Dr. Melody Morton Ninomiya is a Project Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is affiliated with Well Living House, an action research centre focused on Indigenous health and well-being at St. Michael’s Hospital, and occasionally teaches in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and in Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Areas of Research
Dr. Morton Ninomiya is interested in strengths-based Indigenous health and wellness research, knowledge translation principles and practices, and community-based participatory research methodologies and methods. Working in close collaboration with First Nation communities in Ontario and Labrador, she is facilitating multiple research projects in the areas of developing community wellness strategies, examining sources of strength and resilience for people living with mental health and substance use challenges, defining culturally specific indicators of well-being, and ensuring research knowledge is shared and useful to communities and other stakeholders alike.
Dr. Morton Ninomiya has led studies that reveal and examine the social organization of supports and services for children and youth diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). She is leading a large systematic review of evaluated knowledge translation strategies and initiatives in Indigenous health research contexts. Dr. Morton Ninomiya is also involved in research projects on FASD prevention in Indigenous communities, Indigenous and integrated knowledge translation evaluation and practices, knowledge uptake and utilization tool validation, shared decision-making principles and practices in Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships, and the roles of hired community researchers in participatory research projects.
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