Centre for Healthy Communities

Director


Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, CE
Director, Centre for Healthy Communities
Professor, School of Public Health
Applied Public Health Chair in Public Policy and Community Environments
(funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Innovates)


I examine the role of built, social and policy environments on community health and well-being. I also have extensive expertise in developing and evaluating healthy public policies. My work follows a population health approach and involves many different settings and groups of people.

As an applied researcher, my research is typically conducted in partnership with practitioners and decision makers in the communities and organizations that I am working with. My partners help to define project research questions and implement the project in meaningful ways. In turn, the research helps to address issues that the community partners are working on within their daily practice.

I hold 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, I was honoured to receive 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.