Health Promotion and E-health Co-design and Evaluation 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. Targeted 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 Indigenous people.

Our ongoing research includes: a) developing and testing a health promotion program for male dominated worksites (POWERPLAY); b) evaluating novel community-based programs to support men’s health and smoking cessation focusing on fathers and c) engaging students as co-researchers to identify ways to enhance wellbeing and resilience in our campus community.  We are also involved in evaluating the scale-up of Healthy Together, a nationwide health promotion program for families.


  • John L. Oliffe (Nursing, UBCV), Dr. Gayl Sarbit (IHLCDP, UBCO),  Dr. Cherisse Seaton (IHLCDP, UBCO), Ms Casey Hamilton (Campus Health, UBCO) Ms. Lauren Airth (Campus Health, UBCO)
  • Dr. Steve Johnson (Athabasca University)
  • Dr. Cristina Caperchione (University of Technology, Australia)
  • Dr. Carole James and Dr. Mitch Duncan (University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • Dr. Simon Rice (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr. Catherine Nesmith (The Bridge Youth and Family Services)
  • First Nations Health Authority

Current students/trainees:

  • Paul Sharp, PhD Candidate (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Natalie Murdock, PhD Student (UBC Okanagan campus)

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