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Faculty Member

Roberta K. Timothy B.A., M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

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Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Teaching Stream
Admin Position
Program Director
Admin Faculty Appointment
MPH* Degree Program

Research Interests

My research and critical pedagogy addresses key areas of concern in anti-colonial, anti-oppression, and community-responsive health promotion, policy, and practice. I am the Principal Investigator of the Black Health Matters Lab (since 2020) and my current research project is entitled : “Black Health Matters: National and Transnational COVID-19 Impact, Resistance, and Intervention Strategies Project /La santé des noirs compte:  le covid-19 et son Impact – un projet de recherche national et transnationalsur nos actes de résistances et stratégies d’intervention. Please see: ” How to talk to children about racism and anti-Black racism”

I am the Black Health Lead, Inaugural Program Director, and the creator of the first MPH in the field of Black Health. I am also the former Program Director in Health Promotion (2019-2021). I am an Assistant professor, a political scientist, therapist, and community health leader. I specialize in the areas of intersectionality, critical trauma-informed praxis, ethics in healthcare; Black health, transgenerational health: Black women’s/women’s health, children/youth health, Elders/senior health, Black families; confronting anti-Black racism, resistance and empowerment centred praxis; transnational African/Black and Indigenous health; racialized health, gender and violence; healing and wellness, and anti-oppression/anti-colonial/decolonizing approaches to mental health. With extensive teaching experience in universities, colleges, and in social service organizations and community settings. I have particular expertise in critical health theories and social justice health policy development and implementation. I prioritize critical and creative approaches to knowledge production that reflect the experiences and aspirations of African/Black diasporic, migrant, refugee, and transnational Indigenous communities. My scholarship contributes to critical race theory by examining how factors such as Indigeneity, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, (dis)ability, religion/spirituality, transgenerational connections, and historical and contemporary intersectional violence impact African/Black communities health and wellness, by centering community resistance through innovative decolonizing health practices, including art based practices.