MSc student, Public Health and Health Systems

Alex Luther.


MSc Public Health and Health Systems, 2017-2019

Graduate supervisors

John Mielke and Kelly Anthony

My thesis

Our team adapted the nominal group technique (NGT) to integrate important aspects of First Nations Sharing Circles, and then used this approach to identify adverse childhood experiences (ACE) impactful to Indigenous children, and the nature of coping or resilience strategies to overcome these adversities. Our results suggest that several important domains of ACE are not currently captured by standard ACE surveys, including exposure to historical trauma, a lack of infrastructure and basic public services, and lateral violence. Also, several types of coping and resilience strategies were identified, including embracing personal identity, practicing ceremony, and Indigenous-based programming.

My time in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS)

I enjoyed working and studying in SPHHS because of the open and generous nature of the faculty, staff, and students. There are a lot of diverse backgrounds and research projects throughout the school that are inspiring and thought-provoking. Everyone’s door is always open and there are opportunities to meaningfully engage with new ideas and expand your understandings.

University of Waterloo