Lakehead University is receiving more than $1.2 million from SSHRC

April 3, 2019 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University researchers are receiving $1,257,758 from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for 29 research projects.

Some of this research will explore unfounded sexual assault reports to police, examine post-secondary student food insecurity, and investigate how southern medical schools in Ontario used Indigenous communities as a training ground for medical professionalization after the Second World War.

Photo of Dr. Jodie Murphy-OikonenDr. Jodie  Murphy-Oikonen, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is receiving $57,090 to  spend two years conducting interviews with survivors to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of women who have had their sexual assault deemed unfounded by police.

The research, which Dr. Lori Chambers from Women’s Studies and Dr. Karen McQueen from the School of Nursing are assisting with, represents a first step towards filling knowledge gaps regarding women’s perceptions of their sexual assault and their experience when their reports are disbelieved by the institutions designed to protect them.

Photo of Dr. Barbara Parker

Dr. Barbara Parker, assistant professor in Sociology, is receiving $68,630 to explore the food insecurity experiences of two marginalized but growing populations within post-secondary institutions over two years: Indigenous and international students.

Each group faces distinct but significant social and economic challenges while attending western post-secondary institutions in Canada that are further complicated by experiences of settler colonialism, racism, gender, citizenship status, age, disability, culture, and language.

“Canadian universities need to provide the appropriate supports to ensure these students are successful,” Dr. Parker said in her application.

Photo of Dr. Travis Hay

Dr. Travis Hay is receiving $81,000 to spend two years investigating how southern medical schools in Ontario, primarily the University of Toronto, used Indigenous communities in the provincial north as a training ground for medical professionalization in the post-World War II period. Additionally, this project maps out the provision of health care in First Nations communities in the region.

“Thank you to SSHRC for recognizing our researchers with this funding and to our researchers for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Funding from SSHRC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities.

In 2018/19, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

New SSHRC Funding 2018-19

Total - $1,257,758

Faculty Member Grants

Aid to Scholarly Journals (three-year grants)

  • Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe, Department of Health Sciences, for the journal, Canadian Food Studies, $75,000.
  • Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Faculty of Education, for the journal, Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, $100,930.

Connection Grants (one-year grants)

Dr. Frederico Oliveira, Department of Anthropology, “Indigenous comparative approaches to culture-based tourism in Canada and Ecuador,” $24,715.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Brian McLaren, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Rhonda Koster, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Rosemary Coombe, York University
  • Collaborator
    • Jose Fernando Romero, Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo

Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Faculty of Education, “Lakehead University community connections showcase,” $10,600.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Christopher J. Mushquash, Lakehead University
    • Dr. David A. Greenwood, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Elaine C. Wiersma, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Max Haiven, Lakehead University
  • Collaborator
    • Dr. PhebeAnn M. Wolframe-Smith, Lakehead University


Insight Development Grants (two-year grants)

Dr. Kristin Burnett, Department of History, “A Community-Based History of Calgary’s China Town, 1890-1997,” $38,977.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Angie Wong, York University

Dr. Jodie Murphy-Oikonen, School of Social Work, “Unfounded Sexual Assault: Women's Experiences,” $57,090.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Karen McQueen, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Lori Chambers, Lakehead University


Dr. Barbara Parker, Department of Sociology, “Post-secondary Student Food Insecurity; Experiences of International and Indigenous Students in Northern Ontario,” $68,630.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Kelly Skinner, University of Waterloo
    • Dr. Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University


Dr. Robert Petrunia, Department of Economics, “Learning-by-Exporting under Credit Constraints,” $44,100.

  • Collaborators:
    • Joel Rodrigue, Vanderbilt University
    • Kim Huynh, Bank of Canada
    • Marcel Voia, Carleton University


Dr. Chris Sanders, Department of Sociology, “The Social Meanings and Identities of People Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome,” $59,075.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University


Partnership Engage Grants (one-year grants)

Dr. Martha Dowsley, Department of Geography and the Environment, “Biocultural Approaches to Polar Bear Monitoring in NanatuKavut, Labrador,” $25,000.

Dr. Charles Levkoe, Department of Health Sciences, “The Indigenous Circle: Reconciliation and Resurgence through Food in Northwestern Ontario,” $24,200.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Lana P.R. Ray, Lakehead University

Dr. Meridith A. Lovell-Johnston, Faculty of Education, “Enhancing Instruction in Early Literacy, Inquiry Kindergarten Classrooms,” $24,941.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, Lakehead University

Dr. Alana Saulnier, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies – Orillia, “An evaluation of the Durham Regional Police Service's body-worn cameras pilot project,” $25,000.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Carrie B. Sanders, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, “Creating a safe space for Indigenous youth in urban areas: The Case of Young Women in Thunder Bay,” $25,000.


  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Patricia D. McGuire, Carleton University


Partnership Grant (LOI) – Stage 1 (one-year grant)

Dr. Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, “Social Innovation for Sustainability in Arctic Resources Development (SISARD),” $20,000.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Andrey N. Petrov, University of Northern Iowa
    • Dr. Arn Keeling, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Ben Bradshaw, University of Guelph
    • Dr. Bram Noble, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Brenda L. Parlee, University of Alberta
    • Dr. Bruno Wichmann, University of Alberta
    • Dr. Catherine M.H. Keske, University of California, Merced
    • Dr. Christopher Furgal, Trent University
    • Dr. David C. Natcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Diane B. Hirshberg, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Dr. Frances D. Abele, Carleton University
    • Dr. Gertrude E. Saxinger, University of Vienna
    • Dr. Jacqueline Dawson, University of Ottawa
    • Dr. John Sandlos, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Julia Christensen, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Kenneth S. Coates, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Lisa Freeman Kwantlen, Polytechnic University
    • Dr. Martha G.M. Dowsley, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Matthew Berman, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, University of Northern British Columbia
    • Dr. Patricia D. McGuire, Carleton University
    • Dr. Rebecca Schiff, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Ronald Harpelle, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Scott Slocombe, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • Dr. Stephan Schott, Carleton University
    • Dr. Suzanne Mills, McMaster University
    • Madame Mylene Riva, McGill University
    • Monsieur Thierry Rodon, Université Laval
    • Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Griffith University
    • Professor Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Professor Peter P. Schweitzer, University of Vienna
  • Collaborator
    • Dr. Timothy Heleniak Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development


 Student Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship (two-year grants)

  • Dr. Ellen Field, Faculty of Education “Climate Change Pedagogies in Uncertain Times,” $81,000.
  • Dr. Travis Hay, Department of Social Justice Studies, “Frontiers of Health and Medicine in Northern Ontario, 1930-1999,” $81,000.


SSHRC - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral – (three-year grants)

  • Jessie Lund, Clinical Psychology, “Examining sexual assault survivors’ experience of disclosure,” $105,000.
  • Laura McGeown, Clinical Psychology, “The role of heart rate variability and self-compassion in the link between perfectionism and disordered eating,” $105,000.
  • Holly Prince, Education, “Wiiji’iwe: An Indigenous researcher’s exploration of a First Nations community’s experience of Participatory Action Research,” $105,000.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (one-year grants)

  • Michaela Bohunicky, Health Sciences, “Indigenous-Settler Alliances in Food Policy Processes,” $17,500.
  • Samantha Dewaele, English, “Networking Our Way Towards Apocalyptic Survival,” $17,500.
  • Joanna Dowhos, Environmental Studies, “Determining Culture: An analysis of hominid wrist morphology and its implications for the evolution of human culture and tool us,” $17,500.
  • Holly Fleming, Environmental Studies, “Community Emotional Understandings of Canoe River, Lac Seul First Nation through a dynamic land use and occupancy map,” $17,500.
  • Angela MacIsaac, Clinical Psychology, “The association between perfectionism in parents and their children and its relation to borderline personality disorder,” $17,500.
  • Romani Makkik, Social Justice, “Breathing and Living Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit,” $17,500.
  • Taylor Murie, Education, “The impact of shifting towards Indigenized and Decolonized Pedagogy on student attitudes towards mathematics,” $17,500.
  • Maeghan Verardo, English, “The Tech Geek Girl: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM,” $17,500.
  • Kaitlin Wilmshurst, Social Work, “The role of anxious attachment style in shame-based obsessions in adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” $17,500.


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