College of Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • School food programs
  • Nutritional health inequities
  • Community-based and participatory research
  • Food systems and food security
  • Health promotion


PhD (Nutrition)
BSc (Biomedical Sciences)

Researcher, Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit
Board of Directors, Community-University Institute for Social Research
Co-Lead, School Food Working Group of the Canadian Association for Food Studies
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Food Studies Journal
2023 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, Government of Saskatchewan
2015 Canadian Food Hero, Slow Food Canada
2014 Alumni of Influence Award, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan

Selected Current Grants

Engler-Stringer, R. Good Food for Learning – Growing Universal Lunches in Saskatoon, Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation/Public Health Agency of Canada.

Engler-Stringer, R. Ruetz, A.& Coalition for Healthy School Food. Developing Evidence Informed School Food Programs - A How-To Guide for Communities in Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Engler-Stringer, R. Vatanparast, H. Ahmad, Z., Norris, C. Growing Success: Scaling the Good Food for Learning Population Health Intervention Research Project. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation & Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Engler-Stringer, R. Development and Validation of a School Food Program Typology for Canadian Communities, College of Medicine Research Award, University of Saskatchewan.

Engler-Stringer, R., Field, D., Ruetz, A., Gilliland, J., Mercille, G., Kirk, S.L., Levkoe, C., Koc, M., Mosby, I., Renwick, K., Hoyer, G. & Skinner, K. Examining Canadian School Food Models to Inform Best-Practices and Decision-Making for a Universal and Nationally-Harmonized School Food Program, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Engler-Stringer R, Food Secure Canada. Examining Canadian School Food Models to Inform Decision-Making for a Universal and Nationally-Harmonized School Food Program Internship, MITACS.


CHEP 822 – Community and Population Health Research Methods
CHEP 815 – Food Systems and Community Health

Selected Publications

Black, J., Elliott, S., Engler-Stringer, R., Field, D., Liné, T., Mansfield, B. (2024). Centering Children, Health and Justice in Canadian School Food Programs. In Jennifer E. Gaddis, Sarah A. Robert (Ed.), Transforming School Food Politics Around the World. Boston, MA: MIT Press

Ruetz, A.T., Michnik, K., Engler-Stringer, R., et al. (2024). School Food Programs in Canada: 15 Promising Cases. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan and Coalition for Healthy School Food.

Datta Gupta., S., Pahwa, P., Engler-Stringer. R. (2023). An examination of willingness to participate and willingness to pay for a universal school food program in the Canadian context. Public Health Nutrition, 26(12): 3266-3277.

Everitt, T., Ward, S., Martin, W. & Engler-Stringer, R. (2023). Factors contributing to school food program acceptance: a Review of Canadian literature. Health Promotion International, 38(1): daac160.

Ruetz, A.T., Tasala, K., McKenna, M., Martin, A., Michnik, K., Edwards, G., Engler-Stringer, R., Everitt, T., Maximova, K., Mosby, I., Seko, Y., &, Woodruff. & S. (April 2023). School Food Case Study: Canada: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

T., Everitt., R., Engler-Stringer. & W., Martin. (2022). Operationalizing sustainable food systems through food programs in elementary schools. Canadian Food Studies, 9(3): 124-146.

Datta Gupta., R, Engler-Stringer., AT, Ruetz. & ML, McKenna. (2022). School Food Programming across Canada during the COVID 19 Pandemic: Program Reach and Modalities. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 21(1): 141.

Engler-Stringer, R. (April 2022). Producer, The French School Lunch Program [Video Recording].

Engler-Stringer, R. (February 2022). Producer, The Japanese School Lunch Program [Video Recording].

Engler-Stringer, R. (January 2022). Producer, The Finnish School Lunch Program [Video Recording].

Coulas, M.E. Ruetz, A.T. Ismail, M.R. Goodridge, L. Stutz, S. Engler-Stringer, R. (2022). COVID-19 School Re-Opening Plans: Rolling Back School Food Programming in Canada? Frontiers in Communication.

Everitt, T. Engler-Stringer, R. Martin, W. Ward, S. (2022). Proposing a Framework for School Food Program Evaluation in Canada. Canadian Food Studies Journal.

Engler-Stringer, R. Black, J. Muhajarine, N. Martin, W. Gilliland, J. McVittie, J. Kirk, S.L Wittman, H. Elliott, S. Tu, S. Mousavi, A. Hills, B. Androsoff, G. Field, D. MacDonald, B. Belt, C. Vatanparast, H. (2021). The Good Food For Learning Universal Curriculum-Integrated Healthy School Lunch Intervention: A Two-Year Matched Control Pre/Post and Case Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Engler-Stringer R. Mosby I. Kirk S.L. (2021). Meeting the Recommendations Outlined in Canada’s New Food Guide Through a National School Food Program. In: Critical Perspectives in Food Studies: Oxford University Press

Kouri L, Engler-Stringer R, Thomson T, Wood M. Food Justice in the Inner City: Reflections from a Program of Public Health Nutrition Research in Saskatchewan. In: Settee P, Shukla S, editors. Indigenous Food Systems: Concepts, Cases and Conversations. 2020.

Ermine R. Engler-Stringer R. Farnese P. Abbott G. (2020). Towards Improving Traditional Food Access for Urban Indigenous People. Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit

Everitt T, Engler-Stringer R, Martin W, Vatanparast H. (2020). Comparing Diet Quality of School Meals Versus Food Brought from Home. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.

Everitt T. Engler-Stringer R. Martin W. (2020). Determining Promising Practices for Canadian School Food Programs. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. September 18: 1-21.

Hackett P. Abonyi S. Engler-Stringer R. (2020). Revealing Circumstances of Epidemiologic Transition Among Indigenous Peoples: The Case if the Keg River (Alberta) Métis. The Canadian Geographer. August 26: 1-16.

Engler-Stringer R. Fuller D. Abeykoon H, Olauson, C, Muhajarine, N. (2019). An Examination of Failed Grocery Store Interventions in Former Food Deserts. Health Education and Behavior.

Hubbard, T., Kouri, L. & Engler-Stringer, R. (September 2018). Producer, Pathways: Feed Each Other - Short documentary film on how Indigenous traditional/country foods make their way into Saskatoon [Video Recording].

Hernandez K, Engler-Stringer R, Wittman H, McNicoll S, Kirk S. The Case for a Canadian National School Food Program. Canadian Food Studies. 2018 Sep 30.