Danielle Battram, PhDAssociate Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests lie in the prevention of chronic disease and on improving food literacy in all society. My areas of focus have been on the implementation of school-based interventions that aim to help children and their families lead healthier lives by improving their overall food literacy levels. Additionally, I also am interested in the various factors that influence children's and adolescent's decisions to choose certain foods, and in particular, beverages.
Paula Dworatzek, PhD, RDAssociate Profesor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. Dworatzek's overarching research interests are related to the school food environment (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary) and its impact on students' eating behaviours. In addition, she is involved in nutrition education program planning and evaluation with the FRESH program at Western, including projects related to food skills. Lastly, she has a long-standing interest in chronic disease prevention, particularly obesity and diabetes, and has been the lead author in the development of the Nutrition Therapy chapter for the Canadian Diabetes Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Alicia Garcia, PhDProfessor
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests are varied in population focus and community/international nutrition.These include: sociological aspects of eating behaviors of different cultural/immigrant populations; food acquisition, nutritional status and physical activity of the community living and institutionalized elderly; feeding and other behavioral issues in young children; vitamin D status among university students; evaluation of institutional foodservice programs; and nutrition education for students and adults living with diabetes.
Ava John-Baptiste, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. John-Baptiste is an expert in health technology assessment. She conducts research on the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a wide range of health technologies, including drugs, devices and health care programs. Dr. John-Baptiste is experienced in all areas of evidence synthesis including systematic review, meta-analysis and decision analytic modeling. She applies these skills to inform clinicians and other health policy decision-makers about the health benefits and cost impacts that can result from health-related decisions.
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 4111
Gerald McKinley, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. McKinley is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the social determinants of mental health and Indigenous youth suicide prevention in Ontario, Canada. Dr. McKinley conducts research as part of the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network on Depression's Indigenous Outreach project. This community-based project is building a sustainable suicide prevention program in partnership with Mnaamodzawin Health Services on Manitoulin Island. Dr. McKinley is also a member of the Walpole Island First Nation/Western University Ecosystem Health Research Team which is studying the long-term health effects of environmental stress on the community.
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 4115
Bridget Ryan, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. Bridget Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Epidemiologist in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Dr. Ryan’s research concerns primary health care focussing on patient-centred care and health care delivery, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She is the Measurement Lead for the CIHR-funded Patient-centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity Research Team. She has an interest in large datasets including Statistics Canada surveys, electronic medical record databases and health administrative data. Dr. Ryan is a Faculty Scholar with the Western site for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
Jacob Shelley, BA, MTS, LLB, LLMAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: I have expertise in health law, the legal system, and ethics. I am generally interested in issues arising at the interface of law, health, science, and ethics. My primary area of research is public health law, and the role of law in the promotion of health and prevention of chronic disease. I am also interested in how law influences health more generally, particularly the influence that legal, scientific, and ethical norms have on determining the proper limits and role for law in health systems.
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 4113
Shannon Sibbald, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: As a health systems researcher, my interests span the health care continuum and focus on process, outcomes and evaluation of team-based care delievery. My program of research includes implementation science: the study of knowledge processes (capturing, sharing, using, storing). I use primarily qualitative research methods including multiple-case comparison, narrative approach, grounded theory, content and discourse analysis.
Mark Speechley, PhDProfessor
Research Interests / Specializations: My program in research focuses on the application of epidemiological methods to the prevention or rehabilitation of health conditions related to human aging, including falling and other injuries, cognitive impairment, stroke, and acquired brain injury. More recently I have explored the use of theatre as a vehicle for knowledge translation and exchange.
Amanda Terry, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. Terry's research in primary health care focuses on understanding issues in electronic medical record (EMR) adoption among primary health care practitioners, in developing approaches to measuring EMR data quality, and in exploring ways to enhance the value of EMRs in primary health care practice. She also works to enhance the connection among primary health care stakeholders in Canada, and to build research capacity.
Amardeep Thind, MD, PhDDirector and Professor, Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research
Research Interests / Specializations: I am a head and neck surgeon with a doctorate in health services research. My areas of research interest and expertise are access to care (especially for vulnerable populations), health equity, program evaluation, and electronic medical records. I work on these issues both in Canada and internationally.
Charlie Trick, PhDProfessor
Research Interests / Specializations: Water, ecosystem health and communities-at-risk are constant features of Dr. Trick's research. The Public Health aspects of my work usually involve changes in the environment and ecological services that affect communities at risk. Communities that did not typically create the environmental change but are the recipients of an altered or contaminated environment.
Lloy Wylie, PhDAssistant Professor
Research Interests / Specializations: Dr. Wylie's research is primarily focused on equity and cultural safety in health services delivery. Her applied approach includes supporting the development of interdisciplinary multi-sector models of service coordination that can improve continuity of care. Her current projects examine access to and experiences with health care services for Indigenous peoples and immigrant/ refugee populations. She also focuses on cultural competency of health care providers and institutions. In addition, she examines governance and models of care among First Nations controlled health services. Her work also examines the effectiveness of educational initiatives in changing health care practices, through community based evaluation.