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Dr. Cari Dawn McIlduff BA, PhD Assistant Professor Community Health and Epidemiology


Dr. Cari McIlduff obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology in Canada, with the support of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, and has worked in early childhood intervention in a rural School Division in Canada. She completed her PhD in Australia exploring best practice methods and cultural safety in working with Indigenous Peoples. 

Cari has authored a parenting module for families who have or are experiencing trauma and/or toxic stress within the Positive Parenting Program. She co-developed, evaluated and authored the Model of Engaging Communities Collaboratively with Indigenous communities across five countries; a model of culturally safe methodology for community capacity building and social change that was piloted across 42 communities in the Kimberley region of north Western Australia. She is dedicated to working with Indigenous communities globally to support, promote and hold space for self-determination, community-led social change and research agendas for what is required in each unique Indigenous community.

Cari’s research interests are in mental health, epigenetics, effects of colonization that continues to oppress Indigenous Peoples globally, effects of racism, social change/justice, and child and family wellbeing.


CHEP 819 – Coordinated and guest lecturer 2021 Winter term; taught/coordinated 2022 Winter term

CHEP 402 – Teaching/coordinating 2022 Winter term


Bachelor Degree in Psychology – King’s University College, Edmonton, AB
PhD – University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
Post Doc – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Selected Publications

  • Suleman, S., O’Brian, J., McIlduff, C., Benson, B., Labine, N., Khan, S., Tse, T., Kawchuk, J., Kapur, P., Abramyk, C., Reimche, E., Valiani, S., (2023). Understanding equitable and affirming communication moments and relationship milestones during the intensive care unit journey: findings from stage 1 of a design thinking project. Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12630-023-02456-9
  • Sullivan, P., McIlduff, C. (2023). The long story of an Indigenous health research project. Healthy Populations Journal, 3(1), 55-81. DOI: 10.15273/hpj.v3i1.11486
  • Sullivan, P., Starr, V., Dubois, E., Starr, A., Acharibasam, J. B., & McIlduff, C. (2023). Where past meets present: Indigenous vaccine hesitancy in Saskatchewan. Medical Humanities, medhum–2022–012501. https://doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2022-012501
  • McIlduff, C.D., Turner, K., Davies, J., Carter, E., Thomas, S., Andersson, E., Hand, M., Einfeld, S. ., & Elliott, E. (2022). Embedding the Model of Engaging with Communities Collaboratively (MECC) in the Jandu Yani U (For All Families) Project in Aboriginal communities of the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 15(1), 101-118. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcis.2314
  • McIlduff, C.D., Andersson, E., Turner, K.T., Thomas, S., Davies, J, Hand, M., Carter, E., Einfeld, S., Elliott, E. (2022). Jandu Yani U (For All Families): Tailored Triple P Training and Support Promote Empowerment in Remote Aboriginal Communities. Manuscript submitted in: Journal of Child and Family Studies https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02355-5
  • Bourassa, C., McKenna, B., Keewatin, M., Anderson, S., Legare, M., Hagel, M., Starblanket, D., Billan, J., McIlduff, C. (2021). “Restoring Indigenous Sexuality” in Teaching about Sex and Sexualities in Higher Education. Susan Hillock ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • McIlduff, C.D., Turner, K., Sanders, M. (2020) Parenting through toxic stress and trauma. Positive Parenting Program.
  • McIlduff, C., Forster, M., Carter, E., Davies, J., Thomas, S., Turner, K., Brown Wilson, C., & Sanders, M. (2020). Model of Engaging Communities Collaboratively. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 13(1), 45-69. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcis.v13i1.1346
  • Andersson, Ellaina, McIlduff, Cari, Turner, Karen, Thomas, Sue, Davies, Jadnah, Elliott, Elizabeth J, & Einfeld, Stewart. (2019). Jandu Yani U ‘For All Families’ Triple P—positive parenting program in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: a study protocol for a community intervention trial. BMJ Open, 9(10), e032559–e032559. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032559
  • Turner, K., Hodge, L., Forster, M., McIlduff, C. (2018). Working effectively with Indigenous families. The Power of Positive Parenting. New York: Oxford University Press, pp.321-331