Faculty and Staff


Faculty in the School of Health Sciences

         Paul Siakaluk
         Acting Chair for The School of Health Sciences 

Shannon Wagner (on leave)

Professor, and Chair, School of Health Sciences
PhD MSc BA (Northern British Columbia)

Phone: 250-960-6320
E-mail: wagners@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3584

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 Sciences
EdD MA BEd (British Columbia) R.Psych.

Phone: 250-960-6506
E-mail: harderh@unbc.ca
Website: unbc.ca/henry-harder
Office: 10-3530

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.


Ranjana Bird

Professor, School of Health Sciences
Phone: 250-960-6632
Email: ranjana.bird@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3580

R. Luke W. Harris

Associate Professor PhD (Alberta) BSc (Acadia)

Phone: 250-960-5109
E-mail: rharris0@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3590

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.


Margot Parkes

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems, and Society
PhD MB ChB (New Zealand) MA (Belgium)

Phone: 250-960-6813
E-mail: parkesm@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3510

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.

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Kevin Smith

Associate Professor
Phone: 250-960-5102
Email: kevin.smith@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3528

Chelsea Pelletier

Assistant Professor
PhD (McMaster) MSc (McMaster) BKinH (Acadia)

Phone: 250-960-5283
E-mail: chelsea.pelletier@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3602

Dr. Chelsea Pelletier came to UNBC in 2015 after completing a PhD in Kinesiology at McMaster University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She is an exercise physiologist with experience working with individuals with chronic disease and physical disabilities, and evaluating clinical exercise rehabilitation interventions.  Her emerging research program includes a growing partnership with community members, the non-profit sector, and health system decision makers to understand the context, adaptation and implementation of physical activity interventions in northern, rural, and remote communities.  


Mamdouh Shub​air

Associate Professor
PhD MSc BSc (Waterloo)

Phone: 250-960-6331
E-mail: shubair@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3582

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.


Anne Som​merfeld

Senior Laboratory Instructor III, Bachelor of Health Sciences
MSc (Northern British Columbia) HBScN (Lakehead) RN

Phone: 250-960-6774
E-mail: sommerf@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3504

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.


Tammy Klassen-Ross

Assistant Professor
 PhD MSc (Northern British Columbia) BA (British Columbia)

Phone: 250-960-6782
E-mail: tammy.klassen-ross@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3528

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

Associate Professor 
PhD (Queen's) MA (Northern British Columbia) BFA (Victoria)
Cross-Appointed; Northern Medical Program

Phone: 250-960-5993
E-mail: sarah.deleeuw@unbc.ca
Office: 9-383

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Martha MacLeod

Professor
PhD (Edinburgh) MA BA (Toronto) RN
Cross-appointed; Chair, School of Nursing

Phone: 250-960-6507
E-mail: macleod@unbc.ca
Office: 10-1514

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.

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Kenneth Prkachin​

Professor - Emeritus
PhD MA BA (British Columbia) R.Psych
Cross-appointed; Psychology

Phone: 250-960-6633
E-mail: kmprk@unbc.ca
Office: 10-3598

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.

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Staff in the School of Health Sciences

Lisa Ward

Administrative Assistant, School of Health Sciences

Phone: 250-960-5363
Fax: 250-960-5744
E-mail: lward@unbc.ca



Amanda England

Office Assistant, School of Health Sciences

Phone: 250-960-6483
Fax: 250-960-5744
E-mail: amanda.england@unbc.ca

Amanda works part-time (Tuesday - Friday) and supports the matters relating to Bachelor of Health Sciences course delivery.