Catching Up with the 2023/2024 HEALYAC
Recent HEAL study makes headlines across Canada
Shawna Lewkowitz Speaks with CTV News about Public Washroom hours in London, ON
New HEAL Study: The Influence of the School Neighborhood Food Retail Environment on Unhealthy Food Purchasing Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review
New Study: Impact of non-medical cannabis legalization with market restrictions on health service use and incident cases of psychotic disorder in Ontario, Canada
Catching Up with the 2023/2024 HEALYAChttps://theheal.ca/2024/02/catching-up-with-the-2023-2024-healyac/ - copy
Catching Up with the 2023/2024 HEALYAC

The HEAL YAC 2023/2024 members have been hard at work this year brainstorming topics that are important to the well-being of youth in London and beyond!  Some topics that have been of interest so far include,...

Recent HEAL study makes headlines across Canadahttps://theheal.ca/2024/02/recent-heal-study-makes-headlines-across-canada/ - copy
Recent HEAL study makes headlines across Canada

A recent publication in  on youth mental health and stress levels as it relates to neighbourhood amenities by HEAL trainees and faculty associates , , , , , and made headlines across Canada. This publication...

Shawna Lewkowitz Speaks with CTV News about Public Washroom hours in London, ONhttps://theheal.ca/2024/01/shawna-lewkowitz-speaks-with-ctv-news-about-public-washroom-hours-in-london-on/ - copy
Shawna Lewkowitz Speaks with CTV News about Public Washroom hours in London, ON

recently spoke with CTV News on the importance of maintaining extended public washroom hours in the City of London’s multi-year budget.When asked about public washroom hours, Lewkowitz stated, “We can...

New HEAL Study: The Influence of the School Neighborhood Food Retail Environment on Unhealthy Food Purchasing Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Systematic Reviewhttps://theheal.ca/2024/01/new-heal-study-the-influence-of-the-school-neighborhood-food-retail-environment-on-unhealthy-food-purchasing-behaviors-among-adolescents-a-systematic-review/ - copy
New HEAL Study: The Influence of the School Neighborhood Food Retail Environment on Unhealthy Food Purchasing Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review

A team of researchers led by with , , and recently published an article entitled: “The Influence of the School Neighbourhood Food Retail Environment on Unhealthy Food Purchasing Behaviors among Adolescents:...

New Study: Impact of non-medical cannabis legalization with market restrictions on health service use and incident cases of psychotic disorder in Ontario, Canadahttps://theheal.ca/2024/01/new-study-impact-of-non-medical-cannabis-legalization-with-market-restrictions-on-health-service-use-and-incident-cases-of-psychotic-disorder-in-ontario-canada/ - copy
New Study: Impact of non-medical cannabis legalization with market restrictions on health service use and incident cases of psychotic disorder in Ontario, Canada

A team of researchers led by Kelly Anderson with Rebecca Rodrigues, Britney Le, Maliha Mamun, Suzanne Archie, Jordan Edwards, Tara Elton-Marshall, , Daniel Thomas Myran, Lena Palaniyappan, Christopher...

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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.