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

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students


Team Biographies

Steven Lam | PhD candidate | 2017 - present

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

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.

Sara Wyngaarden | MSc student | 2018 - present

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.

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

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.

Vinussa Rameshshanker | BPH student | 2018 - present

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.


Team Alumni

Thevahi Nagaarudkumaran | BSc student (Health Studies) and undergraduate thesis student (2018-19). Currently, Thevahi is at the University of Toronto pursuing a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Undergraduate thesis project: Scoping review exploring the role of social support in tuberculosis treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries