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Dr. Zack Marshall

Pronouns: he/him


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

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Office: 403.220.6940


Office: CWPH3E18A

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RSW, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), 2003

RSW, Alberta College of Social Workers, 2023

Educational Background

PhD Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland,

MSW Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University,

BSc Psychology, McGill University,


Zack Marshall (he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences with interdisciplinary training in psychology, social work, and community health. Building on a history of work with queer and trans communities related to mental health, harm reduction, and sexual health, Zack is passionate about how we can leverage research for transformative social change. His current projects focus on research production, knowledge synthesis, and the ethics of research with individuals and communities who experience marginalization and other forms of oppression, including 2SLGBTQ+ people. Zack is committed to collaborative mentorship models and in creating spaces that centre groups who have been historically underrepresented and undervalued in academia.


Areas of Research

Community-Based Research

Shift: Working for Change in Participatory Research is a project focused on research labour practices. Zack's work in this area includes an emphasis on lived experience workers, peer research, and policies and practices related to compensation and benefits.

Recent presentations and publications:

Marshall, Z., & Benz, V. (2021). Shift: Documenting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community-based research and identifying opportunities for change. Invited speaker Community-Based Research Canada.

Boucher, L., Marshall, Z., Flynn, J. V., Larose-Hebert, K., Martin, A., Boyd, R., Tyndall, M., & Kendall, C. (2017). Expanding conceptualizations of harm reduction: Results from a qualitative community-based participatory research study with people who inject drugs. Harm Reduction Journal, 14(1), 18.

Marshall, Z., Dechman, M., Minichiello, A., Alcock, L., & Harris, G. (2015). Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the role of people who use injection drugs in harm reduction initiatives. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151, 1-14.

2SLGBTQ+ Health Equity
Research Ethics and Marginalized Communities

Includes a specific focus on research with transgender (trans) and nonbinary communities.

See recent publications:

Marshall, Z., Kaposy, C., Brunger, F., & Welch, V. (2022). Trans research ethics: Challenges and calls for change. Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies, 1(3-4).

Bauer, G., Devor, A., heinz, m., Marshall, Z., Pullen Sansfaçon, A., Pyne, J., for the CPATH Research Committee. (2019). CPATH Ethical Guidelines for Research Involving Transgender People & Communities. Canada: Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Knowledge Synthesis (Evidence Maps, Systematic Reviews, & Scoping Reviews)
Sexuality, Gender Identity and Expression


Course number Course title Semester
CORE 487 Practicum in Rehabilitation Practice Fall 2022
CORE 473 Social Justice and the Labor Force Winter 2023
CORE 594 Practicum I Fall 2023
CORE 595 Practicum II Winter 2023


  • The Farah Jamal Award, Campbell Collaboration. 2022