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Gwen Healey, PH.D.

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Laurentian University Campus
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, On P3E 2C6

Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Division of Human Sciences
Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut.



Ph.D.; Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto


M.Sc.; Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary


Hons. B.Sc.;Department of Physics
Queen’s University

Research Investigations

My current interests include:

  • Indigenous, community-based, and participatory action research methods
  • Interpretation and application of community and indigenous perspectives on research ethics.
  • Health and well-being in the Canadian and Circumpolar North
  • The relationship between historical and intergenerational trauma and family attachments, mental health and wellness.
  • Determinants of mental health and wellness among adolescents in Canada’s North

Dr. Healey may have positions available for undergraduate or graduate students, depending on funding.

Selected Publications

REDVERS, J., BJERREGAARD, P, ERIKSEN, H., FANIAN, S., HEALEY, G.K., HIRATSUKA, V., JONG, M., LARSEN, C., LINTON, J., POLLOCK, N., SILVIKEN, A., STOOR, JP., CHATWOOD, S. (2015). A Scoping Review of Indigenous Suicide Prevention in Circumpolar Regions. International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 74: e1-10.

Healey, G.K. (2014).  Inuit Parent Perspectives on Sexual Health Communication with Adolescent Children In Nunavut: “It’s kinda hard for me to try to find the words”. International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 73: 25070 ePub.

HEALEY, G.K., TAGAK SR., A. (2014) Piliriqatigiinniq ‘working together for the common good’: A perspective on the space where Inuit epistemology and health research methodology come together. Accepted in the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies: 7(1): 1-8.

HEALEY, G.K. (2014) Inuit family understandings of sexual health and relationships in Nunavut. Accepted in the Canadian Journal of Public Health; 105(2): e133-7.

LARDEAU, MP, HEALEY G.K., FORD J. (2011). The use of photovoice to document and characterize the food security of users of community food programs in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Rural Remote Health; 2011;11(2):1680.

LAUSON, S., MCINTOSH, S., OBED, N., HEALEY, G., ASURI, S., OSBORNE, G., ARBOUR, L. (2011). The development of a comprehensive maternal–child health information system for Nunavut-Nutaqqavut (Our Children). International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 70: PP.

Healey, G.K., Magner,  K.M, Ritter, R., Kamookak, R., Aningmiuq, A., Issaluk, B., MacKenzie, K., Allardyce, L., Stockdale, A., Moffit, P. (2010) Community Perspectives on the Impact of Climate Change on Health in Nunavut, Canada. ARCTIC; 64(1): 89-95.

HEALEY, G.K., MEADOWS, L.M. (2008) Culture and Tradition: An important determinant of Inuit women’ health. Journal of Aboriginal Health (in print).

HEALEY, G.K., MEADOWS, L.M. (2007). Inuit Women’s Health: A review of the literature. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 66(3): 199-214.