- Faculty: Public Health, School of
- Position: Associate Professor
- Research Areas: Counseling, Fetus, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Indigenous, Mental Health, Mothers, Noncommunicable Diseases, Outcome Assessment Health Care, Policy, Population Health, Postpartum Period, Pregnancy Outcome, Substance-Related Disorders, Suicide, Wildfires
- Research Theme: Lifelong Women's Health, Pregnancy & Developmental Trajectories
Summary:My research program applies multi-level interventions aimed at promoting population health and address health inequities. Specific areas of focus include the design and evaluation of culturally-strengthening community-led interventions to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Indigenous populations in Canada and globally; domestic and family violence prevention; and transforming Primary Health Care (PHC) as a setting best suited to address the social determinants of health and promote health equity. My research engages with communities, health service providers and decision-makers, and patients to examine culturally-appropriate interventions at multiple levels and at different stages of the life course to promote positive health and mental health outcomes among Indigenous and other at-risk population groups. For instance, preconception interventions are a set of health promotion, educational, counselling and policy interventions that aim to identify and modify risks to women and men's health or pregnancy outcome. Additionally, I am examining mental health concerns in First Nation and Metis communities in the region of Wood Buffalo as risk factors during preconception.