U of R researchers join SPHERU

October 5, 2015

The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit has added two University of Regina faculty members to its ranks.

Dr. Gabriela Notvotna
Dr. Gabriela Notvotna
Dr. Gabriela Novotna and Dr. Michelle Stewart will be joining the research unit as researchers.

Novotna is an assistant professor in the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work. She received her PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010 and followed that up for with Post Doctoral Fellow work at McMaster University’s Connections research program.

Before her doctoral work in Canada, she was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she worked on substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Her research interests include practice in the field of addiction, knowledge translation and institutional theory. In previous research, she examined issues around the implementation of integrated treatment for co-occurring substance abuse, mental health and gambling problems in Ontario.

“I believe that becoming affiliated with SPHERU as a researcher will provide me with opportunities to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and benefit from their mentoring and expertise,” Novotna says.

Stewart is an associate professor in the Department of Justice Studies where she teaches in the area of social justice and research methods. She received both her master’s and PhD from the University of California Davis, where she researched political and legal anthropology.

Dr. Michelle Stewart
Dr. Michelle Stewart

Currently, she is expanding her interest to include medical anthropology by looking into how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is understood in various communities of practice.

Stewart is Strategic Research Lead, Justice Interventions, Canada FASD Research Network as well as Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina, which connects the university with community groups through research, service-learning and other collaborative activities.

“I am a community-engaged and community-driven researcher that actively brings together health, advocacy and justice communities together for discussion, collaboration, research, action, and analysis,” Stewart says.

Stewart and Novotna join a team that includes researchers from the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan that represent a variety of academic backgrounds including geography, political science, anthropology, epidemiology, social work, kinesiology, and nutrition.


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