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, 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.

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.

Emma Chong

Research Assistant, BKin (Hons) Student Kinesiology

Emma supports the Built Environment and Healthy Living lab by disseminating information from  completed research projects to develop evidence-based infographics. Her role also includes the management, maintenance, and promotion of the lab's media platforms, as well as assisting trainees with participant recruitment and data collection. She is completing her fourth year of a Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary with a minor in Geography. Her passion for promoting sustainable, healthy communities has lead her to join the team in 2019. In her spare time, she can be found recreating in the local outdoors and encouraging other students to do the same as an executive of the bouldering club on campus.

  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

© 2023 by Built Environment and Healthy Living Lab. Proudly created with