Core Team:

Dr. Nazeem MuhajarineDr. Nazeem Muhajarine is a social epidemiologist, professor, community health and epidemiology, and Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). Since March 2020, he has been a prominent voice on COVID-19—locally, provincially and nationally. He leads half-dozen or more COVID related scientific projects, focused on epidemiology, social behaviour, mental health, and policy. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Mental Health Research Canada, and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, among others. He serves on provincial and national expert committees on COVID, and works with community groups, decision-makers and other scientists. Doing research that matters for policy and action during the COVID-19 pandemic has been an important priority for him. 

Dr. Erika DyckErika Dyck is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the History of Health & Social Justice at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author or co-author of several books, including: Psychedelic Psychiatry (2008); A Culture’s Catalyst: Historical Encounters with Peyote and the Native American Church in Canada (2016); Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond (2018);  Mujeres y Psicodélicos (2022) and co-author of The Acid Room: the psychedelic trials and tribulations of Hollywood Hospital (2022). She sits on the Board of Directors of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and is Associate Director of Chacruna in Canada.

Dr. Jim CliffordDr. Jim Clifford, an Associate Professor in the Department of History,  is an environmental and urban historian of Britain, Canada and the wider British world in the nineteenth century with experience using advanced digital methods including geographic information systems and text mining. His involvement in the project stems from his work on the social histories of infectious diseases and public health in the 1890s in London. He researched how concerns around public health reshaped the society and politics of East London, but never could find enough sources on the perspectives and experiences of regular people. The Remember Rebuild Saskatchewan projects is making an effort to record more perspectives and create the interdisciplinary opportunities to start learning from the pandemic during its immediate aftermath and create a resource for future generations.

Dr. Patrick Chasse

Patrick Chassé, Ph.D., is managing the Remember Rebuild project and has a long-standing interest in the connections between environmental health and the well-being of communities. His current research explores how peasant and indigenous communities across Latin America are coping with climate change, which is driving migration and malnutrition.  He has worked in rural Guatemala as a human rights accompanier and continues to work alongside peasant organizations that promote sustainable agriculture.

Dr. James DixonDr. James Dixon, Research Officer for Community Health & Epidemiology, is leading our inquiry into COVID-19's effect on Mental Health and Substance Use in Saskatchewan. James has been working in the field of substance use since 2012 in both community-based and research settings. He is passionate about harm reduction, community capacity building, and reducing inequities for people who use drugs. When he’s not working, James stays busy volunteering on the board for Saskatoon Sexual Health, spending time outdoors, and doing yoga.

Suvadra Datta-GuptaSuvadra Datta Gupta, PhD Candidate and Research Officer in Community Health & Epidemiology, is leading our analysis of COVID-19's impact on housing and food insecurity in Saskatchewan. She has significant experience in overseeing research projects involving survey design and data management, econometric analysis of large datasets and developing policy proposals. She is passionate about data analysis and her research interests include school food programs, food insecurity, health inequity and inequality, child undernutrition, and policy analysis. Other areas of work include training, and program monitoring and evaluation.  

Yvonne Hanson

Yvonne Hanson, Interim Research Officer SPHERUis also managing the Remember Rebuild project. Yvonne has significant community-engagement experience, especially related to health and food security issues. She recently worked as the provincial manager for the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) working on patient-oriented researchGiving patients direct say into their health care has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic as demands come from many communities to pay greater attention to health care at every level.

Research Team

Survey Development

Jessica McCutcheon, Associate Director / Survey Research Manager and Specialist, Canadian Hub for Applied Social Research

Housing and Food Insecurity 

  • Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Community Lead, Saskatoon Interagency Response to COVID19 & Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership
  • Sarah Buhler, Co-Lead (Housing), Professor, Law, USask
  • Rachel Engler-Stringer, Co-Lead (Food Security), Professor, SPHERU, Community Health & Epidemiology, USask
  • Jason Mercredi, Community Lead, Acting Director of Housing, Contact | Métis Nation Saskatchewan (
  • Gord Androsoff, CHEP Good Food
  • Daniel Adeyinka, SPHER / Community Health and Epidemiology
  • Jovana Miladinovic, Medical Student, University of Saskatchewan
  • Isobel Findlay, Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR)
  • Debra Haubrich, Melius Terra/Know YXE
  • Ian Roach, Melius Terra, Know YXE
  • Bonnie Jeffrey, SPHERU / Social Work
  • Sandra Kary, Friendship Inn
  • Laurie O'Connor, Saskatoon Food Bank
  • Len Usiskin, Quint Development Corporation
  • Chelsea Brown, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Qu'Appelle Region

Substance Use and Mental Health

  • Kayla DeMong, Community Lead, Prairie Harm Reduction
  • Barb Fornssler, Co-Lead, Adjunct Professor, Public Health, Sociology, USask
  • Gabriela Novotna, Co-Lead, SPHERU, Social Work, University of Regina
  • Natalie Kalliol, Centre for Co-operatives, USask
  • Raina Kim, Medical Student, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jane Macleod, Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF)
  • Victoria Taras, Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF)
  • Mansfield Mela, Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies
  • Vikram Nichani, SPHERU, Community Health and Epidemiology
  • Nuelle Novik, SPHERU, Social Work
  • Akela Peoples, Mental Health Research Canada
  • Michael Cooper, Mental Health Research Canada
  • Lenore Swystun, Prairie Wild Consulting
  • Sabbir Ahmed, SPHERU / Community Health and Epidemiology

Web Archiving 

  • Craig Harkema, Assistant Librarian, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Co-director Digital Research Centre, Digital Research Centre, University Library, USask, 
  • Tim Hutchinson, Head, University Archives and Special Collections
  • John Yobb, University Library
  • Derek Cameron, PhD Candidate, Department of History
  • Richard Oware, PhD Candidate, Department of History
  • Domenica Medina Sanchez, Undergraduate, Department of History
  • Daniel Ha, Undergraduate, Department of History

Interviews and Health Policy

  • Simonne Horwitz, Professor, History, USask
  • Helen Vandenberg, Assistant Professor, Nursing, USask
  • Tom McIntosh, SPHERU, International Studies
  • Michelle Stewart, University of Regina-Justice Studies, SPHERU
  • Sylvia Abonyi, SPHERU / Community Health & Epidemiology
  • Charles Smith, St. Thomas More-Political Studies
  • Alex Wong, Medicine
  • Scott Napper, VIDO-InterVac
  • Murray Mandryk, PostMedia
  • Erin Matthews, MA Candidate, Student Leader for Interviews
  • Sarah Karp, Undergraduate, Interviews and Digital Collections

This research study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Saskatchewan Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Beh-1945).