Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and an Applied Public Health Chair (supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions) with a mandate to help advance the field of population health intervention and health equity. She is a health geographer and health promotion researcher with a strong interest in the role of built and social environments on health and well-being. She also has expertise in the development and diffusion of healthy public policies.
Dr. Nykiforuk’s research is grounded in social-ecological theory and community-based participatory research (CBPR) perspectives. Most of her studies employ mixed-methods, involving both quantitative (e.g., surveys, systematic community observation) and qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, photovoice) techniques. Dr. Nykiforuk also uses geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping and spatial analysis in some of her work.
Candace is an applied researcher, which means that community impact (or “making a real difference in the community”) is as important to her as scholarly impact. Her research is typically conducted in partnership with practitioners and decision-makers in the communities (or other settings) that she is working with. Her community partners help to define project research questions and implement the project in meaningful ways. In turn, the research helps to address issues that the community partners are working with in their daily practice.
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