HEAL awarded CIHR’s Health Effects of Vaping Catalyst Grants

Increasing evidence of harms associated with vaping has led the Government of Canada to identify youth vaping as a major public health concern. While medical research helps to discover how vaping is linked...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Kate Schieman

Kate Schieman, a Project Manager at Western Student Experience, shares insights from her graduate experience with the HEAL. Beginning as a volunteer in 2015, Schieman went...

Dr. Gina Martin awarded SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Gina Martin, a Post-Doctoral Associate with the HEAL in the , has received a . The purpose of this fellowship is to support new Canadian scholars in the social sciences and humanities and assist them...

HEAL Alumni and Senior Research Associate Recognized for Their Community Impact

The Human Environments Analysis Lab is excited to share that two members have recently won prestigious awards from the Urban League of London. On June 25, Ryan Craven (BA '07) was awarded the Green Umbrella...

Dr. Brenton Button – Examining the environmental influences on physical activity among children in rural Northern Ontario

Brenton Button successfully defended his PhD thesis titled . Brenton completed his PhD in Geography under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland at the HEAL in 2020. During his studies, he focused on understanding...

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The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research and training environment based at Western University which specializes in the production, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination and mobilization of evidence to support effective policies, programs and professional practice aimed at creating healthy and vibrant communities.

HEAL faculty and students come from various academic disciplines, including geography, sociology, urban planning, engineering, landscape architecture, health sciences, epidemiology & biostatistics, neurosciences, paediatrics, and food and nutritional sciences.

We specialize in applications of geographic information science (GIS) for addressing critical planning and public health issues. We also specialize in community-based research and strive to build authentic and mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community organizations, especially non-profits and charities.

Our Mission 

The HEAL develops and connects highly-skilled researchers to create, disseminate, and mobilize knowledge for making healthy, thriving communities.

Physical activity and social connectedness interventions in outdoor spaces among children and youth: a rapid review

Alexander Wray; Gina Martin; Emma Ostermeier; Alina Medeiros; Malcolm Little; Kristen Reilly; Jason Gilliland

Are we losing sight of the meaning of “evidence-based nutrition?”

Justine R. Horne

Infants’ and toddlers’ physical activity and sedentary time as measured by accelerometry: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Brianne A. Bruijns, Stephanie Truelove, Andrew M. Johnson, Jason Gilliland & Patricia Tucker