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Social Inclusion and Health Equity

About Us 

The Social Inclusion and Health Equity research group is a dynamic hub for community partners, undergraduate and graduate students, and research partners to collaborate on high quality, rigourous research that results in program and policy change. Our research is interested in the broad areas of population health, HIV/ AIDS, health care access, sexual health, and human sexuality, and focuses specifically on the impacts of various forms of social exclusion on health, mental health and well-being. 

Areas of Research

  • Identifying population, community, and individual determinants of health and well-being for minority groups (sexual orientation, gender, ethnoracial, and their potential intersections)
  • Identifying factors that foster individual, community, and population health and wellness among minority groups
  • Identifying structural factors and how these are potentially linked to health and well-being for minority groups

The research we undertake is both population and community-based and collaborative, involving a number of community members, service provider, and policy stakeholders as partners, with the ultimate goal of improving community health and eliminating health inequities through knowledge to action strategies.The Social Inclusion and Health Equity research group prioritizes knowledge transfer initiatives and methods that get data into the hands of decision-makers who need them. We have been successful in ensuring that data from our studies have impact, including mentions in The Record and Xtra News.

Research Philosophy

Our research philosophy attends to three central questions:

  • What are the significant issues minority communities today?
  • How do we build the most effective research collaborations with service providers, community members, and policy makers to ensure that their issues and concerns are attended to?
  • How do we ensure that our research findings are used by decision-makers to create change?

Our Team

  • Robb Travers, PhD, research group director
  • Todd Coleman, PhD, research group co-director
  • Katie Cook, PhD student, Community Psychology
  • Charlie Davis, PhD student, Community Psychology
  • Lauren Munro, PhD student, Community Psychology
  • Anne Rudzinski, master's student, Community Psychology
  • Emily Schmid, master's student, Community Psychology
  • Kirstie Taylor, master's student, Community Psychology
  • Alexandra Branco, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Julia Calabria-Yaworski, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Liv Cento, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Andrea Chen, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Julia Ferreira Gomes, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Visna Rampersad, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Elvira Sathurni, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Switzer, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Billy Tran, undergraduate student, Health Sciences

Current Research Projects


  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area (ACCKWA)
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Rainbow Community Council
  • Region of Waterloo Crime Prevention Council
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • KW Counselling Services (OK2BME)


  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

Contact Us:

Robb Travers, Research Group Director


Todd Coleman, Research Group Co-Director