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Priscilla Ferrazzi, PhD, LLM, LLB, BA

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me


Member of the Law Society of Ontario and Law Society of Nunavut.

Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 2016. Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Fellowship in Health Services and Policy Research.

PhD, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, 2015. Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship.

LLM, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, 2007: Funder: The Law Foundation of Ontario

LLB, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, 1991


Program of Research

An interest in contributing to the transformation of health care systems in our country’s North is what drives my program of research. Canada’s per capita health expenditures in the North are double that of Canada as a whole and among the highest in the world, yet its health outcomes lag behind the rest of the country, especially among Indigenous peoples. My research seeks to address health disparities, especially in the area of mental health, at the nexus of the health and legal systems. To this end, my research is centrally focused on criminal court mental health initiatives which provide ‘down-stream’ mental health services for justice-involved populations affected by mental health issues. These initiatives, namely, mental health courts, wellness courts, and mental health diversion programs---emphasize assessment, diagnosis and treatment over prosecution and jail. My work involves policy and legal analysis, qualitative methods, consensus methods, and evaluation. I collaborate with governments, legal institutions, and Indigenous organizations. My program is well-aligned with Canada’s commitment under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to advancing optimal mental and physical health of Indigenous peoples and is responsive to Canada’s 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to close gaps in health and justice outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Research Projects

Describing Aajiiqatigiingniq: Inuit-specific community wellness indicators for a prospective Nunavut Wellness Court (Health/Legal/Social/Cultural/ Environment)
Role: Primary Investigator
Funder: CIHR Catalyst Grant, 2018

Problem-solving courts and protective factors in the Arctic: An approach to integrating Inuit values and criminal courts to improve justice outcomes for young Inuit men (Legal/Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health)
Role: Primary Investigator
Funder: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2016

An applied rehabilitation and justice research project to generate knowledge in support of a future Wellness Court in Nunavut (Legal/Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health)
Role: Primary Investigator
Funder: The Law Foundation of Ontario, 2016

Access to justice for Indigenous people with disabilities in the Canadian Arctic: Identifying research gaps (Legal/Social/Health/Environmental)
Role: Primary Applicant
Funder: Stephanie Chipeur Accessibility Research Fund, Inaugural award, 2016

Research Projects


Health system, health service and program evaluation

Legal issues in health care