Dr. Rebecca Schiff

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 766-7199
Office Location: 
SN 1006 B
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D., Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University
  • Dip.Env., McGill University
  • B.Mus., McGill University
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation (2017, 2016, 2015)
  • HESC 5214: Indigenous Health in Canada (2016, 2015)
  • HESC 5015: Current Issues and Trends in Health Sciences (2016, 2015)
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor – Rural, Northern, and Aboriginal Health,Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University
  • Adjunct Professor – Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Justice Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina

Other appointments

Regional co - editor for the North American section of Rural and Remote Health - http://www.rrh.org.au/nthamer/defaultnew.asp

President, Canadian Association for Food Studies, http://cafs.landfood.ubc.ca/en/


Research Interests: 

My work focuses on issues social justice, poverty, sustainability, and health equity with a particular emphasis on determinants of individual and community wellbeing for marginalised communities. I focus on community-engaged research that is rooted in principles of collaborative and respectful inquiry.

Some recent research projects include:

  • Understanding the Dynamics of Hidden Homelessness in Rural and Northern Ontario (funded by Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
  • Improving access to phosphorous and sodium restricted foods for those living with end-stage renal disease on remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario (funded byNorthern Ontario Academic Medical Association)
  • Informal food economies and community well-being in two NW Ontario First Nations communities. (funded by Mitacs Indigenous Engagement Initative)
  • Housing and Health in Thunder Bay and Labrador: Building community capacity for data collection, analysis, and evidence-based policy interventions. (funded by Lakehead University VPREDI and CIHR) 
  • Breaking the Ice: What is the status of breastfeeding in Labrador communities? (CIHR and Memorial University VPAcademic)
  • Developing a Resiliency Index for the Upper Lake Melville Region of Labrador in the context of Rapid Economic Development. (NL Office of Public Engagement)
  • Radiation Exposure in Makkovik, Labrador and Environmental Health Risk. (CIHR, NL Center for Applied Health Research, Labrador Institute)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Workshop. (CIHR)