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Judith GuernseyMSc, PhD



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Department of Community Health and Epidemiology , School for Resource and Environmental Studies , Rowe School of Business

Email: jrg@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1767
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research, Room 413, 5790 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1V7


  • PhD (University of Iowa)
  • MSc (University of Iowa)
  • BSc (Carleton University)

Research topics

  • Characterization of exposures and quality of patient care from hazardous working and living conditions in rural and remote areas in Canada, the US and globally
  • Health and safety in agriculture (pesticides), fisheries and forestry- epidemiology and interventions
  • Exposomics (molecular-environment interactions and pathophysiology of toxic substances plus life style factors over the life course)
  • Theoretical considerations of physical-environmental structural factors impeding the health and well-being of rural people, especially women
  • Air quality and health

Recently published peer-reviewed book chapters

  • DesMeules M Pong RW Guernsey JR et al.  Rural Health Status and Determinants in Canada. Chapter 1 in: Kulig  J & Williams A. Health in Rural Canada. UBC Press, 2012.
  • Pong RW DesMeules M Manuel D Guernsey JR et al.. Health Services Utilization in Rural Canada: Are There Distinct Rural Patterns? Chapter 4 in: Kulig  J & Williams A. Health in Rural Canada.UBC Press, 2012.

Selected publications

  • Holtby CE Guernsey JR Allen AC Vanleeuwen JA  Allen VM  Gordon RJ. A population-based case-control study of drinking-water nitrate and congenital anomalies using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to develop individual-level exposure estimates. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 01/2014; 11(2):1803-23.
  • MacNeill M Kearney J Wallace L Gibson M Heroux ME Kuchta J Guernsey JR Wheeler A. Quantifying the contribution of ambient and indoor-generated fine particles to indoor air in residential environments. Indoor Air 2014; January 11, pp 1-14.
  • Dohoo C Guernsey JR Gibson MD VanLeeuwen J Impact of biogas digesters on cookhouse volatile organic compound exposure for rural Kenyan Farmwomen. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, July, 2013, pp 1-8. Doi 10.1038.jes 2013.42.
  • Ashley-Martin J VanLeeuwen J Cribb A Andreou P Guernsey JR. Breast cancer risk, fungicide exposure and CYP1A1*2A polymorphisms gene-environment interactions in a  population based investigation in Prince Edward Island, Canada, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2012 May; 9(5): 1846-1858. Published online 2012 May 11 doi: 10.3390/ijerph9051846. PMID: 22754477.
  • MacDonald J  Edwards N Davies  B Marck J Guernsey JR. Priority setting and policy advocacy by nursing associations: A scoping review and implications using a socio-ecological whole systems lens. Health Policy, Available online 19 April 2012. DOI 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.03.017. PMID:22522006.

Selected awards and honours

  • National Institute Occupational Safety and Health, USA: Graduate Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • National Institute of Occupational Health, Stockholm, Sweden: Swedish Work Environment Fund Fellowship
  • Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Award for Exemplary Leadership and Guidance
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association: Award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association: Award for Session Excellence

Professional memberships

  • Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health


  • CH&E 6001F (CRN 12503) – Environmental & Occupational Health (crosslisted as ENVI5010F)
  • Dalhousie Undergraduate Medical Education – Professional Competencies –Year 1

Community service & activity

  • Rotary Club of Halifax – Chair, International Services Committee