Michelle Poirier

MA Health Promotion candidate


Email: m.poirier@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-4599
Fax: (902) 494-7567
Mailing Address: 
School of Health and Human Performance, 1318 Robie Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2

Why Dal?

Having completed the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Health Promotion at Dal, I thought it was a natural fit to continue my education at Dal. Knowing the support I experienced in the undergrad program from faculty and staff would still be there also played a significant role. Everyone at the School of Health and Human Performance wants to see you succeed! Dal also offers a variety of choices for elective classes that are beneficial to my education and research goals.

Research interests

My research interests are in the area of health promotion with youth, particularly in the school community environment. For my thesis, I will be exploring the role of families with comprehensive school health. I am very interested in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Teaching, labs, research groups

I have been a teaching assistant for HPRO2255: Drugs and Drugs Education. I am also the TA for HPRO/LEIS2361: Program Planning. I also currently enrolled in the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, through the Centre for Learning and Teaching, which I recommend to anyone who wishes to teach at the university level. I am also a research assistant with the Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH) research group led by Dr. Sara Kirk, and am project assistant for the Children's Lifestyle and School-performance Study (CLASS) II.

Awards, honours, conferences

  • Nova Scotia Black and First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Dalhousie,  2011-2012 and 2012-2013. 
  • Trainee under the NSHRF Scotia Support Award (with Dr. Sara Kirk).
  • Physical & Health Education Canada National Conference, May 2012 (presented).
  • Canadian Obesity Network – Students and New Professionals National Conference in June 2012 (presented).
  • Pre-Conference Session of the Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Conference, October 2012 (planned and moderated, along with colleagues from ARCH).
  • Featured in the November issues of the Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional Newsletter.