Dr. Downey is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist and joined the School of Nursing at McMaster in March of 2017. She is cross-appointed with the Department of Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioural Sciences and is appointed as the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster. She has retained the Regional Aboriginal Cancer Lead for Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto – Central Region and has held this appointment for 5 years.
- Dr. Downey was the 2014 Faculty of Social Science Valedictorian.
- She has received the YWCA - Woman of Distinction - Lifetime Recognition award in 2014.
- Downey, B., Gabel, C., & Michele Parent-Bergeron. Understanding Indigenous perception of heart health; using photovoice to foster transformational outcomes in the development of culturally relevant approaches to cardiovascular care for Indigenous people. Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant. $111,640. 2018-2019
- Downey, B. (Co-PI), Hill, K (NPI). Juddah’s Place - An Indigenous Evaluation Project. A CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Health (IAPH) and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) funded project.
- Downey, B. (Co-PI), Preston, J. (co-PI). Authentic Indigenous Research Partnerships - A McMaster University Inter-disciplinary Fund project.
- Dunn, J., Hwang, S. (co-PIs), Downey, B. Basic Income Pilot Project - Co-PI A Ministry of Community and Social Services funded project.
- Downey, B. (PI) Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair, Indigenous Early Career - $1,090,246 (2018). Understanding & Mending ‘Broken’ Hearts: Linking European Colonization, Indigenous Women’s Heart Health, and resiliency-focused approaches to heart literacy.
Downey, B. (PI), Gabel, C. (Co-PI), Parent, M. (co-PI), Hill, K. (Co-Knowledge), Strachan, P. (Co-Knowledge), McKnight, C. (Co-Knowledge). Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Catalyst Research Grant – Indigenous Approaches to Wellness - $111,640. (2017) Understanding Indigenous perception of heart health: using photovoice to foster transformational outcomes in the development of culturally relevant approaches to cardiovascular care for Indigenous people.
Hill, K. (PI), Downey, B. (Co-I), Jamieson, E. (Co-I). Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Catalyst Grant – Indigenous Approaches to Wellness - $128,600. (2017). Juddah’s Place – An Indigenous Evaluation Project – Research Protocol. To undertake an Indigenous - centric evaluation that will inform the collaborative practice of Juddah’s inter-disciplinary team with respect to the cancer care journey. Secondly, to inform a broader understanding of Indigenous health and research stakeholders regarding Indigenous evaluation frameworks that facilitate both the amelioration of systemic barriers and the inclusion of metrics and methods that support the assessment of resilience and other wellness-based concepts among Indigenous populations.
Smylie, J., O’Brien, K., Xavier, C. G., Anderson, M., McKnight, C., Downey, B., & Kelaher, M. (2018). Primary care intervention to address cardiovascular disease medication health literacy among Indigenous peoples: Canadian results of a pre-post-design study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 109(1), 117-127.
Lambert, M., Luke, J., Downey, B., Crengle, S., Kelaher, M., Reid, S., & Smylie, J. (2014). Health literacy: health professionals’ understandings and their perceptions of barriers that Indigenous patients encounter. BMC health services research, 14(1), 614.