Biography | August 2016


Catherine L. Mah, MD PhD leads 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 and policy action on environmental contexts for consumption.

The mission of the Food Policy Lab is to establish the conditions for many sectors and disciplines to act as champions for promoting health, using food as a tool for dialogue, analysis, and engagement. Its aim is to learn from and scale the ingenuity of diverse food system stakeholders to create a supportive policy environment with integrated health, social, and economic priorities.

Dr. Mah holds funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, and the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. She is Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Memorial University and is appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is a former member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and a founding member of the St. John’s Food Policy Council.

Faculty Websites

Memorial University, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Community Health and Humanities
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.