Research Affiliates - University of Lethbridge

Dr. Jean Harrowing, RN is Associate Professor, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Harrowing received a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Lethbridge in 1978. She obtained a diploma in Nursing at Lethbridge College, and has worked as a Registered Nurse in Southern Alberta for 35 years. Jean joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2002 and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2009.

Dr. Peter Kellett Ph.D. RN is an Assistant Professor, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. He holds a Master of Nursing degree in population nursing (epidemiology), and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Science (Demography). Over the past 22 years, Dr. Kellett has been a registered nurse, nurse educator and manager in three Canadian provinces and one U.S. State in the areas of medical/surgical, emergency, primary health, community health, and First Nations health. His research interests include men’s health (especially mental health), transgender health, LGBTQ+ health, social demography, and the intersection of social hierarchies and health at a population level.

Dr. Bonnie Lee is Associate Professor in the Addictions Counselling Program, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Lee was awarded the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) in Healthy Futures (2016-2019). Her peers and the University recognize her excellence and international reputation for pioneering a conjoint congruence couples therapy for addiction treatment and for her leadership in advancing a relational framework in the addiction field. Dr. Lee obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Ottawa with two postdoctoral fellowships in the same institution. She received the Distinguished Contribution Recognition from the Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010.

Dr. Brenda Leung, ND, PhD is an Epidemiologist and Naturopathic Doctor. She is an Assistant Professor, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. She holds the Emmy Droog Chair in Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Dr. Leung is a Visiting Research Fellow, International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is on the steering committee and an active member of the Canada-India Maternal-Infant Health Collaborative (CIMIHC); a network of academics, clinicians, government officials, community members from across Canada, India, China, among other places.

Dr. Richard E. Mueller is a Professor of Economics, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at University of Lethbridge. He is Academic Director of the Lethbridge Branch of the Prairie Regional Research Data Centre, and Associate Director of the Educational Policy Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa. He taught at the University of Maine before joining the University of Lethbridge in 2000, and was seconded to Statistics Canada from 2009 through 2011 as part of the Interchange Canada program. He has also taken part in the Hokkai-Gakuen Faculty Exchange (Fall 2004) and taken a sabbatical year in Germany and France (2006-07).

Dr. Janice Newberry is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. She served as co-Director (and co-founder), Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS), University of Lethbridge, 2010-2015. She received the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Dr. Newberry also received American Anthropological Association/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014. She served as the Board of Governors Teaching Chair, University of Lethbridge, 2011-2013. Dr. Newberry has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in central Java, Indonesia, since 1992. Her original work considered women and their domestic labour in lower class urban communities.

Dr. Thomas Perks is an Associate Professor of Sociology, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. He serves as Academic Director of the Prairies at the Lethbridge Branch of the Canadian Research Data Centre (CRDCN). In 1997 and 1999, Dr. Perks received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Western Ontario in Kinesiology. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Sociology. Currently, Dr. Tom Perks is working on exploring the consequences of body size (height and weight) on socio-economic attainment, and how these factors affect women and men differently. He has research being carried out at the Prairie Research Data Centre in Calgary.

Dr. William Ramp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. He teaches sociology at the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Ramp’s previous research includes: Cultural history of gambling, Agrarian thought and culture, Scottish emigrant networks, Rural health and community organization, Education and collective identity in an aboriginal community, and Sociological and social theory. Though trained in academic prose, he’s returning to a love of creative and incidental writing left behind in high school. That love is now his lifeline; a way to retain a footing on new paths and to contribute to uncaged and free-range conversation.

Dr. Ivan Townshend is a Professor of Geography, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. He is Human Geographer, an urban/social geographer, with wide-ranging research interests in the social geography of cities, urban systems, and rural communities. Dr. Townshend was born in Durban, South Africa, in the beautiful province of Natal. He emigrated to Canada in 1977 and worked for about eight years as an electrical engineering technologist with a number of firms in Edmonton and Calgary. Dr. Townshend has worked on issues such as geography of ageing, demography, residential segregation, geography of deprivation and disadvantage, Aboriginal communities, Community health, and the geography of well-being.

Dr. John Usher is a Professor of Organization Theory & Strategy, in the Dhillon School of Business, at the University of Lethbridge where he has served as Chair of Management, Policy and Strategy. He is a former President of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA). He was Dean of the Faculty of Management from July 2002 until February 2004. Dr. Usher came to Alberta from St. John's, NL, where he was in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University from 1994 until 2002, most recently as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research. Dr. Usher served as a faculty member at the University of Alberta from 1988 until 1994 and was an academic coach and course developer with Athabasca University's distance EMBA program from 1994 until 2003.

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