Campus Directory: Cheryl Currie

University of Lethbridge

Cheryl Currie
Faculty
Health Sci - Public Health Program
Office: M3051 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 332-4060
Email:

About Me


I am an Assistant Professor of Public Health and the AIHS Translational Chair in Aboriginal Health & Wellness.

A social epidemiologist by training, my research explores the upstream determinants of Aboriginal health, strength and resilience in Canada. I work in partnership with urban and rural Aboriginal communities to examine health determinants and to develop and evaluate interventions that address community-identified health needs for children, youth and adults.

Selected Publications


Sanders J, Currie CL. Looking further upstream to prevent FASD in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2014,105(6); 450-52. Link to article

Currie CL, et al. Illicit and prescription drug problems among urban Aboriginal adults in Canada: The role of traditional culture in protection and resilience. Social Science & Medicine 2013;88:1-9. Link to article

Currie CL, et al. Racial discrimination, post traumatic stress, and gambling problems among urban Aboriginal adults in Canada. Journal of Gambling Studies 2013;29:393-415. Link to article

Currie CL. Epidemiology of adolescent Salvia divinorum use in Canada. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013;128:166-170. Link to article

Currie CL, Wild TC. Prescription stimulant misuse among adolescent at-risk groups in Canada [Letter to the Editor]. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2013; 58(5).

Hagan B, Grant-Kalischuk R, Currie CL, Nixon G, Solowoniuk J. A big hole with the wind blowing through it: Aboriginal women's experiences of social trauma and problem gambling. International Journal of Gambling Studies 2013; DOI: 10.1080/14459795.2013.819934.

Currie CL, Wild TC. Adolescent use of prescription drugs to get high in Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2012;57(12):745-751.

Currie CL, et al. Racial discrimination experienced by Aboriginal university students in Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2012;57(10) 617-625.

McKennitt D, Currie CL. Does a culturally sensitive smoking prevention program reduce smoking intention among Aboriginal children? A pilot study. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research Journal 2012;19(2):55-63. DOI: 10.5820/aian.1902.2012.55.

Currie CL, et al. Enculturation and alcohol use problems among Aboriginal university students. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2011;56(12):735-42. Link to article

Currie CL, Schopflocher DP, Wild C. Prevalence and correlates of 12-month prescription drug misuse in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2011;5(1):27-34. Link to article

Currie CL, LaBoucane-Benson P. Impacts of a peer support program for street-involved youth. Pimatsiwin: A Journal of Indigenous Health 2011;9(1):177-191. Link to article

Wynne A, Currie CL. Social exclusion as an underlying determinant of sexually transmitted infections among Aboriginal Canadians. Pimatsiwin: A Journal of Indigenous Health 2011;9(1):113-127. Link to article

Research Interests


• Aboriginal health
• Social epidemiology
• Aboriginal ways of knowing
• Stress biology
• Addiction psychiatry
• Participatory action research

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Aboriginal life skills training project for children and youth Alberta Alberta Health Services, (2013-2016).

Lola Baydala Cheryl Currie (Co-PI)
Aboriginal spirituality as an alternative and complementary therapy for mental health Alberta Emmy Droog Research Grant, (2012-2014).

Cheryl Currie Bradley Hagen, Jan Wiebe, Bernie Wojtowicz
Active parks in Alberta communities Alberta Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, (2014-2015).

Jennifer Copeland Cheryl Currie (Co-PI), Ali Bowden
Addressing community concerns about health risks from H.pylori infection Alberta Alberta Innovates Health Solutions CRIO Program, (2013-2018).

Karen Goodman Christopher Fletcher, Safwat Girgis, Monika Keelan, Yutaka Yasui, Philip Jacobs…, Cheryl Currie et al.
Assessing the feasibility of an Aboriginal community-led health centre in Lethbridge Alberta Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, (2014-2015).

Cheryl Currie Jennifer Copeland, Jacinda Weiss, Treena Tallow, Tanya Crosschild, Deborah Pace, Susan Christenson, Roy Pogorzelski, Theron Black, Kat Chief Moon-Riley, Rhonda King Blood
Complementary therapy use among cancer patients Alberta Emmy Droog Research Grant, (2012-2014).

Ruth Grant Kalischuk Aleitha Ward, Cheryl Currie, Mary Kavanagh
Perinatal programming of biomarkers for stress resilience and mental health Alberta Brain and Early Childhood Development Research & Knowledge Translation Initiative, (2014-2015).

Gerlinde Metz Igor Kovalchuk, Chery Currie, David Olsen
Prescription drug misuse among problem gamblers in Canada National Alberta Gambling Research Institute, (2013-2015).

Cheryl Currie Robert Williams (Co-PI)
What social determinants contribute to high allostatic load among Aboriginal adults? Alberta Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), (2013-2016).

Cheryl Currie Jennifer Copeland (Co-PI), Gerlinde Metz (Co-PI), Judith Kulig, Olu Awosoga, Michelle Hogue, David Olsen, Jacinda Weiss, Treena Tallow

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Risk and protective factors for addictive behaviours among urban Aboriginal Canadians Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research 2011
Risk and protective factors for problem gambling among urban Aboriginal adults Alberta Gambling Research Institute 2010
Comorbid addictive behaviours among urban Aboriginal adults: Resiliency and cultural accommodation Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2009
Routes to homes for homeless youth Homeward Trust 2013


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