The EMERGE Research Team

Principal Investigator

Roman Pabayo, PhD

Principal Investigator 

Canada Research Chair (Tier II)

Dr. Pabayo is an Associate 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

Current Trainees

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 (Hons), University of Northern British Columbia, 2017

Email: cbenny@ualberta.ca

Jo Lin Chew, BHSc, BSc

MSc Student

Jo Lin is pursuing 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 an 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

Priya Patel, BSc

MSc Student

Priya is pursuing her MSc in Epidemiology with the EMERGE Lab. Her research topics of interest include social epidemiology, child mental health, healthy policy, and adverse childhood experiences

Training:

  • BSc Health Studies (Health Research Specialization; Aging Studies Option),  University of Waterloo, 2021 

Email: ppatel5@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 a main exposure of interest. 

Training:

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

Email: urvi@ualberta.ca

Brian Steele, BA (Hon)

MSc Student

Brian Steele is an MSc student with the EMERGE Lab. He is broadly interested in the social determinants of health outcomes and the use of administrative data in epidemiological research.

Training:

  • BA Psychology (Hons),                            University of Alberta, 2016 

Email: bjsteele@ualberta.ca 

Research Assistants

Samuel "Sammy" Lowe, MSc

Research Assistant

Sammy is a research assistant with the EMERGE lab who completed his MSc on maternal mental health and income inequality under the supervision of Dr. Pabayo. In his current role, Sammy provides analytical, writing, and administrative support for various EMERGE projects and research activities.  He also works with the CHEER research group as a Research Project Coordinator and supports their use of environmental epidemiology methods to address complex health and equity issues.   

Training:

  • MSc Epidemiology,                                  University of Alberta, 2021

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

Email: salowe@ualberta.ca

Previous Trainees 

Sammy Lowe - MSc, 2021

A Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship between Neighbourhood Income Inequality and Maternal Mental Health in Calgary, Alberta 

Sujan Basnet - MPH, 2021 

Project exploring the link between income inequality and alcohol consumption using data from the COMPASS study