Professor, and Chair, School of Health Sciences
PhD MSc BA (Northern British Columbia)
Dr. Shannon Wagner is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, as well as its Chair. Her research focus is occupational mental health, especially as it relates to disability management, occupational stress, trauma and family-work interface. Dr. Wagner’s teaching interests are focused on topics of occupational health and safety, disability management, psychological assessment and methodology (e.g., statistics and epidemiology).
Dr. Wagner is also a registered psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice. Her practice provides general psychological assessment for both children and adults and provides specific local expertise for issues of occupational mental health, especially workplace related traumatic stress.
Henry G. Harder
Professor, School of Health Science
EdD MA BEd (British Columbia) R.Psych.
Dr. Henry Harder came to UNBC in 2001 to help create the MA in Disability Management degree. He was been in the field of vocational rehabilitation, disability management and psychology for over 20 years.
Dr. Harder’s research interests are in occupational psychology, specifically in mental health in the workplace and in aboriginal mental health, specifically suicide prevention.
He also has an interest in research ethics and is Chair of the UNBC Research Ethics Board.
R. Luke W. Harris
Associate Professor PhD (Alberta) BSc (Acadia)
Dr. R. Luke Harris teaches undergraduate and graduate physiology and seminar courses and he is the Project Leader of the Northern BC Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) Research Laboratory.
Luke, his students, and his colleagues use non-invasive instruments in the NIRS Research Lab to study the fundamental properties of muscles and of the nervous system—collectively referred to as the neuromuscular system. Dr. Harris is interested in understanding how the neuromuscular system adapts to injury and exercise, with particular emphasis placed on respiratory rehabilitation; recovery after brain injuries—from concussions to strokes; applications of sports science in both competitive and recreational athletes; and how to better manage ageing- and dementia-associated declines in function and independence.
Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems, and Society
PhD MB ChB (New Zealand) MA (Belgium)
Dr. Margot Parkes came to UNBC in October 2009 from UBC where she was with the Department of Family Practice and College of Health Disciplines. Her past work includes studying waters sheds and health in New Zealand, Ecuador, and Hawaii and investigating how the management of droughts, floods, biodiversity, and contamination has influenced health.
Dr. Parkes comes to northern BC to examine the effect of changing ecosystems of the health and well-being of communities, with a focus on water as a common resource for livelihoods, food security, culture, and economies.
PhD (McMaster) MSc (McMaster) BKinH (Acadia)
Dr. Chelsea Pelletier’s background and training is in the field of Kinesiology and clinical exercise physiology. Her research interests are in exercise rehabilitation and the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of multimorbidity following spinal cord injury. She has additional interests in developing community exercise programs and interventions to increase participation in physical activity among adults with physical disabilities.
PhD MSc BSc (Waterloo)
Dr. Mamdouh Shubair is a population and public health epidemiologist. Dr. Shubair started his faculty appointment in the Health Sciences Programs at UNBC in January 2009. He came from McMaster University where he was teaching at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. At UNBC, Dr. Shubair's research and teaching interests are focused around chronic disease epidemiology, particularly obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2D), and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Rural/Remote and Aboriginal populations. He is also interested in Disability Management issues where he supervises graduate students in the Disability Management (DISM) program.
Senior Laboratory Instructor III, Bachelor of Health Sciences
MSc (Northern British Columbia) HBScN (Lakehead) RN
Anne Sommerfeld began her career in nursing after graduating with an Honours Bachelor Science in Nursing at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Her nursing career included rotations in pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac telemetry, palliative care, general medicine and emergency room in Fergus and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. For the last 8 years, Anne has been in Prince George. Completing her Master’s of Science in Community Health Science in 2012, her latest accomplishment is a Leading for Learning Graduate Certificate in 2015. Recent clinical work involves nursing palliative care and clinical education at Rotary Hospice House. Teaching areas include anatomy and physiology, nutrition and introduction to health, Anne volunteers in the community, enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
PhD MSc (Northern British Columbia) BA (British Columbia)
Dr. Klassen-Ross has a PhD in Health Psychology. The areas of research Dr. Klassen-Ross studies in include pain management and non-verbal communication of pain using Facial Action Coding system. She is also part of the Northern Medical Program (NMP) providing guidance to the NMP students.
Sarah de Leeuw
PhD (Queen's) MA (Northern British Columbia) BFA (Victoria)
Cross-Appointed; Northern Medical Program
PhD (Edinburgh) MA BA (Toronto) RN
Cross-appointed; Chair, School of Nursing
Dr. Martha MacLeod comes from a professional and practice background in nursing management and continuing education. She has been at UNBC since 1994, and is professor in both the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences.
She is currently the Chair of the School of Nursing and Coordinator of Nursing Graduate Studies and Research. Martha teaches in the areas of leadership, qualitative research, knowledge development and moving knowledge into practice.
Dr. MacLeod leads the Rural and Northern Practice Research Team, and her research, broadly speaking, takes a qualitative approach to examining health services and health human resources. Specifically, she studies the nature of everyday experience and practice, and how professional practice may be developed or hindered within health care organizations, particularly those in rural, remote and northern settings. She has published and presented widely on rural and northern nursing issues, nursing practice, education, knowledge translation, and network development. Currently, Dr. MacLeod is undertaking partnered research with BC's Northern Health Authority in primary health care, and she is active in national and regional research and knowledge translation networks.
Peter D. MacMillan
PhD (Alberta) MA Ed Cert BSc (British Columbia)
Cross-appointed; Chair, School of Education
PhD (Alberta) & MA (UBC) Educational Psychology Measurement & Evaluation specialty; Education Certificate - Secondary; BSc. - Chemistry (UBC).
Peter is with the School of Education and is cross appointed with the School of Health Sciences. His teaching areas include univariate, and multivariate statistics, numeracy, and measurement. He has an extensive record of graduate student supervision. Peter’s interests are focused on the applied quantitative research, particularly in school and university settings. He finds applications of Rasch models to existing systems especially appealing. He has a record of research and service involvement with school districts since beginning his academic career.
PhD MA BA (British Columbia) R.Psych
Dr. Ken Prkachin's research deals with health psychology, clinical psychology, pain expression, and the biobehavioural determinants of heart disease. Dr. Prkachin also directs the activities of the Psychophysiology Laboratory.
Staff in the School of Health Sciences
Administrative Assistant, School of Health Sciences
Instructional Design Technician, Health Sciences & Disability Management, School of Health Sciences
BComm (Northern British Columbia)
Shauna Stanyer is the Instructional Designer for the on-line courses in the School of Health Sciences. She also supports distance students in the Disability Management program.
Program Assistant, School of Health Sciences
Brooklynn works part-time (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) and supports the matters relating to Bachelor of Health Sciences course delivery.
Josée Lavoie PhD (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) MA BSc (McGill)
Anne George PhD MLS (British Columbia) BA (Acadia)
William Tippett PhD (York) MSc (Essex) BA hons. (Trent)
Laurie Chan PhD (London) M Phil (Hong Kong) BSc (Hong Kong)
Arlene Ward MEd (Calgary) BHe (British Columbia)
Kuo-Hsin Kuo PhD (British Columbia) MD (Taiwan) Russ Callaghan PhD (Toronto) MA (British Columbia) BA (British Columbia)
Greg Thomas-Reilly PhD