Dr. Jason Gilliland receives Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award

Jason Gilliland, Director of the HEAL and Professor in the , has received the Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award.The purpose of this award is to recognize the Scientist or Associate...

Understanding Factors Associated With Children Achieving The Recommended Amount of Physical Activity on Weekdays and Weekend days

Low levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) are consistently reported for children from industrialized countries. While there is clear evidence that a child's physical environment can impact...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Dr. Stephanie Coen

shares her research experience with HEAL, and role as a Post-Doctoral Associate. She completed her postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Gilliland at HEAL in 2018. During her training with...

Active School Travel Post-COVID-19: Dr. Andrew Clark featured on London Cycle Link’s Weekly Webcast

HEAL Senior Project Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Clark, was a guest of Daniel Hall and Luis Patricio on their Cycling into the Future Webcast. Dr. Clark was joined by Thames Valley District School Board Environmental...

QuaranTEENing: Understanding The Impacts of Physical Distancing On The Health & Habits of Teens

The COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures present a unique and urgent opportunity to improve our understanding of how different environments impact the wellbeing...

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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