We are excited to announce Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew as the newly appointed Director of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre.
Prior to becoming the Director of the IPHRC, Jo-Ann was an Associate Professor of English at the First Nations University of Canada where she fulfilled a variety of academic administrator roles, including Department Head of English, Academic Dean, and Associate Director (Programs & Administration) of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre.
Jo-Ann is interested in studying the applications of literature and drama as part of the process for Indigenous communities healing from the effects of historical trauma. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded her team a four-year Operating Grant to continue their work with Indigenous youth using theatre techniques to explore healthy decision-making.
Her book Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing (2009) won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing. Jo-Ann represents the Canadian Prairie Region on the national executive of the Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies, is past-President of the Association for Bibliotherapy and Applied Literatures, is a member of the Board of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan and participated in the development of the National Lung Framework.
Jo-Ann received her B.A., Hons. Cert., M.A. (Regina) and Ph.D. magna cum laude (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt, Greifswald, Germany).