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Perrotta Samantha, PhD Student

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Samantha Perrotta

PhD Student

Graduate Students
Department of Health Aging & Society

Area(s) of Interest:


Supervisor:  Dr. Jim Dunn

Samantha is a PhD in Health & Society student at McMaster University. Under the guidance of Dr. Jim Dunn, her research is focused on aging, housing, the lived environment, and health equity. She holds a Master’s in Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation from Brock University.

Samantha has been inspired to pursue research in aging given her front-line work experience as a Recreation Therapist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Her academic work is based in the stories and observed needs of those she has helped support.

Research Interests:  Aging; Mental Health; The Lived Environment; Health Equity; Social Determinants of Health; Health Systems



  • Master of Public Health, Brock University (2020)

  • Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Honours) in Therapeutic Recreation, Brock University (2016)


TA Experience:

September to December 2020
Teaching Assistant, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Dr. Mat Savelli
HLTHAGE 2GG3: Mental Health & Society



RA Experience:

January to April 2021
Research Assistant, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Dr. Jim Dunn