A 2015 Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
Scientist, lecturer and geographer, Ryan Kennedy is an Environment and Resource Studies alumni with a focus on public health.
An eight-month co-operative education placement in Smithers, British Columbia ignited Ryan’s academic and professional journey. At the time, a wood smoke issue from industrial waste and home heating plagued Smithers and Kennedy measured the wood smoke population concentrations. This experience taught Kennedy how environmental conditions impact human health and how stakeholders can work together to solve environmental issues like these.
In 2013, Kennedy joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. He is currently an assistant professor in the Institute for Global Tobacco Control. At Johns Hopkins, Kennedy works with the academic training of students, policy and practice of research and community service.
Kennedy’s commitment to his community is represented through his volunteerism. He is currently involved with the Environmental Stewardship Committee at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a volunteer with the Olney Theatre Centre and the PTA in Howard County. As a resident in Waterloo Region he was a part of the board of directors for the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group at the University of Waterloo.
With a focus in public health, Kennedy contributes to policy efforts that transition public areas into smoke-free zones. He participates in global meetings supporting policy development and tobacco control policies worldwide. Kennedy has contributed articles to Alternatives Journal on the tobacco industry’s contribution to global deforestation and the links between public health and the environment.
As a student at the University of Waterloo, Ryan completed a BES andMAES in the Faculty of Environment and a PhD in Health Psychology. Kennedy continues to remain involved with the University of Waterloo by working as a part-time scientist in the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and lecturing in the School of Public Health and Health Systems.