Debbie MartinPhD

Tier II Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being Associate Professor, Health Promotion

Phone: (902) 494-7717
Fax: (902) 494-5120
Mailing Address: 
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University
Stairs House, P.O. Box 15000
6230 South Street
Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Social determinants of health
  • Food justice
  • Oral health promotion
  • Community based participatory research
  • Chronic disease prevention and food sovereignty
  • Aboriginal-Indigenous health

Cross appointment
Faculty of Dentistry

Currently accepting new graduate students. Please contact me at the above address.

Research interests

My program of research is aimed at preventing chronic diseases, which are disproportionately higher among Aboriginal peoples relative to their non-Aboriginal counterparts within Canada. Working directly with communities, I identify and address key community and societal level determinants, that are often linked to lifestyle factors, that ultimately cause chronic diseases. For instance, cost and availability of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, which limits food choices, puts people at risk for debilitating, costly, and preventable, chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers.

A key feature of my work focuses on the importance of community engagement and using Indigenous ‘ways of knowing’ (methodologies) to inform the research process – from design to dissemination.


  • Interdisciplinary PhD, Dalhousie University
  • Master of Arts (MA) Health Promotion, Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Recreation (BRec), Honours (Co-operative), Memorial University of Newfoundland