Areas of Interest

My research interests straddle the fields of population health and healthy community planning. My multi-disciplinary background allows me to draw from a range of disciplines in my work, including health policy, epidemiology, health geography, and urban planning. I typically employ mixed-methods research designs and a social determinants of health lens informs my work. I am especially driven by my interests in the opportunities and challenges to reducing health inequities at the local level. To that end, most of my research focuses on how to improve the upstream, non-medical determinants of health and well-being in communities. I am open to supervising undergraduate and graduate students on a range of different topics that relate to my interests. Prospective students are also encouraged to check out my Opportunities for Students page for a current list of specific research projects for which I am seeking student support.

Current Research as Principal Investigator

  • Communities left behind? A timely examination of school closure controversies for justice-informed decision-making on the fate of public schools in Ontario. Co-Investigators: Jennifer Dean, Bill Irwin, Jeffrey Masuda, Mark Seasons, Wayne Caldwell. See Opportunities for Students page.

  • Examining the Impacts of Public Transit Improvements on Commute Patterns, Physical Activity Levels, and Health of Queen’s Employees. Co-Investigator: Ajay Agarwal. See Opportunities for Students page.

  • Examining playground deserts in Kingston Ontario. Co-Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Masuda. See Opportunities for Students page.

Current Research as Co-Investigator

  • Best practices for Canadian municipalities to promote the right to food for allResearch team: Elaine Power (PI), Patricia Collins, Margaret Little, Jeffrey Hoch, Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Sharon Kirkpatrick, Sarah Wakefield. See Opportunities for Students page.
  • Will Millenials be the Sustainable Generation? Policy Implications of Millenials’ Travel Patterns in Metropolitan Canada. Research team: Ajay Agarwal (PI), Patricia Collins, Markus Moos.

Previous Research

Please see the Publications page for an overview of previous research projects.