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Leadership Team

Dean, Faculty of Health (Acting)

Dr. Brenda Merritt

Brenda Merritt is Dean of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health (Acting) and an Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, with cross appointments in Nursing and International Development Studies.  Prior to taking on the decanal role, she was the Faculty’s Associate Dean Academic. Brenda has a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies, an entry-to-practice Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, and two Bachelor of Science Degrees (equine science and psychology). Brenda’s doctoral program enabled her to gain expertise in educational and organizational leadership, as well as curriculum design and evaluation.

Brenda conducts research within the areas of interprofessional health education, developing innovative educational strategies to cultivate professional behaviour and clinical decision making skills and curriculum design and evaluation. Her research portfolio also includes investigating how chronic health conditions, injury, key determinants of health, and/or environmental contexts impact a person's ability to participate in chosen and necessary daily life activities.  More specifically, she examines how these various factors impact a person’s quality of performance when engaged in daily life activities such as preparing meals, taking care of the home, and/or caring for oneself.

Brenda is recognized as an international expert in teaching and using the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills to advance occupational therapy practice and research, having taught over 50 workshops in nine different countries. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian International Health Education Association, a member and accreditation reviewer of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Academic Credentialing Council.

Brenda Merritt, PhD
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Health
Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Brenda K. Merritt, Google Scholar page


Email: b.merritt@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-3856
Fax: (902) 494-1966

To meet with Dr. Merritt, contact Cheryl Brown: cheryl.brown@dal.ca

Associate Dean Research

Dr. Cheryl Kozey

Cheryl Kozey is a professor in the School of Physiotherapy, with cross appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Health and Human Performance.  She is presently the Director of the BioMedic NSERC CREATE training program in Biomedical Engineering and is the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health.

Dr. Kozey's research is focused on keeping people mobile and physically active so they can maintain health throughout their lifespan, specifically those with bone and joint (musculoskeletal) problems.  She is a world leader in clinical biomechanics and neuromuscular control and is trying to unravel the relationships that musculoskeletal disorders have on joint function and mobility as well as the effect that mobility and joint function have on bone and joint disorders.  She does this through state of the art human movement analysis of fundamental movements such as walking, where she examines the motion, forces and muscle function using a comprehensive approach.  This working is leading to developing better measures to assess disease severity that will improve clinical decision making based on objective metrics as well as to developing prediction models of disease progression and risk of impairment that can be used to improve therapeutic outcomes. 

Her research lies primarily in two clinical areas, knee arthritis and lower back disorders, two of the most prevalent and costly healthcare problems worldwide, but particularly relevant to Nova Scotia given our higher than average prevelance.  While she is interested in improving functional outcomes from all treatments including surgical (such as total knee arthroplasty) her main driving force is to develop early interventions that can thwart the need for surgical interventions and chronic disability. 

Her work is funded from a variety of sources including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Canadian Arthritis Society, the CIHR New Investigator Panel and the CIHR Movement and Exercise Science Panel and was recently inducted into the Decade Club at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

Email: cheryl.kozey@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-2635
Fax: (902) 494-1966

To meet with Dr. Kozey, contact: fohr@dal.ca

Associate Dean Academic (Acting)

Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke

Erna Snelgrove-Clarke is Associate Dean Academic (Acting) of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health and an associate professor in the School of Nursing, with a cross appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also the CIHR Embedded Clinical Researcher and a casual staff nurse in the Women’s and Newborn Health Program at the IWK Health Centre. A registered nurse with 31 years of perinatal experience, Erna has a BN (Memorial University), MN (Dalhousie University) and PhD (McGill University).

Erna brings a broad range of experience to the Associate Dean, Academic role. During her 13-year career with Dalhousie she has strongly advocated for interdisciplinary research and education, been an academic integrity officer and sat on the Senate discipline committee.

Erna’s research explores the transfer of knowledge through mixed methodologies - concentrating on the relationships of consumers, health care professionals, organizations, and decision-makers - with a goal of developing strategies for health care providers based on best evidence to improve maternal/newborn outcomes. Additional areas of interest include practice development and person centred-care.

Erna’s teaching philosophy centers around a collaborative and participative environment of inclusion and activity learning. She recently received the Canadian Nursing Student Association Award for the recognition of Preceptors and Mentors.

Email: erna.snelgrove-clarke@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-2490
Fax: (902) 494-1966

To meet with Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke, contact: health@dal.ca



Assistant Deans

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education

Professor Carol Gillis
Director, School of Health Sciences

Email: carol.gillis@dal.ca
Phone: 902-473-8439
Fax: 902-473-5115

Assistant Dean, Professional Graducate Education

Dr. Joy Armson
Director, School of Human Communication Disorders

Email: j.armson@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-5154
Fax: 902-494-5151

Assistant Dean, Research

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy
Director, School of Nursing

Email: gail.tomblin.murphy@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1143
Fax: 902-494-3487

Assistant Dean, Research (Students)

Dr. Laurene Rehman
Director, School of Health and Human Performance

Email: laurene.rehman@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-6389
Fax: (902) 494-5120

Assistant Dean, Citizenship

Dr. Lynn Shaw
Director, School of Occupational Therapy


Email: lynn.shaw@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4213
Fax: 902-494-1229

Assistant Dean, Community Engagement

Professor Darren Oystreck
Director, Clinical Vision Science Program

Email: Darren.Oystreck@Dal.ca
Phone: (902) 470-8959
Mailing Address:

Assistant Dean, Partnerships

Dr. Tanya Packer
Interim Director, School of Health Administration

Email: tanya.packer@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2615
Fax: 902-494-1229

Assistant Dean - Innovation

Dr. Anne Fenety
Director, School of Physiotherapy

Office: Room 418, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2616
Email: anne.fenety@dal.ca

Assistant Dean, Development

Professor Susan Mansour
Director, College of Pharmacy

Email: susan.mansour@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3504

Assistant Dean, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Brenda Richard (Acting)

Director, School of Social Work
Email: brenda.richard@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1356
Fax: 902-494-6709