Our Team

Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, CE

Director, Centre for Healthy Communities
Professor, School of Public Health

Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities, a professor and the Interim Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. She is a health geographer and health promotion researcher with a strong interest in the role of built and social environments on health and well-being. She also has expertise in the development and diffusion of healthy public policies. Dr. Nykiforuk is also the Lead Investigator of the Policy, Location and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab that developed the Idea Readiness Tool to help the guide the spread of new ideas within a school community.
She holds a Killam Professorship and, in 2016, was inducted as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2015, she received both the University of Alberta's Martha Cook Piper Research Prize as well as the Community Connection Scholar Award for outstanding research and engaged scholarship.



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