• Portrait of Marni Brownell
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room 408 - 727 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5

    Phone: 705-385-8225


Research summary

Dr. Marni Brownell uses comprehensive administrative health and social services databases to study child health and well-being, focusing on social and structural influences on health. She holds funding from CIHR, SSHRC, and CHRIM and leads research on:

  • First Nations and Metis child health and development
  • Health and well-being of children in the child welfare and justice systems
  • Program evaluations aimed at improving child development, family functioning, and health equity
  • Building partnerships across academic disciplines, government sectors, and community organizations for social policy research

Research interests

  • Administrative data
  • Child health
  • Child welfare system
  • Health equity
  • Social determinants
  • Structural determinants

Research affiliations

  • Associate director research, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
  • Senior research scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
  • Research scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)


Brief bio

Dr. Marni Brownell is a professor in community health sciences at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She serves as a senior research scientist and associate director of research at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Additionally, she is a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Developmental Psychology, University of Manitoba (1991)
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Toronto (1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Winnipeg (1982)


2019: Geoffrey C. Robinson Award for outstanding contributions to child and youth health through population health research

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada