Thompson Rivers University

Rod McCormick

Name: Dr. Rod McCormick
Position: Professor and Research Chair
Phone: 250-299-5052


I am an Indigenous health researcher. My Nation is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk). I live on Reserve in my partners home community of Tkemlups te Secwepemc.

Research Interests

Although my research chair is technically named Indigenous child and maternal health and education my broad area of research is in Indigenous health. Most of my professional training and experience is in Counselling Psychology and in Indigenous mental health. For the past 15 years I have been engaged in Indigenous health research capacity building and in Indigenous health research advocacy at the provincial and national level. For over 10 years I ran the BC Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments (ACADRE), the Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHRBCYT), and Kloshe Tillicum. On the advocacy front I am the co-founder/leader of the National Aboriginal Health Research Steering Committee: Kawatsire. At present I am developing a new centre at TRU called: All my Relations. This centre will be a national Indigenous family and community health research and training centre to identify, research and further develop and implement best practices in Aboriginal family and community health and healing.

Research Funding

The majority of my research funding has come from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($29,331,929). I have been a either a PI, Co-PI or Co-I on the following competitive CIHR funded research grants

1. Indigenous Mentorship Program in Traditional medicine

2. CIHR Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research

3. Aboriginal Health Research Networks (AHRNets) for Aboriginal Knowledge and Ways of Knowing

4. Network environment for aboriginal health research in BC and the western arctic" (NEAHR-BCWA)

5. Long QT Syndrome in Northern British Columbia: Understanding the impact

6. Resilient indigenous health workforce networks: constructing an international framework

7. Access issues for Aboriginal people seeking primary care services in an urban centre

8. Building community support for aboriginal youth: Prevention of youth suicide attempt and personal injury

9. The Cedar Project: Exploring vulnerabilities to HIV, HCV, and STIs among young Aboriginal people who use drugs in urban and rural settings

10. Honouring Our Strengths: Indigenous Culture as Intervention in Addictions Treatment

11. Injury in British Columbia's aboriginal communities: Building capacity while developing knowledge

12. Understanding and acting on Aboriginal suicide: A new multidisciplinary research team

13. Making Quality Count: Developing Primary Health Care Research Networks to Reduce Disparaties for Vulnerable Populations

14. An exploration of how to develop culturally appropriate health care within the Aboriginal Nations

15. Using Land-based Stewardship to Improve Health and Wellness among Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Populations

16. National network for aboriginal mental health research

17. Roots of resilience: transformations of identity and community in indigenous mental health

18. B.C. ACADRE: What works? The four R's of Aboriginal health


Ph.D. University of British Columbia-Counselling Psychology 1994

M.A. University of Victoria-Counselling Psychology 1986

B.Ed. Queens University 1981

B.A. Carleton University 1980


Publications-last 5 years only

Journal articles

Jin, A., George, M. A., Brussoni, M., Lalonde, C., & McCormick, R. (2015). Primary care visits due to injuries among the Aboriginal off-reserve population of British Columbia, Canada, 1991-2010, International Journal for Equity in Health The official journal of the International Society for Equity in Health14:136

George, M. A., Jin, A., Brussoni, M., Lalonde, C., & McCormick, R. (2015). Injury risk in British Columbia, Canada: Are Aboriginal children and youth over-represented? Injury Epidemiology, 2(1), 7. DOI: 10.1186/s40621-015-0039-2.

Caron, N., Thira, S., Jovel, E., Butler-Walker, J., Lalonde, C., Arbour, L., Vedan, R., Mccormick, R. (2015) Capacity Interrupted: The Kloshe Tillicum Graduate Student Training Experience. Canadian Journal of Native Education

Jin, A., Lalonde, C.E., Brussoni, M. McCormick, R. George, A. (2015). Injury hospitalizations due to unintentional falls among the Aboriginal population of British Columbia, Canada: Incidence, changes over time, and ecological analysis of risk markers, 1991-2010. PloS One.

Chachamovich, E., Kirmayer, L., Haggarty, J., Cargo, M., McCormick, R., Turecki, (2015) Suicide Among Inuit: Results From a Large, Epidemiologically Representative Follow-Back Study in Nunavut, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 60(6):268-75.

Scheifele D, Halperin S, Lajeunesse C, Dawar M, McCormick R, Lem M. (2013) Response of Aboriginal infants to pertussis vaccine components: results of a controlled comparison study. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2013, 72:20930.

George,M.A, R McCormick, CE Lalonde, A Jin, Brussono, M., Ishiyama, I. (2013) The RISC research project: injury in First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada. International journal of circumpolar health, 2013:72:21182

McCormick, R. (2012) Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen. Cross Currents. The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health 15(5).

Goodwill, A, McCormick, R. (2012) Giibinenimidizomin: Owning Ourselves Critical Incidents in the Attainment of Aboriginal Identity. Canadian Journal of Counselling and psychotherapy 46 (1), 21-34.

Book Chapters

McCormick, R., Walton, P., Arnouse, M. (2013) The Child is father of the man. In Working with Aboriginal Peoples with Mental Health and Addiction Problems : A Guide for Health, Justice and Social Service Professionals (Eds) P. Menzies and L. Lavall??e, Toronto, Centre for Adiction and Mental Health.

McCormick, R., Thira, S., Arvay, M., Rinaldis, S. (2013) In their own words: A retrospective exploratory study of how to facilitate healing for suicidal Indigenous youth. In Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research In J R. Cutcliffe, J.Santos, P. Links, J. Zaheer, H. Harder, F. Campbell, R.McCormick, Y. Bergmans, K. Harder, New York, Routledge ??? 496 pages

Wardman D, McCormick R, McKennit D, O'Donaghy P. (2012) Non-traditional use of tobacco among Aboriginal Canadians In C. Els, D. Kunyk, P. Selby, (Eds.) Disease Interrupted: Tobacco Reduction and Cessation, Charleston, NC: CreateSpace.


Cutcliffe, J.R., Santos, J., Links, P. S., Zaheer, J., Harder, H., Campbell, F., McCormick, R., Bergmans, Y., Harder, K. (2013). Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research (496 pages).

McCormick, R., Amundson, N., & Poehnell, G. (2002), Guiding Circles: career Exploration for Aboriginal people (38 pages) Aboriginal Human Resources Development Council

McCormick, R., Amundson, N., & Poehnell, G. (2006), Guiding Circles: An Aboriginal Guide to finding Career paths Booklet 2: Finding New Possibilities (38 pages) Aboriginal Human Resources Development Council of Canada

Conference Presentations

I have been a presenter or keynote presenter at over 100 national and international scholarly conferences.

Employment History

1994-2013 Lecturer/Assistant/Associate Professor at UBC

2013-present Professor and BCIC Research Chair at TRU

Courses Taught

At UBC I largely taught clinical counselling courses as well as group counselling, career counselling and cross cultural counselling.

At TRU I have taught advanced counseling skills and group psychotherapy

Graduate Supervision

I have been the primary supervisor or co-supervisor of 27 PhD students, 54 MA students, 23 MEd students and other masters students eg MSW, MScN. Students that I have supervised /mentored have received approximately 2.5 million dollars in scholarship funding


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