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Chantelle Richmond, PhD

Chantelle Richomond

Director, Indigenous Health Lab
Co-Director, Indigenous Health and Well-Being Initiative
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Western University
Cross Appointed in First Nations Studies and Family Medicine, Western University


Postdoc, University of Toronto
PhD, McGill University
MA, McMaster University
BA (Hons.), McMaster University


Tel: 519 661-2111, ext. 85324

Chantelle Richmond, PhD, is an Anishinabe scholar from Pic River First Nation.  She holds a CIHR New Investigator in Aboriginal Health and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, with cross appointments in the First Nation Studies Program, and the Department of Family Medicine. Professor Richmond’s research is framed by community-based approaches that aim to understand how processes of environmental dispossession, both historic and contemporary, work to affect social determinants of health among Indigenous peoples.

Chantelle collaborates with various First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations, including government agencies, to study these important issues.  In the next five years, she sees herself developing a more international research program.

Chantelle is a National Board member of the Aboriginal Health Research Network Secretariat, and she is Principal Investigator on grants that have been awarded greater than $3 million over the next five years, including the Indigenous Health Research Development Program, whose purpose is to provide scholarships and community-based grants to increase capacity in Aboriginal health research in Ontario. 

Professor Richmond has published widely in the health and social sciences and she routinely provides reviews for a number of Canadian and international journals and granting agencies.

In her Indigenous Health Lab at Western University, Chantelle supervises a number of graduate and undergraduate students, all of whom are working on critical environment/health issues in the First Nation context.  

Professor Richmond is enthusiastic about the role that knowledge translation plays in her research. She sees the KT piece as critical for increasing capacity in the communities she works with, through her teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as she engages in public policy.


CIHR New Investigator Award, 2010-2016
UWO’s University Student Council Teaching Honour Roll Certificate, 2009
Dr. John Hastings Student Award, Canadian Public Health Association, 2006

Graduate Students

(*Primary or Co-supervisor)

In Process

Joshua Tobias* - PhD Candidate, UWO Geography, OGS Scholar
Colette Isaac* - MA Candidate, UWO Geography, OGS Scholar
Cindy Graeme* - PhD Candidate, UWO Geography
Fatih Sekercioglu* - PhD Candidate, UWO Geography
Kyla English* - MA Candidate, UWO Geography


Paul Mkandawire* - Post doctoral Fellow, Indigenous Health and Well-Being Initiative
Kassandra Kulmann* - MA Candidate, UWO Geography, IHRDP Scholar
Katie Big-Canoe* – MA, UWO Geography, IHRDP Scholar
Julie George* – Ph.D. Candidate, UWO Sociology, IHRDP Scholar
Joshua Tobias* - MA, UWO Geography
Sara Finkelstein – MSc.,UWO Health Sciences, IHRDP Scholar
Danielle Tessaro* – Hons BA, UWO Geography
Robert Watson* – Hons BA, UWO Geography, undergraduate thesis prize winner
Lauren Coyle* – Hons BA, UWO Geography


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