Mylene Riva

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

Institute for Health and Social Policy, Room B10

Burnside Hall, Room 419

855 Sherbrooke St. West

Montreal, QC H3A 2T7

Phone: 514-398-6331

Fax: 514-398-7437


Email: mylene.riva [at]

Dr. Mylene Riva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. She is a health geographer and population health researcher. Her research projects are focused on socio-environmental determinants of health in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Prior to joining McGill, Dr. Riva was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Université Laval and a researcher at CHU de Quebec Research Center. She currently holds a career award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.



Dr. Riva's research focuses on housing and communities as important place-based determinants of health, and as settings for interventions to improve population health and to reduce inequalities. She conducts surveys and intervention research projects on population health. These projects are used to assess and monitor the impacts of policies, programs, and projects formulated outside the health sector, on the health of Indigenous Peoples and communities. Examples would include housing programs and policies, and mining development projects. 



PhD in Public Health and Health Promotion, Université de Montreal


Recent Publications

Riva, M., Lytken Larsen, C.V., and Bjerregaard, P. (2016) Social and geographic inequalities in blood pressure among Inuit in GreenlandInternational Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75: 32757.

Khan, F.A., Fox, G.J., Lee, R.L, Riva, M., Benedetti, An., Proulx, J-F., Jung, S., Hornby, K., Behr, M.A., and Menzies, D. (2016) Housing and tuberculosis in an Inuit village in northern Quebec: a case–control studyCanadian Medical Association Journal – Open, 4(3): e496-e506.

Lemire, M., Riva, M., and Ruiz Castell, M. (2015) Our living ecosystem: what are the interconnections among the elements surrounding us?  A classroom-based activity in NunavikJournal of Aboriginal Health, 9(2): 25-37.

Riva, M., Lytken Larsen, C.V., and Bjerregaard, P. (2014) Household crowding and psychosocial health among Inuit in GreenlandInternational Journal of Public Health, 59(5): 739-748.

Riva, M., Plusquellec, P., Juster, R.P., Laouan-Sidi, E.A., Abdous, B., Lucas, M., Déry, S., and Dewailly, E. (2014) Household crowding is associated with higher allostatic load among InuitJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68(4): 363-369.