Dr. Brady’s research explores the intersections of food, health, and social justice, with an emphasis on health professions’ roles in social justice as practitioners and advocates. Health professions can and should play an important part in redressing social and structural inequities that contribute to poverty, food insecurity, sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression that limit sustainable development around the world.
Dr. Kyly Whitfield’s research program focusses on maternal and infant feeding and nutrition during the first 1,000 days, a critical period of growth and development, and window of opportunity where interventions can have lifelong impacts on health. A major focus of her research program is identifying culturally appropriate public health interventions to combat micronutrient deficiencies in low-resource settings. Another focus is studying infant feeding behaviours, and the potential long-term effects of early feeding on eating patterns and health later in life. You can learn more about Dr. Whitfield’s research and the Milk and Micronutrient Assessment Lab (MAMA Lab) at www.mamalab.ca.
Dr. Joy’s work seeks to improve health, wellbeing, and equality for gender diverse groups, such as LGBTQ individuals through community action, reducing stigma, and creating knowledge and discourse on these topics.
Dr. Maya’s Eichler’s, Political and Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies
Dr. Maya’s Eichler’s research examines the health and wellbeing of Canadian military members and Veterans through an intersectional feminist lens, and with a particular focus on health and wellbeing during the transition from military to civilian life. Her research is also concerned with the health and wellbeing of survivors of military sexual trauma, and their access to supports and benefits.
Dr. Zachary Zimmer, Department of Family Studies and Gerontology
Dr. Zachary Zimmer directs the Global Aging Community Initiative at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada. His research broadly focuses on global issues related to the health and general well-being of older persons, studied from a demographic perspective. His many projects have examined a range of issues of importance to global aging and health including the impact of demographic change, life and health expectancy, disablement, functioning and pain, health disparities, intergenerational relations, and impacts of harsh living condition on the aging experience. He currently oversees an international collaborative project which seeks to uncover long-term impacts of war, conflict and related trauma on health and aging among older Vietnamese in Vietnam. For more information about Dr. Zimmer’s current projects see the website: www.globalagingandcommunity.com.
Dr. Khoury’s research program seeks to understand the neurobiological and psychosocial factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and parents. A primary goal of her research is to understand how early life stress and adversity, within the parent-child dyad, influence the development of child stress regulation, emotion regulation, and mental health problems. This research adopts an interdisciplinary approach and uses longitudinal research methods, which span from the prenatal period into later childhood, to understand risk and protective factors at different stages of child development.
Linda Mann, Applied Human Nutrition
Linda Mann has long been engaged in teaching, research and service associated with this goal throughout the lifecycle. Starting with menu planning, then the development and evaluation of food and nutrition standards in child care settings, her focus is now on responsive feeding of infants and young children in child care and home settings including the importance of reciprocal relationships between the settings. Carrying this further, she has researched and worked with organizational wellness programs, and explored the impacts of responsive parenting on current health behaviours of young adults that suggested relevant interventions to promote health. Recent work to explore the food and nutrition care of people living in continuing care facilities has highlighted a need for action to secure more funding and support.
Dr. McLean’s research is in the area of early childhood education (ECE). Specifically, she is interested in reflective practice, pedagogical documentation, the role of play during the early years and the impact and implementation of early learning curriculum frameworks in early learning and child care settings. These research areas underscore the vital role of early childhood educators in supporting the well-being of children and their families within the context of a high-quality system of early learning and child care.
Dr. Áine Humble’s research focuses on the health and well-being of individuals who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) and healthy aging for women in mid- to later-life. Her projects have examined issues related to LGBTQ individuals and end-of-life care and housing. She has supervised graduate student thesis topics on (a) older women’s use of Botox, and (b) the health and well-being of older immigrant Punjabi women. Dr. Humble’s research is primarily qualitative in design, and she is also interested in how scholars carry out their qualitative research. In 2019, she co-edited a book called “How qualitative analysis happens: Moving beyond ‘themes emerged’.”
Dr. Christine Lackner’s research focuses on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on social, emotional, cognitive and neurological processes in emerging and early adulthood using questionnaire and electrophysiological (brain wave) methods. Higher numbers of adverse childhood experiences are associated with higher levels of mental health difficulties and poor physical health across the lifespan. Our research has shown altered electrophysiology in those with higher levels of adverse childhood experiences. Gaining a fuller understanding of these alterations may help develop targeted interventions for those with ill social, emotional, physical or cognitive health following adverse childhood experiences.