Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova, MD, PhDs, MPH is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is also an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division. She has an appointment as a Graduate Faculty Associate Member with the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.
Dr. Popova’s research focuses on the epidemiology, economic cost, prevention, intervention strategies, and evidence-based policy development related to maternal substance use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Dr. Popova is currently leading one of the largest studies, guided by the World Health Organization and NIAAA, on determining the global prevalence of FASD among children in low- and middle-income countries of Eastern and Central Europe and Africa, as well as Canada. She is also leading the study on developing and implementing curriculum on FASD prevention in urban, rural and First Nation schools in Ontario, Canada, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Popova led the study on developing Surveillance of FASD and prenatal alcohol exposure as well as on estimating the burden and economic cost associated with FASD in Canada. Dr. Popova’s research has been published in high-impact journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and is widely read and cited.