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Brenda Elias




Dr. Brenda Elias is a professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and former co-director and founding member of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. Her research interests include gender health, mental health, social determinants, health info-structures, Indigenous and inter-transdisciplinary health research, and research ethics. She conducts multilevel quantitative and mixed-method studies into the social, cultural, biological, economic, political and historical determinants of health. Dr. Elias has partnered with the Centre for Human Rights Research to demonstrate the power of collaborations in advancing health rights of populations.


Isaak CA, Mota N, Medved M, Katz LY, Elias B, Mignone J, Munro G, Sareen J. Conceptualizations of help-seeking for mental health concerns in First Nations communities in Canada: A comparison of fit with the Andersen Behavioral Model. Transcult Psychiatry. 2020 Apr;57(2):346-362;

Letendre, Angeline, Gail Garvey, Alexandra King, Malcolm King, Reg Crowshoe, Liam Bill, Nadine Caron, and Brenda Elias. 2020. “Creating a Canadian Indigenous Research Network Against Cancer to Address Indigenous Cancer Disparities.” JCO Global Oncology 6 (February): 92–98.

Elias, Brenda, Javier Mignone, Madelyn Hall, Say P. Hong, Lyna Hart, and Jitender Sareen. 2012. “Trauma and Suicide Behaviour Histories among a Canadian Indigenous Population: An Empirical Exploration of the Potential Role of Canada’s Residential School System.” Social Science & Medicine 74 (10): 1560–69.

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