Interim Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure

Jamie Stafford. Jamie Stafford

Vice-Dean, Academic Operations
Interim Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure
Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences


Tel: 416-978-7897
Executive Assistant: Christine Yarish
Office: SS2005, Office of the Dean, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street


The Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure is responsible for supporting and enhancing the research mission of the Faculty, including research funding for new faculty members, providing support for external research funding, and managing the Faculty’s Canada Research Chairs, and facilitating commercialization opportunities. 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Research support
  • Extra-departmental research units
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISIs)
  • Industry research partnerships


Jamie Stafford joined the University of Toronto in 1999 as an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and became a full professor in 2005. He has held Visiting Professor positions at the University of Chicago, Stanford University and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He is a recipient of the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Statistical Society of Canada for his enthusiastic and dynamic leadership in statistical science across Canada — including serving as the Director of the National Program on Complex Data Structures.

His research focus is in asymptotics, symbolic computation and spatio-temporal methods. He recently developed a research program in spatial data analysis with a special emphasis on local smoothing methods applied to non-standard and complex data.

At U of T, Professor Stafford served as Associate, Acting and then Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. He was Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences from 2008 to 2018 and led the department through a remarkable period of expansion. He currently holds an appointment in the Department of Statistical Sciences and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.