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Warren Dodd is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health System at the University of Waterloo and research group leader.

He completed his PhD in Epidemiology and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph, and a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students

Steven Lam | PhD candidate | 2017-present

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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.

Kathy Luu | MSc student | 2018-present

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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.

Josalyn Radcliffe | MSc student | 2019-present

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Josalyn is pursuing her MSc in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She completed a BA in English and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University ('05) and a BSc in Nursing ('12) through Conestoga College and McMaster University. As a Public Health Nurse, she has worked on local immunization policy and the integration of core competency guidelines into practice. Josalyn's research interests include the population health implications of climate change and the role of public health in addressing the ecological determinants of health. Under the supervision of Drs. Warren Dodd and Kelly Skinner, she plans to explore the real-world implications of climate change on food security in the Northwest Territories.

Shoshannah Speers | MSc student | 2019-present

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Shoshannah is pursuing her MSc in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She obtained a BA in International Development Studies through the Canadian Mennonite University in 2014 and a Certificate of Teaching English as an Additional Language from the University of Winnipeg in 2016. She has worked with communities and non-governmental organizations in the Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Sri Lanka, and has taught English in Canada with newcomers, refugees, and international students. Shoshannah’s research interests lie in global health and exploring the social determinants of maternal health and access to care within the context of the Philippines.

Sara Wyngaarden | MSc student | 2018-present

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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 been a research assistant in cropping systems, molecular biology, agricultural development, as well as global health, and spent 2017-2018 working for an NGO based in Korba, Chhattisgarh, India. Sara enjoys exploring the connections between smallholder agriculture, livelihood sustainability, food security, and the various dimensions of wellness. She is currently researching livelihood opportunities for young people in rural areas of Honduras.


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Undergraduate Students

Monica Bustos | BSc student (Health Studies) | 2018-present

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Monica is in her final year of the Honours Health Studies Program at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests revolve around understanding the social and ecological determinants of health to address existing health inequities especially in a global context. She is currently completing an undergraduate thesis on the effectiveness of programs that integrate both poverty alleviation initiatives with tuberculosis control efforts. She has previously been a research assistant in rhetorical theory, social psychology, and global health, and hopes to pursue a career in public health in the future.


Kruti Patel | BSc student (Health Studies) | 2019-present

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Kruti is entering her final year of her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Waterloo (UW), majoring in the Honours Health Studies program. She is the Co-President of the UW student chapter of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) and has been an executive member for the past two years. Currently, she is completing her final co-op work-term at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, working in the Health Workforce Information department. Kruti’s research interests surround the social determinants of women’s and children’s health. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the health disparities that exist for these populations due to the discrepancies in the access and availability of health-supporting services.


Vinussa Rameshshanker | BPH student | 2018-present

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Vinussa is currently in her final year of the Honours Public Health Program at the University of Waterloo. Her passion lies in the field of global health and international development – there is so much to learn from the world once we step outside the life that we live in. Specifically, research interests relate to the functioning of health and social service systems in fragile contexts such as during periods of armed conflict or natural disasters. Wrapping up an 8-month internship with an NGO in Uganda, Vinussa will be returning to Canada this Fall to complete her undergraduate degree and hopefully pursue a Masters-level degree in public policy and international affairs next year.


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Team Alumni

Thevahi Nagaarudkumaran | BSc student (Health Studies) | 2018-19

Undergraduate thesis project: The role of social support in tuberculosis treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review

Currently, Thevahi is at the University of Toronto pursuing a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

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