Dr. Chelsea Gabel


Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

Committee membership

Standing Committee on Ethics


Dr. Chelsea Gabel is currently the Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI), a world-class facility recognized for the leadership in the field of Indigenous research, and assistant professor in the department of Health, Aging and Society and the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Dr. Gabel holds a Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Well-Being, Community-Engagement, & Innovation (since 2017). Dr. Gabel received a PhD in political science from McMaster University (2013), a MA from the University of Windsor (2005) and BA in political science from Western University (2002). Dr. Gabel has worked as a consultant, policy analyst and researcher in the area of Indigenous health policy. Dr. Gabel has research and instructional expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research and Indigenous health and well-being. Dr. Gabel has extensive familiarity implementing the procedures outlined in Tri-Council Policy Statement Chapter 9, regarding the ethical conduct of research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada, and has worked with Indigenous research ethics boards across Canada. Dr. Gabel is currently the primary investigator on a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, both of which focus on strengthening Indigenous self determination, health and well-being through the use of digital technology.

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