HPI Emerging Leaders
Emerging Leaders are undergraduate students, graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD, etc.) or post-doctoral fellows in Atlantic Canada with an academic interest and training in issues of population health and health equity. They are engaged in research or knowledge translation activities relevant to population health and committed to the vision, mission, and values of HPI. Read about our Emerging Leaders below.
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
Taylor is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at Dalhousie University, with methodological interest in quantitative analysis and knowledge synthesis. Her research interests surround measuring and promoting well-being through a social ecological perspective. Her doctoral research is on the psychological factors (e.g., personality, motives, psychological needs, values) that promote positive mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, baking, and talking to cats
Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Clinically, Bright’s interests lie in surgical oncology and cardiothoracic surgery. His research interests include the use of low-dose CT (LDCT) screening for early lung cancer detection among light- or never-smokers, the optimal stop interval of anti-platelet agents before cardiac surgery, and various topics related to undergraduate medical education and interdisciplinary care.
Faculty of Health,
Toni is a proud descendant of Africville and Black Loyalists; sixth generation African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet. Toni is a two-spirited, Christian, great grandmother of one, grandmother of nine, and mother of six beautiful souls. Toni holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University; a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Vincent University; an M.Ed. in Education from York University. Currently, Toni is in year three of the PhD in Health program at Dalhousie University.Presently, Toni is coordinating a 5-year Canadian Institute Health Research (CIHR) and Research Nova Scotia (RNS) community-based research project “Pathways to Resilience and Health Equity. As the Pathways coordinator Toni is responsible for the ongoing development and facilitation of the project.
Julie is a PhD student in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include children’s play and movement behaviours and supportive environments in schools and communities while employing a social-ecological lens and mixed methods approach. Before starting her PhD at Dalhousie, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology at the University of Prince Edward Island and an MSc in Kinesiology (Physical Activity Epidemiology) at Queen’s University. She is looking forward to contributing to meaningful and exciting population health projects within the Healthy Populations Institute.
Faculty of Health,
Shirley is a recent graduate of the Master's in Health Administration program within the Faculty of Health, at Dalhousie University. She hails from Gibson Woods, a historically Black Loyalist community in rural Nova Scotia.Shirley has a personal connection to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community as both of her parents are Deaf. Shirley's academic journey has fostered a deep-rooted passion for tackling systemic racism and breaking down barriers faced by marginalized communities, specifically, the African Nova Scotian and Deaf communities. Her ultimate goal is to work within academia, utilizing her skills and knowledge to effect positive change management in public health policy. With a resolute commitment to social justice and equity, Shirley is determined to become a catalyst for transformative change in the healthcare industry, advocating for the needs of the underrepresented and underserved communities.
Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University
Lindsay Van Dam is a PhD in Health student with the Faculty of Health. Her areas of research surround diversity and leadership in oral health, interprofessional health education and socialization and advancing equitable and collaborative health systems to better meet the needs of the population. Passionate about health education and improved population health outcomes, her interests and doctoral research involve the exploration and development of inclusive and interprofessional learning models within pre-licensure training that may better equip the collaborative capacity of our future health care workforce and leadership. A strong advocate for evidence-based research, in addition to her doctoral studies, Lindsay is currently serving as the on-site Clinical Research Coordinator at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry on a ground-breaking phase 2b clinical drug trial testing metformin, a commonly prescribed drug for Type II diabetes, as a treatment to prevent oral cancer development.
Lindsay Van Dam
Faculty of Health;
Faculty of Dentistry
Steve is a PhD student in interdisciplinary studies, focused on health promotion, political science, and public administration with a research interest in healthy public policy and population-level indices and measures of well-being and quality of life. Steve has experience building public policy solutions within and outside of government on a range of areas of focus in tobacco control, climate change, education, healthy eating, physical activity, and the social determinants of health.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Hannah (She/They) is a MA student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include 2S/LGBTQIA+ health, aging, education, pedagogy, and death, dying and bereavement. Hannah received her B.A. in Sociology from Mount Allison University, where she completed a thesis on the emancipatory power of gay-straight alliances in rural schools. Their master's research is concerned with how long-term care institutions can best support LGBT & Queer older adults. Hannah is passionate about participatory action research as a method for transformative social change.
Faculty of Health
Jennifer is a PhD student in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. She is a graduate Nurse Practitioner who works with at-risk populations and her research interests include improving healthcare delivery and health outcomes for Canadians by exploring and evaluating the role of nurse practitioners in this context. Prior to her graduate studies, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology and Bachelor of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick. She is looking forward to discovering equitable solutions to healthcare delivery for Canadians and continuing meaningful work at the Healthy Populations Institute.