Our Researchers


Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart

Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, PhD, C.Psych

Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences. She holds the TC Energy Research Chair in Indigenous Health. At U of T she is the current Advisor on Indigenous Research to Division of the Vice-President & Provost. She recently completed the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous determinants of health, Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and health sciences, and Indigenous research ethics and methodologies. She is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues in academics, health practice, and policy.


Cathy Fournier

Cathy Fournier

Cathy is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Dalhousie University. Cathy has worked as a Special Projects Officer, Indigenous Research, Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto and currently holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Indigenous Research Network Initiatives, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Over the last 3 years Cathy has also been an Oshkeebewis (ceremonial apprentice and attendant) at an Indigenous women’s healing centre working and is active in the urban Indigenous context in Toronto. Before pursuing a career in academia Cathy was a complementary and alternative health practitioner for over 20 years.


Clay Shirt

Clayton Shirt

Plains Cree/Anishinaabe. Originally from Treaty 6 Territory. Wolf Clan Clayton Shirt is a traditional knowledge practitioner of holistic health and wellness, lecturer, educator and historian. His worldview and understanding of life is based on living his whole life immersed in learning from his traditional Indigenous teachers, elders and family. He is currently the sitting traditional knowledge teacher/educator with WBIIH where he is able to bring his traditional perspective and vast experience in 'walking the good path' to scholars and educators. Also being able to bring wise counsel and support to indigenous students seeking higher learning. He was raised and currently lives in Toronto, with his wife and family of three children and his beautiful granddaughter.


Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams

Joshua is the research coordinator for the VPRI Indigenous Research Circle and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. Joshua is a settler on Anishnawbe and Haudonsaunee lands, he is originally from Newfoundland. His background is in social work and anti-oppressive practice, with experience in community outreach, programming and advocacy. He is also the managing editor of the International Journal of Indigenous Health. When not doing decolonial work, Joshua is often travelling to offbeat locations, reading horror or history books, or volunteering with different political groups within Toronto.


Esha Mahabir

Esha Mahabir

Esha is a research assistant at Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. She is currently doing a Global Heath Specialist as an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Arts and Science.