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 research is broadly interested in factors that support sustainability and equity, particularly in the use and distribution of social goods such as housing, food, and healthcare. This 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. These issues are expanded on through ongoing engagement with questions related to governance and visioning for social justice and sustainability.

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)