Welcome to the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre at Dalhousie University


What's New

AHPRC is renewing. We are honouring our beginnings from 1993 and re-focusing our efforts to continue to impact the health of our populations for the future.

We are in the midst of our strategic re-focusing process and anticipate a re-launch of our Research Centre website in Spring 2015. Our new web presence is 'Under Construction', and during this transition phase our temporary website will provide the basics about AHPRC.

2014 has been a time of change for AHPRC. We moved back to the Dalhousie Campus, we added research expertise through an expanding Research Associate membership, and we brought on a new Managing Director, Maureen Summers, to work in partnership with our Scientific Director, Dr. Lois Jackson. During our renewal phase, we continue to support our researchers in our priority areas of research development & management, capacity building & training, and knowledge translation.

Please see our Contact Us page for our current location and contact information.



The Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre at Dalhousie University conducts and facilitates health promotion research that informs policies and practices and contributes to the health and well-being of Atlantic Canadians.

Core Research Areas:

Our current and past research falls into three broad themes. These thematic areas of Population Health Impact, Health Equity, and Healthy Lifecourse & Transitions have included research specifically addressing:

  • Health services and health systems
  • Youth obesity and the built environment
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Oral heath of seniors
  • Health of vulnerable populations
  • Harm reduction
  • Employment related mobility
  • Food security

About the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC)

Graphic - AHPRC LogoThe Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC) is located at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. It is a leading centre for population health and prevention research that informs policies and programs aimed at improving the health of Canadians.

Established in 1993, AHPRC research associates have successfully competed for research funding for a wide variety of projects, programs and other research-related activities.

Our Core Activity Areas

Our mission

To be a leading Atlantic centre for research, training and knowledge translation that promotes health and reduces health disparities.

Research Development and Management

AHPRC encourages and supports the work of interdisciplinary research teams and draws together collaborators from many sectors to design and carry out large, multifaceted projects.

Capacity Building and Training

AHPRC provides excellent research training opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate), postdoctoral research fellows and faculty members as well as researchers from outside academia.

Knowledge Translation

AHPRC provides a vital mechanism for the development of knowledge translation tools, activities and research.

Research Projects

The Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre is a leader in health promotion research. We are pleased to share with you information about our projects and research initiatives.

A sampling of AHPRC-supported projects

AHPRC Affiliated Projects

Co-Principal Investigators: Renée Lyons & Celeste Alvaro
Project website: www.bridgepointhealth.ca

Logo - BridgepointPurpose: The Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation serves as virtual hub, bringing together the best and the brightest minds from across the globe to address the growing challenge of complex chronic disease from a health services, health policy, clinical, and health promotion perspective. The Collaboratory is a collection of individuals with expertise spanning primary care, social science, policy, health systems, epidemiology, public health, aboriginal and inner city health.

Principal Investigator: Patricia Williams
Project website: www.foodarc.ca

Logo - FoodARCPurpose: The Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) or FoodARC is a research centre at Mount Saint Vincent University committed to research and action to build food security in Nova Scotia and beyond. At FoodARC, we work with individuals, community organizations, government representatives, and university-based researchers to gather information and act to improve food security.

Principal Investigators Louise Potvin, Penny Hawe, and Jean Shoveller
Co-Investigators: Lois Jackson & Renée Lyons
Mentors: Jacqueline Gahagan, Sara Kirk, & Debbie Martin
Project website: www.phirnet.ca

Logo - Population Health Intervention Research NetworkPurpose: PHIRNET is a new Pan-Canadian program which has the objective to create a NETwork in Population Health Intervention Research. Its ambition already bring the PHIR concept also outside the National boundaries, by offering a Summer Institute and Research Internships in PHIR.

Principal Investigators: Roy Cameron, Barbara Riley, Roberta Ferrence, Kim Raine, Caroline Gotay, and Ron Plotnikoff
Co-Applicants: Sara Kirk, Jill Grant, Chris Blanchard, & Renée Lyons
Project website: www.uwaterloo.ca/propel/

Logo - PROPEL - Centre For Population Health ImpactPurpose: The PICDP training program is designed to build population intervention research by providing supplemental training to graduate and post-graduate trainees from a variety of disciplines. The program includes competitive annual salary stipends, a foundational course, monthly web-conferencing, an annual meeting and apprenticeship opportunities.


Our Researchers

Lois Jackson, Ph.D. 

Scientific Director, AHPRC

Professor, Health Promotion, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University

E-mail: lois.jackson@dal.ca
Biography: View profile »


Celeste Alvaro, Ph.D. 

Adjunct Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
Principal & Founder, CARE

E-mail: celeste.alvaro@ryerson.ca Biography: View profile »

Chris Blanchard, Ph.D. 

Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Disease & Physical Activity, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University

E-mail: chris.blanchard@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Amy Bombay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

E-mail: amy.bombay@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Heather Castleden, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor, Departments of Public Health Services (Faculty of Health Sciences), and
Geography (Faculty of Art & Science), Queen's University
Associate Professor (on Leave), Faculties of Management & Medicine, Dalhousie University

E-mail: heather.castleden@queensu.ca E-mail: heather.castleden@dal.ca
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Jacqueline C. Gahagan, Ph.D. 

Head, Health Promotion Division
Director, Gender & Health Promotion Studies Unit
Professor, Health Promotion, cross-appointed to International Development Studies, Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

E-mail: Jacqueline.Gahagan@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Jill L. Grant, Ph.D., F.C.I.P., L.L.P. 

Professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University

E-mail: jill.grant@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Mohammad Hajizedah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University

E-mail: m.hajizadeh@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Sara Kirk, Ph.D. 

Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, School of Health & Human Performance, Dalhousie University
Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH)

E-mail: sara.kirk@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Renée F. Lyons, Ph.D. 

Bridgepoint Chair in Complex Chronic Disease Research and TD Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

E-mail: RLyons@bridgepointhealth.ca Biography: View profile »

Debbie Martin, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion (Aboriginal Health), Dalhousie University

E-mail: debbie.martin@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Debora Matthews, M.Sc., D.D.S. 

Chair, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences, Head, Division of Periodontics
Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University

E-mail: dmatthew@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Marilyn Macdonald, R.N., Ph.D. 

Associate Director Graduate Studies, School of Nursing
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

E-mail: marilyn.macdonald@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Mary McNally, M.Sc., D.D.S., M.A. 

Head, Division of Prevention and Oral Health Promotion, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences,
Associate Professor, Faculties of Dentistry & Medicine, Dalhousie University

E-mail: mary.mcnally@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Sheri L. Price, R.N., Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University

E-mail: pricesl@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Daniel Rainham, Ph.D. 

Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability & Environmental Health, Environmental Science Programs, Dalhousie University

E-mail: daniel.rainham@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Grace Warner, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University

E-mail: grace.warner@dal.ca Biography: View profile »

Patty Williams, Ph.D. 

Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Policy Change
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

E-mail: patty.williams@msvu.ca Biography: View profile »

Contact Us

Our Address:

  • Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC)
  • Dalhousie University
  • 1318 Robie Street, Box 15000,
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • B3H 4R2
  • (902) 494-2240
  • (902) 494-3594
  • ahprc@dal.ca
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