Carleton University
Sep 29, 2019

Carleton University researchers Richard Amos and a team led by Marina Milyavskaya have received just over $200,000 in combined funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) for work that will improve the healthy behaviour of Canadians and prevent the contamination of groundwater.

“Carleton is leading the way in research that is vital to the health of Canadians and the Canadian environment,” said Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International).

Milyavskaya and fellow researchers Rachel Burns and Katie Gunnell, professors in the Department of Psychology, will use the funds to develop the Centre for Health Behaviour and Well-Being in Daily Life.

Despite knowing the benefits of healthy eating, physical activity and taking medication as prescribed, many people struggle to engage in them. Healthy behavior has the potential to prevent staggering economic and personal burdens.

Research conducted at the Centre will take a unique approach to studying associations between these health behaviours and mental health by examining participants in their natural environment. The team intends to uncover feasible methods that enhance health-promoting practices and reduce health compromising behaviours.“Combining psychophysiological data with in-the-moment assessments will provide a clearer picture of the relation between an individual’s day-to-day mental health and health behaviours,” explains Milyavskaya.

Groundwater is an important source of healthy drinking water for much of Canada and the world, yet this resource is threatened by human activity, including resource extraction. “My research will use a number of approaches to understand the mechanisms that control the movement of metal contaminants in groundwater, soils and sediment, over the long and short term,” said Amos, professor at the Global Water Institute and Department of Earth Sciences. “Mining in Canada generates a substantial portion of gross domestic product, but it requires careful management to mitigate environmental risks.”

Canada’s long mining history has resulted in abandoned mines that require remediation. This research will enable mining companies and governments to manage mining waste with greater confidence, resulting in greater protection of the environment while minimizing costs.
Amos’s research group has successfully combined field studies to understand real-world complexity with laboratory and numerical modelling studies to provide a deeper interpretation of results. CFI funding will support new equipment that will allow the team to continue developing this research program and provide training for the next generation of groundwater scientists.


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Contact: Rafik Goubran, Vice President, Research