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Julia Woodhall-Melnik

Julia Woodhall-Melnik

Julia Woodhall-Melnik

Post-Doctoral Fellow




Julia Woodhall-Melnik is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with Dr. Dunn.

Julia's research broadly focuses on the social determinants of health. More specifically, Julia's program of research is centered on measuring and conceptualizing meaningful definitions of place-based stability and exploring interventions for improving housing trajectories. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and an affiliate of McMaster University, Julia is involved with a variety of research teams through which Julia contributes to studies which focus on Housing First interventions, the relationship between problem gambling and housing instability, and women's health, housing, and intimate partner violence.
Julia recently led the Transitions to Home Study with Dr. Dunn and found increased housing stability and decreased shelter use in men enrolled in a Housing First program in downtown Hamilton. The final report for this project is one of the many community-based or non-academic publications produced by Julia. Please visit to view this study. Additionally, Julia is currently actively contributing to the academic body of literature on housing.
Julia received a PhD from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo after completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Sociology at the University of Guelph. She also received a Certification in University Teaching from the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Waterloo in 2011. On her spare time, Julia plays volleyball and goes to the gym. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, and spoiling her little dog. In the near future, Julia hopes to obtain a tenure track position at a research intensive university. Julia has a passion for both teaching and research. Her long-term goals include securing a grant to explore the relationship between social location and meaningful standards of stability.


Post-Doctoral affiliations:
  • Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Achieve Program (2013-2015)
  • McMaster University & Wesley Urban Ministries (2013-2014)

Previous courses taught:
  • Work and Health Across the Lifecourse (UWO)
  • Sociology of Work (UW)
  • Research Methods (UG)
  • Social Welfare (UG)

Areas of interest:
  • Health, housing
  • homelessness
  • overweight and obesity
  • precarious work

List of Publications:

  • Woodhall-Melnik, J. (2013). ?Housing, Health, and Women?s Well-being: Exploring Housing Stability in Women Housed Through Ontario?s Special Priority Policy.? Centre for Research on Inner City Health & the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care: Toronto, ON.
  • Cooke, M., Woodhall, J., and McWhirter, J. (2013). ?The Social and Health Service Needs of Aboriginal Peoples in Smaller Urban Centres in Southern Ontario: A Synthesis Paper for Service Agencies.? Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series, Vol. 1 (1).
  • Woodhall-Melnik, Julia R. (2013). ?An Incomplete Picture: Recommendations for the Development of Canadian Social Housing Research.? Housing Services Corporation: Toronto, ON.
  • Warnaar, G. and Woodhall, J. (2012). ?SPP Impact Study Phase One, Step Two: Examining the Success of Special Priority Policy Placements.? Research Working Group & Housing Services Corporation: Toronto, Ontario.
  • Woodhall, Julia R. (2011). ?Exploring International Approaches to Demand-Based Rental Subsidies: Establishing Best Practices for Ontario?s Rent Supplement.? Canadian Policy Network: London, ON (Also available through the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing).
  • Woodhall, Julia R. and Muszynski, Alicja (2011). ?Fordism at Work in Canadian Coffee Shops.? Just Labour, (17-18) Special Edition: New Voices in Labour.
  • Goyder, J, Faller, A. and Woodhall, J. (2010). ?Who Belongs to the CSA?? Canadian Sociological Association: Technical Report.
  • Woodhall, Julia R. and Leach, Belinda (2010). ?Who Will Fight for Us?: Union Designated Women?s Advocates in Auto Manufacturing Workplaces.? Just Labour, (16) 44-58.
  • Woodhall, J., Leach, B., MacMeekin, A., McDonald, M., Smith, L. (2009). ?Making it Work: Key Tips for Obtaining, Maintaining and Thriving in Auto Manufacturing Work.? Community based publication: Canadian Labour Congress.



  • BAH Sociology: University of Guelph
  • MA Sociology: University of Guelph
  • PhD Sociology & Legal Studies: University of Waterloo
  • Certificate in University Teaching: University of Waterloo


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