PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

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Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle

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

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Tenzin Butsang

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.

Email: tenzin.butsang@mail.utoronto.ca

Twitter: @tenzinbutsang

Denise Webb

Denise Webb, MSc, is a settler with Scottish and Irish ancestry, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now living in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she studied Health Services Research and Health Policy at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, with a collaborative specialization in Indigenous Health at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. Within the AMP Lab, Denise supports research in areas of Indigenous health policy analysis, education policy surrounding incorporation of Indigenous content in K-12 school curricula, and cultural safety training in healthcare systems. She is also a Peer Review Coordinator and Copy Editor for the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health, and a Research Analyst for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Denise has a passion for policy and achieving health equity and is a committed life-long learner striving towards allyship. In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending time outdoors and trying new things (most recently, sewing and fishing!).

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Sterling Stutz

Sterling Stutz is a settler of Ashkenazi Jewish and Irish/English ancestry who completed her MPH in Indigenous Health and Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Sterling currently serves as Co-Lead of the Infectious Diseases Working Group, Co-Founder of Translations for Our Nations, and is a Research Assistant at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health on projects related to cultural safety, health systems, and health policy.

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Thilaxcy Yohathasan

Thilaxcy Yohathasan is a settler of Tamil ancestry. Thilaxcy is a graduate from the Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health program with a specialization Public Health Policy at the University of Toronto. She has also received a Bachelor of Health Studies from York University. Within the AMP lab, Thilaxcy supports research in areas of cultural safety training in public health and MPH program evaluation and assessment. Thilaxcy is also a Co-Founder of Translations for Our Nations and currently works on Indigenous early learning and child care program implementation. In her spare time, Thilaxcy enjoys taking walks and trying new foods (iced coffee is always a staple!).

Sophie Roher

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.

Lynn Henderson

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! 

Claire Hiscock

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.

LAB MANAGER / 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 

TEAM MEMBERS

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero

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.

To learn more about Dr. Di Ruggiero's work, click here!

Dr. Cari McIlduff

Dr. Cari McIlduff was born in South Australia; however, from the age of 5 she grew up in Canada, with a single mother living with Indigenous Canadian friends and mentors. Cari obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology in Canada, with the support of the Terry  Fox Humanitarian Award, and has worked in early childhood intervention  in a rural Regional Office in Canada. Cari’s PhD in Australia explored cultural sensitivity in working with  Indigenous Peoples; and with Indigenous communities across five  countries, she developed and evaluated a model of culturally safe  methodology for community capacity building and social change.  As an ally, Cari is dedicated to working with Indigenous communities  globally to support and promote their community-led social change and research agendas for what is required in each unique community. Cari is  currently a Research Fellow at Morning Star Lodge.

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Dr. Carrie Bourassa

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH) and a Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She is an adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Education and Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina and is the Nominated Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded Morning Star Lodge established in 2010, as well as for the recently CFI-funded Cultural Safety, Evaluation, Training and Research lab that will be built by the summer of 2021, hosted at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

 

Dr. Bourassa has nearly 20 years’ experience as a professor in the field of Indigenous health studies across four different Universities. Through her role as Scientific Director of IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. Dr. Bourassa has been recently appointed (2020) as the Indigenous lead for the Rapid Response team, Saskatchewan Health Authority. Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34)

Dr. Karen Lawford

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. 

Dr. Bryanna Scott-Kay

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. 

Dr. Heather Castleden

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.

Dr. Flora Matheson

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.

Dr. Tammy MacLean

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.

Email: Tammy.MacLean@utoronto.ca

Twitter: @TammyLMaclean

Dr. Jerry Flores

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.

Twitter: @jflo1268

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Gabriel Tjong

Gabriel Tjong is a settler of Chinese ancestry. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Global Health at the University of Toronto. Gabriel is a Research Assistant in the AMP Lab and supports projects related to cultural safety.

Emma Rice

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.