Dominic A. Alaazi, PhD

Assistant Professor

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  • PhD (University of Alberta)
  • MA (University of Manitoba)
  • MPhil (University of Ghana)
  • BA Hons (University of Ghana)

Research In Profile

Professor Dominic Alaazi is a public health researcher with research interests in environmental health, population aging, immigrant health, health promotion, and health equity. His research addresses a wide range of health issues affecting vulnerable populations, including Indigenous peoples, community-residing older adults, older adults in long-term care, and Black immigrants. His research draws on intersectionality and critical race theories, community-based participatory research, and mixed methods research approaches to uncover the structural determinants of health affecting vulnerable populations.

Professor Alaazi's research contributions include published studies highlighting the health and quality of life of older adults in community settings, mental health of immigrant populations, role of housing in mental health recovery among homeless Indigenous populations, and structural determinants of health inequities experienced by marginalized population groups. His research focuses primarily on Canada and sub-Saharan Africa, but he is also interested in research with vulnerable populations in other regions of the world.


Featured Publications and Projects

Chapters and Reports

  • Salami, B., Alaazi, D. A., & Hilario, C. (2021). Immigrant and Refugee Children’s Mental Health Risks. In M. Stewart (Ed.), Supporting Children and Families Vulnerable to Health Inequities in Canada (66-78). Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Alaazi, D.A., Menon, D., Stafinski, T., Hodgins, S., & Jhangri, G. (2021). Quality of Life of Older Adults in Two Contrasting Neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana. Social Science & Medicine, 270, 113659.
  • Alaazi, D. A., Stafinski, T., & Menon, D. (2022). Health Insurance Exemptions for Older Ghanaians: Stakeholder Perspectives on Challenges Confronting an Ambitious Policy. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(4), 607-625.
  • Alaazi, D.A, Menon, D., Stafinski, T. (2020). Health, Quality of Life, and General Wellbeing of Older Slum Dwellers in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping Review. Global Public Health, 16(12), 1870-1888.
  • Alaazi, D. A., & Aganah, G. A. (2020). Understanding the slum–health conundrum in sub-Saharan Africa: a proposal for a rights-based approach to health promotion in slums. Global Health Promotion, 27(3), 65-72. 
  • Alaazi, D. A., Salami, B., Ojakovo, O. G., Nsaliwa, C., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salma, J., & Islam, B. (2022). Mobilizing communities and families for child mental health promotion in Canada: Views of African immigrants. Children & Youth Services Review, 139, 106530.
  • Alaazi, D.A, Ahola, A. Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., & Salami, B. (2020). Immigrants and the Western media: a critical discourse analysis of newspaper framings of African immigrant parenting in Canada. Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, 47(19), 4478-4496.
  • Alaazi, D.A., Masuda, J. R., Evans, J., & Distasio, J. (2015). Therapeutic landscapes of home: Exploring Indigenous peoples' experiences of a Housing First intervention in Winnipeg. Social Science & Medicine, 147, 30-37.

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University
  • Research Associate, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
  • Project Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University