Biography | July 2017


Catherine L. Mah MD FRCPC PhD is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University.

She directs the Food Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary program of research in the policy and practice of public health, with a focus on health-promoting innovations in the food system. Her work integrates population health intervention research, policy science, and community action on environmental contexts for consumption. She has led food and nutrition issue analyses in four provinces in Canada and internationally, with collaborators in Canada, Japan, and Australia. In addition, she regularly contributes expertise to aligned health portfolios, including cancer prevention, immunization, municipal governance, food security, and regulatory aspects of the food supply.

Dr. Mah previously held fellowships at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, Kyoto University, Toronto Public Health, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She continues to hold an appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Her current research focuses on strengthening data and policy options to negotiate dual aims in community nutrition and economic development, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, in collaboration with Health Canada and FLEdGE, a global research partnership on food and sustainability.

Faculty Websites

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Health
University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance



So you think food insecurity is a big deal? [read the piece at Wayne Roberts' blog and learn more at the PROOF website]
Feature story on PROOF food insecurity conference | December 6, 2016

Public health is everything [listen at GSJ & Co or iTunes]
Podcast episode S2E2 of Welcome to the Food Court for GSJ & Co | original air date October 31, 2016

Promoting healthier diets in rural and remote communities [read at PLoS]
Blog post for PLoS Translational Global Health blog | October 11, 2016

Healthy food for all [listen on SoundCloud]
Internet radio interview with Elling Lien for Food First NL | original air date October 28, 2015

Household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador [download 2014 PROOF report]
Radio interview with Fred Hutton for VOCM Local News Now | December 14, 2015

Healthy corner stores–healthy communities [read Telegram] [download 2015 Vital Signs Report]
Interview and profile of Healthy Corner Stores NL project | October 5, 2015

A fresh take on local food policy [read via the Harris Centre]
Interview by Cathy Newhook for FaceForward | July 9, 2015

Healthy Corner Stores NL
Radio interview with Fred Hutton for VOCM Local News Now | June 30, 2015

St. John’s deemed a food swamp by experts [read The Overcast]
Piece on our Engage Memorial public workshop by Terri Coles in The Overcast | June 17, 2015

New food policy council in St. John’s will help create a stronger food system [read The Overcast]
By Amy Stoodley for The Overcast | June 2, 2015

Healthy corner stores initiative to benefit both business and community [read The Overcast]
By Erin Power for The Overcast | June 3, 2015

What's for lunch? A panel discussion on food [listen at Beyond the Headlines]
Podcast interview for Beyond the Headlines | May 5, 2013

Food insecurity: uncomfortable food truths
Profile by W. Roberts for CrossCurrents | Spring 2012


Visual Credits: Most event design and project logos by Perfect Day and Donderdag. Eatrip poster New People Entertainment. Photography by CL Mah and GW Schnitzler. Website by CL Mah on Squarespace, 2016 all rights reserved.