Amy Bombay

Assistant Professor


Email: amy.bombay@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2225
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room G27, Forrest Building
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Aboriginal health


Biography

Amy Bombay is an Ojibway (Rainy River First Nation) researcher who completed her MA (2008) and PhD (2012) at Carleton University in Psychology and Neuroscience, and recently completed a 2-year CIHR Fellowship at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. In July 2014, Amy joined Dalhousie University as an Assistant Professor in 2014, being split between the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing. She has led and been involved in various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects investigating factors related to well-being and mental health among Indigenous adults and youth living on- and off-reserve. Her primary areas of inquiry have focused on exploring the relationships between historical trauma, contemporary stressor exposure, and stress-related pathology among Indigenous peoples in Canada. This work also explores how different facets of cultural identity are related to well-being through various mechanisms. One of her main programs of research has explored the different pathways by which Indian Residential School trauma is transmitted across generation, which has garnered extensive media interest and has been influential in influencing policy and practice related to Indigenous health.

Memberships

  • Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (Research Associate)
  • Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (Research Associate)
  • Mi’kmaq Health Research Group (Research Associate)
  • First Nations Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (Advisory Committee)
  • Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) – Maritimes and Indigenous Hubs (Executive Boards)

Awards & Honours

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2012-2014)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, SSHRC (2009)
  • Gail Guthrie Valaskakis Award (best paper on Aboriginal mental health), National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (2009)
  • Aboriginal Policy Research Conference student paper award (2009)
  • Laureate of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Academic Excellence (Master’s Thesis), CPA (2008)

Publications

  • Bombay, A. (2015). A call towards eliminating mental health disparities faced by Indigenous Peoples. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 861-862. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(15)00352-1/abstract
  • Hatala, A.R., Desjardins, M., & Bombay, A. (2015). Reframing Narratives of Aboriginal Health Inequity: Exploring Cree elder resilience and well-being in contexts of “historical trauma”. Qualitative Health Research, e-pub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26489711
  • McQuaid, R.J., Bombay, A., McInnis, O.A., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2015). Perceived discrimination and coping styles as mediators of the relationship between childhood trauma and depressive symptoms among First Nations adults in Canada: The moderating role of unsupportive social interactions from outgroup and ingroup members. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 326-336.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25090152
  • McQuaid, R.J., Bombay, A., McInnis, O.A., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2014). Perceived discrimination and coping styles as mediators of the relationship between childhood trauma and depressive symptoms among First Nations adults in Canada: The moderating role of unsupportive social interactions from outgroup and ingroup members. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, online ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25090152
  • Bombay, A., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2014). Origins of lateral violence in Aboriginal communities: A preliminary study of student-to-student abuse in Indian Residential Schools. Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ottawa, http://www.ahf.ca/downloads/lateral-violence-english.pdf)