Debbie MartinPhD

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


Related information:

Phone: (902) 494-7717
Mailing Address: 
School of Health and Human Performance
Dentistry Building
5981 University Avenue, Room 4210D
Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Indigenous health and health promotion
  • Community-engaged and community-led research
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Chronic disease prevention as it relates to strengthening our relationship to the land, water, air and ice


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

Cross appointments

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Management (School for Resource and Environmental Studies)


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


Research Interests

For far too long, Indigenous peoples have been the recipients of research with little to no benefit accruing to them for their involvement in research. My program of research is largely aimed at building opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities to use research as a tool for their benefit, on their terms.

One way my research is aiming to generate more Indigenous-led research is through the Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network. The WLN is one of nine Network Environments for indigenous Health Research that is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Through a $10.5 million investment from CIHR, our Network launched in 2020 and is aimed at shifting research into the hands of our Indigenous community partners by offering both long and short-term funding opportunities for community-led health research.

The WLN also supports the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network, which has been in operation since 2017, and offers funding and mentorship support for Indigenous students pursuing graduate degrees in health and health-related fields throughout the Atlantic provinces.