Amber Gillespie

BScN (McMaster University), BEd (Brock University), MPH (University of Guelph)


I first became interested in preventative healthcare after working as a Registered Nurse within the field of cardiology and critical care and observing poor outcomes arising, in part, from circumstances that could have been prevented. As a result, I have become increasingly of the belief that if we are truly to make a difference in the health of Canadians, we must shift more of a focus towards an upstream model of healthcare that addresses lifestyle and social factors. Therefore, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Papadopoulos, I will be seeking to understand the impact of expanding the knowledge of the social determinants of health to the general population.

Research Interests

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Health System Research and Evaluation
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Health Equity


Amber is a part-time faculty member with McMaster (Conestoga College) and Nipissing University’s nursing programs.