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)

Research summary

Dr. Marni Brownell uses whole-population administrative health and social services databases from multiple sectors to examine child health and well-being, with a particular focus on social and structural influences on health.

She currently holds funding from CIHR, SSHRC and CHRIM and is leading research projects focusing on:

  • First Nations and Metis child health and development
  • health and well-being of children in the child welfare and justice systems
  • evaluations of programs designed to improve child development, family functioning and health equity
  • building partnerships across multiple academic disciplines, several government sectors, and a variety of community organizations to conduct social policy research


Dr. Marni Brownell is a professor in community health sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and senior research scientist and associate director, research, at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She is also a research scientist with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.


  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba (1991)
  • Masters of Arts, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto (1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Winnipeg (1982)


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

ORCID profile

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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