Principal Investigators

Meghan Winters


Meghan Winters (pronouns: she/her) is a CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair (Gender and Sex in Healthy Cities) and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She leads the Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Research Lab, where with a wonderful team of trainees and staff she leads a responsive research program looking at how city policies, plans, and infrastructure can support healthy and safe transportation, with equity front of mind. She is happiest when working in close collaboration with cities and stakeholders to conduct research and create tools that address real-world challenges.

Marie-Soleil Cloutier


M.S. Cloutier is a Professor at l’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique and director of the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société. Her expertise in health geography and urban studies supports her research interests on walkability in urban areas, including risks faced by the most vulnerable pedestrians (children, older adults), and road safety in general. She leads the Pedestrian and Urban Space Laboratory (LAPS) and co-leads the Pedestrian Smart City Laboratory (VIP, funded by the CFI-Leaders fund). Her research is supported by Canadian (CIHR, SSHRC) and Quebec (FRQSC, actions concertées) funding agencies and she collaborates with various actors in the public and private sector as well as with researchers in Quebec, Canada, and France.

Daniel Fuller


Daniel Fuller is an Associate Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His interdisciplinary research is focused on using wearable technologies to study physical activity, transportation interventions, and equity in urban spaces. He has an M.Sc. in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Université de Montréal. Dan is also a Principal Investigator on the INTERventions, Research, and Action in Cities (INTERACT) team and is involved in Artificial Intelligence for Public Health training initiatives.

Sara Kirk


Dr. Sara Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion and Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute, at Dalhousie University. Her research explores the design of supportive environments for chronic disease prevention, using a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that considers how individual behaviours are influenced by other broader factors, such as income, education, societal norms and the built environment.

Martine Shareck


Martine Shareck is a population health researcher and Assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). She holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair on urban environments and health equity among young people. Trained in social epidemiology, health promotion and health geography, she has expertise in research with marginalized populations, on the social determinants of health, in mixed-methods program evaluation and in urban health inequities.

Jennifer Tomasone


Dr. Jennifer Tomasone is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. Her research uses implementation science to optimize physical activity participation for persons of all abilities. She recently led the most comprehensive knowledge mobilization effort in the 40-year history of movement guidelines in Canada and has contributed her expertise to movement guideline efforts internationally. She is a Co-Director of the Canadian Disability Participation Project ( which aims to enhance quality experience in physical activity for persons with a disability in Canada. At Queen’s, she brings her research to life as a Co-Director of Revved Up, an exercise program for over 200 adults with disability in Kingston.

Linda Rothman


Linda Rothman is an Assistant Professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Toronto Metropolitan University, an Adjunct Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor (status only) at Dalla Lana, School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Linda’s research is focused on developing rigorous, evidence-based, multidisciplinary applied public health research related to injury prevention, active transportation, and healthy cities with an equity lens.  Linda’s recent research projects include studying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on road traffic volumes and collisions in 4 Canadian cities and the evaluation of new road design modifications such as cycle tracks, reduced speed limits and automated speed enforcement.

Andrew Howard


Andrew Howard is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon and injury epidemiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.  He is interested in preventing childhood injury, in particular road traffic injury.  His research focuses on real world interventions, with actual injury and activity outcomes.

Alison Macpherson


Dr. Alison Macpherson is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and an adjunct senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Her research is related to keeping kids active, healthy, and safe, and focuses on the prevention of childhood injuries primarily through policies and laws designed to reduce injuries.

Yan Kestens


Yan Kestens is a full professor in the Département de médecine sociale et préventive à l’École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Centre de recherche en santé publique, where he leads the SphereLab. His research program supports the transformation of cities with the aim of improving population health and reducing health inequalities. In partnership with municipal decision-makers and actors, and through various methodological innovations, his work explores person-environment interactions, and more broadly the impact of living environments on populations.

Sarah Moore


Dr. Sarah Moore is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, and a Healthy Populations Institute Scholar at Dalhousie University. Her research expertise is in the childhood growth and development, movement and play behaviours, and adapted physical activity for children and youth with disabilities. Dr. Moore is interested in assessing the benefits of and barriers to play and physical activity. She has a particular interest in tracking healthy behaviours from childhood through adulthood and believes that several adult conditions have pediatric antecedents.

Anne Harris


Anne Harris is an epidemiologist and an Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Occupational and Public Health. She also has a status appointment at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is particularly interested in the use of large databases to study work, cities, and transportation health.

Ben Beck


Associate Professor Ben Beck is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Australia. Ben is an internationally renowned leader in active transport research, especially in relation to bike riding. He leads an interdisciplinary research program bringing together experts in public health, urban and transport planning, engineering, complex systems science, behaviour change and road safety to advance the safety, accessibility, and equity of active mobility.