Christianne Stephens
Department of
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Christianne Stephens

Sessional Assistant Professor

2048 Vari Hall

4700 Keele Street

North York, ON M3J 1P3

Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 77786



Dr. Christianne Stephens is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of health and Indigenous health. She is also trained as a health geographer, having recently completed a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)-supported Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University.

Dr. Stephens has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork and collaborative, community-based research at Walpole Island First Nation (Canada) for the past decade. Her research looks at various aspects of Aboriginal community health and well-being, including mental health, risk perception and risk communication, ecosystem health and environmental illness.

Christianne is excited about starting her first year as a sessional assistant professor at York University and looks forward to sharing her passion for research and teaching with her new colleagues and students!


Research interests

Medical anthropology

• health geography

• Indigenous health

• environmental health social determinants of health

• health inequalities

• risk perception & risk communication cultural epidemiology

• syndemics

• structural violence

• historical trauma & trauma narratives

• embodiment

• grounded theory

• participatory action research

• decolonizing methodologies




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