Get your application in before the September 25th deadline!

We are looking for new HEALYAC members to join our council for the 2020-2021 term.

DEADLINE to apply: Sunday, Sept. 25th (11:59pm)

Reflections from an Undergraduate Summer Research Intern

Erika Romanelli-Baird completed an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship with the HEAL this summer. In this post, Erika shares her experiences and reflects on the skills she gained throughout her time...

HEALYAC Black Lives Matter (BLM) Statement

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory Youth Advisory Council (HEALYAC) staff and youth co-researchers have the collective goal to make meaningful change within our communities by taking steps towards...

Justine Horne, and Paige Colley successfully defended their PhD theses

The HEAL would like to congratulate Dr. Justine Horne and Dr. Paige Colley who successfully defended their theses under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in 2020.   successfully defended her PhD thesis...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Emily Van Kesteren

Emily Van Kesteren from the Middlesex London Health Unit shares her graduate experience, and research with the HEAL. Emily completed her MA in Geography with Dr. Jason Gilliland at the HEAL in 2012. During her studies...

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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