Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Dr. Hajna’s research is focused on understanding how the environments in which people live shape their health behaviours and impact their health – with the overall aim of generating epidemiological evidence that can be used to inform the design and delivery of interventions that promote public health. With expertise in the application of GIS to health research and interests in real-time monitoring of health behaviours (using wearables), physical activity, and the prevention of chronic disease risk, Samantha’s work spans a range of disciplines, including health geography and physical activity, environmental, and clinical epidemiology.
- Greenspaces and child mental health
- Greenspaces and mortality risk
- Neighbourhood designs, physical activity, and cardiometabolic disease risk
- Application of real-time monitoring (i.e. wearables) to health research
Public Health Capstone
Dr. Hajna is currently accepting applications from prospective master’s students.