Health Promotion and E-health Co-design and Evaluation Lab

E-Health Lab

Lead Investigator Dr. Joan L. Bottorff

In this research lab, we translate research findings into innovative solutions to promote health and prevent chronic disease.  Working in collaboration with community partners, we study user preferences and needs, and engage users in the co-design of gender-sensitive and gender-specific approaches to support health behaviour change. Target health behaviours include smoking, physical activity and healthy eating, and mental wellness. Our populations of interest are youth, young adults/adults, women and men who have been diagnosed with cancer, and Aboriginal people.

Our ongoing research includes: a) developing and testing a health promotion program for male dominated worksites (POWERPLAY); b) implementing and evaluating Dads in Gear, a novel 8 week program with three integrated components – smoking cessation, fathering, and healthy living; and c) engaging students as co-researchers to identify ways to enhance mental health and resilience in our campus community.  We are also developing novel online resources, including interactive video dramas.


  • John L. Oliffe (Nursing, UBCV), Dr. Gayl Sarbit (IHLCDP, UBCO), Dr. Cristina Caperchione (Health and Exercise Science, UBCO), Dr. Cherisse Seaton (IHLCDP, UBCO), Ms Melissa Feddersen (Campus Health, UBCO), Ms Casey Hamilton (Campus Health, UBCO)
  • Steve Johnson (Athabasca University)
  • Anima Anand (The Bridge Youth and Family Services)
  • Ms Margaret Jones-Bricker, Ms Megan Klitch (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Ms Holly Christian, Dr. Teresa Healy (Northern Health)
  • Ms Sally Errey, Ms Kerensa Medhurst (BC Cancer Agency)

Current students/trainees:

  • Laura Struik, MSN, RN, IGS PhD Candidate
  • Katrina Plamondon, MSc (Community Health and Epidemiology), RN, IGS PhD Candidate

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