The Team

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Dr. Helle Møller

Dr. Helle Møller is an Associate Professor in the department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. She is an interdisciplinary health researcher and teacher with a background in medical anthropology and nursing. Dr. Møller is Danish of origin; her training has taken place in Denmark and Canada. She is passionate about the North and its beautiful and resourceful peoples and environments. Framed within a social justice perspective Dr. Møller's areas of research and teaching span the social and ecological determinants of health with an emphasis on the Northern regions of the globe (Greenland, Arctic Canada, Northwestern Ontario), on Indigenous, women's and maternal health, the education and practice of nurses in the Arctic, metal health in the workplace, aspects of human approaches to climate change, free physical activity initiatives for older adults and more. Dr. Møller is privileged to be working on research projects with a wide array of community partners and colleagues from diverse academic disciplines nationally and internationally.

Dr. Møller has taught in the medical interpreter program at Nunavut Arctic college, in the Nursing Program in the institute of Health Research and Nursing, at Ilisimatusarfik University of Greenland and in the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University.

In the Department of Health Sciences Dr. Møller teaches courses that focus on Health Promotion and Illness Prevention; the Social and Ecological Determinants of Health; Northern Health and Health Care; Vulnerable populations and Individual Special Topic courses that fall within her area of expertise when her schedule permits. Dr. Møller enjoys supervising thesis students and is happy to work with students that have research interests that overlap with her areas of expertise. 

Dr. Manal Alzghoul

Dr. Manal Alzghoul is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Lakehead University. She received her PhD in Nursing preceded by a Master's Degree from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. She is a Registered Nurse in different countries including Jordan, UK and Canada with a clinical background in pediatric, acute and critical care nursing.


Dr. Alzghoul’s early nursing experience as a proud registered nurse (RN) working in pediatric and intensive care units, her academic experience and her life experience as an immigrant woman have shaped her research interests. Her research interests focus on areas of: Injuries, Immigrant Health, Women health, and Nursing Ethics. She is also interested in acute care nursing issues and in exploring strategies that support students in meeting their learning needs.

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Dr. Pauline Sameshima

Dr. Pauline Sameshima is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. Her direct area of focus is the development of creative capacity. She is a curriculum theorist who works across the science and humanities fields on large research projects with a particular interest in mobilizing research, learning across broad audiences, and innovating university-community learning collaborations.

Pauline is based in the Department of Graduate Studies & Research in Education. Her work aims to expand notions of creativity, reparative research, community engagement, and social innovation. Specifically, she uses the interdisciplinary multi-modal research model of parallaxic praxis to explore:

  • how the arts can catalyze creative innovation;

  • how the arts can generate understandings about data;

  • how the arts can provoke new dialogues among researchers as well as participants; and

  • how the arts can teach multiple audiences in different ways.

Through the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab at Lakehead University, and as a curator, Dr. Sameshima works with researchers from across Canada and internationally to advance arts integrated research as a significant pedagogical research practice to support innovative interdisciplinary research.  

Pauline's background includes elementary public school teaching, administration, and pre-service teacher education. Her professional interests include community-based research and arts integrated studies through the lenses of curriculum theory, cultural studies, reparative pedagogies, contemplative inquiry, feminist studies, social justice, applied health sciences, and sustainability. Pauline is certified in SomaYoga instruction (RYT 500) and Level 1 Yoga Therapy (International SomaYoga Institute); Curator of Lakehead Education Research Galleries; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies; Research Partner of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR); and Research Affiliate of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH).

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Dr.  Jennifer Chisholm

Jen Chisholm is an Assistant Professor in Women's Studies and an affiliate with the Social Justice Studies Masters Program at Lakehead University. Jen's research interests include pregnancy and motherhood, reproductive technologies, gender, health and feminist theory. Her doctoral work examined Canadian women's experiences with elective prenatal ultrasound imaging. Her current work seeks to understand how Northwestern Ontario women's experiences with reproductive technologies (and pregnancy more generally) are shaped by location, access to services and intersections of identity.


Abbie Kent 

Abigale Kent (Abbie) is a current Master of Health Sciences student with specialization in Northern and Indigenous health at Lakehead University. After growing up in the small city of Orillia, Ontario, Abbie moved to Thunder Bay to pursue her Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Biomolecular Sciences. She quickly fell in love with the rugged Northern landscape and the rich history of the region. Much of her free time is spent out in nature snowboarding, hiking, or walking dogs from the Thunder Bay District Humane Society. Since 2012, Abbie has held a director’s position for the non-profit educational outreach organization Kids for Turtles. This group works with children, their families, and all members of the community in Simcoe County and beyond to champion nature and foster stewardship for the environment.  Abbie believes fiercely in the importance of volunteerism and encourages other Lakehead students to find their passion in helping others. From a young age, Abbie has always been drawn toward a career in medicine, and she hopes to one day serve residents of Northwestern Ontario in the capacity of a physician. 

Abbie’s thesis project focuses on exploring care provider’s perspectives on potential barriers and facilitators to using a digital maternal mental health application (app) in Northwestern Ontario. This project has been created in direct response to the lack of access to comprehensive mental health services and supports in Northwestern Ontario outlined in the 2009 report by the Canadian Mental Health Association entitledRural and Northern Community Issues in Mental Health and in response to the challenges in access to prenatal care expressed by women in the Prenatal Knowledge Xchange: For Equity in Birthing Experiences and Outcomesexecutive summary report published in April of 2018. This study aims to address the gap in access to maternal mental health care by exploring the suitability of the HOPE app for mothers living with peri- and postnatal anxiety and depression in Northwestern Ontario. The HOPE app is an e-screening, e-referral, and e-therapy tool that has been developed by Dr. Dawn Kingston and her team out of Calgary University. The app has been designed to monitor, screen, diagnose, and treat mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is our hope is that this project will act as a foundation from which a new health care option can be developed to meet the specific needs of mothers living in Northwestern Ontario.