Christo El Morr

Associate Professor

Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator
Undergraduate Program Director (former)

Locations / Contact Info:

Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus

Email address(es):

elmorr@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

http://www.yorku.ca/elmorr/

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management

Degrees

PhD Biomedical Engineering - 1997
Compiègne University of Technology
France

MSc Biomedical Engineering - 1993
Compiègne University of Technology
France

BSc (Hon.) Computer Science - 1988
Lebanese University
Lebanon

BA Theology - 2013
Saint Serge Institute of Theology
France

Biography

Dr. Christo El Morr is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics, the Health Informatics Certificate
Coordinator, and former Undergraduate Program Director at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University; he is also a Research Scientist at North York General Hospital, Toronto.

His research subscribes in an Equity Informatics perspective; it covers Patient-Centered Virtual Care (e.g., chronic disease management, mental health), Global Health Promotion for equity (e.g., equity health promotion), Human Rights Monitoring (e.g., disability rights, bender-based violence), and Equity AI (e.g., patient readmission, disability advocacy).

As a theologian and a poet, his wider intellectual contribution to Social Justice subscribes in a defense of the human person against alienation, be it in the form of infringement of human freedom or dignity in face of irrational powers and exploitation. His intellectual work encompasses work of freedom from oppression (e.g., analysis of exclusive identities, communion and solidarity, freedom, liberation of reason), freedom from exploitation (e.g., analysis of illusions of freedom, political and religious exploitation), and freedom to celebrate life (e.g., poetry).

He has received research funding from the Ontario Center of Excellence (OCE), the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council (SSHRC), and served as an Expert Reviewer for provincial, federal, and international funding agencies. He received recognition as York University Research Leader.

He serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Extreme Automation and Connectivity in Healthcare (IJEACH) and Editorial Board member of the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior Reports and the International Journal of Mental Health (IJMH) and serves as a Scientific Committee Member in several health informatics conference.

He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas including the "first of its kind" Health Informatics book in Canada. His two upcoming books include a co-authored textbook on “Machine Learning for Practical Decision Making” (Springer) and an edited book on “AI and Society: Tensions and Opportunities” (CRC Press Taylor & Francis). 

Dr. El Morr serves as the president of the Canadian Lebanese Academic Forum (CLAF) that utilizes academic knowledge and capacities to facilitate social justice and transformation. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Extreme Automation and Connectivity in Healthcare (IJEACH), editorial board member of the Computers in Human Behavior Reports  and the International Journal of Mental Health (IJMH), and  and Editor of Telos Magazine. He also serves as a Scientific Committee Member in several health informatics conference.​

Selected Publications

Christo El Morr on ResearchGate


Awards

York University Research Leader - 2016

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

  1. AI and Disability Advocacy
  2. Health Virtual Communities
    • Mental Health
    • Chronic Diseases Management
    • Human Rights Monitoring

Research Projects

Disability Wikibase: Modelling and Implementing an Intelligent Bilingual Knowledge Network, through Mapping Disability Advocacy Data Needs Scaled to Local, National, and International Policy Interven
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $67,994
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 3
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Adjunct Strategies Impact on the Self-Management Skills and Health Care Outcomes for Persons Living with Mid to Late Stage Heart Failure
Role: Collaborator
Amount funded: $7,500
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: North York General Hospital Exploration Fund

Analyzing Readmission Patterns: Assessment of the LACE Tool Impact
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $7,475
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: North York General Hospital

Employing eHealth to Enhance Equity in Access to and Quality of Chronic Care Services in Primary Health Care in Lebanon
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $400,800
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 3
Funded by: International Development Research Centre

Leveraging Patient Access to Electronic Health Records: Supporting Transitions in Care
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $3,000
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 2
Funded by: York University

OADA Collaborative Mapping (OCM)- Reporting Accessibility Issues Collaborative Mapping (CM)
Accessibility monitoring
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $24,000
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: MITACS - Globalink Research

Students Mental Health: Virtual Support on Campus
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $410,733
Year Funded: 2015
Duration: 8
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Design, Development, Testing and Validation of ForaHealthyMe.com's Patient Education, Self-management and Data Capture Modules among Chronic Disease Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $23,134
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Ontario Centres of Excellence