Information for

Leia Minaker

Assistant Professor

Leia MinakerDegrees

Ph.D. Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta, 2013

M.Sc. Health Promotion, University of Alberta, 2006

B.Sc. Health Studies, University of Waterloo

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 35615
Location:  EV3 3239

Research interests

  • Food access in cities
  • Food environment assessment
  • Population health intervention research
  • Public health and planning
  • Social determinants of health

Research grants/projects

  • Surveillance of dietary patterns and the food environment among youth and young adults in Canada.
    (PI: David Hammond, Co-Applicants: Leia M. Minaker, Sharon Kirkpatrick, Kim Raine, Jennifer Black, Erin Hobin, Marie-Claude Paquette, Sara Kirk, Lana Vanderlee.)
    • Funded by: Public Health Agency of Canada Innovation Strategy
    • Grant Period 2016 - 2019
  • Healthy Corner Stores NL 2020 (Letter of Intent).
    (PI: Catherine L. Mah. Principal Knowledge User: Brian Cook. Co-Principal Applicants: Julie Brimblecombe, Leia M. Minaker. Knowledge Users: Kristie Jameson, Craig Pollett, Dana Parsons, Paul Nagpal. Co-Applicants: Catherine Donovan, James Valcour.)
    • Funded by:  CIHR Team Grant: Environments and Health: Programmatic Grants in Intersectoral Prevention Research
    • Grant Period 2016
  • FRESH-IT: Implementing a PHAC/Health Canada Local Government Toolkit in Smaller Jurisdictions to Develop Evidence Informed Food Retail Environment Interventions. (NPA: Catherine Mah, Co-PA: Leia M. Minaker Co-Applicants: Brian E. Cook, Kim D. Raine)
    • Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge to Action Grant.
    • Grant Period 2015 - 2017
  • Accelerating cancer prevention research in Canada: Supplementing youth tobacco use survey data to evaluate natural experiments. (NPA: Steve Manske Co-PA: Leia M. Minaker Co-Applicants: Sunday Azagba, Jennifer YEssis, Loraine Marrett, Annie Montreuil, Cameron Wild, Marjorie Macdonald, Les Hagen, Dave Hammond, Matthias Schonlau)
    • Funded by: Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Prevention Research
    • Grant Period 2014 - 2018

Recent/key publications

  • H. Luan, L.M. Minaker, J. Law. (Accepted). Do marginalized neighbourhoods have less healthy retail food environments? A case study in the Region of Waterloo, Canada using Bayesian spatial latent factor and hurdle models. International Journal of Health Geographics.
  • B.K.C. Lo, L.M. Minaker, C.L. Mah, B. Cook. (Accepted). Adaptation and reliability testing of the Toronto Nutrition Environment Measures Survey-Store (ToNEMS-S). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • L.M. Minaker, G. MacKenzie, N. Nguyen, D.L, Olstad, S. Azagba, B.E. Cook, C.L. Mah. (2016). An evaluation of the impact of a restrictive retail food environment intervention in a rural community pharmacy setting. BMC Public Health. 16: 586. . Available at:
  • D.L. Olstad, M. Teychenne, L.M. Minaker, D.R. Taber, K.D. Raine, C.I.J. Nykiforuk, K. Ball.(2016). Can policy ameliorate socioeconomic inequities in obesity and obesity-related behaviors? A systematic review of the impact of universal policies in adults and children. Obesity Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12457
  • S.E. Majowicz, S.B. Meyer, S.I. Kirkpatrick, J.L. Graham, A. Shaikh, S.J. Elliott, L.M. Minaker, S.Scott, B. Laird. (2016). Food health, and complexity: towards a conceptual understanding to guide collaborative public health action. BMC Public Health. 16:487 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3142-6
  • L.M. Minaker. (2016). Retail food environments in Canada: maximizing the impact of research, policy and practice. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 107(Suppl. 1): eS1-eS3. DOI:   
  • L.M. Minaker, A. Shuh, D. L. Olstad, J.L. Black, R. Engler-Stringer, C.L. Mah. (2016). Retail food environments research in Canada: a scoping review. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 107 (Suppl. 1): eS4-eS13. DOI:
  • C.L. Mah, B. E. Cook, L.M. Minaker. (2016). Policy options for healthier retail food environments in city-regions. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 107(Suppl. 1): eS64-eS67. DOI: 10.17269/CJPH.107.5343
  • L.M. Minaker, D.L. Olstad, M.E. Thompson, K.D. Raine, P. Fisher, L.D. Frank. (2016). Associations between frequency of food shopping at different store types and diet and weight outcomes: Findings from the NEWPATH study. Public Health Nutrition. 19(12): 2268-2277. Available at:
  • L.M. Minaker, D. Hammond. (2016). Low frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption among Canadian youth: Findings from the 2012/2013 Youth Smoking Survey. Journal of School Health. 86(2)135-142. doi:10.1111/josh.12359

Courses taught

HLTH 609 "Population Intervention Research for Chronic Disease Prevention", University of Waterloo, 2015
HLTH 360 " Psychological Determinants of Health", University of Waterloo, 2013
GERON/HLTH 245 " Canadian Health Care System", University of Waterloo, 2011

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