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Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer B.Sc., Ph.D. Associate Professor Community Health and Epidemiology

HSC E-wing 3214

Research Area(s)

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


PhD (Nutrition)
BSc (Biomedical Sciences)

Researcher, Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit
Board of Directors, Community-University Institute for Social Research
Board of Directors, Saskatoon Food Council
2015 Canadian Food Hero, Slow Food Canada
Alumni of Influence Award, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan (2014)

Current grants:

  • Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Burns K (Co-principal Investigator), Enns G (Co-investigator), Belt C (Collaborator), Erickson L (Collaborator), Tu S (Collaborator). Promising Practices in Food Reclamation for Saskatoon, Research Junction - Co-funded by the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon.

  • Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Muhajarine N (Co-investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Mousavi S (Co-investigator), Vatanparast H (Co-investigator), McVittie J (Co-investigator), Black J (Co-investigator), Kirk S (Co-investigator), Gilliland J (Co-investigator), Wittman H (Co-investigator). Improving School Food: Universal Integrated Healthy Lunch Intervention Research, Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

  • Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Muhajarine N (Co-investigator), Vatanparast H (Co-investigator), Black J (Co-investigator), Gilliland J (Co-investigator), Kirk S (Co-investigator), Wittman H (Co-investigator). Improving School Food: Universal Integrated Healthy Lunch Intervention Research, College of Medicine / Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic / Office of the President / University of Saskatchewan.

  • Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Farnese P (Co-investigator), Loring P (Co-investigator), Jennings D (Co-investigator), Kryzanowski J (Collaborator). Indigenous Food in the City: Knowledge Dissemination and Exchange, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

  • Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Loring P (Co-investigator), Abonyi S (Co-investigator), Kryzanowski J (Collaborator). Indigenous Food in the City: Knowledge Dissemination and Exchange, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

  • Leis A (Principal Investigator), Muhajarine N (Co-investigator), Sari N (Co-investigator), Humbert M (Co-investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator), Froehlich Chow A (Co-investigator), Ward S (Co-investigator). Healthy Start-Départ Santé Phase 3, This is the continuation of Phase 2. The main objective is to expand reach while culturally adapt the intervention and engage parents of 3-5 years old.

  • Vatanparast H (Principal Investigator), Racine L (Principal Investigator), Koc M (Co-principal Investigator), Batal N (Co-investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator), Garcea J (Co-investigator), White J (Co-investigator), Qarmout T (Co-investigator), Farag M (Co-investigator). The impact of socio-economic, geographic, and cultural factors on household food insecurity of Syrian refugees resettled in rural and small cities across Saskatchewan,

  • Vatanparast H (Principal Investigator), Koc K (Co-principal Investigator), Racine L (Co-investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator), Garcea J (Co-investigator), White J (Co-investigator), Qarmout T (Co-investigator), Farag M (Co-investigator), Iqbal R (Co-investigator), Diaz E (Co-investigator). The impact of soci-economic, geography, and cultural factors on household food insecurity of Syrian refugees: A comprehensive study after resettlement in Canada., Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • Muhajarine N (Co-principal Investigator), Gauvin L (Co-principal Investigator), Raynault M (Co-principal Investigator), Masse R (Co-investigator), Daly P (Co-investigator), Neudorf C (Co-investigator), Barnett T (Co-investigator), Bilodeau A (Co-investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator), Fuller D (Co-investigator), Laurin I (Co-investigator), Morency P (Co-investigator), Potvin L (Co-investigator), Robitaille É (Co-investigator), Sandhu J (Co-investigator), Sari N (Co-investigator), Stanton-Jean M (Co-investigator), Winters M (Co-investigator), Lu J (Co-investigator), Benoit F (Co-investigator), Deny C (Co-investigator), Falkner V (Co-investigator), Paquin S (Co-investigator), Lysyshyn J (Co-investigator), Macfarlane R (Co-investigator), Drouin L (Co-investigator). MUSE: Multisectoral Urban Systems for health and Equity in Canadian cities /Multisectorielles et Urbaines : approches pour la Santé et l’Equité dans les villes canadiennes, This is a team grant application co-led by Lise Gauvin and Nazeem Muhajarine, engaging chief MHOs and researchers from four cities: Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Vancouver. CIHR.


CHEP 802 – Community and Population Health Research Methods
CHEP 815 – Food Systems and Community Health

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Everitt T, Engler-Stringer R, Martin W, Vatanparast H. (In Press). Comparing Diet Quality of School Meals Versus Food Brought from Home. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.
  • 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.
  • S Del Canto, R Engler-Stringer. (2018). Prohibitive property practices: The impact of restrictive covenants on the built food environment. In: Hinch R, Gray A, editors. A Handbook of Food Crime. University of Bristol 1-9 Old Park Hill: Policy Press; p. Chapter 9.
  • S Ward, M Belanger, D Donovan, H Vatanparast, N Muhajarine, R Engler-Stringer, A Leis, L Humbert, N Carrier. (2017). Association between childcare educators’ practices and preschoolers’ physical activity and dietary intake: A cross-sectional analysis.BMJ Open. 7(5): e013657.
  • C Olauson, R Engler-Stringer, H Vatanparast, R Hanoski. (2017). Student Food Insecurity: Examining Barriers to Higher Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
  • M Belanger, L Humbert, H Vatanparast, S Ward, N Muhajarine, A Froehlich Chow, R Engler-Stringer, D Donovan, N Carrier, A Leis. (2017). A multilevel intervention to increase physical activity and improve healthy eating and physical literacy among young children (ages 3-5) attending early childcare centres: the Healthy Start-Départ Santé cluster randomised controlled trial study proto. BMC Public Health. 15:313. Epub 2016 Ap: 313.
  • R Engler-Stringer, J Schaefer, T Ridalls, N Muhajarine. (2017). Lessons Learned From a Food Environment Intervention Study: Recruitment and Retention of Participants in Disadvantaged Urban Inner-City Neighborhoods. Health Education and Behavior. Nov 1:10901981177406
  • J Gu, G Groot, L Holtslander, R Engler-Stringer. (2017). Understanding Women’s Choice of Mastectomy Versus Breast Conserving Therapy in Early Stage Breast Cancer. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology. 11: 1179554917691266.
  •  H Abeykoon, R Engler-Stringer, N Muhajarine. (2017). Health-Related Outcomes of New Grocery Store Interventions: A Systematic Review. Public Health Nutrition. 20(12): 2236-2248.
  •  S Ward, M Belanger, H Vatanparast, D Donovan, N Carrier, R Engler-Stringer, A Leis. (2017). Lunch is ready… but not healthy: An analysis of lunches served in childcare centres in two Canadian provinces. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 108(4): e342-e347.
  •  A Hatala, O Isbister-Bear, S Calvez, K Naytowhow, O Butt, P Downe, R Engler-Stringer. (2017). The Interpersonal Skills of Community-Engaged Scholarship. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.Le H, Engler-Stringer R, Muahajarine N. Walkable Home Neighbourhood Food Environment and Children’s Overweight and Obesity: Proximity, Density or Price. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2016 Jun;107(suppl. 1):s42-s47.
  • Minaker L, Black J, Mah C, Engler-Stringer R, Olstad D, Shuh A. Retail Food Environments Research in Canada: a Scoping Review. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2016 Jun;107(suppl. 1):s4-s13.
  • Fuller D, Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N. Retail Food Environments Research Promising Future with More Work to be Done. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2016 Jun;107(suppl. 1):s68-s70.
  • Engler-Stringer R, Schaefer J, Ridalls T. An Examination of the Roles Played by Early Adolescent Children in Interactions with their Local Food Environment. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2016 Jun;107(suppl. 1):s48-52.
  • Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N, Ridalls T, Abonyi S, Vatanparast H, Whiting S, Walker R. The Good Food Junction: A Community-Based Food Intervention to Address Nutritional Health Inequities. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Research Protocols. 2016 Apr 15;5(2):e52. doi:10.2196/resprot.5303.
  • Bélanger M, Humbert L, Vatanparast H, Muhajarine N, Froehlich Chow A, Engler-Stringer R, Donovan D, Carrier N, Leis A. A Multilevel Intervention to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Healthy Eating and Physical Literacy Among Young Children Attending Early Childcare Centres: The Healthy Start-Départ Santé Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial Study Protocol. BMC Public Health. 2016 Apr 8;16:313. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2973-5.
  • Wang J, Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N. Assessing the Consumer Food Environment in Restaurants by Neighbourhood Distress Level across Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2015 Oct 9:1-9.
  • Mantyka S, Engler-Stringer R. Engagement of Partners in a Short-Term Collaboration: The Saskatoon Region Food Assessment. The Engaged Scholar. 2015 Sep;1(2):166-186.
  • Del Canto S, Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N. Characterizing Saskatoon’s food environment: A neighbourhood-level analysis of in-store fruit and vegetable access. Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 2015 Jul;24(1):ePUB.
  • Froelich-Chow A, Humbert L, Leis A, Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N. Supporting Healthy Eating Among Early Years Children: A Pulse Crop Pilot Intervention Study. Journal of Agromedicine. 2015; 20(3), 386-9
  • Lotoski L, Engler-Stringer R, Muhajarine N. Cross-sectional analysis of a community-based cooperative grocery store intervention in Saskatoon, Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2015 May;106(3):e147-e153.
  • Fuller D, Engler-Stringer R. Examining food purchasing patterns from sales data at a full-service grocery store intervention in a former food desert. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2015 Mar;2:164-169.
  • Engler-Stringer R, Le H, Gerrard A, Muhajarine N. The Community and Consumer Food Environment and Diet in Children: A systematic Review. BMC Public Health. 2014 May;14(522). Epub 2014 May 29.
  • Engler-Stringer, R. Muhajarine, N. Le. H. Del Canto, S. Ridalls, T. Characterizing the Food Environment in Saskatoon for Families with Children: Research Methods and Descriptive Results. Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit; 2014
  • Engler-Stringer R, Shah T, Muhajarine N, Bell S. Geographic Access to Healthy and Unhealthy Food Sources for Children in Neighbourhoods and from Elementary Schools in a Mid-Sized Canadian City. Journal of Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology. 2014 Jul;11(October 2014):23-32. Epub 2014 Jul 19.
  • Engler-Stringer R. Food Security. In: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. 1st. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer; 2014. p. 2326-2327.
  • Engler-Stringer R. Community Nutrition Practice and Research: Integrating a Food Sovereignty Approach. In: Wittman H, Desmarais AA, Wiebe N, editors. Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems. Fernwood Publishing; 2011. p. 134-150.
  • Engler-Stringer R, Stringer B, Haines T. Increased Risk of Food Insecurity is Associated with Less Complex Food Preparation in a Group of Young Low-Income Women. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2011;72(3):133.
  • Engler-Stringer R. Food selection and preparation practices in a group of young low-income women in Montreal. Appetite. 2011;56(1):118.