Developmental Trajectories

Our research

Admin lead: Pablo Nepomnaschy

We investigate how individual, social, biological and environmental factors affect human development, health and well-being across the lifespan. Our expertise is diverse -- including human ecology, social determinants of health, child development and mental health, epidemiology, public policy and interventions, environmental toxicology, and epigenetics and physiology of human development.

People

Faculty

  • Ryan Allen Environmental health, air pollution, exposure assessment & analysis, epidemiology
  • John Challis
  • Julian Christians
  • Maya Gislason Social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods, Aboriginal health
  • Angela Kaida Global health, epidemiology, HIV & sexual/reproductive health, antiretroviral therapy
  • Bruce Lanphear Early childhood health, environmental neurotoxins, lead poisoning, epidemiology of asthma
  • Lawrence McCandless Biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-analysis, Bayesian statistics
  • Tun Myint Global health, planning and evaluation of community-based health programs, health equality and social justice in indigenous people, epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child health in the context of resource-challenged situations.
  • Pablo Nepomnaschy Human biology, anthropology, human ecology & health, stress & reproductive health
  • Nadine Provençal Epigenomics, Biological embedding of early life exposures, Developmental trajectories of health and diseases, Stress hormones regulation of gene expression and Behavioral and psychiatric disorders
  • Jeff Reading Environmental health, air pollution, exposure assessment & analysis, epidemiology
  • Hasina Samji Epidemiology, biostatistics, infectious diseases, implementation science methods, marginalized populations, health services provision, global health, health innovation
  • Tim Takaro Occupational & environmental health, toxicology, asthma, community-based interventions, health impacts of climate change, planetary health
  • Ian Tietjen Mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and antiviral discovery
  • Charlotte Waddell Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, and children’s rights.
  • Meghan Winters Epidemiology, GIS applications, built environment & health, transportation & city design

Recent theses

2018–2019 PhD and MSc thesis defences

March 11, 2019, MSc thesis defence: Cecilia Sierra Heredia, Temporal and geographic variation in aeroallergen measurements across four Canadian cities from 2008-2012. Senior Supervisor: T Takaro

October 01, 2018, PhD thesis defence: Prabjit Barn, A randomized air filter intervention study of air pollution and fetal growth in a highly polluted community: The Ulaanbaatar Gestation and Air Pollution Research (UGAAR) Study. Senior Supervisor: R Allen

September 25, 2018, MSc thesis defence: Kate Hosford, Understanding a Public Bicycle Share Program in Vancouver, Canada: Program Uptake and Impacts on Bicycling. Senior Supervisor: M Winters

August 01, 2018, MSc thesis defence: Lief Pagalan, Prenatal Exposures to Air Pollution and Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Population-based Cohort Study in Metro Vancouver, BC. Senior Supervisor: B Lanphear

July 12, 2018, MSc thesis defence: Crista Bartolomeu, A Randomized Controlled Trial of Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and the Development of Allergic Sensitization in the First Year of Life. Senior Supervisor: R Allen

July 11, 2018, MSc thesis defence: Brendan Bernardo, Assessing the Relation Between Plasma PCB Concentrations and Elevated Autistic Behaviours using Bayesian Predictive Odds Ratios. Senior Supervisor: L McCandless

April 11, 2018, PhD thesis defence: Allison Carter, Desires Embraced: A Critical Analysis of Sex, Love and Relationships among Women Living with HIV. Senior Supervisor: A Kaida

2018–2019 MPH capstone presentations

March 12, 2019: Kara Plotnikoff, Clinic Client Perceptions of STI Vaccines: Drivers, Barriers and Preferences. Senior Supervisor: H Samji

February 20, 2019: Ashley Henry, Inflammatory Biomarkers and Socio-behavioural Risk Factors for HIV in Adolescents and Young Adults in South Africa. Senior Supervisor: A Kaida

July 17, 2018: Chenoa Cassidy-Matthews, A Call for Strengths-Based Approaches to Indigenous Public Health. Senior Supervisor: J Reading

June 28, 2018: Kristi Papamihali, Linkage with Liver Care of People Living with Hepatitis C Virus Infection in British Columbia - The BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort, 1990-2015. Senior Supervisor: D Silva

April 10, 2018: Tatiana Pakhomova, Perceived Stress in Adolescents and Youth Adults in Soweto and Durban, South Africa. Senior Supervisor: A Kaida

April 9, 2018, Sara Bhatti: Prevention of Sex Trafficking: A Public Health Perspective. Senior Supervisor: M Gislason

April 9, 2018: Madison Huggins, Animal Assisted Activities: The Effects on Depression and Quality of Life for Elders with Dementia Living in Long Term Care Facilities. Senior Supervisor: M Gislason

April 9, 2018: Rebecca Tucker, Reorienting the Responsibility: Sharing and Translating Knowledge to Decolonize Public Health Practice. Senior Supervisor: M Gislason

April 9, 2018: Adrienne Yeung, Traditional East Asian Medicine in the Lives of Queer East Asian Young Adults in North America: A Critical Analysis of the Gaps in Literature. Senior Supervisor: M Gislason

April 6, 2018: Ama Kyeremeh, Use of AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) Among Women Living with HIV in British Columbia: Exploring Priorities for Improved Access. Senior Supervisor: A Kaida

April 4, 2018: Sadaf Haghdan, Development of Road Safety Indicators in British Columbia, Canada. Senior Supervisor: B Lanphear

April 3, 2018: Erica Kilius, The Importance of Interbirth Intervals: Incorporation of Evolutionary Perspectives into Public Health Maternal-Child Initiatives. Senior Supervisor: P Nepomnaschy

Resources

Grants funded in 2018 and 2019

2018, MITACS Accelerate, “Characterizing use of the Vancouver public bike share system through 2018,” $15,000, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, MITACS Accelerate, “Supporting social inclusion and well-being in greater Vancouver,” $15,000, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, PHAC-Public Health Agency of Canada, “Enhancing recruitment of marginalised populations in research on the built environment and health,” $24,875, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, PHAC-Public Health Agency of Canada, “Developing Common Naming conventions for cycling infrastructure,” $9,969, PI: M Winters

2019-2020, CIHR - IPPC Building Healthy Cities - Dragon's Den, “Smart cities, Healthy citizens? Accelerating the health and equity returns of municipal policy investments,” $100,000, PI: M Winters

2019, MITACS Globalink, “Using longitudinal data to understand gender differences in bicycling over time,” 2019, PI: M Winters

2018, MITACS Accelerate, “Characterizing use of the Vancouver public bike share system through 2018,” $15,000, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, MITACS Accelerate, “Supporting social inclusion and well-being in greater Vancouver,” $15,000, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, PHAC-Public Health Agency of Canada, “Enhancing recruitment of marginalised populations in research on the built environment and health,” $24,875, PI: M Winters

2018-2019, PHAC-Public Health Agency of Canada, “Developing Common Naming conventions for cycling infrastructure,” $9,969, PI: M Winters

2019-2020, CIHR - IPPC Building Healthy Cities - Dragon's Den, “Smart cities, Healthy citizens? Accelerating the health and equity returns of municipal policy investments,” $100,000, PI: M Winters

2019, MITACS Globalink, “Using longitudinal data to understand gender differences in bicycling over time,” 2019, PI: M Winters