The Research Team

Dr. Mikiko Terashima

Mikiko is an Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie School of Planning in Halifax, NS.

Mikiko’s main research interest revolves around methods of measuring various social and built environmental forces that create systematic inequalities in health and well-being among different groups of people across different places. One of her current areas of research involves investigations of spatial accessibility to services necessary for the population to maintain health and well-being such as food outlets and primary health services. Another area deals with a different kind of accessibility—built environment that enables or hinders the use of space by individuals with different types and levels of mobility (primarily individuals with different sensory impairments and older individuals).

You can read her full academic bio at the Dalhousie School of Planning site.

Dr. George Kephart

Dr. Kephart is a professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. He is also the co-founder and former Director of the Population Health Research Unit (now Health Data Nova Scotia).

His research interests include: health services, patient-oriented health research, chronic disease management and surveillance, health resource planning, and demography.

You can read Dr. Kephart’s full academic biography at the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine website.

Dr. Daniel Rainham

Dr. Rainham is the Director of the Environmental Science Program, with cross-appointments to Community Health and Epidemiology, Earth Sciences, Health and Human Performance, the School of Planning, and the School of Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. He is also the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health and a Senior Research Scholar at the Healthy Populations Institute.

You can read Dr. Rainham’s full academic biography at the Environmental Science Program site.

Dr. Sara Kirk

Dr. Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. She holds cross-appointments with the Community Health and Epidemiology and IWK Health Centre, is an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition, and an honourary senior scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.

Her research interests include population health intervention research, chronic disease prevention, obesity prevention, and healthy public policy.

You can read Dr. Kirk’s full academic biography at the School of Health and Human Performance website.

Dr. Emily Marshall 

Dr. Marshall is an Associate Professor and affiliate scientist at the Department of Family Medicine in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine.

Her research interests include community-based primary health care services, quality in care with a focus on population data and vulnerable populations, and equity in health care access.

You can read Dr. Marshall’s full academic biography at the Department of Family Medicine website.

Dr. Ahsan Habib

Dr. Habib is a cross-appointed Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie School of Planning and the Dalhousie Department of Civil and Resource Engineering in Halifax, NS. He founded the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC). He also writes short stories and novels in Bengali, and had a novel published in Bengali in 1999.

His research interests include travel behaviour analysis; integrated transportation, land use, and energy modeling; and sustainability indicators and issues in transportation.

You can read Dr. Habib’s full academic profile at the School of Planning website.

Kate Clark, M. Plan, Research Assistant

Kate graduated in spring 2018 from Dalhousie University’s Master of Planning program with Sexton distinction. Her research interests include the relationship between health and the built environment, placemaking in communities, and planning history. As part of her graduate studies, Kate conducted original research for her independent project on Frederic H. Sexton, an influential planning and community figure from Halifax’s history.