Assistant Professor

kelly skinner

Contact information

Office: LHN 1724

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38164

Email: kskinner@uwaterloo.ca 

Research interests

My main research focuses on community-based health and social projects related to food, nutrition, food security, and the broader context of food systems and environments. This research has primarily been with people living in northern locations in Canada and more recently with Indigenous organizations located in urban settings. This work has involved dietary assessment with youth, program evaluation, and community development and has, in the past several years, begun to move towards social justice and social policy for improving food security and advocacy for food sovereignty.

A second area of research interest is the development of tools to assess knowledge exchange between knowledge producers (e.g. researchers) and knowledge users (e.g. practitioners).

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Evaluation of health programs
  • Northern food systems
  • Food security
  • Indigenous health
  • Nutrition in youth
  • Health promotion

MSc Public Health and Health Systems candidate, Danielle Brandow is supervised by Professor Skinner. Watch some of her experiences while researching links between contaminant exposure, nutritional status, and food use in First Nation and Metis communities in the Northwest Territories. 

Graduate studies application details

​Teaching int​erests

  • Health program evaluation
  • Qualitative research methods

Edu​cation

BSc Health Studies (2002, University of Waterloo)

MSc Health Studies (2005, University of Waterloo)

MPH Health Promotion (2006, Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

PhD Health Studies (2013, University of Waterloo)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Indigenous Learning/Department of Psychology (2015, Lakehead University)

​Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo