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Faculty of Health

Our Research Chairs

Dr. Tammy EgerDr. Tammy Eger smiling

School of Human Kinetics

Dr. Tammy Eger is a Professor at Laurentian University in the School of Human Kinetics and Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).

Dr. Eger's research interests focus around the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry. She is a leader in the field of occupational vibration and has done seminal work to document whole-body vibration and foot-transmitted vibration exposure associated with surface and underground mining activities. She is also recognized for her research examining the link between working posture, line-of-sight and mobile equipment design. She is an invited member of the International Standards for Organization technical committee concerned with human vibration. Dr. Eger has also consulted with several major mining/construction equipment manufacturers in Canada, Finland and Australia.

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Dr. Jennifer Walker

School of Rural and Northern HealthDr. Jennifer Walker smiling

Dr. Jennifer Walker is a health services researcher and epidemiologist. She has Indigenous (Haudenosaunee) family roots and is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She has a PhD in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology specialization) from the University of Calgary. Her work focuses on Indigenous use of Indigenous health and health services data across the life course, with a focus on older adults. She collaborates closely with Indigenous organizations and communities to address health information needs.

Jennifer holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Laurentian University in the School of Rural and Northern Health. She is a Core Scientist and Indigenous Health Lead at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She also holds appointments at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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Dr. Robert Schinke

School of Human KineticsDr. Robert Schinke

Dr. Robert Schinke has been working with local reserves in Northern Ontario to develop culturally-relevant approaches to motivate Aboriginal athletes. This research has uncovered the personal, coaching and community social support practices of indigenous athletes at the community and elite levels.  Schinke is also investigating the sport-related challenges new Canadians experience in the country’s sport system. He is exploring how the national sport system can better understand the needs of immigrant athletes. Furthermore, his work transcends elite athletes to community sport programs, working with refugees. Schinke's most recent work focuses on the mental health of new comers to Canada, particularly those setting in Northeastern Ontario. He is in the early stages of a five year SSHRC Insight Grant exploring adolescent settlement practices off forced immigrants through the medium of physical activity. 

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Dr. Nancy Young

School of Rural and Northern Health

Dr. Young is a Clinical Epidemiologist by training, a full Professor at Laurentian University andDr. Nancy Young smiling holds a Research Chair in Rural and Northern Children’s Health.  She began her career as a Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she remains an Adjunct Scientist. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.  Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure the voices of children are heard in health research and has been one of the innovators in child-centric health assessment methods. Her expertise in cross-cultural adaptation of measures is reflected in her collaborative research around the world. Closer to home she is devoted to working with Aboriginal children to help them share their perspectives on health (see Her publications are available on line at

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