Amanda Sheppard

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Director, Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health, University of Toronto
Research Interests: 
Health and Wellbeing Within Indigenous Populations

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 AJCircumpolar 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


Amanda Sheppard is an Applied Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, working with the patient education group called About Kids Health. She is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of health educational materials and programs towards Inuit families, children and youth ( Amanda holds a BSc in Biology and Anthropology from Trent University, an MSc in Epidemiology, a PhD in Medical Health Research, and has completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Elevating the health and wellbeing within Indigenous populations has been a focus of Dr. Sheppard’s research interests. Much of her work has been concentrated on tobacco, breast cancer, and maternal health initiatives. Amanda gained a status-only affiliation with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with the Division of Epidemiology in 2013. She instructs CHL5421 Aboriginal Health, is a tutorial leader for CHL5418 Scientific Overviews, and is the Director of the Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health.