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Marion Maar, Ph. D.


Laurentian University Campus
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, On P3E 2C6
Phone: 705-662-7233
Fax: 705-675-4858
Email: marion.maar@nosm.ca 


  Current Position

Fulltime Faculty Member, Human Sciences Division
Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology

Education and Training

2005 – present     

 Faculty, Human Sciences Division, Medical Anthropology, Northern Ontario School of Medicine


  Ph. D. Anthropology (Medical Anthropology) McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

1997 – 2005        

Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Aundek Omni Kaning (Manitoulin Island), Ontario


M.A. (Biological Anthropology), Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario


B.Sc. (Genetics & Human Biology), University of Guelph, Ontario

Research Investigations

I conduct research on rural health issues with a focus on Aboriginal community health. My approach is grounded in medical anthropology; in line with Aboriginal understandings of health I use a holistic participatory action approach that examines the interplay of history, the health system, culture, traditional medical beliefs on health and mental health, in order to find solutions to current community health challenges. Specifically, my research program includes:

1. Diabetes care and prevention in Aboriginal and rural communities
2. Interprofessional collaboration between traditional Aboriginal and clinical health care providers
3. Aboriginal cancer care
4. Aboriginal Research Ethics
5. Frameworks for participatory action research in Aboriginal communities
6. Health research uptake in rural communities


Selected Publications

2010 Maar, M. D. Gzik and T. Larose. Beyond expectations: Why do Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian patients with type 2 diabetes on a northern, rural island demonstrate better outcomes for glycemic, blood pressure and lipid management than comparison populations? Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 34 (2) accessible at http://www.diabetes.ca/documents/for-professionals/CJD--June_2010--Maar,_M.pdf

2010 Maar, M. and M. Shawande. Traditional Anishinabe Healing in a Clinical Setting: The Development of an Aboriginal Interdisciplinary Approach to Community-based Aboriginal Mental Health Care. Journal of Aboriginal Health. Accessible at

2010 Maar, M., A. Seymour, B. Sanderson, L. Boesch. Reaching Agreement for an
Aboriginal e-Health Research Agenda: The Aboriginal Telehealth Knowledge Circle Consensus Method. Rural and Remote Health 10 (online), 2010: 1299. Available from: http://www.rrh.org.au .

2009 Maar, M. , B. Erskine, L. McGregor, M. Sutherland, D. Graham, T. Larose, Marjory Shawande, and T. Gordon. Innovations on a shoestring: A Study of a Collaborative Community-based Aboriginal Mental Health Service Model in Rural Canada. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 3:27. Available from: www.ijmhs.com .

2009 Maar, M. D. Gzik and T. Larose. Are Electronic Medical Records an Effective Way to Monitor the Quality of Diabetes Care in Practice-based Research? Journal of Diabetes, 1 (s1): Abstracts of the 3rd International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, 1-4 April, 2009, Nice, France.

2008 Lightfoot, N., R. Strasser, M. Maar and K. Jacklin. Challenges and rewards of health research in northern, rural, and remote communities. Annals of Epidemiology 18: 507-514.

2007 Maar, M., M. Sutherland and L. McGregor. A Regional Model for Ethical Engagement: The First Nations Research Ethics Committee on Manitoulin Island. In Aboriginal Policy Research. Moving Forward, Making a Difference. Volume IV. Edited by J. P. White, S. Wingert, D. Beavon and P. Maxim. Thompson Education Publishing: Toronto.

2006 Maar, M., M. Monroe, L. McLeod, C. Chase (edited manual). Aboriginal Healthy Child Development. (in Healthy Child Development Manual (Level 2) edited by the Ontario College of Family Physicians), pg 155-178. Accessible at http://www.ocfp.on.ca/local/files/CME/Healthy%20Child%20Development/Healthy%20Child%20Development%20Facing%20the%20Challenges%20Level%202Manual.pdf

Selected Research Reports

2010 M.Maar. Evaluation Framework and Logic Model for the Children’s Physical Activity Program. Report prepared for Noojmowin Teg Aboriginal Health Access Centre.

2010 M.Maar and M. Sutherland. An Evaluation of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) in Aboriginal Mental Health Services. Report prepared for the Ministry of Health and Longterm Care and NE LHIN. (89 pp)

2009 M. Maar, Lightfoot N., Sutherland, M., Strasser, R., Wilson K. Collaborative Aboriginal Cancer Research: Priorities and Strategies for the Future Based on the Results from the “Go to the People” Consultations. Report on file. (41 pages)

2008 M. Maar and M. Sutherland in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Native Women’s Association. . Ascertaining the Landscape for Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health. Report on file at the Ontario Ministry for Child and Youth Services. (224 pages)

2005 Maar, M., L.McGregor and M.Sutherland. Service Needs and Program Priorities Related to Mental Health, Prescription Drug Use and Injury Prevention For First Nations in the Union of Ontario Indians Territory. A report prepared for the Union of Ontario Indians, North Bay.

2004 Maar, M. in collaboration with the New Beginnings Steering Committee. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Needs Assessment for prevention, early intervention and service coordination in the Manitoulin District. Report prepared for Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Sucker Creek First Nation, Ontario.

1999 Maar, M., C. McVeigh and R. Trudeau. Noojmowin Teg Dental Health Report of First Nations Children in the District of Manitoulin. Report prepared for Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Sucker Creek, First Nation, Ontario.


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