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):

Web site(s):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management


PhD Biomedical Engineering - 1997
Compi├Ęgne University of Technology

MSc Biomedical Engineering - 1993
Compi├Ęgne University of Technology

BSc (Hon.) Computer Science - 1988
Lebanese University

BA Theology - 2013
Saint Serge Institute of Theology


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 cross-disciplinary research is community-based locally and globally; it covers Health Informatics and Global eHealth with a focus on Health Virtual Communities and e-Collaboration, particularly in the domain of Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management and Health Promotion and Health Services Research. His work in Global eHealth addresses Human and Disability Rights, Equity, and Gender Based Violence. He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas including a book on Analytics in Healthcare and the "first of its kind" Health Informatics book in Canada. In 2016, he received a recognition as York University Research Leader.

El Morr is also a theologian and a poet. His poetry celebrates life and love and gives voice to the marginalized, oppressed, and forced migrant. His work in theology relates to love (Eros and Agape) and freedom and the need for resistance to power to protect both. His work in critical theology analyzes the link between social/economic structures, psychology, and contemporary religious thought-and-practices.

Dr. El Morr serves as the president of the Canadian Lebanese Aracdemic Forum (CLAF) that utilizes academic knowledge and capacities to facilitate social justice and transformation in Canada and Lebanon. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health (IJMH) and the International Journal of Extreme Automation and Connectivity in Healthcare (IJEACH), and Editor of Telos Magazine, a theology magazine with a focus on West Asia and North Africa. He also serves as a Scientific Committee Member in several health informatics conference.

He received funds from the Ontario Center of Excellence (OCE) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), partnered with IT industry, consulted for international organizations and served as an Expert Reviewer for the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario, as well as  an Expert Committee Member for Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Selected Publications

Christo El Morr on ResearchGate

Service/Community Activities

French Consulate - Toronto
Lecture in the Community


York University Research Leader - 2016


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. Health Virtual Communities
    1. Mental Health
    2. Chronic Diseases Management
    3. Human Rights Monitoring
  2. Health Service Research
  3. Decision Support Systems
  4. e-Health

Research Projects

OADA Collaborative Mapping (OCM)- Reporting Accessibility Issues Collaborative Mapping (CM)
Accessibility monitoring
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $24000
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: MITACS - Globalink Research

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

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: 2
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

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

Students Mental Health: Virtual Support on Campus
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $410,733
Year Funded: 2015
Duration: 3
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Design, Development, Testing and Validation of'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