Stephanie Kowal, BA

MSc Student





Stephanie Kowal has been a member of LaRCH since 2011 as a MSc student co-supervised between Drs. Jardine and Bubela. Currently she is also a student in the University of Alberta’s Community-Based Research and Evaluation Certificate Program. Before attending the University of Alberta, she completed a BA from the University of Victoria (Political Science, Environmental Studies minor). Her current research is a community-based research project developed between herself, through the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, and The Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative in Edmonton. The project, “Risk communication and vaccination uptake by recent immigrant mothers of Edmonton,” examines how recent immigrant pregnant women and mothers access immunization information and how they use that information in their personal and childhood immunization decisions. The findings from this study will inform how to improve future risk communication strategies for immigrant communities during vaccination campaigns. Stephanie received funding for this project from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2012/13), the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (2013-2015), the Office of Community-University Partnership at University of Alberta (2013), and the Health Quality Council of Alberta (2012). She is also the 2013 recipient of the Academic Women’s Association Bente Roed Graduate Student Award.