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People in the Indigenous Health Lab

In the Indigenous Health Lab, Dr. Richmond supports the training and development of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies, please contact her directly.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Hannah Tait Neufeld, PhD

 
Hannah Tait Neufeld

Under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond, as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Hannah is focusing on contemporary health inequalities related to traditional food knowledge as they are associated with the inter-generational impacts of the residential school legacy. Her research interests in health inequities and community engagement began while undertaking the MSc program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, where she studied prenatal dietary change among two generations of First Nation women living on-reserve.

For her dissertation, she explored First Nation and Métis women’s experiences with the condition of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the city of Winnipeg, through their interactions with health practitioners, and relationships with food. Hannah’s research has been supported from the Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health (CIHR-IAPH), and in 2006, she was awarded the IAPH Scientific Director’s Award. Since graduating with her PhD in 2010, she has published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and most recently in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews as part of her former position in the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Contact: hneufel2@uwo.ca  


Mike Morrison

 
Mike Morrison

Mike Morrison was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. He received his Honours BA from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois.

His research has been focused on attitudes, subjective well-being, mental health and positive health behaviours more broadly. Mike became a postdoc in the Department of Psychology at Western in September 2012, working with Dr. Bertram Gawronski on projects relating to stereotyping and prejudice.

More recently, Mike has sought to apply his knowledge from social psychology towards research in Aboriginal Health. He was fortunate to receive a 2 year fellowship from CIHR to undertake a comprehensive project (sponsored by Dr. Chantelle Richmond and Dr. Gawronski) relating to the relationship between internalized stereotypes, material circumstances, social support, and mental health among Aboriginal youth. The long-term goal of the research is help create additional means through which positive self-identities and pride can be enhanced among Aboriginal youth, which should hopefully contribute to improved mental health. Mike looks forward to the prospect of conducting community based research that can potentially contribute to the betterment of life in Canadian Aboriginal communities.

PhD Students

Joshua Tobias

 

Josh Tobias

Joshua Tobias is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond and Dr. Isaac Luginaah. He completed his undergraduate degree in Geography and History at The University of Ottawa, before moving to London in 2008 to work towards a Masters in Geography at Western University. His current doctoral work in the Indigenous Health and Well-Being Lab is a collaborative community-based environment and health project with two First Nations on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Joshua’s research interests include health geography, Indigenous health, health behaviours, community-based research (i.e. PAR, CBPR) and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (NVivo). Joshua is an award winning TA and aspires to a career in academia.

Cindy Graeme

 
Cindy Graeme
Cindy Graeme is starting her PhD program in September with Chantelle Richmond after completing degrees in Geography (BA Western University, MA University of Guelph). Her research interest is in exploring the relationship between access to healthy, traditional foods and cultural identity for Aboriginal peoples and communities in Southwestern Ontario.

Fatih Sekercioglu

 
Fatih Sekercioglu

Fatih Sekercioglu started his PhD program with Dr. Richmond in September 2012. His research interest is water safety and governance in Aboriginal communities. Fatih obtained his chemical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University and received a BASc in public health and safety from Ryerson University. He holds master’s degrees in food safety and quality assurance from the University of Guelph and business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been working in public health for over nine years.

Contact: fatih.sekercioglu@mlhu.on.ca

Masters Students

Kyla English

 
Kyla English

Kyla has her Honours BSc. in Health Studies and a Minor in Gerontology from the University of Waterloo. She is currently in her second year of her MSc. program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in the field of Occupational Science. Kyla is co-supervised by Dr. Chantelle Richmond and Dr. Debbie Rudman, and her project centres around understanding First Nations children's perceptions of health and well-being. 

Undergraduate Thesis Students

Rob Stefanelli

 
Rob Stefanelli
Rob Stefanelli is a fourth year student at Western University in Criminology and Environment and Culture. He also spent a semester abroad at Stockholm University. He is currently working with Dr. Richmond on an undergraduate thesis through the geography department and his goal is to highlight the barriers First Nations of Canada face in accessing safe drinking water and sanitation.  Since 2011, Rob has spent the summer months working at the Holmedale Water Treatment Plant in Brantford, ON as the Water Treatment Student. He is eager to attend graduate school and further his studies in issues surrounding quality and access to safe drinking water.

Scholar's Electives Students

Nandini Thogarapalli

 
Nandini Thogarapalli

Nandini Thogarapalli is a second year Scholar’s Elective student studying under Dr. Chantelle Richmond. With Dr. Richmond’s guidance, Nandini has the potential to pursue a unique and interdisciplinary themed degree in the field of Aboriginal health geography.  Nandini experienced research for the first time this past summer working as a Research Assistant for Health Canada. Apart from her studies, Nandini is an avid debater and is active in Western's Debate Society.

Research Assistants

Shyra B.

 
Shyra Barberstock

Shyra is a research assistant for the Indigenous Health Lab. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies and Health/Environmental Geography at Western University. With a background in Holistic Nutrition, she is interested in learning more about Indigenous environments and how it affects the health of First Nations peoples and their communities. In 2015, Shyra hopes to pursue a Masters with a focus on First Nations people and health.

Friends of the Indigenous Health Lab

Paul Mkandawire

 
Paul Mkandawire

Paul Mkandawire was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Indigenous Health and Well-Being Lab in the Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. Paul has moved on to Carleton University in Ottawa as assistant professor. You can read his new bio here.


Kassandra Kulmann

 
Kassandra Kullman
Kassandra Kulmann completed her Masters in the Indigenous Health Lab in the department of Geography at Western University.

Colette Isaac

 
Colette Isaac

Colette Isaac is the principal investigator of Incite Planning.