Please note that Publications are grouped by Theme and year, then in alphabetical order.

New Publications

New Book by Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie

There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities is the new book authored by Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University.

There’s Something in the Water is based on Dr. Waldron’s project the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), which is addressing the social, economic, political, and health effects of environmental racism in Nova Scotia.

Using settler colonialism as the overarching theory, Waldron unpacks how environmental racism operates as a mechanism of erasure enabled by the intersecting dynamics of white supremacy, power, state-sanctioned racial violence, neoliberalism and racial capitalism in white settler societies. By redefining the parameters of critique around the environmental justice narrative and movement in Nova Scotia and Canada, Waldron opens a space for a more critical dialogue on how environmental racism manifests itself within this intersectional context. Waldron also illustrates the ways in which the effects of environmental racism are compounded by other forms of oppression to further dehumanize and harm communities already dealing with pre-existing vulnerabilities, such as long-standing social and economic inequality. Finally, Waldron documents the long history of struggle, resistance, and mobilizing in Indigenous and Black communities to address environmental racism.


A translational approach to characterization and measurement of health-promoting school ethos

Tarra L. Penney, Jessie-Lee D. McIsaac, Kate Storey, Julia C. H. Kontak, Nicole Ata, Stefan Kuhle, and Sara F. L. Kirk.

Eating at Food Outlets and “On the Go” Is Associated with Less Healthy Food Choices in Adults: Cross-Sectional Data from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme (2008–2014)

Nida Ziauddeen, Eva Almiron-Roig, Tarra L. Penney, Sonja Nicholson, Sara F. L. Kirk, and Polly Page.

The application of implementation science theories for population health: A critical interpretive synthesis

(2018). Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Grace Warner, Logan Lawrence, Robin Urquhart, Sheri Price, Jacqueline Gahagan, Mary McNally, Lois A Jackson.
AIMS Public Health
, 5(1):13-30. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2018.1.13.

Jacqueline Gahagan (2018). Chapter in Under-Served: Health Determinants of Indigenous, Inner-City, and Migrant Populations in Canada. Aksaya Neil Arya & Thomas Piggot, Edds.


Indegenous Health and Well-being


  • Bombay, A. (2015). A call towards eliminating mental health disparities faced by Indigenous Peoples. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 861-862.
  • Richmond, C, Martin, D, Dean, L, Castleden, H, Marsden, N. (2013). Transformative networks: How ACADRE/NEAHR support for graduate students has impacted Aboriginal health research in Canada. Victoria, BC: Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat.

Health of Marginalized Populations



  • Nannozi, V., Wobudeya, E., Kibirige, L., & Gahagan, J. (2016). Fear of an HIV positive test result: An exploration of the low uptake of couples HIV counseling and testing (CHCT) in rural Uganda. Global Health Promotion. pii: 1757975916635079.
  • Nandi, A., Hajizadeh, M., Harper, S., Koski, A., Strumpf, E. & Heymann, J. (2016). Increased duration of paid maternity leave lowers infant mortality in low- and middle-income countries: a quasi-experimental study. PLoS Medicine, 13(3), 1-18.
  • Gazso, A., MacDaniel, S. & Waldron, I. (2016). Networks of social support to manage poverty: More changeable than durable, Journal of Poverty, 1-24.  
  • Andrée, P., Langille, L., Clément, C., Williams, PL.,Norgang, E. (2016). Structural constraints and enablers to community food security in Nova Scotia, Canada. J Hunger Environ Nutr. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1157547.

  • Hare, K., Dube, A., Marshall, Z., Gahagan, J., Harris, G., Tucker, M., Dykeman, M. & MacDonald, J.(2016). Troubling the boundaries: Overcoming methodological challenges in a multi-sectoral and multi-jurisdictional HIV/HCV policy scoping review. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice.12(2), 217-233.
  • Gahagan, J. & Colpitts, E.(2016). Understanding and measuring LGBTQ pathways to health: The importance of strengths-based approaches in LGBTQ health research. Journal of homosexuality.doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0349-1.


  • Hajizadeh, M., Heymann, J., Strumpf, E., Harper, S., & Nandi, A. (2015). Paid maternity leave and childhood vaccination uptake: Longitudinal evidence from 20 low-and-middle-income countries. Social Science & Medicine, 140, 104-117.


Implementation Science



  • Gagliardi, AR., Berta, W., Kothari, A., Boyko, J., Urquhart, R. (2016). Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT) in health care: a scoping review. Implementation Science, 11(38).
  • McIsaac, J.L.D., Hernandez, K., Kirk, S.F.L., Curran, J. (2016). Intervention functions to support the implementation of health promoting schools: A scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health, 13(2), 200.


  • Urquhart, R., Jackson, L., Sargeant, J., Porter, G. & Grunfeld, E. (2015). Health system-level factors influence the implementation of complex innovations in cancer care. Health Care Policy. 11(2), 102-118.
  • McIsaac, J.L.D., Mumtaz Z., Veugelers, P.J., Kirk, S.F.L. (2015). Providing context to the implementation of Health Promoting Schools: A Case Study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 53, 65-71.  

Youth and Healthy Aging



  • Skinner K., Burnett K., Williams P., Martin D., Stothart, C., Leblanc J., Veeraraghavan G., Sheedy A. (2016). Challenges in assessing food environments in northern and remote communities in Canada. Can J Public Health, 107(1): eS60-eS63. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.107.5324.
  • Balish, SM., Deaner, R., Rathwell , S., Rainham, DG., Blanchard, CM. (2016). Gender equality predicts leisure-time physical activity: Benefits for both sexes across 34 countries. Cogent Psychology 3, 1174183.
  • Beck, K., Weeks, L.E., Montelpare, W., & MacDonald, D. (2016/05 on-line). Identifying important factors for older adults’ physical activity participation across individual/group, structured/unstructured contexts. European Journal of Ageing. 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10433-016-0376-1.

  • Witcher, C., Holt, N.L., Young, W., Blanchard, C.M., Murnaghan, D., & Spence, J.C. (2016). Physical activity perceptions and influences among older adults in rural Nova Scotia. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35(1), 115-119.  

  • Muscedere, J., Andrew, MK., Bagshaw, S.M., Estabrooks, C., Hogan, D., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Howlett, S., Lahey, W., Maxwell, C., McNally,M., et al. (2016). Screening for Frailty in Canada's Health Care System: A Time for Action. Canadian Journal on Aging. ePub: 1-17.

  • Weeks, LE., MacQuarrie, C., Begley, L., Gill, C. LeBlanc, K D. (2016). Strengthening resources for midlife and older rural women who experience intimate partner violence. Journal of Women and Aging, 28(1), 46-57. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2014.950500.

  • Weeks, L E., Macdonald, M., Helwig, M., & Bishop, A., Martin-Misener, R., Iduye, D. (2016). The impact of transitional care programs on health services utilization among community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers: A systematic review protocol of quantitative evidence. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 14(3), 26-34. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-2568.
  • Kontak, J., McIsaac, J.L.D., Penney TL., Kuhle S., Kirk S.F.L. (2016) The picture of health: Examining school-based health environments through photographs. Health Promotion International, 1-9. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw027.
  • Hajizadeh, M. & Nandi, A. (2016). The socioeconomic gradient of secondhand smoke exposure in children: Evidence from 26 low-income and middle-income countries. Tobacco Control, 0, 1–10.


  • Prince, S., Reed, J.L., Mark, A., Blanchard, C.M., Grace, S., & Reid, R. (2015). A comparison of cut-points for the ActiGraph GT3X accelerometer among individuals with coronary artery disease. PLOS ONE, 10(9), 1-12.
  • Witcher, C., McGannon, K., Hernandez, P., Dechman, G., Ferrier, S., Spence, J.C., Rhodes, R.E., & Blanchard, C.M. (2015). A qualitative exploration of exercise among pulmonary rehabilitation patients: Insight from multiple perspectives. Respiratory Medicine, 60(11), 1624-34.
  • Balish, S., Rainham, D.,& Blanchard, C.M. (2015). Community size and sport participation across 22 countries. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 25(6), e576-81.
  • Marzolini, S., Blanchard, C.M., Alter, D., Grace, S., & Oh, P. (2015). Delays in referral and enrolment are associated with mitigated benefits of cardiac rehabilitation after coronary artery bypass surgery. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 8(6), 608-20.
  • Katapally T., Muhajarine N., Rainham D.G. (2015). Factoring in weather variation to capture the influence of urban design and built environment on globally recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity in children. BMJ Open, 5:e009045 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009045.
  • Quinlan, A., Rhodes, R., Blanchard, C.M., Naylor, P.J., & Warburton, D. (2015). Family planning to promote physical activity: A randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 5 (15), 1-8.
  • Larsen, K., Cook, B., Stone, M.R., Faulkner, G.E. (2015/11). Food access and children’s BMI in Toronto, Ontario: assessing how the food environment relates to overweight and obesity.International Journal of Public Health, 60(1), 69-77. doi: 10.1007/s00038-014-0620-4.
  • McNally M., Lahey W. (2015). Frailty’s Place in Ethics and Law: Some thoughts on equality and autonomy and on limits and possibilities for aging citizens. Interdisciplinary Top GerontolGeriatr. 41, 174-85.

  • Poirier A., Dodds L., Dummer T., Rainham, D.G., Maguir, B., Johnson, M. (2015). Maternal exposure to air pollution and adverse birth outcomes in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(12), 1291-98.

  • Kuhle, S., Doucette, R., Piccinini-Vallis, H., Kirk, S.F.L. (2015). Successful childhood obesity management in primary care in Canada: What are the odds? Peer J, 3, 1327,

  • McIsaac, J.L.D., Kirk S.F.L., Kuhle S. (2015). The association between health behaviors and academic performance in Canadian elementary school students: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(11), 14857-14871; doi:10.3390/ijerph121114857.

  • Weeks, L.E., Stadnyk, R., Begley, L, & MacDonald, D.J. (2015). The influence of driving status on transportation challenges experienced by older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(4), 501-517. doi: 10.1177/0733464813487255.

  • Kuhle, S., Ghotra, S., McIsaac, J.L.D., Kirk, S.F.L. (2015). Validation of the "Quality of Life in School" instrument in Canadian elementary school students. PeerJ, 4, 1567.

  • Weeks, L.E., Villeneuve, M. A., Hutchinson, S., Roger, K., Versnel, J., & Packer, T. (2015). What we learned about mentoring research assistants employed in a complex mixed-methods health study. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(4), 207-228.

  • Grant, JL. & Gregory, W. (2015/12). Who lives downtown? Neighbourhood change in central Halifax, 1951 to 2011. International Planning Studies 21(2), 176-190. DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2015.1115340.