutrition at Laval University, she is working on the School Information System. More precisely, she aims to develop a methodology to systematically describe the food environment around high schools. The project will contribute to research on the impact of the school environment on the health-related behaviours of youth and their health status. It will also guide decision-making in public health as well as in spatial planning.



Pierre Paul Audate, PhD (c)

Mr. Audate has a Master degree in Development Practice from Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University, in Costa Rica. He has worked on different agricultural value chain projects in Haiti and Panama with different NGOs and the United Nations Development Program. He is currently working on individual motivations on urban agriculture practice in different socio-economic context. His main interests are: Urban food systems, Food security, Urban and Rural Agriculture, Agricultural Value chains, Determinants of health and Sustainable development goals (SDG).

Phone: 418 656-2131, ext. 4608


Sékou Ouindpanga Samadoulougou, PhD, Ir, postdoc

Sékou is a postdoctoral fellow. Graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Sékou holds a doctorate in medical sciences, a university certificate in statistics and a master's degree in bioengineering.

He has taught quantitative methods applied to health sciences for the programs of master's degree in public health and bachelor's degree in dietetics in Brussels. During his fellowship in the TorSaDE - SRAP Unit project, he will carry out his research activities with Professor Alexandre Lebel's team on the modelling of health care trajectories, residential trajectories and also assess their associations with chronic health problems including obesity and diabetes.

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Stéphanie Gamache, PhD, erg, postdoc

Stéphanie Gamache is a postdoctoral fellow. Graduated from Université Laval, Stéphanie Gamache is an occupational therapist and member of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec (OEQ) since 2010. She also holds a master and a PhD in Experimental Medicine regarding accessibility of built environments for individuals with disabilities. During her postdoc with professor Alexandre Lebel, she will take part in Health Impact Assessment projects (HIA) and will document the impacts and effects of HIA projects that have taken place.



Wilfried Yannick Mengue, MSc, PhD (c)

Wilfried Yannick Mengue is a PhD candidate in land use planning and regional development at the Graduate School of Land Management and Regional Planning (ÉSAD) of Université Laval. He is affiliated with the Centre de recherche en aménagement et développement (CRAD) and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Center. He holds a Master Sc. in Demography from the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD) of the University of Yaoundé 2 (Cameroon), with a special interest in nutrition and living environments. His doctoral research focuses on the relationship between the dynamics of the built environment and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the province of Quebec.

Phone: 418-656-2131, ext. 404738