Associate Professor, Health Promotion, Dalhousie University
Tier II Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being
Dr. Debbie Martin is Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being in the Faculty of Health Professions, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry, at Dalhousie University (which is situated on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq). She is the current Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health. She is also an Associate Research Scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute. Dr. Martin is an interdisciplinary-trained health researcher, whose research interests focus on addressing key societal and community level structures that influence chronic disease prevention in Indigenous communities. Her research is community-driven and includes a focus on oral health, food security, health research ethics and Indigenous methodologies, and human-environment interactions. A great deal of her research on chronic disease prevention draws upon the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, which involves bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to address societal and community-level issues that affect the health of people and the planet. Dr. Martin is the Nominated Principal Investigator of the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network.