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. 


Taylor Hill

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


Lindsay Macdonald

Faculty of Dentistry,

School of Dental Hygiene, Dalhousie University


Lindsay Macdonald is an instructor with Dalhousie’s School of Dental Hygiene, her areas of research surround diversity and leadership in oral health, advancing equitable opportunities for underrepresented populations in the health professions and collaborative community partnership models. Passionate about education, she has a vested interest in the development of inclusive leadership policy and its translation to the post-secondary education setting. The development of future health and oral health care leaders is a focal point of her interests.

A strong advocate for evidence-based research, following receipt of a COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CIFT) grant from the Federal Government, Lindsay is currently serving as the on-site Research Assistant for Dalhousie in a nation-wide study lead out of McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry examining occupational risks related to SARS-CoV-2 in University student dental clinics across Canada.


Bright Huo

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.

Toni Goree

Faculty of Health,

Dalhousie University



Emma McDermott

Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University


Emma McDermott is a second year medical student at Dalhousie University who is passionate about global health, sustainable development, and health equity, with a particular interest in the field of planetary health and environmental sustainability. Prior to medical school, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Biology and a Master in Global Affairs, and helped to found the Dal Med Green Team. She is looking forward to working with the Healthy Populations Institute to advocate for positive change in the health care system.

Julie Campbell
Faculty of Health,
Dalhousie University

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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.

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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.


Steve Machat
Interdisciplinary Studies
Dalhousie University


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.  


Aline Maybank
Medical Sciences 
Dalhousie University


Aline is an undergraduate student studying Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University. Specifically, she is interested in the intersection of climate and medicine. She has been involved in Biomedical Engineering and respiratory research over the past few years. Aline is the president of Dalhousie's American Sign Language Society and Sustainability Society, where she works to increase community inclusivity. She also volunteers at various health-related organizations, including the IWK and Kid's Help Phone, to support members of her community. She is looking forward to discovering the Healthy Populations Institute's ongoing research projects regarding sustainability and health while inspiring other young professionals to integrate sustainability into their education.


Jennifer Splane
Faculty of Health
Dalhousie University


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.