University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   

Distinguished and New Researcher Award Recipients – 2013

Jim Waldram
Jim Waldram
Department of Psychology and Archaeology and Anthropology
Distinguished Researcher Award
Spring 2013

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member’s contributions to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. James Waldram, professor in the Departments of Psychology and Archaeology and Anthropology, is the 2013 recipient.

Trained in medical and psychological anthropology, Dr. Waldram is recognized internationally for his community-based research and has established an extraordinary research program that advances our knowledge of Aboriginal health and healing, cultural epidemiology, environmental risks and rights, and institutional ethnography. His research has included pioneering ethnographic studies of therapeutic programs for criminal offenders, leading to the publication of The Way of the Pipe: Aboriginal Spirituality and Symbolic Healing in Canadian Prisons (1997), and more recently, Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention (2012). His interest in understanding the concept of “healing” in a cultural context led him to Belize, where he is undertaking a project with Q’eqchi Maya healers studying the structure and forms of their healing knowledge. Dr. Waldram maintains an interest in the impacts of environmental hazards on Aboriginal communities and is currently completing the study of a northern Dene community that was evacuated due to wildfire. His fieldwork covers more than a dozen Aboriginal communities in Canada, as well as complex institutional communities like health clinics and prisons. Among his many important works, As Long as the River Runs (1988) investigates the politics and impact of hydroelectric development on First Nations communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and earned the 1989 Margaret McWilliams Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society. His work on Aboriginal health and healing has resulted in many publications, including Aboriginal Health in Canada (1995/2006), the first and most comprehensive volume on the topic used in classrooms in Canada, the United States and Australia, and Revenge of the Windigo (2004), a highly acclaimed account of Aboriginal mental health policies and treatment protocols.

Dr. Waldram is a prolific researcher and author who is frequently invited to speak all over the world. His contributions have been recognized on several occasions. In 2005 he was named a Champion of Mental Health – Aboriginal, by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and most recently, in 2009, he received the Weaver-Tremblay Award from the Canadian Anthropology Society. He has been a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology since 1989.

Dr. Waldram joined the U of S after earning his PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 1983.

Erica Dyck
Erica Dyck
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of History
New Researcher Award
Fall 2013

The New Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member’s contributions to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. Erika Dyck, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of History, is the 2013 recipient.

Dr. Dyck is recognized by national and international colleagues as an expert in the history of psychiatry and mental health. She joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 as Canada Research Chair in the History of Health and Medicine and is contributing critical knowledge to the evolution of mental health care in Canada. In 2008 John Hopkins University Press published Dr. Dyck’s monograph Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus, a book detailing the history of LSD experimentation in Saskatchewan in the post-World War Two era. In 2011 that book was republished by the University of Manitoba Press. Currently, her research revolves around the historical, medical and political attitudes towards reproductive rights for people considered mentally or physically disabled in her newest book, Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization and the Politics of Choice, published this fall by the University of Toronto Press. She is also co-editor of two collections of chapters by distinguished medical and scientific historians, including Locating Health: Explorations of Healing and Place—a volume on the impact of location on health care—and another on the historical uses of humans in experiments since the 17th century. She is the guest editor of two thematic collections; one entitled After the Asylum / Après l’asile, exploring the fate of patients after closing large-scale institutions, and the other on the international scope of eugenics in the 20th century.

Dr. Dyck was a key member of a Canada-wide team that collected and digitized a wide range of materials related to mental health and deinstitutionalization on a website The website now hosts a growing library of digitized materials related to mental health and the perspectives of mental health patients, and survivors of the Alberta Eugenics program. The broad scope of Dr. Dyck’s research is illustrated by the significant funding she has received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

She holds a PhD in history from McMaster University (2005), an MA from the U of S and a BA from Dalhousie University. Before joining the faculty of the Department of History, Dr. Dyck was an Assistant Professor and the co-director of the Medical History program at the University of Alberta.