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Nancy Lightfoot

Nancy Lightfoot 

Associate Professor

School of Rural and Northern Health

Health

 

SE 205-F, Education Building 

Sudbury Campus

 

705.675.1151 ext 3972705.675.1151 ext 3972

705.675.1151 ext 3972nlightfoot@laurentian.ca

Biography

Dr. Lightfoot grew up in Toronto and spent many childhood summers with her grandparents in Bruce County. She obtained her degrees at the University of Toronto (B.Sc. (Microbiology) at Trinity College, M.Sc. (Microbiology), and Ph.D (Community Health , Epidemiology)). She was a Resident Junior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. She was the Epidemiologist and Head of the Cardiac Data Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1992, her family relocated to Sudbury. In Sudbury, she was the Senior Epidemiologist at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, Division Head of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and a previous Director and Graduate Coordinator of the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health, where the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Rural and Northern Health is offered, and is the instructor for the graduate critical appraisal and a doctoral research seminar (research methods) course, as well as supervising graduate students in Interdisciplinary Health and Rural and Northern Health. She also teaches undergraduate research methods in the School of Social Work and a graduate course in occupational and environmental epidemiology. She conducts mixed methods research and her research interests include: identification of risk factors for various cancers; the impact of cancer on patients and caregivers; the impact of wildfires and evacuations on communities; congenital heart disease impact, patient satisfaction, and survival; occupational cohort studies of mortality and incidence;Indigenous occupational and environmental health; and the emotional, physical, social, financial, and quality of life impact of job loss, for long-term employees in resource industries, and their families. When not undertaking her professional duties, much time is spent with her family, including her cats and dog, walking in the Killarney and Britt areas, and reading biographies and mysteries. 

Education

  • B.Sc. (Microbiology)
  • M.Sc. (Microbiology)
  • Ph.D. (Community Health , Epidemiology)

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, School of Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University

Research

Research interests include:

  • a) occupational cancer (surveillance, aetiology, impact),
  • b) other chronic disease (surveillance, aetiology, impact),
  • c) emergency preparedness (especially community and occupational impact of wildfires),
  • d) health services research (e.g., impact of long distance travel for care, client satisfaction, recruitment and retention of health care professionals, and program evaluation).
  • e) Indigenous occupational and environmental health

Teaching

IRNH 6206, IRNH 6056, IRNH 6286/NURS 5286, SWRK 3505