Faculty Member

Amanda J. Sheppard PhD, MSc, BSc

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit Cancer Care Ontario 505 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L7
Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit, Cancer Care Ontario, ,
Epidemiology Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Indigenous health
  • Cancer control
  • Addressing health inequities

Education & Training History

2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Epidemiology), University of Toronto

2004-2010 Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences Research), University of Toronto

2001-2004 Masters of Health Science (Epidemiology), University of Toronto

1996-2000 Bachelor of Science (Biology and Anthropology), Trent University

Other Affiliations

Director, Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Scientist, Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit, Cancer Care Ontario

Faculty member, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL 5421H Aboriginal Health (2013-) Instructor

Honours & Awards

  • 2009: Population and Public Health Student Award (PhD). Canadian Public Health Association.
  • 2008: Poster Award. Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance Reasons for Hope Conference. Category: Metastasis/Novel treatments/Predictive and Prognostic factors.
  • 2008: Poster Award. International Network for Circumpolar Health Research.
  • 2007: International Scholar-in-Training Award. American Association for Cancer Research-AstraZeneca.
  • 2007: Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence. Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • 2004: University of Toronto Open Fellowship Award (IMS Entry Fellowship).
  • 2004: Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, University of Toronto.
  • 2001: Letter of Academic Achievement. Sir Sandford Fleming College.
  • 2000: Bagnani Undergraduate Award. Trent University.

Current Research Projects

  • 2016-2016 “Mno nimkodadding geegi: We are all connected” (Indigenous Mentorship Network).
  • 2015-2016 A community-based First Nation cancer study in Northern Ontario.
  • 2012-2016: Nutaqqavut (Our Children) Health Information System: A partnership approach to informing the prevention of infant mortality and childhood respiratory illness in Nunavut.
  • 2011-2016: Socioeconomic Position, Ethnocultural Background, and Perinatal Outcome in Canada.

Representative Publications

Shapiro GD, Bushnik T, Sheppard AJ, Kramer MS, Kaufman JS, Yang S. Paternal education and adverse birth outcomes in Canada. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Accepted for publication, 2016.

Shapiro GD, Bushnik, T, Sheppard AJ, Kramer MS, Kaufman JS, Yang S. Missing paternal data and adverse birth outcomes in Canada. Health Reports. Accepted for publication, 2016.

McKinnon B, Yang S, Kramer MS, Bushnik T, Sheppard AJ, Kaufman JS. Comparison of black-white disparities in preterm birth between Canada and the United States. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2016;188(1):E19-26.

Bushnik T, Yang S, Kramer MS, Kaufman JS, Sheppard AJ, Wilkins R. The 2006 Canadian Birth-Census Cohort. Health Reports. 2016:27(1):11-9.

ED Nishri, Sheppard AJ, Withrow D Marrett LD. Cancer survival among First Nations people of Ontario, Canada (1968-2007). International Journal of Cancer. 2015 136(3):639-45.

Chiarelli AM, Edwards SA, Sheppard AJ, Mirea L, Chong N, Paszat L, Shumak RS, O’Malley FP, and the Breast Screening Study Group. Favourable prognostic factors of subsequent screen detected breast cancers among women 50 to 69. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2012 Nov;21(6):499-506.

Sheppard AJ, Salmon C, Balasubramaniam P, Parsons J, Singh G, Jabbar A, Zaida Q, Scott A, Nisembaum R, Dunn J, Ramsay J, O’Campo P. Are residents of downtown Toronto influenced by their urban neighbourhoods: Using concept mapping to examine neighbourhood characteristics and their perceived impact on self-rated mental well-being. International Journal of Health Geographics.2012: Aug 3; 11-31.

Sheppard AJ, Hetherington R. A decade of research in Inuit children, youth, and maternal health in Canada: Areas of concentrations and scarcities? International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2012:71;1-13.

Parsons JA, Zdanowicz Y, Brezden-Masley C, Sheppard AJ, Grenville A, Kauffman C, Jiang D, Baxter N, Bryant H, Klein D. Canadians’ attitudes and awareness towards colorectal cancer screening: Results of a national survey. The Open Colorectal Cancer Journal. 2012;5:38-46.

Sheppard AJ, Chiarelli AM, Marrett LD, Nishri ED, and Trudeau ME. Stage at diagnosis and comorbidity influence breast cancer survival in First Nations women in Ontario, Canada. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2011;20(10):2160-7.

Sheppard AJ, Chiarelli AM, Marrett LD, Mirea L, Nishri ED, Trudeau ME, and the Aboriginal Breast Cancer Study Group. Detection of later stage breast cancer in First Nations women in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010;101(1):101-5.

Parsons J, Singh G, Scott A, Nisenbaum R, Balasubramaniam P, Jabbar A, Zaidi Q, Sheppard AJ, Ramsay J, O’Campo P, Dunn J. Standardized Observation of Neighbourhood Disorder: Does it Work Outside the United States? International Journal of Health Geographics. 2010;9:6-20.

Sheppard AJ, Chiarelli AM, Stewart L, Marrett LD, Trudeau M, Lidstone-Jones C, Chua-Alamag R, Hey A, Nishri D, Madarnas Y, Warner D. Aboriginal Breast Cancer Care Workshop Report: Strategies to improve First Nations cancer care in Ontario. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2010(7 Suppl):168-73.

Sheppard AJ. Circumpolar Dissertation: Influence of stage at diagnosis on detection and survival of breast cancer in First Nations women in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2010;69(2):208-9.

Ritchie AJ, Marrett L. Exploring why survival upon breast cancer diagnosis is poorer among First Nations women of Ontario compared to other Ontario women. Alaska Medicine. 2007;49(2 Suppl):95-8.

Ritchie AJ, Reading JL, Elias B. Injuries among Canadian Aboriginal on-reserve children and youth: Findings from the First Nations and Inuit Regional Health Survey. Am J Epidemol 2006; 163(Supplment):S256.

Reading JL, Ritchie AJ, Victor JC, Wilson E. Implementing Empowering Health Promotion Programmes For Aboriginal Youth in Two Distinct Communities in British Columbia, Canada. Promotion & Education. 2005;12(2):62-5.

Ritchie AJ, Reading JL. Tobacco Smoking Status Among Aboriginal Youth. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2004;63(2 Suppl):405-9.