HEAL partnering with local community organizations to host screening of The Street Project: The Fight to Make our Streets Safer
New Study: Who sleeps well in Canada? The social determinants of sleep health among middle-aged and older adults in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
New HEAL Study: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Public Toilets and Gender: A Systematic Review
New Study: Relationships Between Measures of the Physical Activity-Related Built Environment and Excess Weight in Preschoolers: A Retrospective, Population-Level Cohort Study
New HEAL Study: Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review
HEAL partnering with local community organizations to host screening of The Street Project: The Fight to Make our Streets Saferhttps://theheal.ca/2024/04/heal-partnering-with-local-community-organizations-to-host-screening-of-the-street-project-the-fight-to-make-our-streets-safer/ - copy
HEAL partnering with local community organizations to host screening of The Street Project: The Fight to Make our Streets Safer

Bicycling and pedestrian fatalities in the United States are skyrocketing. The National Safety Council reports that 1,260 bicyclists were killed in 2020, an increase of 16% from 2019 and an increase of...

New Study: Who sleeps well in Canada? The social determinants of sleep health among middle-aged and older adults in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aginghttps://theheal.ca/2024/04/new-study-who-sleeps-well-in-canada-the-social-determinants-of-sleep-health-among-middle-aged-and-older-adults-in-the-canadian-longitudinal-study-on-aging-2/ - copy
New Study: Who sleeps well in Canada? The social determinants of sleep health among middle-aged and older adults in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

A team of researchers led by Rebecca Rodrigues with Amy Jing, Kelly Anderson, Rea Alonzo, Piotr Wilk, Graham Reid, , Guangyong Zou, Kathryn Nicholson, Giuseppe Guaiana, and recently published an article...

New HEAL Study: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Public Toilets and Gender: A Systematic Reviewhttps://theheal.ca/2024/04/new-heal-study-a-feminist-critical-analysis-of-public-toilets-and-gender-a-systematic-review/ - copy
New HEAL Study: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Public Toilets and Gender: A Systematic Review

and recently published an article entitled: “A Feminist Critical Analysis of Public Toilets and Gender: A Systematic Review.”This systematic review explores how the provision and experience of public...

New Study: Relationships Between Measures of the Physical Activity-Related Built Environment and Excess Weight in Preschoolers: A Retrospective, Population-Level Cohort Studyhttps://theheal.ca/2024/04/new-study-relationships-between-measures-of-the-physical-activity-related-built-environment-and-excess-weight-in-preschoolers-a-retrospective-population-level-cohort-study/ - copy
New Study: Relationships Between Measures of the Physical Activity-Related Built Environment and Excess Weight in Preschoolers: A Retrospective, Population-Level Cohort Study

Excess weight among preschoolers is a growing issue for population health, with increasing rates of obesity among 4- to 6-year-olds over the past decades. The declining quality of the built environment...

New HEAL Study: Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic reviewhttps://theheal.ca/2024/03/new-heal-study-environmental-influences-on-e-cigarette-use-among-young-people-a-systematic-review/ - copy
New HEAL Study: Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review

A teams of researchers led by Zoe Askwith with , Mariam Ismail, , , , and recently published an article entitled: “Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review.”E-cigarettes...

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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.

The Campus Food Environment and Postsecondary Student Diet: A Systematic Review

Caruso, O., Schaafsma, N., McEachern, L., & Gilliland, J.

The impact of smartphone app–based interventions on adolescents’ dietary intake: a systematic review and evaluation of equity factor reporting in intervention studies

Schaafsma, H., Jantzi, H., Seabrook, J., McEachern, L., Burke, S., Irwin, J., Gilliland, J.

“It Helped Me Feel Like a Researcher”: Reflections on a Capacity-Building Program to Support Teens as Co-Researchers on a Participatory Project

Ferguson, K., Coen, S., & Gilliland, J.