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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 5710 Sustainability & Health
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HESC 5214: Indigenous Health in Canada
  • HESC 5015: Current Issues and Trends in Health Sciences
Research Interests: 

I am a transdisciplinary scholar with grounding in sustainability studies, health sciences and public health, social work, community development, environment and geography, and justice studies. Much of my research investigates community health and social issues for marginalized communities across diverse urban, rural, and remote geographies. My research focuses on determinants of community wellbeing, social service systems, and social aspects of sustainability, with an emphasis on community – engaged methodologies, community co - generation of knowledge, and integrated knowledge translation. My work applies an equity lens to the examination of social policy and programs, with a focus on the needs and voices of those most socially, politically, and economically marginalised. I have been actively involved as a board member and supporter for a diversity of organisations and associations focused on social justice at local, national, and international levels. With a focus on community - engaged, place based, and action oriented projects, the primary goal of my integrated research and learning activities is the translation of new and existing knowledge into program and policy change to achieve health equity and the transformation of health and social service systems.  

Some recent research projects include:

  • At Home in the North - (SSHRC Partnership Grant)
  • Community Housing Canada - (SSHRC Partnership Grant)
  • Covid – 19 and Pandemic Planning in the Context of Rural and Remote Homelessness. SSHRC Covid – 19 Partnership Engage Grants
  • Implementing a Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals for the City of Thunder Bay. Internal funding.
  • Traumatic stress and Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Front-Line Workers in Homeless Services. Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Operating Grant : COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery
  • Cooperative Housing – impacts on community wellbeing and social cohesion in the Canadian context. (Lakehead University – Strategic Research  Fund.)
  • Justice system involvement in the context of homelessness and housing insecurity among women: assessment of legal issues and program needs in Thunder Bay. Partnership with Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario (Funded by Law Foundation of Ontario)
  • At the Crossroads -- Regional centres and the sustainability of Canada's rural and northern landscapes (SSHRC Connections grant) 
  • Improving access to phosphorous and sodium restricted foods for those living with end-stage renal disease on remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario (funded by Northern Ontario Academic Medical Association)
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Hidden Homelessness in Rural and Northern Ontario
  • 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) 
  • Managed Alcohol Programs:  Evaluating Effectiveness and Policy Implications. Partnerships for Health System Improvement. PI _ B. Pauly and T. Stockwell (CIHR)
  • Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE). PI - A. Blay - Palmer (SSHRC Partnership Grants)