Executive Team

Photograph of CRaNHR Executive Director, Dr. Chris Mushquash.

Phone: 807-343-8239
Email: chris.mushquash@lakeheadu.ca

Dr. Christopher Mushquash


Dr. Christopher Mushquash, C.Psych., is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a registered clinical psychologist providing assessment, intervention, and consultation services for First Nations children, adolescents, and adults at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. He completed his pre-doctoral residency in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, specializing in rural and northern clinical practice and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in 2011. His research has been funded by The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Research Chairs Program, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, NeuroDevNet/Kids Brain Health Network, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Health Canada, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science. Dr. Mushquash is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Canadian Psychological Association President's New Researcher Award, Lakehead University Outstanding Alumni Award, the Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award, the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science Early Researcher Award, and the Clinical Psychological Association Clinical Section Scientist-Practitioner Early Career Award. In 2017, Dr. Mushquash was inducted in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is currently the vice-chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health.  Dr. Mushquash is Ojibway and a member of Pays Plat First Nation.

Photograph of CRaNHR Associate Director, Dr. Helle Moeller.

Phone: 807-343-8965
Email: hmoeller@lakeheadu.ca

Dr. Helle Møller

Associate Director

Dr. Helle Møller is an Associate Professor in the department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. She is an interdisciplinary health researcher and teacher with a background in medical anthropology and nursing. Dr. Møller is Danish of origin; her training has taken place in Denmark and Canada. She is passionate about the North and its beautiful and resourceful peoples and environments. Framed within a social justice perspective Dr. Møller's areas of research and teaching span the social and ecological determinants of health with an emphasis on the Northern regions of the globe (Greenland, Arctic Canada, Northwestern Ontario), on Indigenous, women's and maternal health, the education and practice of nurses in the Arctic, metal health in the workplace, aspects of human approaches to climate change, free physical activity initiatives for older adults and more. Dr. Møller is privileged to be working on research projects with a wide array of community partners and colleagues from diverse academic disciplines nationally and internationally.

Dr. Møller has taught in the medical interpreter program at Nunavut Arctic college, in the Nursing Program in the institute of Health Research and Nursing, at Ilisimatusarfik University of Greenland and in the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University.

In the Department of Health Sciences Dr. Møller teaches courses that focus on Health Promotion and Illness Prevention; the Social and Ecological Determinants of Health; Northern Health and Health Care; Vulnerable populations and Individual Special Topic courses that fall within her area of expertise when her schedule permits. Dr. Møller enjoys supervising thesis students and is happy to work with students that have research interests that overlap with her areas of expertise. 

Photograph of CRaNHR Senior Researcher, Dr. Mary Ellen Hill.

Phone: 807-766-7278
Email: maryellen.hill@lakeheadu.ca

Dr. Mary Ellen Hill

Senior Researcher

Mary Ellen Hill is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR). A member of an interdisciplinary team of academic and community researchers, she has spent more than 20 years evaluating health services and health human resources issues affecting the rural, remote, northern and Indigenous communities.

Over the past five years, her work has centred on the evaluation of community-based programs helping Indigenous youth and adults achieve wellness and recover from opiate addictions. She also has collaborated with representatives of First Nations Tribal Councils and communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, on needs assessments and evaluations of health and education programs.

Educated at Lakehead (MA Sociology) and Vanderbilt (PhD Medical Sociology and Social Psychology) Universities, she has taught courses in political science and sociology, with a focus on health needs, health policy and social justice issues. In her role as a CRaNHR co-investigator and research manager, she also has trained and mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students and staff, assisting them in acquiring valuable “hands on” research skills.