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Our part‑time instructors

Our part-time instructors come from all walks of life and experiences! See below for a list of their names and research interests. For further information on any of our instructors please email hahp@dal.ca

Krista Best

Dr. Krista Best completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Universite Laval. Her research focuses on wheelchair skills, peer-training and physical activity for individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility. Her research is dedicated to improving wheelchair skills and increasing participation in meaningful activities, especially physical activities.

  • Courses taught:
    KINE 3384   Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities (current).

Samantha Cukier

Samantha completed her PhD studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, during which time she was a research fellow at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Samantha’s research interests bring together public health policy, alcohol marketing and media studies. Prior to her doctoral studies, Samantha worked for Addiction Services in Nova Scotia as the Social Marketing Coordinator, Alcohol Strategy. Samantha completed an MBA, and MA in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University.

Courses taught:

·       HSCE 3000: Culture, Diversity & Health (current Fall 2015)

·       HPRO 4450: Comprehensive School Health Promotion (current Fall 2015)

·       HPRO 5514: Trends in Health Promotion

·       HPRO 3397: Community Health Promotion Strategies

·       HPRO 2110: Health Promotion Theory

·       Alcohol, Media & Health (Johns Hopkins University)


Marissa Ley

Marissa is a graduate of the MA Health Promotion here at Dalhousie, and her research is/was focused on Aboriginal health in Atlantic Canada.

BSc Psychology (Dalhousie)
MA Health Promotion (Dalhousie)

Courses Taught
IPHE 2201: Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and Healing  (current)



Steve Machat

Steve Machat has taught HPRO 2120: Health Promotion Policy with the Dalhousie School of Health and Human Performance since 2010. Steve is also the Director of Personal Development and Wellness with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Steve has led a number of health promotion policy initiatives provincially and nationally both within government and when he helped direct government relations efforts with the Canadian Cancer Society.

B.A. Political Science (Acadia)
B.Ed. (SMU)
M.A. Political Science (Acadia)
Research and Teaching Interests:
healthy public policy
conditions related to successful public policy change and adoption
democratic theory
leadership in public policy