Lab Members

Caitlin Pugh is a Project Coordinator with the CHATR Lab, evaluating how the design of cities impacts the health and wellbeing of our population. She is passionate about creating healthy and accessible built environments where people of all ages can be active and engaged in their communities.
Before starting her current role, she thought it would be a challenge to manage over 300 participants at one time. Through keeping structured to-do lists, and a record of her work, she realized that she is confident and organized while working with a large sample size! 

Caitlin’s CV & Publications

Meridith Sones is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization for the CIHR-funded Interventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT). In partnership with cities and citizens, her research explores the link between urban design and social connectedness to help reimagine communities into places that are healthier and happier for all. Prior to joining the CHATR Lab, Meridith spent ten years working as a knowledge translation strategist and science communicator, kicking the jargon habit (including her own!) and helping organizations repackage complex health research into compelling story lines.

Meridith’s CV & Publications

Moreno Zanotto is a graduate of SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences, where he completed his thesis research on the Vancouver public bike share system. Today, Moreno coordinates the training of personnel and the logistics of data collection on a variety of public health intervention research studies that contribute to the design of healthier cities. Moreno views cycling as a solution to many health, social, and environmental problems, and as the centrepiece of a more sustainable, egalitarian, and inclusive society.

Lisa Marie Brunner is a geographer and researcher in the fields of smart cities and sustainable mobility. Her current research examines where and with whom citizens socially connect and how it can be associated with active mobility behavior and health. The tools for the socio-spatial analysis include VERITAS, an online map-based survey, as well as Geographic Information Systems. Lisa’s goal is to take part in making cities more livable and efficient, and to integrate citizens in these processes. She learned during her studies and research that interdisciplinary work requires resisting the urge to compare herself with others in order to develop new ideas, methods, and solutions to complex problems.

Colin Ferster: I use geographic data science to understand people and their environments. I’m excited about my recent work to extract and analyse geographic information from textual data within social media and open-ended responses.

Cassandra Mah: I am an undergraduate student seeking to understand how people move about in their communities through talking with them. I hope to make it safe, easy, and fun for everyone to be healthy in their communities.
Never a techie, I am working to understand and perform basic statistical analysis in R with a long road ahead.”