As an Indigenous scholar, Dr. Chelsea Gabel has been developing a broad program of research entitled Strengthening Indigenous Health, Well-being and Self-determination through the use of Digital Technology to strengthen the evidence for the importance of inter-generational approaches to understanding the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. She has successfully secured three national Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants ($1 million) as Principal Investigator exploring the impact of digital technology on Indigenous participation, governance and inter-generational communication.
She was also awarded a contract in March 2014 through the government of Nunavut aimed at understanding the health, social, cultural, and political economic pressures facing a small Arctic community as it prepares for major resource development.
Her most recent SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant examines methodological trends and approaches used across social science disciplines to study Indigenous issues in Canada, and will look at the extent of participation in research by Indigenous scholars and communities. This information will be used to determine the resources needed to ensure equal participation and leadership of Indigenous peoples in shaping future social science research in their communities.
Dr. Gabel has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Journal of Native Studies, the International Indigenous Policy Journal, the Journal of Indigenous Well-being, the Qualitative Report, the International Journal of Indigenous Health, among others.
In December 2015, Dr. Gabel was selected as one of 81 McMaster faculty members for her research excellence. Additionally, her project in Nunavut was selected as a McMaster University Research Impact Success Story and was featured at Congress, 2016. Dr. Gabel is involved in a number of research collaborations across Canada that integrate her expertise in community-based participatory research, Photo-voice, intervention research and Indigenous health and well-being. Dr. Gabel is also a member of the Canadian Institutes for Health Information
Dr. Chelsea Gabel is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and an Associated Member of the Gilbrea Centre. She has been named as the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement and Innovation (Tier 2).