Dr. Gina Martin

Dr. Gina Martin

Assistant Professor

Contact information

Email: gmartin@athabascau.ca


Dr. Gina Martin’s research focuses on understanding how the physical and social neighbourhoods where young people live, play, and learn influences their health. Much of her work focuses on understanding neighbourhood effects (such as social environments, urban/rural differences, and built and natural environments) on child and adolescent health and wellbeing. Her research involves using quantitative techniques and mixed methods. Dr. Martin has worked extensively on projects studying patterns of child and adolescent wellbeing and substance use in both the Canadian and Scottish context. She is also working to explore the links between planetary health and child and adolescent wellbeing, as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental wellbeing and health-related, social, and environmental behaviours of adolescents.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Martin’s program of research, please feel free to get in touch at gmartin@athabascau.ca.

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HEYA Research Group

Research interests

  • Child and adolescent health;
  • Substance use;
  • Mental health;
  • Neighbourhood effects;
  • Climate change and health;
  • Greenspace;
  • Health inequalities;
  • Quantitative methods;
  • Mixed methods;
  • Systematic reviews

Educational credentials

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2021) Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) Department of Geography and Environment, Western University, London, ON
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2019) Population and Behavioural Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
  • Professional Certification in Population Health Data Analysis (2013) University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • Master of Science (2010) Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • Bachelor of Science, Geography (2007) University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • Associate of Arts Degree (2005) Geography, Camosun College, Victoria, BC