The EMERGE Research Team

Roman Pabayo, PhD

Principal Investigator 

Canada Research Chair (Tier II)

Dr. Pabayo is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at The University of Alberta's School of Public Health. He is also a Canada Research Chair, Tier II, in Social and Health Inequities Throughout the Lifespan. As the principal investigator of the EMERGE Lab, Dr. Pabayo’s research focuses on how contextual factors of our social and economic environments influence various aspects of our health.

Training:

  • PhD Public Health Epidemiology, University of Montreal, 2010

  • MSc Nutrition Epidemiology, McGill University, 2003

  • BASc Human Nutrition, Ryerson University, 2001

  • BSc Honours Biochemistry, McMaster University, 1997

Email: pabayo@ualberta.ca

Online: University of Alberta Page

Claire Benny, MSc

PhD Student

Claire is a PhD student in Epidemiology with research interests on the impacts of social inequities on mental health. Claire's PhD work focuses on the relationship between income inequality and adolescent mental health outcomes, as well as 'Deaths of Despair' among Canadians.

Training:

  • MSc Population and Public Health (Concentration: Epidemiology), University of British Columbia, 2019

  • BHSc Community & Population Health Honours, University of Northern British Columbia, 2017

Email: cbenny@ualberta.ca

Jo Lin Chew, BHSc, BSc

MSc Student

Jo Lin is in the first year of her MSc in public health with a specialization in epidemiology. Her research topics of interest include social epidemiology, healthy equity, and chronic disease. 

Training:

  • BHSc Public Health (After-Degree), University of Lethbridge, 2020

  • BSc Specialization in Immunology and Infection, University of Alberta, 2017

Email: jchew@ualberta.ca

Gregory Farmer, BSc

MSc Student

Gregory is a MSc student with the EMERGE Lab, and has a background in kinesiology and physical education. Gregory's research interests and Masters work focus on social determinants and health outcomes (mental, physical, developmental) of toddlers and youth.

Training:

  • BSc Kinesiology, University of Alberta, 2019 

Email: gfarmer@ualberta.ca

Samuel "Sammy" Lowe, BA

MSc Student

Sammy is a MSc student with eclectic research interests, ranging from social determinants of mental health to microbial pathogenesis and intersectional cultural production. Sammy's Masters work, which is supported by the  Women and Children's Health Research Institute, aims to quantify the relationship between neighbourhood-level income inequality and mental health among mothers living in Calgary, Alberta.

Training:

  • BA Biology and Drama, University of Alberta Augustana Campus, 2018

Email: salowe@ualberta.ca

Urvi Rai, BSc

MSc Student

Urvi is an MSc student in epidemiology and Research Assistant for the EMERGE Lab. She is interested in studying the social determinants of infant and child health. Specifically, her research will focus on public health spending as an exposure of interest. 

Training:

  • BSc Biological Sciences (Minor Sociology), University of Alberta, 2018

Email: urvi@ualberta.ca

Sujan Basnet, PharmD

MPH Student

Sujan is an MPH (Epidemiology) student currently on a practicum with the EMERGE Lab. Sujan's will be working primarily with multilevel data analysis to explore links between income inequality and alcohol consumption. His research interests are in the field of social epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, and health outcomes research.

Training:

  • PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy), NITTE University, India, 2018 

Email: sujan@ualberta.ca

Past Team Members

Darcy Reynard -  Graduate Research Assistant and GIS Analyst 

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