Graduate Students

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Steven Lam | PhD candidate

Steven is a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Guelph, where he graduated with a Master of Public Health in 2015. Under the supervision of Drs. Sherilee Harper and Warren Dodd, he is working with partners in Arctic Canada, Uganda, and Peru, to develop a community-based monitoring system for Indigenous food security under a changing climate. This research aims to advance climate change adaptation strategies for food security.  On the side of his PhD studies, Steven works as program evaluation consultant. Steven is interested in applying an evaluative lens to both his research and practice.

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Kathy Luu | MSc student

Kathy is pursuing her MSc in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Kathy obtained a BSc in Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018, where she completed her thesis on AIDS service organizations awareness and access among men who have sex with men in the Region of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Robb Travers and Dr. Todd Coleman. She hopes to expand her research interests by exploring the social determinants of global health, understanding healthcare delivery and management, and developing effective health policies that enable marginalized populations to access healthcare services.

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Sara Wyngaarden | MSc student

Sara is pursuing her MSc in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She obtained a BAS in Agriculture and International Development from the University of Guelph in 2016. She has worked as a research assistant in cropping systems, molecular biology, agricultural development, as well as global health, and spent the past year working for a local NGO in Korba, Chhattisgarh, India. Sara looks forward to continuing to explore the connections between smallholder agriculture, livelihood development, the dimensions of wellness, and global health.


Undergraduate Students

Monica Bustos | BSc student (Health Studies)

Monica is currently completing an independent study around public health policy and programming in the Philippines under the supervision of Dr. Dodd. Her research interests revolve around understanding the social and ecological determinants of health to address existing health inequities especially in a global context. At the University of Waterloo, Monica is a research assistant for the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Psychology Lab and an interviewer at the University of Waterloo Survey Research Centre.

Thevahi Nagaarudkumaran | BSc student (Health Studies)

Thevahi is a fourth year student in the University of Waterloo's Health Studies program. Her research interests are in the field of global public health. She would like to learn more about how social determinants can influence access to health care, specifically regarding tuberculosis. She aims to to help researchers understand how this topic has been explored and addressed in the Asia-Pacific region thus far.

Vinussa Rameshshanker | BPH student

Vinussa is currently in her 3B term of the Honours Public Health Program at Waterloo. Her passion for public health stems from her curiosity about the global health and international development field – there is so much to learn from the world once we step outside the life that we live in. In terms of research, her interests lie in the topics of maternal health, food insecurity, and the accessibility of social service systems. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health or work abroad within the non-profit sector.