Research chairs and awards

This page serves to recognize some of the extraordinary achievements by our Health faculty members. 

For more information about award opportunities specific to Health faculty members, please visit External award opportunities for faculty

National - Canada Research Chairs

Chair holders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.


Zahid Butt - Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Research for Pandemic Preparedness

Jack P. Callaghan - Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention

Clark Dickerson - Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Mechanics

Mark FerroCanada Research Chair in Youth Mental Health

Hannah Neufeld - Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Wellbeing and Food Environments

Ken Stark - Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Lipidomics


James W.E. Rush - Canada Research Chair in Integrative Vascular Biology (2003-2013)

Richard Staines - Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Control (2005-2015) 

National - Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Fellows

National - Selected Prestigious Awards

Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.)

John Hirdes 

Governor General's Innovation Award

David Hammond, Geoffrey Fong (Psychology), Mary Thompson (Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health

Lora Giangregorio 

Canadian Association for Leisure Studies

Mark Havitz (Leisure Scholar Award) Bryan Grimwood, Kimberly Lopez (Emerging Leisure Scholar Award)  

Canadian Cancer Society William E Rawles Prize

David Hammond   

Canada's Premier Young Researcher Award

Clark Dickerson 

David Hammond

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

John Hirdes 

Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Fellow

John Hirdes

Richard Hughson

Susan Horton

Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars

David Hammond 

National - Public Health Agency of Canada - Applied Chairs in Public Health

The program supports innovative population health research that improves health equity for citizens in Canada and around the world. This can be achieved through interdisciplinary collaborations and mentorship of researchers and decision makers in health and other sectors.


Kelly Skinner - Applied Public Health Chair, Healthy environments for climate change and food security in northern Canada


David Hammond - Applied Public Health Chair, Evaluating Smoking and Healthy Weight Policies

Scott Leatherdale - Applied Public Health Chair, Chronic Disease Prevention and Youth

National - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Awards

Provincial - Ontario Early Researcher Awards

United States - Academy of Leisure Sciences Fellows

The Academy of Leisure Sciences Fellows are outstanding performers and recognized leaders in the leisure profession with a minimum of ten years of experience.

Elliott Avedon (Professor Emeritus)

Sherry Dupuis

Troy Glover

Mark Havitz

Heather Mair

Roger Mannell (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)

Ron McCarville (Professor Emeritus)

Diana Parry

Alison Pedlar (Distinguished Professor Emerita)

Sue Shaw (Distinguished Professor Emerita)

Bryan Smale (Professor Emeritus)

Stephen Smith (Professor Emeritus)

Jiri Zuzanek (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)

University of Waterloo - Research Chairs

University of Waterloo - JW Graham Research Chairs

The title of JW Graham Research Chair in Applied Health is awarded to an exceptional scholar, whose research has be devoted to an area of digital health. 


Plinio Morita (Emerging Leader Chair in Applied Health Informatics)


Ian McKillop (Inaugural Chair in Health Information Systems)

Research Institute for Aging; Faculty of Health- Schlegel Research Chairs