Rebecca Haines-Saah

Assistant Professor

Community Health Sciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute


University of Toronto, 2007

Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours)

McGill University, 1995

Master of Arts

York University, 1998

Contact information


Office: 403.210.7378

Web presence


Research and teaching

Research activities

In addition to research on youth cannabis use and the public health implications of cannabis legalization in Canada, my current projects also include qualitative research on the family context of substance use (cannabis and opioids) and youth policy engagement training as a mental health promotion intervention. 


I joined the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2016, following postdoctoral work at the School of Nursing, Unviersity of British Columbia and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Toronto. I am a health sociologist by training and my research focuses on adolescent and young adult substance use, harm reduction, and drug policy reform.




  • 2021      Excellence in Community-Campus Research Excellence Award, Community-Based Research Canada  
  • 2019     Social Accountability Distinguished Achievement Award, Cumming School of Medicine  
  • 2019      Peak Scholar, University of Calgary