Faculty A-Z

Rebecca Schiff

Adjunct Professor D.Env. (McGill), B.Mus. (McGill), Ph.D. (Australia)

(709) 896-6212


Dr. Schiff joined the Division of Community Health & Humanities in 2011 as Assistant Professor (Aboriginal Health). Her position is based at the Labrador Institute in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

  • MED6277 Issues in Northern, Rural, and Remote Communities
  • MED6297 Theories of Social Justice in Health
Research Interests:
  • Aboriginal health and healing
  • Indigenous methodologies
  • Health and social justice
  • Food systems and food security
  • Determinants of community well-being
Recent Research Projects:

Community Food Security and Health in NunatuKavut: Supporting community capacity for food security research and evidence-based intervention through community-led food assessments with Aboriginal communities
Funded by: Medical Research Fund, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Role: Nominated Principal Investigator (with McPhail. D.)
Duration: 2013 - 2015

Housing and Health in Labrador: Building community capacity for data collection, analysis, and evidence-based policy interventions
Funded by: Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2013 – 2014

Breaking the ice - What is the status of breastfeeding in Labrador communities?
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Café Scientifique program
Role: Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Twells, L.)
Duration: 2013-2014

Developing a Resiliency Index for the Upper Lake Melville Region of Labrador in the context of Rapid Economic Development
Funded by: Office of Public Engagement, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2013

Radiation Exposure in Makkovik, Labrador and Environmental Health Risk - Part 1: Measurement of Radio Nuclides in the Environment and Local Food Sources; Part 2: Assessment of Population Perspectives and Needs
Funded by: Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, Labrador Institute
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (with Sarkar A)
Duration: 2011-2013

Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal Ethics Workshop
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Atlantic Health Research Program (AAHRP)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2011-2013

Traditional Plant Use in Labrador
Funded by: Torngat Secretariat
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2011-2012

Housing and Homelessness in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Social Economy Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2010-2012
Experiential Learning Strategies in the Health Sciences for Developing Humanistic Skills
Funded by: Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Role: CO-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Traverso-Yepez, M)
Duration: 2012-2013

Spaces and places: Understanding sense of belonging and cultural engagement among Aboriginal youth
Funded by: Social Science and Humanities Research Council
Role: Collaborator (Principal Investigator: Liebenberg, L.)
Duration: 2012-2014

Community Service & Engagement:

2007-ongoing: Steering committee: Food Secure Canada

2011-ongoing: Executive committee: Canadian Association of Food Studies liasion to Food Secure Canada

2011-ongoing: Co-chair: Happy Valley-Goose Bay Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness

2011-ongoing: Co-chair: Mokami Status of Women Council

2011-ongoing: Committee member: Labrador Aboriginal Health Research Committee

2011-ongoing: Committee member: Lake Melville Community Food Hub