New Study Applies the Go-Along Method to Enhance Understandings of Occupation in Context
New Study Examines Time Use, Food Environment, and Food Behaviors Using Multi-Channel Sequence Analysis
New HEAL Study investigates the mental well-being and coping strategies of Canadian adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic
New HEAL Study Examines Correlates of Lifetime and Past Month Vape Use in a Sample of Canadian University Students
HEAL Researchers Participate in IHDCYH Talks 2021 Video Competition
New Study Applies the Go-Along Method to Enhance Understandings of Occupation in Contexthttps://theheal.ca/2021/12/new-study-applies-the-go-along-method-to-enhance-understandings-of-occupation-in-context/ - copy
New Study Applies the Go-Along Method to Enhance Understandings of Occupation in Context

A team of researchers let by Carri Hand with Katherine Stewart, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Colleen McGrath, Jami McFarland, and recently published an article entitled: “Applying the Go-Along Method to Enhance...

New Study Examines Time Use, Food Environment, and Food Behaviors Using Multi-Channel Sequence Analysishttps://theheal.ca/2021/11/new-study-examines-time-use-food-environment-and-food-behaviors-using-multi-channel-sequence-analysis/ - copy
New Study Examines Time Use, Food Environment, and Food Behaviors Using Multi-Channel Sequence Analysis

A team of researchers led by Bochu Liu with Michael Widener, Lindsey Smith, Steven Farber, , Zachary Patterson, Kristian Larsen, and recently published a study entitled: “Disentangling Time Use, Food...

New HEAL Study investigates the mental well-being and coping strategies of Canadian adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemichttps://theheal.ca/2021/11/new-heal-study-investigates-the-mental-well-being-and-coping-strategies-of-canadian-adolescents-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ - copy
New HEAL Study investigates the mental well-being and coping strategies of Canadian adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic

A team of HEAL researchers led by with , , , , and recently published a study entitled: “The Mental Well-Being and Coping Strategies of Canadian Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative,...

New HEAL Study Examines Correlates of Lifetime and Past Month Vape Use in a Sample of Canadian University Studentshttps://theheal.ca/2021/11/new-heal-study-examines-correlates-of-lifetime-and-past-month-vape-use-in-a-sample-of-canadian-university-students/ - copy
New HEAL Study Examines Correlates of Lifetime and Past Month Vape Use in a Sample of Canadian University Students

A team of researchers led by with Jasna Twynstra and recently published a study entitled: “Correlates of Lifetime and Past Month Vape Use in a Sample of Canadian University Students.”Due to large-scale...

HEAL Researchers Participate in IHDCYH Talks 2021 Video Competitionhttps://theheal.ca/2021/10/heal-researchers-participate-in-ihdcyh-talks-2021-video-competition/ - copy
HEAL Researchers Participate in IHDCYH Talks 2021 Video Competition

A team of researchers led by and with , Laila Girum, Purushoth Megarajah, and submitted a film entitled Teens Talk Vaping in the video competition run by the Institute of Human Development, Child and...

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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.

How Neighbourhood Food Environments and a Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) Waste Program Impact Household Food Waste Disposal in the City of Toronto

van der Werf, P., Larsen, K., Seabrook, J.A., & Gilliland, J.

Examining Factors of Accelerometer‐Measured Sedentary Time in a Sample of Rural Canadian Children

Button, B, Martin, G, Clark, A, Graat, M, Gilliland, J.

Measuring temporal differences in rural Canadian children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity

Button, B.L.G, Clark, A.F., Martin, G., Graat, M., & Gilliland, J.A.