Research Areas

Population Health Intervention Research

Population health intervention research involves the use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the poten- tial to impact health at the population level.

Hawe & Potvin 2009

Natural Experiments

The term ‘natural experiment’ lacks an exact definition, and many variants are found in the literature. The common thread in most definitions is that exposure to the event or intervention of interest has not been manipulated by the researcher.

Craig et al., 2012

Health Inequities

Health inequity refers to those inequalities in health that are deemed to be unfair or stemming from some form of injustice.

Kawachi et al., 2002

Transportation and Health

Health is typically not considered in transportation policy and planning, even though transportation is one of the economic and social factors that influences people’s health and the health of a community.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research Groups

HIPP Collaborative

The Health Innovation through Promotion and Practice collaborative is dedicated to fostering innovation and excellence in promoting health and wellbeing through research, teaching and learning, training, community partners, public engagement, and knowledge translation.

HIPP collaborative

The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit is a bi-university health research unit based at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. Since 1999, SPHERU has established itself as a leader in cutting edge population health research that not only looks at what and the why of health inequities -– but also how to address these and take action.



At SPHERE (SPatial HEalth REsearch) Lab, we conduct research to better understand how environments contribute to population health profiles. We develop tools and methods for collecting and analyzing data on individuals, mobilities and environments to better understand people-place interactions. We explore how urban environment interventions impact health and social health inequalities.


Sphere Lab

We are a population health research group at University of Saskatchewan led by Dr. Cory Neudorf. The Saskatchewan Equity Study is a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation funded ongoing research project that investigates health inequalities in our province.

Saskatchewan Equity Study

Student Recruitment

I am currently recruiting trainees who are interested in pursuing MSc and PhD degrees related to population physical activity at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I’m particularly interested in students with a background in human kinetics, computer science, geography, or public health with an interest in physical activity and social inequalities.

I have specific opportunities related to projects on public bikeshare, algorithm development for mobile sensing using cell phones and smart watches, creating walkability measures and GIS infrastructure, health and household travel surveys, and evaluation of theoretical components of physical activity apps. I will provide initial funding for successful candidates. However, candidates are required to apply for external funding for their research (e.g., CIHR). Applications for external funding are typically done 8-10 months prior to the funding start date. To enhance your chance of success please contact me well in advance so I can provide sufficient guidance for your application.

If you are interested, email with a description of your research interest, a cover letter (PDF), and CV (PDF).

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship starting April 1st 2017 in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The position is a one year appointment, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity. The postdoctoral fellow will work on projects related to Dr. Fuller’s research program.

Primary Responsibilities: Conducting novel independent research, Assisting their faculty supervisor in guiding graduate students’ research, Collaborate with team members to initiate new projects

Qualifications and experience:

  • A Ph.D. in Public Health, Human Kinetics, Geography, Computer Science
  • Data analysis experience: Multilevel and spatial analysis, Machine learning
  • Programming experience: R, SQL, and Python are assets

How to apply: The deadline for applications in January 31st, 2017. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references in PDF format to Dr. Daniel Fuller (

The highest returns can be reaped by imagination in combination with a logical and critical mind, a spice of ingenuity coupled with an eye for the simple and humdrum, and a width of vision in the pursuit of facts that is allied with an attention to detail that is almost nauseating.

Sir Austin Bradford Hill

Daniel Fuller

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

Physical Education Building

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, NL

A1C 5S7

Phone: 709-864-7270