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Ania Blackstaffe
Anita Blackstaffe (Anita Bortnik), MA Sociology, BA (Dist) Sociology

Statistical Associate

Anita has been working as a statistical associate on various projects at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine since 2006, and specifically with the Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab since 2015. Within the team, she uses her expertise in quantitative research methods and statistical modelling to provide data management and statistical support for multiple projects. Anita holds a Master's degree in Sociology, where she focused on quantitative methods, social statistics, children's academic outcomes, and the school environment. Her research interests include the built environment, schools, children's mental health, and public policy. 


Liam Turly
Liam Turly, B.GIS, BA Anthropology

Research Associate

Liam provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research support for new and ongoing projects for the Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab. He holds both a Bachelor of Applied Technology in GIS from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Mount Royal University. Liam joined the research team in 2017 as a Research Assistant fulfilling his practicum requirements for SAIT and has been solving spatial data challenges ever since. During Liam’s spare time, he contributes to Google Maps and furthers his education through continuing education courses in the fields of Python programming and relational database design.

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Jennie Petersen, PhD Candidate, MSc (Public Health), BKin

Research Coordinator

Jennie coordinates a variety of projects within the Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab. Her research interests include physical activity, population health, community development, the built environment, program evaluation, and qualitative research methodologies. Jennie is passionate about supporting the integration of research into practice to help address complex health and social problems. She holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Jennie is completing her PhD through Brock University, where her research is focused on investigating the pedagogical factors that influence youth physical activity participation in a recreation context. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, and skiing. 

Dalia Ghoneim
Dalia Ghoneim, MPH Social Policy, BSc (Dist) Kinesiology, CSEP-CEP

Research Coordinator

Dalia assists with the coordination of various projects of the Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab including participant recruitment and data collection. She is also responsible for creating infographics to promote completed research projects. She holds a Masters in Public Health majoring in Social Policy from the University of Victoria, as well as Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Dalia is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles at the population level to provide everyone with the opportunity to receive benefits from physical activity. She is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist and, in her free time, Dalia runs exercise classes for people with various physical disabilities.

Calli Naish, MA Student, BAS (Biology and Anthropology) 

Research Assistant 

Calli supports the Built Environment and Healthy Living lab by disseminating information from completed research projects to develop evidence-based infographics. Her role also includes digital content management as well as assisting with qualitative research. She is currently completing her MA in Communications at the University of Calgary with a focus on science communications. Calli is passionate about sharing science stories and her previous science communication roles include working with local science non-profits to engage online audiences with science content. She spends most of her spare time outside biking, riding, hiking and coaching skiing. 

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Michelle Patterson, MSc Kinesiology, BA Psychology

Research Assistanct

Michelle is working on a systematic review with the Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab. She holds a Master's degree in Science in the Faculty of Kinesiology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. In her spare time Michelle enjoys golfing, skiing, and coaching field hockey.

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