Emma Ostermeier and Alina Medeiros Successfully Defend their MSc Theses

The HEAL would like to congratulate Emma Ostermeier and Alina Medeiros who successfully defended their theses under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in 2020.Emma Ostermeier successfully defended...

The HEAL’s involvement in this year’s Place Matters Conference: Strengthening Neighbourhoods, Building Community

The second annual took place this year from September 23rd to 27th. This conference aimed to explore the social constructs of place, and community-driven, grassroots placemaking. Participants learned...

Angela Piaskoski and Alexander Wray Successfully Defend their MSc Theses

The HEAL would like to congratulate Angela Piaskoski and Alexander Wray who successfully defended their theses under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in 2020.

 

Angela...

HEAL Faculty Associate Dr. Christina Ergler discovers toddlers are intuitive city planners, whose voices should be heard by all

According to the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child and the UNICEF child-friendly city initiative, children of any age or ability have the right to meaningful participate in the creation,...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Dr. Janet Loebach

Dr. Janet Loebach from Cornell University shares her work, research, and graduate experience with the HEAL. Janet completed her PhD in Geography with Dr. Jason Gilliland at the HEAL in 2013. Janet joined...

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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