Dr. Susan J. Elliott is Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo and a professor of public health and health systems, cross-appointed to geography and environmental management. She completed her Ph.D. in medical geography in 1992 and has published extensively in a range of health-related areas including the psychosocial impacts of environmental exposures, the geographies of health promotion, and individual and community level impacts of a range of environmental exposures.
She is currently a co-theme leader in AllerGen, a Canadian National Centre of Excellence on allergies and asthma in the environment, and an adjunct professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH) where she works in the area of the water health nexus in East Africa. Her primary research focus is on relationships between environment and health, both of which are broadly defined. She is currently the Scientific Leader, Environment, for the Sandbox Project, created in response to Canada’s decline in health indicators for children and youth. Together the Sandbox Project is focused on improving health outcomes with respect to injury prevention, obesity, mental health, and the environment.