Faculty Members

Faculty members in the School of Health Studies are engaged in impactful research across a number of health-related areas. Click on a faculty member's name to view their full profile and learn more about their research.

Research Supervisors and Interests

Shauna Burke

Shauna Burke
  • Infant, child, and youth health
  • Childhood obesity
  • Measurement and promotion of physical activity in children and adults
  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding practices
  • Health promotion
  • Group dynamics

Jennifer Irwin

Jennifer Irwin
  • Health Promotion
  • Motivational interviewing and coaching interventions
  • Promotion of movement behaviours
  • Kindness and resilience
  • Health-related behaviour change

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson
  • Neural efficiency, information processing speed
  • Interaction between cognition and motor function
  • Identification of patient values within an evidence-based practice framework
  • Identification of concussion, and tracking concussion symptoms

Tarun Katapally

Tarun Katapally
  • Digital epidemiology and population health
  • Active living
  • Child and youth health
  • Climate change
  • Food security and sovereignty
  • Global health
  • Indigenous health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse

Ken Kirkwood

Ken Kirkwood
  • Ethics of ingestion
  • Moral understandings of things humans put in their bodies
  • Recreational and performance-enhancing drug use
  • Food ethics
  • Social class issues and disparities of health and health care provision

Anita Kothari

Anita Kothari
  • Supporting the use of research and knowledge in healthcare decision-making (knowledge translation)
  • Integrated knowledge translation or research co-production (partnered research)
  • The impact of research and evidence
  • Public health systems and services
  • Health equity

Tara Mantler

Tara Mantler
  • Women's Health
  • Mental Health (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety)
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Antenatal Health
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Health Promotion

Elysée Nouvet

Elysée Nouvet
  • Global Health and Global Health Research: Perceptions, power, ethics
  • Humanitarian healthcare
  • Social determinants, responses to, and impacts of suffering
  • Pain and palliative care across cultures
  • Best practices in research with marginalized populations
  • Drones for health

Treena Orchard

Treena Orchard
  • Sexuality and sex work
  • Gender construction and performance
  • The politics of health and post-colonialism
  • Marginalized communities
  • Ethnography and collaborative research
  • Arts-based methodologies
  • Creative writing and memoir

Jessica Polzer

Jessica Polzer
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Social theories of health, risk and the body
  • Experiences of health and risks to health
  • Social and ethical impacts of technologies in health
  • Biotechnology, gender and medicalization
  • Critical theories of health promotion
  • Foucault, biopolitics and governmentality

Marie Savundranayagam

Marie Savundranayagam
  • Communication and formal and informal caregiving
  • Person-centered care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia
  • Caregiver interventions

Jacob Shelley

Jacob Shelley
  • Proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease
  • Issues that arise at the interface of law, health science, and ethics

Shannon L. Sibbald

Shannon Sibbald
  • Interdisciplinary Health and Health Systems Research
    • Combining the methods and theories from a variety of disciplines to create innovative solutions to health systems challenges
  • Implementation Science
    • Evidence-based approaches to implementing healthcare innovations
  • Interprofessional Teams
    • How high performing health care teams work
    • How current education and training can prepare students for interprofessional work
    • Patient-centred models of care for chronic disease management

Carla Filomena Silva

Carla Silva
  • Capabilities approach as a tool for exploring social justice
  • Disability sport
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social cultural exploration of different bodies
  • Philosophy and disablement
  • Intellectual empathy and health studies

Maxwell Smith

Maxwell Smith
  • Values in health policy/public health policy
  • Justice and health
  • Ethics and health
  • Infectious disease policy and ethics
  • Cross-sectoral/intersectoral systems thinking for health
  • Qualitative health research
  • Empirical ethics methodology

Marnie Wedlake

Marnie Wedlake
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Resilience and the Creation of Wellbeing
  • Post-traumatic Stress Injury and Trauma-informed Practice
  • The Relationship Between Emotional Wellbeing and Academic Success in Undergraduate Students
  • Relationships Between the Media and Mental Health Systems
  • Arts and Humanities in Health Care

Aleksandra Zecevic

Aleksandra Zecevic
  • Aging and health
  • Gerontology
  • Falls and injury prevention in the elderly (systems approach)
  • Safety culture in health care
  • Dementia, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis
  • Biomechanics (gait, balance, mobility)
  • Age Friendly Cities
  • Gerontological education