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Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle

PhD

Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle is an Algonquin (Timiskaming First Nation) Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mashford-Pringle worked for over a decade at the federal government in Indigenous initiatives. Angela is the Director of the Master of Public Health – Indigenous Health program (MPH-IH), Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health (CSIH) and Founding Editor of the Turtle Island Journal on Indigenous Health (TIJIH). She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health (CSSH). As the only Canadian and first Indigenous board member at the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), she has been finding ways to connect Canadian community organizations to university researchers in Canada. She works with Indigenous communities in urban and rural settings with issues related to Indigenous health including culture and cultural safety, language, land-based learning, climate action, and policy analysis and development.

Email: angela.mashford.pringle@utoronto.ca

LAB MANAGER AND RESEARCH COORDINATOR

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Sharon Tan

Sharon Tan is a settler of Chinese ancestry. Sharon is currently the Lab Manager and Research Coordinator at AMP Lab. During her time at the University of Toronto, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Health Studies and a Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health and Aging and the Life Course. Sharon values community engagement and relationship building rooted in empathy, respect, and reciprocity. In addition, Sharon is a Founding Editor for the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health, a graduate student-led journal. She is also a Research Officer at the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys embarking on new food-related adventures and designing infographics to raise awareness about health and social issues.

Email: sharon.tan@utoronto.ca 

BA, MPH

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Tenzin Butsang

PhD Candidate

Tenzin is interested in understanding the intersections between health inequity and the criminal justice system through community-led research. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and recently completed a Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto.

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Aleeya Zack-Coneybeare

MPH Student

Aniin! My name is Aleeya Zack-Coneybeare, my spirit name is Aabiitaagiizhigokwe (Half way in the sky women). I am Ojibway, born and raised in Garden River First Nation, but have been living downtown Toronto for the past 5 years. I graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food with a certificate in food security. I am now in my second and final year at the University of Toronto for the Master of Public health in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. My goal after graduation is to become a Registered Dietitian. A passion of mine within this field is advocating for the Indigenous population. Using my position as healthcare professional to be apart of bridging the gap between the healthcare system and Indigenous communities. I am very grateful and excited to be apart of the AMP lab team! Miigwech.

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Claire Hiscock

PhD Student

Claire is a settler from Irish ancestry, born in Toronto and raised in Texas. She recently completed Masters in Public Health program with a specialization in Indigenous health at the University of Toronto. Claire is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto's Rehabilitation Sciences Institue. Her doctoral research will focus on Indigenous health and Lyme Disease. Claire has a passion for critical qualitative methodology and learning about the ways we come to know. She loves canoe tripping and swimming in lakes.

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Sophie Roher

PhD Candidate

Sophie Roher is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a student in the Collaborative Specialization of Indigenous Health. Her PhD research builds on a project she conducted in 2015 with the Stanton Territorial Health Authority’s Elder’s Advisory Council in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Drawing upon community-based research principles, her research examines how patients and healthcare providers understand and experience Indigenous healing and wellness services at Stanton Territorial Hospital. Sophie holds a CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Fellowship, and she was the recipient of a 2017-2020 CIHR Doctoral Research Award and a 2018-2019 CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship, where she worked at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Sophie is passionate about community-based research and northern health and has worked on a range of community-led research projects, including with the Tłįchǫ Government and the Northwest Territories’ Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR). She has an MSc in Health Policy and has experience working on policy initiatives in Ontario, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and Uganda.

Dr. Mashford-Pringle sits on Sophie’s doctoral research committee.

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Lynn Henderson

MEd Student

Lynn is currently pursuing graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in Higher Education for the Professions, alongside a Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Lynn's research interests surround student support and issues surrounding equity and access to health professional educational programs, particularly for underserved communities and marginalized groups. Within the AMP lab, she has participated in research surrounding learning health systems, Indigenous cultural safety in the health professions, and Indigenizing/decolonizing medical education.
Lynn is a companion animal veterinarian north of Toronto, Ontario, and was the owner of Henderson Mobile Veterinary Services (a companion animal palliative-care house-call practice) for ten years, before falling in love with higher education. Lynn lives with her daughter, a dog named Violet, and many cats!

TEAM MEMBERS

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Dr. Jerry Flores

Assistant Professor

Jerry Flores is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sociology tri-campus graduate department at the University of Toronto-St. George. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara in 2014. His interdisciplinary research investigates how institutions like schools, detention centers and the police come together to shape the lives of at-risk Latina and Indigenous women and girls in North America. Specifically, he pays attention to how these individuals’ experiences are shaped by intergenerational trauma, family violence, as well as historical forms of gendered, racialized and class specific oppression as they pass through these institutions. For this work he has received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, UC President’s Post Doctoral Award, Distinguished Early Career Award from the ASA section on youth and childhood studies and various Federal and University-based grants. He wrote the book Caught up, authored 21 peer-reviewed publications and multiple news pieces.

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Dr. Tammy MacLean

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tammy MacLean is a Post Doctoral Fellow of settler Western European ancestry who grew up in British Columbia. Since joining the AMP lab in 2020, Tammy has been working on several Indigenous Cultural Safety Training projects, including the development of Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training modules for students of professional healthcare programs at the University of Toronto. Once developed, the ICS Training modules will be available for Medical Residents and Students of Nursing and Social Work to participate in, and the modules will be evaluated. Tammy’s early interest in Indigenous health and understanding colonization as a health determinant began with a Nursing posting in Inuvik, North West Territories. As an interdisciplinary Social Scientist, Tammy’s underlying interests have involved exploring how health services, policies and interventions can reduce health inequities among underrepresented groups. Drawing from her degrees in Public Health (Global Health and Development), International Affairs (Global Health Policy) and Nursing (Medical-Surgical), Tammy has applied theory from Political Science, Psychology and Sociology to explore how social determinants intersect to influence health outcomes.

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Dr. Flora Matheson

Scientist

Dr. Flora Matheson leads the Justice and Equity Lab located at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital. Her research is focused on solutions to reduce social and health inequities among people experiencing problem gambling and imprisonment; solutions that are built with and for these communities. As a Sociologist she uses a gender lens and social determinants of health approach to enact change.

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Dr. Heather Castleden

Professor

Dr Heather Castleden is a (white) settler guest and scholar on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory at Queen’s University where she is a Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments and Communities. She is grateful to be able to live and work here, raise her family, and appreciate the beauty of the land and water around her. She acknowledges that this has only been made possible by the earlier settler colonization of her European ancestors, and the ongoing settler colonial state currently known as Canada.

In light of this acknowledgement, she has spent her academic career as a geographer working at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical nexus of power and resistance, relationships to place, and moral/ethical accountability. Her research is community-based and participatory, in partnerships with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and governments on topics important to them, focusing on the politics of knowledge production in environment and health justice.

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Dr. Bryanna Scott-Kay

PhD

Bryanna is a Métis person from Fort Frances, Ontario. She is currently finishing her PhD in Educational Studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, where she is also employed in the Faculty of Education. Bryanna has a Master's degree in Public Health, an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University. Bryanna is interested in health and education issues affecting Metis people living in the province of Ontario. Within the AMP lab, Bryanna supports a variety of projects and has most recently taught the Indigenous Research Methods course as part of the Master's degree in Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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Dr. Karen Lawford

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lawford is an Aboriginal midwife (Namegosibiing, Lac Seul First Nation, Treaty 3) and a Registered midwife (Ontario). Her research focuses on comprehensive, gender-inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare for Indigenous Peoples with a particular focus on the provision of maternity care for those who live on reserve. Dr. Lawford seeks to identify the barriers to achieving equitable health services for Indigenous Peoples. She was the 2020 Indspire Laureate in Health for her research and policy work on mandatory evacuation for birth.

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Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

Associate Professor

My program of research examines how evidence affects global policy agendas related to employment, other determinants and health equity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. My work addresses governance-related questions about the roles of public/private partnerships and global institutions in the promotion of health, health equity and the prevention of non-communicable disease and related risk factors (e.g. nutrition). I also study population health interventions (policies, programs), using novel conceptual and methodological tools to conduct international comparative policy research on global social and health inequities.

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Dr. Amy Shawanda

Provost Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amy Shawanda is an Odawa Kwe from Wikwemikong, ON. Amy obtained her PhD at Trent University with a focus on Anishinaabe Motherhood. She is a Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Waakebiness-Bryce Indigenous Health Institute working with Angela Mashford-Pringle. Amy’s research interests primarily lie within strengthening the Indigenous health and well-being, Indigenous methods and methodologies, Storytelling and Anishinaabe thinking, doing, knowing, living and reclaiming our ways of life.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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Yasamin Sadeghi

MSc Student

Yasamin is a Master’s student and a settler of Iranian ancestry. She is currently enrolled at the Institute of Medical Science with a Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health. She is interested in studying the intersections of forced migration, data politics, climate change and state-sanctioned GBV. She hopes to learn about Indigenous research methodology and critical qualitative health research through her work at the AMP Lab.

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Annelise Perron

MPH Student

Annelise is a settler of French and Scottish ancestry from Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, living in Toronto, ON. She graduated in 2021 from Queen’s University with a BScH in Biology and minor in Global Development Studies, and is currently enrolled in the MPH Indigenous Health program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health. Annelise is passionate about how notions of community, relationships, and structural factors are intertwined with the health of a population, and the importance of cultural sensitivity and humility being put at the forefront of all public health interventions. These interests stem from her experience collaborating with communities in Northern Canada, Belize, and Guyana on needs-based, peer health education and youth empowerment initiatives. She currently supports the AMP lab in projects related to child welfare and cultural safety.

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Emma Rice

MPH Student

Emma is a settler of Irish, Scottish, English and German ancestry. She is currently in the MPH Indigenous Health program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Emma has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. Emma is a Research Assistant in the AMP lab with interests in Indigenous health policy, communicable diseases, and equitable housing.

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Gabriel Tjong

MPH Student

Gabriel Tjong is a settler of Chinese ancestry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Global Health at the University of Toronto and is a current MPH Indigenous Health student. Gabriel is a Research Assistant in the AMP Lab and supports projects related to cultural safety and Indigenous child welfare.