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Stephanie Mayell

Doctoral Candidate, Medical Anthropology, University of Toronto

Stephanie is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellow in the Medical Anthropology Program at the University of Toronto, where her research investigates the ways annual temporary employment in Canada influences the health and well-being of Jamaican agricultural workers. She has been professionally engaged with migrant agricultural workers in Ontario since 2014, primarily connecting workers with health care and social supports, assisting injured workers navigate the provincial health care and workers’ compensation (WSIB) systems, and facilitating workers' access to health care and compensation from Jamaica. In 2016, Stephanie completed a Master’s degree in the Anthropology of Health at McMaster University, where her thesis investigated Jamaican agricultural workers’ experiences of stress and resilience while working in Southern Ontario. She is a member of the Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group (MWHEWG), a team of academics and clinicians that formed in April 2020 to address the needs of migrant workers in Canadian agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide evidence-based guidance to both federal and provincial government agencies ( Stephanie conducts research on issues related to mental health, injury, race, and access to health care and compensation.


  • –present
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto


  • 2016 
    McMaster University , Master of Arts, Anthropology of Health