Centre for Healthy Communities

Core Staff

Nicole Glenn, PhD
Senior Research Associate

P: 780-492-2446
E: nglenn@ualberta.ca

I help provide scientific support to the projects conducted with the Centre for Healthy Communities and its partners.

I am a qualitative public health researcher focused on experiences of health care and illness, as well as social inequities in health. My research interests are topically diverse and have included smoking, obesity, the body/weight, movement, play and place. Above all, I am committed to scholarship that is practice and policy relevant, collaborative across disciplines and promotes health equity.

I recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at l’Université de Montréal where I focused on the re/production of socio-spatial inequalities in health.

Laura Nieuwendyk, MSc
Senior Program Lead

P: 780-492-3902
E: laura.nieuwendyk@ualberta.ca

I provide support for the implementation of strategic initiatives conducted within the Centre for Healthy Communities and in collaboration with our partners.

I have a Bachelor or Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Health Promotion, both from the University of Alberta. I am passionate about using my health promotion training, and experience in research and practice to support healthy communities.

Lauren Hall, BA
Administrative Assistant

P: 780-492-2156
E: healthy.communities@ualberta.ca

I support the daily administrative operations of the Centre for Healthy Communities.

I am the first point of contact for new individuals, organizations, and communities reaching out to the centre.

In my undergraduate studies I grew to appreciate the importance of interdisciplinary and collaborative research, drawing me to the Centre's team.

Nathan Bartlett, MSc
Senior Research Assistant

I support literature reviews and synthesis to support the implementation of public health programs as well as assist in project development for the Centre for Healthy Communities.

I am a frequent flyer at the University of Alberta, having obtained both my BSc in psychology and biology and my MSc in experimental psychology at the institution. I have an eclectic range of research interests. My previous work was focused in substance misuse, while my graduate work was on sex differentiation and gender identity. I am passionate about learning more ways to be healthy and happy, communicating these findings to the community, and implementing effective solutions and programs.

Kavalpreet Grewal, MPH
Senior Research Assistant

I support literature reviews, data extraction, and report synthesis across many public health projects.

I am a recent MPH graduate from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay where I had the opportunity to work on many different projects on climate change, pedestrian walkability, and vector-borne diseases. My most recent experience was working with Toronto Public Health on a vulnerability assessment.

Sammy Lowe, BA 
Graduate Research Assistant

I am involved in a variety of projects that deal with community-based health research, knowledge translation and practice.

Coming from a highly diverse and interdisciplinary background (biology and theatre), I am passionate about working with different communities to facilitate the translation from health-based theory into practice.

Darcy Reynard, MGIS
Graduate Research Assistant

I help support geographic information systems work and spatial analysis within the Centre. I am also interested in the application of geography and public health perspectives on active transportation.

I am currently a PhD student studying human geography. My research focuses on the impact of carbon pricing on mobility and social exclusion.

Melissa Stoops, PhD
Senior Research Assistant

I support literature reviews and report development for community partners.

My educational background includes anthropology, community health and epidemiology. My interests include population health, social perceptions and lived experiences of health and wellness, and health services and policy.