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School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo
LHN 2709

Charity Oga-Omenka

Assistant Professor

University of Waterloo



Ann Kwarteng is a third year student at York University, pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Global Health, with a specialization in Health Policy, Management and Systems. 

She is a global health intern who is working with Dr. Godfred Boateng at the Global and Environmental Health Research Laboratory. Ann will be working on the Retooling Black Anxiety Project which focuses on examining anxiety in Black families with children who are in the criminal justice and child welfare systems in Ontario. 


Dr. Dusing is a Research Associate under the supervision of Prof. Godfred Boateng at York University. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee. His work spans various interdisciplinary areas, and includes disparities in substance-use and suicidality among various populations. Dr. Dusing's research utilizes linked longitudinal health administrative data and employs techniques such as survival analysis and difference-in-differences to examine complex social and health issues. His publications in journals such as, Psychological Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, PLoS One, and the American Journal of Psychiatry, highlight his expertise in addressing critical topics such as mental health, population health, and the social determinants of health. 

His work with Prof. Boateng will focus on Environmental Degradation, Climate Change and Health Impacts among Older Adults. 

Areas of expertise: Social determinants of health, Global Health, qualitative and mixed research methods, access to healthcare, patient care-seeking journeys.

Dr. Charity Oga-Omenka is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health Sciences. Her research interests focus on global public health, healthcare access and services research - particularly related to infectious diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and COVID-19, and the intersections between health inequities and the social determinants of health – using mixed methods research. She is invested in research that focuses on transformative conceptual frameworks and methods to address the inequalities and underutilization of evidence-based approaches in global public health - particularly in resource-limited settings or with marginalized groups.

656 W. Kirby St.
3035 Faculty/Administration Building

Department of Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health

University of Ghana

rquansah@ug.edu.gh yaw121@yahoo.co.uk


Elsa is pursuing an Honours BA in Global Health with a specialization in Global Health Policy, Management and Systems. She is a research assistant in the Global and Environmental Health Lab working with Prof. Godfred Boateng, where she is exploring the relationship between water insecurity and intestinal diseases in Malawi's informal settlements. Elsa is also currently working as a health promotion coordinator for Hemoglobal York University, and supporting the organization and preparation of the first 2023 WHO World Health Assembly Simulation Conference.


Dr. Reginald Quansah

Senior Lecturer

University of Ghana                                                                            

Dr. Reginald Quansah is an environmental epidemiologist. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. education at Lulea University of Technology (Sweden) and the University of Birmingham (UK), respectively, and his postdoctoral training at the Centre for Environment and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), Oulu University of Technology (Finland). His research focuses on children and women’s environmental health and more broadly, assessing environmental exposures and their potential health effects in vulnerable populations, including mothers, children, low-income and underserved communities, and occupational populations. Dr. Quansah also seeks to take his research a step further and design and implement interventions to mitigate environmental exposures, particularly household air pollution, to minimize the risk of potential adverse health outcomes.




Georgina Birago Odoom Owusu is currently a fourth-year student studying a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health with Specialized Honours in Global Health Policy, Management, and Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. She has 4 years working experience as a Registered Nurse within cardio-renal, dermatological, surgical and palliative units in Ghanaian hospitals. 

She has been been a Research Assistant to Dr. Godfred Boateng in the Global and Environmental Health Research Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute since September 2022 to date. Her research work at GEHLab is to identify the health impacts and treatment outcomes of housing insecurity among people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. 

After her current study, Georgina is looking forward to embracing the work of a Health Policy Analyst and System Researcher by contributing to established global health systems and policies devoid of inequities, and rightfully delivered to target populations.

Eyram Adzo Agbe is a Masters student in Development Studies at York University. Eyram’s final masters research paper focuses on the relationship between techno-politics of education reform and the psychosocial impact of Covid-19 on teachers in urban Ghana. This stems from an interest in understanding the contentions and nuances of new technologies to better mediate social vulnerabilities, and leverage expertise during disasters. Eyram will be supporting the implementation of the Retooling Black Anxiety project.

Graduate Research Assistant, 

GEHL Lab, York University

Eyram Adzo Agbe

Master's student, Development Studies, York University

A Tour of the Global and Environmental Health Lab, York University

As a top-tier research group, we are committed to developing cross-culturally validated resource insecurity tools including housing, food, energy, and water insecurity scales that can be used in most low and middle-income countries.

Using a socio-ecological model, we are poised in examining how changes in the physical and social environment manifest at the individual, household, community, and institutional levels; and how responses to these changes vary across time, regions, and ecological zones.

Our team looks forward to a clear future free of health inequity and we are committing our tools, talents, and team to this essential human pursuit.

Global and Environmental Health Lab

Ken Williams

PhD student, Social Work, York University

Ken Williams has over a decade of experience working with young people and adults in conflict
with the law and at various stages of their psychosocial development, including incarcerated men. Ken has multiple roles; he is the co-founder of HeARTBase, which offers programs utilizing the arts, music, and culture as a method of liberation and critical healing for black youth. He is a Coordinator and Student Case Manager at Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson University, a Research Assistant for Making the Shift, a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, and a teaching assistant at York University, where he is also pursuing a Social Work Ph.D. His research focuses on critically examining the politics of "wellbeing" to understand how systemic structures such as contemporary neoliberal capitalism impact Black youth's ability to flourish.

Graduate Research Assistant, 
GEHL lab, York University

Mirianna is currently completing a BA in Global Health at York University. Before studying at York, she graduated with a Bachelor of Humanities with a minor in Biology from Carleton University. As a research assistant with the Global and Environmental Health Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute, Mirianna will be working with Prof. Godfred Boateng to complete a project on housing insecurity and intestinal health outcomes in Kenya. Mirianna is also the 2023 recipient of the Canadian Institute of Health Research Undergraduate Student Research Award, which will support her research at the Global and Environmental Health Lab.



Salwa is currently pursuing an Honours BA in Global Health, with a specialization in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Salwa is working at the Global and Environmental Health Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research with Dr. Boateng and community partners. Her work consists of qualitative research and project coordination on a pilot action study in Ontario, Canada that examines the relationship of Black families' involvement with containment facilities (criminal justice and child welfare systems) and the impact this has on mental health outcomes. 


Richard is currently pursuing an Honours BSc in Global Health with a specialization in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention at York University. Prior to that, he graduated with a BSc in Honours Science, with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Physiology from the University of Waterloo. His interest in research stems from previous experiences working as a Research Assistant with the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital.

As a research assistant with the Global & Environmental Health Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute, he will be working with Dr. Godfred Boateng to examine the effects of energy and housing insecurity on psychosocial health outcomes for those living in informal settlements in Ghana.


Kelly Kuang is a third-year global health student specializing in health promotion and disease prevention. 

She is currently a global health intern working under the supervision of Dr. Godfred Boateng in the Global & Environmental Health Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute. She will be examining the effects of housing insecurity on sleep deprivation among those living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.



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Ellis Adjei Adams

Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Policy, University of Notre Dame

Areas of expertise: Environmental policy; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); water policy and governance; gender, water, and development; cities; political ecology; sub-Saharan Africa

Ellis Adjei Adams is an assistant professor of geography and environmental policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He is affiliated with Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative and the Eck Institute for Global Health.

Roseanne Schuster

Assistant Research Scientist                                                                                          Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Areas of expertise: Monitoring, evaluation, and learning; nutrition, food, and water security; health systems and community health workers; maternal and child health; refugee health; community-based participatory research

Dr. Roseanne Schuster is a global nutrition and public health professional. She has a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs seeking to improve health, environmental, and social wellbeing. Dr. Schuster's research focuses on how to improve the delivery of critical health services in low-resource settings, uptake of health care among vulnerable populations, and understanding of how food and water insecurity shape infant and young child feeding and growth. She is dedicated to increasing the impact of research and programming through innovative, cost-effective, and culturally responsive evaluation and learning. Dr. Schuster engages community-based, participatory, and implementation science approaches in programs/interventions and mixed methods evaluations to ensure programs are ultimately responsive to target populations and adaptive to the complex systems in which they operate. Her work has been sponsored by DFID, FAO, USAID, and NIH.


UT Arlington | Department of Kinesiology |  Global and Environmental Health Lab

Bachelor of Science in Public Health


Have conducted research on the determinants of low birthweight in Ghana and the relationship between antenatal care and intimate partner violence in Nigeria

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O304 Hesburgh Center for International Studies

University of Notre Dame



Dozie Okoye

Associate Professor of Economics                                                                                          Dalhousie University


Dr. Sylvia Esther Gyan

Senior Lecturer in Sociology


Areas of expertise: Adolescent sexual and reproductive health, family demography, and gender and work. 

Sylvia’s research over the years has focused on vulnerable populations, particularly women and adolescent girls in Ghana. In her research, she identifies how adolescents and women in vulnerable situations develop resilience. 

Sylvia has been involved in interdisciplinary research using quantitative and quantitative approach to conduct research. She also has years of experience of teaching, supervising and mentoring tertiary students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2018, and was an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the College of Public Health until November 2023.

Areas of expertise: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), Suicide research and prevention, Adolescent health risk behaviors, Adolescent mental health, Social determinants of health, At-risk and vulnerable populations, Big data, and International social work research.

School of Social Work


Dr. Baiden became an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington in September 2023, where he continues to teach and conduct research. As a committed collaborator, Dr. Baiden has strong skills in working with large secondary datasets, designing and conducting rigorous intervention research, and evaluating the impact of social intervention programs that seeks to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents.  This is best demonstrated by his research awards and publication record. Dr. Baiden has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications appearing in high-ranking academic journals and has presented his work at several national and international academic conferences. Some of his work has been featured in major news outlets in Canada, including La Presse, U of T News, The Varsity; and in the US including, EurekAlert!, Medical News Today, Science Daily, HealthDay, PsychCentral, University Herald, and Gazette Review.

Safiyyah Ameer is a second-year student pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Global Health, specializing in disease prevention and health promotion. 

She is a global health intern working with Professor Godfred Boateng in the Global and Environmental Health Lab. She will be analyzing the exposure to particulate matter, and its effect on hypertension in the elderly population in Ghana


Dr. Patrick M. Owuor

Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Public Health

Wayne State University

University of Ghana, Legon

Areas of expertise: Monitoring, evaluation, and learning; nutrition, food, and water security; health systems and community health workers; maternal and child health; refugee health; community-based participatory research

Dr. Balogun is a Public Health physician with focus on Reproductive Health and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Over the years, she has gathered significant teaching, research and mentoring experience. She has carried out previous research work on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, human papillomavirus/cervical cancer and the application of mobile health to address health challenges of mothers and children. 

Currently, she is the site Principal Investigator in Lagos, Nigeria for an on-going global research, involving 20+ countries, to develop and validate a novel tool for the assessment of household-level water insecurity; a project in collaboration with researchers in Northwestern University, Illinois, USA and funded by the Leverhulme Foundation Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) 2.02 Grant. She has won and managed 2 research grants and has 40 publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Community Health & Primary Care


Philip Baiden

Associate Professor of Social Work                                                                                      School of Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington


UT Arlington | Department of Kinesiology |  Global and Environmental Health Lab

Bachelor of Applied Science – BASc, Public Health


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Areas of expertise: Economic Growth and Development, History and Economic Development in Africa, Macroeconomics, Human Capital and Technology Adoption, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics.

Department of Economics
Dalhousie University
6214 University Avenue
Dr. Dozie Okoye is an Associate Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University. He is an macroeconomist interested in problems of economic growth and development. His research addresses the contributions of schooling, technological change, brain drain, interpersonal trust, and historical missionary activity, to economic development. 

Karin Wachter

Associate Professor of Social Work, 

Arizona State University

Areas of expertise: research focuses on the Social inequalities in health, Cardiovascular health and disease, Health behaviors, Public Health Surveillance, and Local public health management.

Doctor from El Bosque University, Master in Public Health from Universidad del Valle and Doctor in Health Behaviors and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Currently, professor at the School of Government, coordinator of the Master's in Public Health, and the Director for Research and Consulting.

School of Government                        Los Andes University di.lucumi@uniandes.edu.co

Dr. Mobolanle Balogun

College of Medicine                                                                                                  University of Lagos | Unilag

Areas of expertise: research focuses on the intersection of forced migration, violence against women, and social support.  Drawing from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, feminist and postcolonial theories, and a practice-orientated perspective,

DTPHX Campus                  Mailcode 3920.      Karin.Wachter@asu.edu

Karin Wachter's goal is to generate applied research for local, national, and international practitioners and policymakers to alleviate the psychosocial consequences of forced migration and violence against women.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Dr. Wachter worked for 10 years as a humanitarian aid worker focused on violence against women and girls in war and displacement, primarily in African contexts. Since returning to academia, she has worked with U.S.-based refugee resettlement agencies as an evaluator and researcher. Dr. Wachter served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Trainer in Mauritania in the late 1990s.


Department of Anthropology & Global Health, Northwestern University



Water security, Infrastructure development, Maternal & child health

Dr. Patrick Owuor is currently researching the impact of development induced displacement on the biological, psychosocial, and physical health effects on households in Kenya. 

Diego Iván Lucumí Cuesta

Associate Professor

Director of Research and Consulting                        School of Government, Los Andes University