Erica Shardlow

MSc Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I am an incoming MSc Health Promotion student under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda. After completing my BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University, I moved to Toronto, Ontario, where I studied Mental Health and Addiction at Humber College and worked as a counsellor for the Salvation Army.

Growing up in rural Erin, Ontario, I was always captivated by the natural world. I am fascinated by the interdependence of human and environment health, especially in the context of global environmental change. My research will focus on Indigenous knowledge systems, which highlight sociopolitical justice and ecological connection as necessities for health equity and sustainability.

In the CEHE lab I plan to collaborate with the M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre in Owen Sound, which, as part of a broader project called A SHARED Future, aims to strengthen the leadership of Indigenous community members in climate action initiatives. I am particularly interested in emphasizing the voices of Indigenous youth, through qualitative methodologies like story telling, art and participation.

During my free time you can find me exploring outside, collecting rocks or reading just about anything and everything.