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Cynthia Puddu

Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Physical Education Transfer
Director, Research Development and Innovation

M.Sc. (Alberta)

9-209E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Cynthia Puddu obtained both her Bachelor of Physical Education in Athletic Therapy and MSc in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta. She is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and her research is looking at the experiences of homeless youth in downtown Edmonton and how the Ice District redevelopment is shaping those experiences.

Cynthia has been a faculty member at MacEwan University since 2001 where she has been teaching yoga, dance, research methods and health education. In February 2011, she developed PERL 300 Cross Cultural Wellness, an interdisciplinary service learning course that examines concepts of health and wellness from a variety of cultural perspectives including inner-city Edmonton and Guayaquil, Ecuador.  In this course, students assist not-for-profit agencies in Edmonton and Ecuador that work with homeless and street-involved youth and seniors living in poverty.

Community engagement, youth homelessness, resilience, community based participatory research

Teaching and Research Interests

Cynthia Puddu is very interested in using her teaching and research to work as an ally and advocate for populations that have been historically silenced.  Using community-based participatory research methods, she works closely with homeless youth in Edmonton, sharing their stories of difficulty and success. She uses these stories and experiences in teaching about health and to show her students the importance of advocating for those who may not have a strong voice in the community.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Puddu, C. (2016). Voices from the street: Stories of vulnerable youth in the shadow of urban development. Presentation. High Risk Youth Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Puddu, C. (2016). Lessons on using research to implement changes to policies and practice. Panel discussion. Edmonton Homelessness Research Symposium, Edmonton, AB.

Puddu, C. & Bell, S. (2014). Promoting community engagement in university students through service learning. (Presentation) 15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Community Research Project, Homeward Trust (2015-2017)
  • Research, Scholarly, and Creative Achievement Fund, MacEwan University  (2013-2015)
  • MacEwan Facutly of Fine Arts and Communications Research, Scholarly, and Creative Achievement Fund, MacEwan University,   (2013-2014)