Ellen T. Crumley

Ellen T. Crumley

Assistant Professor
Room 111C
(902) 867-1268

Dr. Crumley is an ethnographer and qualitative researcher. She has over two decades of multi-disciplinary healthcare experience in Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia as a professor, researcher, consultant and volunteer in academia, health authorities and clinically. Her research examines professional and organizational change in international, national and local contexts using ethnography and qualitative textual analysis.

Dr. Crumley is currently examining:

1. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): process models, socio-demographics and professionals’ / families / informal supports experiences

2. COVID-19: Essential workers experiences, essential organization changes, mask-wearing policy and Canadian newspaper stories. She also leads multi-university collaborations investigating organizational leaders’ sustainability communication and medical / Traditional Chinese Medicine vocabulary.

If you would like to participate in her studies please see the link below. 

Dr. Crumley is currently teaching the following courses:
HLTH 401 – Health Leadership
HLTH 412 – Health Innovation



Dr. Crumley is an Associate Scientist with the Maritime Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research SUPPORT Unit and a Scientist with Lab2Market Health. With Nova Scotia Health, she is a Researcher on the NSH MAiD Advisory Committee and an engaged citizen on: NS Health Fast Feedback Team, Pharmacy Research Advisory Group and Surgery Strategic Network. Prof Crumley is also a Board member on the Twin Oaks/Birches Health Care Charitable Foundation.

Recent Publications



Participate in my studies

Study 1:

A qualitative study of families and informal supports’ experiences with the medical assistance in dying (MAiD) process in Canada

We are interviewing Canadian family members, caregivers and informal supports of someone who had medical assistance in dying (MAiD) more than 6 months ago. Please email us for more information or to participate in this study: maid@stfx.ca 

Research assistant 
Jocelyne LeBlanc is a third-year student studying in the BASc Health program at St. Francis Xavier University. She is completing a biomedical concentration and will be pursuing an Honours thesis. She plans to attend medical school after her undergraduate studies. Jocelyne is working with Dr. Crumley this summer (2021), researching families, caregivers, and supports' experiences and perspectives on the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) process in Canada. To fund this research, she has been awarded a $7,000 Irving Research Mentorship Award by StFX and is a co-recipient of a $1,500 CAMAP Research Grant. Jocelyne will be recruiting participants, and conducting, transcribing, and coding interviews. She will also be preparing articles on the findings for journal publication. 

Contact information
Email: maid@stfx.ca

Study 2:

When you can’t “Stay the blazes home”: An ethnography of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are interviewing Black essential workers and Black business owners who worked before and during COVID-19. Email us for more information or to participate in this study: worker@stfx.ca

Research Assistant 
Aliyah Fraser is a second-year Health Student and varsity athlete at St. Francis Xavier University. Aliyah is a member of STFX SAAC, Leadership Academy, and founder of The STFX BIPOC Varsity Association. Aliyah received The Centre for Employment Innovation Research Mentorship award at STFX and is studying the impact of Covid-19 on Black essential workers in Nova Scotia. This summer Aliyah will be interviewing Black essential workers across the province to understand how they have been impacted by COVID-19. 

Contact information
Email: worker@stfx.ca