Richard completed his PhD at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. His research interests include the health effects of climate change, building predictive models and identifying trends within populations, using secondary data sources. He sits on numerous departmental and faculty committees including one that is focused on the development of a professional Masters program in Translational Research within the Faculty of Medicine at UofT.
Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Richard was a Research Coordinator at the Hospital for Sick Children, studying the effects of traffic related air pollution on school children in Toronto. He holds an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University and a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology from UofT. He is a classically trained musician and directs several choirs in Toronto, Canada.