Hirsch, Rachel

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Name: Dr. Rachel Hirsch
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esearch Program: Community-Based Environmental Health Policy and Program Evaluation
Educational level: Postdoctoral fellow
University: Trent University
Academic background: BSc in Psychology (University of Alberta); PhD in Geography (University of Western Ontario); PDF 1 in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University); PDF 2 at the Labrador Institute (Memorial University); Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University)
Contact information: rhirsch@brocku.ca

About the researcher:  

I have a multi-disciplinary background with training in cognitive psychology, health geography, and Indigenous environmental studies. I am a researcher advocate with over three years of experience working collaboratively with government, academic, and Indigenous stakeholders to evaluate success in local knowledge translation and almost ten years of experience conducting environmental health policy research. Currently, I am an Adjunct Research Professor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and a Postdoctoral Associate of the Health, Environment and Indigenous Communities Research Group at Trent University. In 2010, I completed my SSHRC-funded doctoral work on residential pesticide policy preferences at the University of Western Ontario. Since then I have developed a collaborative research program focused on building research and evaluation capacity on the topic of knowledge translation and food security in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Nain, Nunatsiavut (Labrador). My work draws on a range of quantitative, qualitative, mixed, and participatory methods. Overall my strength and expertise is in conducting inclusive, ethical, and applied social science research on a range of environmental health policy topics.

For more information please visit me on LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/rachel-hirsch/35/a10/759

Awards/Scholarships/Grants: 

  • 2013-2014: Canadian Institutes of Health Research [role: research grant collaborator]
  • 2012-2014: First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada; Principal Investigator; T. Sheldon [role: research grant co-applicant]
  • 2012-2013: Labrador Institute and Faculty of Arts, Memorial University; Principal Investigators; T. Bell and R. Hirsch [role: research grant recipient]
  • 2012-2013: Nunatsiavut Government’s Harvesting Compensation Committee; Principal Investigator; T. Sheldon [role: program funding co-applicant]
  • 2012-2013: Labrador Grenfell Health; Principal Investigator; T. Sheldon [role: program funding co-applicant]
  • 2012-2013: Labrador Institute and Faculty of Arts, Memorial University [role: postdoctoral fellow]
  • 2011-2013: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Principal Investigator; R. Hirsch [role: research grant recipient]
  • 2011-2013: Arctic Network of Centre of Excellence of Canada; Principal Investigators; C. Furgal and D. Hik [role: research grant collaborator]
  • 2010-2011: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; Principal Investigators; B. Kettel and R. Hirsch [role: research grant recipient]
  • 2010-2011: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University and Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation [role: postdoctoral fellow]