Dr. Downey is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist and her current research interests include Indigenous Women’s Heart Health, health literacy and Indigenous Traditional knowledge and health/research system reform for Indigenous populations. She is a Heart & Stroke Foundation- CIHR (Early Career) Chair in Indigenous women’s heart and brain health. She is also the inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous Health for the Faculty of Health Sciences and a former A/Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute.
Dr. Downey has participated on multiple, national and international Indigenous research policy initiatives including:
- Two-term member of the Canadian Institute of Health Research- Institute of Aboriginal Health, Institute Advisory Board.
- Planner and participant to the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge Development (INIHKD).
- Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Health Organization whose mandate included a strong research-knowledge translation focus.
As part of her post-doctoral fellowship role with the Department of Graduate Studies at McMaster, Dr. Downey led the development of the innovative Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Program (IUSRS) and the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI).
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