Heather Boynton

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Healthy Children, Families & Communities Program

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Social Work

Adjunct Professor

Department of Kinesiology, Lakehead University

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

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3-250 10230 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, AB
T5J 4P6



  • Child Development
  • Determinants of Health
  • Exercise
  • Mental Health
  • Resiliency

Research Summary

Dr. Heather M. Boynton is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, Central and Northern Alberta Region. Heather’s research interests focus on spirituality in trauma, grief and loss, child and family mental health, resiliency and wellbeing. She has research interests in service provision and evaluation of mental health approaches and programs that include narrative and therapeutic holistic approaches, such as yoga, expressive arts, mindfulness, self-compassion, well-being, and spirituality. Some other areas of scholarly work include spiritual development and mental health, spirituality across the lifespan, trauma informed approaches, school based mental health, strength-based social work, child welfare, aging and health, chronic pain, leadership, the effects of COVID on child service provision, cultural competence and service provision, as well as postpartum depression in relation to stigma, quality of life, and intimate partner relationships. Her Honours Bachelor of Physical and Health Education dissertation examined the effects of a cooperative games program on preadolescent males. Her expertise is in qualitative research particularly in constructivist epistemologies with grounded theory and phenomenology. She was the Interprofessional Education Coordinator at Lakehead University and has continued to promote and be a strong advocate for interprofessional education and collaboration for the past decade. She is a Faculty Member in the Clinical Science Division at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.