Oosman, Engler-Stringer join faculty

November 14, 2013

The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit is pleased to announce the addition of two more faculty members to its ranks.

The unit added Dr. Sarah Oosman and Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer for five-year terms, effective as of Nov. 1, 2013.

"I am very pleased that Dr Oosman and Dr Engler-Stringer have joined our group. Their expertise and skills not only complement and round out our research but they are also extremely energetic and passionate about the research they do. We expect great things from Sarah and Rachel,” SPHERU Director Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine.

Dr. Sarah Oosman
Dr. Sarah Oosman

Recently, Dr. Oosman has worked with SPHERU as a post-doctoral fellow and has been collaborating on the Healthy Aging in Place project, working with Métis communities. She is an assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan, and is a member Canadian Obesity Network and manuscript reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

She received her Bachelor of Science in physiology and physiotherapy from the University of Saskatchewan and her Masters of Science in physiology at the University of British Columbia before returning to Saskatchewan for her PhD.

She has worked in private physiotherapy practice as well as within the Saskatoon Health Region.

Her research interests include: Aboriginal health; Intervention research, Culture-based and culturally relevant research; Community-based participatory action research; Health promotion; Mixed research methods (quantitative and qualitative); Population health; Obesity prevention; Type 2 Diabetes; Chronic conditions; and both Intergenerational and interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion.

Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer
Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer

Dr. Engler-Stringer is also joining the faculty. She is Co-Principal Investigator with Nazeem Muhajarine on the CIHR and SHRF-funded Smart Cities Healthy Kids Food Environment study and The Good Food, Healthy Families research. She is also the Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Food Studies.

Engler-Stringer is an assistant professor in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

She attended the Université de Montréal for her Bachelor of Science in biology with a specialization in biomedical sciences, then completed her graduate studies in nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She was also a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, at Université de Montréal.

Her research interests include: Food systems and food security; Nutritional health inequalities; Health promotion; and Participatory research.




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