The vision of the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health Laboratory (DEPtH Lab) is to develop a sustainable program of digital health research by scaling up the Smart Platform.

Research Goal

The primary goal of our lab is to establish a network of interdisciplinary researchers, community partners and multisectoral stakeholders to develop digital solutions for existing and emerging population health crises.

SMART Platform

The purpose of the Smart Platform is to enable digital solutions for social innovation and precision medicine by harnessing the power of big data, with an emphasis on ethical engagement, data sovereignty, and Internet equity. Researchers affiliated with the DEPtH Lab engage with citizen scientists and patients via their own digital devices (e.g. smartphones) to implement multiple studies with varied study designs (e.g. cross-sectional, longitudinal, randomized trials, natural experiments, population health interventions) across different jurisdictions within and outside Canada. The ability of Smart Platform projects to implement community-engaged initiatives enables participation of citizens across the life course and as well as data linkages of behavioural, administrative, and healthcare data. Smart Platform also enables the conceptualization of virtual care applications and digital decision-making dashboards that can be co-commercialized with communities. Operationalization and governance of all Smart Platform studies is informed by Citizen Scientist Advisory Councils, which are represented by citizen scientists across the sex, gender, and sociodemographic spectrum.

Citizen Scientists

Approach: Utilizing SMART Framework

Citizen science is emerging as a reliable approach in population health research. Given that citizen science has intrinsic links with community-based research, where participatory action drives the research agenda, these two approaches could be integrated to address complex population health issues. This synergy has significant implications for population health research if combined with systems science, which can offer theoretical and methodological strength to citizen science and community-based participatory research. To truly integrate citizen science, community-based participatory research, and systems science, it is time to realize the power of ubiquitous digital tools, such as smartphones, for connecting us all and providing big data. Smartphones have the potential to not only create equity by providing a voice to disenfranchised citizens but smartphone-based apps also have the reach and power to source big data to inform policies. Smart Framework is an evidence-based approach that integrates citizen science, community-based participatory research, and systems science through ubiquitous tools by addressing core challenges such as citizen engagement, data management, and internet inequity to legitimize this integration. 


  • Development of digital health observatory for big data-driven solutions.
  • Design, delivery, and evaluation of virtual care services to minimize health inequities.
  • Development of digital dashboards for decision-making by utilizing advanced data analytics.
  • Build capacity of high-quality training personnel with an emphasis on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Areas of Focus

The DEPtH Lab develops, implements, and evaluates citizen science-based digital health initiatives and rapid response systems to address existing and emerging health crises, with a particular focus in the follow areas:

  • Active living
  • Child and youth health
  • Climate change
  • Food security and sovereignty
  • Global health
  • Indigenous health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse

Research Team

Tarun Katapally
Tarun Katapally

Tarun Katapally, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Director DEPtH Lab

Dr. Tarun Katapally is an Associate Professor and Patient-Oriented Research Leader at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He holds an adjunct faculty position in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and is a research affiliate with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research. Internationally, he is the India lead for the generation of the Global Report Cards on physical activity of children and youth, a cross-country knowledge translation endeavour to inform active living policies over 50 countries. Dr. Katapally’s expertise is linking advanced mixed-methods and complex analytical techniques with citizen science and community-based participatory research to understand the impact of policies on the health and wellbeing of populations, with a particular focus on children and youth. Currently his predominant research interest is using digital epidemiological tools to develop digital health solutions for ethical population engagement, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions.


Dr. Jasmin Bhawra
Dr. Jasmin Bhawra

Jasmin Bhawra, Ph.D., M.Sc. 
Climate Change, Nutrition and Evaluation Lead 

As a Co-Investigator of the Smart Platform, and a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral fellow, Jasmin leads all climate-change and nutrition-related projects of the DEPtH Lab. Her research primarily focuses on historically disenfranchised populations and her work with Indigenous partners is rooted in self-determination and governance. She takes a climate equity lens in developing community-led solutions for food security and mental health in the Canadian north. She implements her applied research by co-conceptualizing policy solutions with Indigenous communities using Smart Platform’s citizen science approach. Moreover, as a program evaluation expert, she ensures that all evidence-based policy solutions she leads are empirically assessed. She is also the India Co-Leader for the development of Global Reports Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, and uses her evaluation expertise to translate knowledge across low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Her other research interests include public health nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and health policy. Apart from her research, she brings a wealth of experience to DEPtH Lab based on her work with global health partners, public health units, non-profit organizations, and leading institutes such as the Hospital for Sick Children. 

Dr. Pinal Patel
Dr. Pinal Patel

Pinal Patel, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Dr. Pinal Patel holds a Ph.D. in Public Health. She has research and teaching experience spanning across 11 years, which includes leading and collaborating population health research projects, mentoring students, and implementing knowledge translation. She brings to the DEPtH Lab her experience as a Research Facilitator at the University of Regina, where she managed high value/impact research opportunities for the University. Currently, she is focused on physical and mental health research among populations across different jurisdictions using the SMART Platform.

Kayla Stevenson
Kayla Stevenson

Kayla Stevenson, B.A. (Honours)
MPP Candidate

Kayla Stevenson joined Dr. Katapally’s research team in Winter 2017 as a student Research Coordinator. Kayla recently graduated from the University of Regina with a B.A. Hons. Psychology and will complete her Bachelor of Health Studies in April 2017.  Kayla had the opportunity to grow up in a rural community and continues to live in a rural area. Kayla would like to complete a Master's degree in Public Policy at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy to further her research abilities. Once complete, she will apply to a Canadian medical school in hopes to provide healthcare services to rural populations.

Luan Manh Chu
Luan Manh Chu

Luan Manh Chu, M.Sc.
Data Analyst

Luan Manh Chu is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department/College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Canada. After three years of working at the National Institute for Food Control (Vietnam), Luan moved to Saskatoon with an undergraduate degree in Public Health from the Hanoi University of Public Health in Vietnam to pursue his further study. He completed his MSc program in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in August 2014. Luan’s interest in innovative digital tools led him to the DEPtH Lab, where he is part of the analysis team that is leveraging data from ubiquitous tools to advance epidemiology.

Susannah Walker
Susannah Walker

Susannah Walker
Ph.D. Candidate

Susannah Walker is Waganakising Odawa (from northern Michigan) and grew up in the U.S. She has worked as a teacher in Texas and Colombia and completed her MSW in 2012 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work experience in Saskatchewan has been in the non-profit sector, and as an instructor in Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University. Her research interests include health disparities among Indigenous people, especially access differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and culturally responsive, community-based participatory research approaches for Indigenous communities. Susannah joined the DEPtH Lab in June 2018. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy under Dr. Katapally’s supervision, and her research will be part of the SMART Platform.

Ann Dorion
Ann Dorion

Ann Dorion
MPP Candidate

Ann Dorion is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and her grandparents in northern Saskatchewan raised her. Ann joined Dr. Katapally’s research team in the winter of 2018. Ann is interested in health intervention research, with a specific focus on the Indigenous populations. Ann’s research will be part of the SMART Platform, which combines Indigenous methodologies with citizen science and community-based participatory approaches in implementing a land-based active intervention among Indigenous youth – SMART Indigenous Youth. Ann believes that embracing cultural backgrounds and interests while engaging in physical activity is meaningful and sustainable. In September 2018, she joined the Masters of Public Policy program at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy under Dr. Katapally’s supervision. 

Prasanna Kannan
Prasanna Kannan

Prasanna Kannan
Ph.D. Candidate

Prasanna graduated with double degree masters in European Public Health from the United Kingdom and France. She also holds a MPhil degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from India. Prasanna believes in transforming public health research into policy and action. This further motivated her to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy under the supervision of Dr.Katapally. Prior to that, she worked over a decade as a WHO Consultant with Central and State governments, and other non-profit organizations coordinating national health programs, behavioral interventions, population research and leading health program evaluations. She is passionate about community-based participatory research to promote physical and mental health and addressing substance use among children and youth using the innovative Smart platform.

Eric Kwabia
Eric Kwabia

Eric Kwabia, M.Sc., B.Sc.
Ph.D. Candidate

Eric Kwabia is a registered nurse by profession. He acquired his BSc Nursing degree from the University of Ghana in 2009 and completed his MSc in Telemedicine and eHealth at The Arctic University of Norway in 2015. Prior to moving to Regina, Eric worked with the Ministry of Health in Ghana as a Program coordinator for Telenursing and eHealth. Currently, he is completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the DEPtH Lab. He is interested in health research interventions using the SMART Platform. Eric’s career objective is to become an eHealth policy expert and a renowned researcher in academia.

Kushal Manvar
Kushal Manvar

Kushal Manvar 
Mitacs Accelerate Intern

Kushal Manvar is pursuing his Master's in Applied Computing at the University of Windsor. Kushal identifies himself as a team player who enjoys a fast-paced work environment and interdisciplinary collaborations. Kushal’s expertise in software development and machine learning algorithms led him to obtain the Mitacs Accelerate Internship with the DEPtH Lab. Currently he is working under the supervision of Dr. Katapally to develop the CO-Away platform, with a particular focus on digital dashboards for decision-making.

Chaitanya Movva
Chaitanya Movva

Chaitanya Movva, M.Sc.
Research Associate

Chaitanya graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Concordia University (Edmonton, AB) in 2020. His education in Computer Science gave him profound insight into developing software applications that leverage artificial intelligence. He has experience of completing multiple data science projects by utilizing machine learning approaches. He brings this expertise to DEPtH Lab in developing a patient-oriented digital mental health platform to respond in real-time to the risk of anxiety and depression.

Harshil Parikh
Harshil Parikh

Harshil Parikh, MS
Mitacs Accelerate Intern 

Harshil Parikh is currently pursuing his post graduate diploma in Web technologies. Having acquired his Masters in Software Engineering from California Baptist University, he is focusing on how his research could help shape the digital era in Healthcare industry. Harshil’s research interests are primarily in the areas of Biometrics, Artificial Intelligence and Software development. His passion to develop next generation digital health technologies led him to join the research and development team of the CO-Away platform as a Mitacs Accelerate Intern.

Maryna Moskalenko, M.P.P., B.Sc.
MPP Graduate

In 2016, Maryna Moskalenko graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Computer Science, Great Distinction. Her passion includes looking for ways data analytics could be used to leverage pools of information to drive effective insights. This passion led her to start a quantitative research project under the supervision of Dr. Tarun Katapally and join Conexus Credit Union in the role of Data Scientist. In 2018 she successfully defended her thesis as a part of the JSGS Masters of Public Policy program. Maryna’s thesis fits with the vision of the DEPtH Lab in utilizing innovative tools to develop policy recommendations for promoting mental health.

Primary Collaborators

Ken Coates

Professor Coates, a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Regional Innovation, and the Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, is the one of the senior collaborators of DEPtH Lab. Professor Coates brings his extensive experience in working with communities in the circumpolar region to our research endeavours. He also provides guidance and advice in scaling-up our digital innovations to address health inequities.

Leah Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is a Métis scholar and a Co-Investigator of the Smart Platform and Saskatchewan NEIHR. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator on a CIHR Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples. She is a mixed methods researcher with experience in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and analyses. Dr. Ferguson provides her expertise in respectfully engaging with Métis communities, with a particular emphasis on active living and eudaimonic well-being.

Malcolm King

Professor Malcolm King is a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. From 2009 to 2016, Dr. King led the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health as its Scientific Director, spearheading the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. He provides his expertise and guidance in co-conceptualizing and co-implementing culturally-responsive initiatives with Indigenous communities.

Scott Leatherdale

Professor Leatherdale’s research focuses on advancing a systems approach to primary prevention activities, evaluating population-level health interventions across multiple risk factor domains, and creating research infrastructure to facilitate large population studies in chronic disease prevention. His research is designed to engage numerous stakeholders at multiple levels (regional, provincial and national) to positively impact the health and well-being of Canadian youth. He brings this expertise in advising DEPtH Lab endeavours.

Juxin Liu

Dr. Liu is a mathematician interested in developing statistical models and methods motivated from scientific applications. In particular, she focuses on interactions in regression models, errors-in-variables models, and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methodology. Her current projects include: Bayesian adjustment of misclassification in matched case-control studies; measurement error models in survival analysis; and measurement error models in longitudinal data analysis. Dr. Liu provides this statistical expertise in managing and analyzing big data generated by DEPtH Lab projects.

Kelly Skinner

Dr. Skinner’s main research focuses on community-based health and social projects related to food, nutrition, food security, and the broader context of food systems and environments. This research has primarily been with people living in northern locations in Canada and more recently with Indigenous organizations located in urban settings. This work has involved dietary assessment with youth, program evaluation, and community development, and in the past several years, has begun to move towards social justice and social policy for improving food security and advocacy for food sovereignty. Dr. Skinner is playing a significant role in not only engaging respectfully with Indigenous communities partnering with DEPtH Lab, but also in providing her expertise in the areas of nutrition and food security.



CO-Away is a digital epidemiological platform, with a frontend smartphone app and a backend decision-making dashboard that leverages the approach of SMART Platform in integrating real-time ethical surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy and behavioural interventions. CO-Away is being designed to address population health risks, including child and youth mental health crises during multiples waves of COVID-19. The DEPtH Lab will launch CO-Away in the remote Indigenous community of Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, before scaling it up across different jurisdictions.

Food Equity and Environmental Data Sovereignty (FEEDS)

The FEEDS project aims to develop and implement a sustainable platform for real-time decision-making to mitigate climate change-related impacts on human health. FEEDS takes a participatory action, citizen science approach which enables early detection and warning of climate change impacts on food insecurity and sovereignty. Utilizing the Smart Platform, this community trial integrates Indigenous Knowledge with western methods. This project is led by Dr. Jasmin Bhawra.

Global Matrix 4.0: Cross-Country Policy Advocacy

Global Matrix 4.0 is the fourth edition (2022) of cross-country evidence synthesis, knowledge translation, and policy advocacy to promote child and youth active living across the globe. Global Matrix 4.0 is led by Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and as part of this initiative, country-specific teams from more than 50 countries develop Report Cards by appraising current evidence using rigorous methods. Dr. Katapally leads the development of the India Report Cards for the Physical Activity of Children and Youth.

SMART Adults

Smart Adults was the foundational pilot that provided vital evidence to scale up the Smart Platform. In 2017 and 2018, we engaged with adult citizen scientists across the life course to test various aspects of the Platform, from citizen engagement and compliance strategies to real-time assessments and interventions. We developed a deep understanding of evidence-based approaches that apply to various adult cohorts (18-35; 36-65; >65) in terms of recruitment, retention, continuous engagement, and data management, and sovereignty, which are critical factors for the success of digital health innovations. Based on the evidence generated from Smart Adult pilots, we have expanded the Smart Platform to youth in urban, rural, and remote areas.

SMART Response

Smart Response is the most advanced edition of the Smart Platform and it's purpose it to develop virtual care applications and digital decision-making dashboards to address population health crises. As part of Smart Response, I am leading a team of data scientists, epidemiologists, and community stakeholders, to identify and address health crises that are of importance to communities. CO-Away is an example of a project that resulted from Smart Response. By involving citizen scientists and patients as equal partners, Smart Response is developing virtual care applications. As the strength of Smart Response is to adapt to the changing community needs and stakeholder priorities, it is being developed as a versatile platform that will advance community entrepreneurship and capacity building.

SMART Indigenous Youth

Knowledge Mobilization: Learn how we engage with Indigenous Youth in rural and remote areas.

Utilizing the Smart Platform, this 5-year community trial is being conducted in partnership with Indigenous communities in rural and remote regions of Saskatchewan. The trial involves the embedding of a culturally, linguistically, and geographically appropriate land-based active living initiative into the school curricula in collaboration with on-reserve school administrators, Elders, and community leaders. The youth and educators are the citizen scientists in this initiative, where they interact with researchers in real-time using smartphones to provide their perception of their evolving behaviours in concert with the land-based program. The focus of the intervention is on holistic wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Knowledge translation, citizen empowerment, and community engagement are the three pillars of this trial.  Community partners are not only consulted continuously, but also co-own the data, determine changes to the intervention, and collaborate in knowledge dissemination. The project is informing Indigenous self-determination and governance.


Smart India is our global social innovation project that engages youth in India to address key gaps in active living evidence to inform active living policy and practice. Smart India contributes to the global report cards on the physical activity of children and youth, and thus far, two India report cards (2016 and 2018) have been produced as part of this project. It is being implemented by Active Healthy Kids India, a not-for-profit organization that I co-founded to raise funds, bring together stakeholders, and implement social innovation initiatives that engage youth citizen scientists as partners.


Smart Youth is an ambitious project of engaging a representative sample of youth in a provincial jurisdiction as citizen scientists to address one major public health issue – youth mental health. Smart Youth has been piloted in the high schools of Regina, and the evidence generated from a representative sample of youth in Regina is being used to inform the scale-up of Smart Youth across the province. Smart Youth also engages educators as citizen scientists to understand school policy and program implementation. The ultimate goal of Smart Youth is to develop a longitudinal digital health program that addresses mental health issues among youth in real-time.

SMART Toddlers

This is a prospective community trial that investigates the effect of different policy, program, and physical environment settings across the four childcare settings in Regina on active play among early years children (2-5 years). Early childhood educators, parents, and toddlers are citizen scientists in this project.



Favel B, Coates K, Kulchyski P, Finnegan G, Katapally TR, Roberston N. Famine and pestilence report: COVID-19-related service costs to First Nations in Saskatchewan. Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. 2020.

Katapally TR, Bhawra J, Chopra P*, Ghattu KV, Ranjani H, Anjana M, Kumaran K. 2018 India Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2018. Available at:

Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. India Report Card 2016 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Long 21. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2016.

Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. India Report Card 2016 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Short Form. 4. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Publications (*supervised student contributions)

Moskalenko M*, Hadjistavropoulos H, Katapally TR. (2020). Policy implications of barriers to patient interest in internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy. Health Policy and Technology. 9(2): 139-145.

Ironside A, Ferguson LJ, Katapally TR, Foulds HJA (2020). Cultural Connectedness as a Determinant of Physical Activity Among Indigenous Adults in Saskatchewan. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. (2020). A digital epidemiological and citizen science methodology to capture prospective physical activity in free-living conditions: A SMART platform study. BMJ Open 10:e036787.

Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. A Cluster-Randomized Community Trial to Advance Digital Epidemiological and mHealth Compliance: A SMART Platform Study. Digital Health (Under-Review)

Moskalenko M*, Hadjistavropoulos H, Katapally TR. (2019). Understanding complex association of barriers and interest in internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy: informing public health policies through exploratory path analysis. Journal of Mental Health (In-Press).

Moskalenko M, Hadjistavropoulos H, Kwabia E, Katapally TR. e-Health policy solutions for provincial implementation of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy. HPCDP (Revisions Submitted).

Katapally TR. (2019). The SMART Framework: Integration of Citizen Science, Community-Based Participatory Research, and Systems Science for Population Health Science in the Digital Age. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 7(8): e14056.

Katapally TR, Bhawra* Systematic review of the evolution of GPS use in active living research: a state of the evidence for research, policy and practice. Health and Science 2019 (Revisions Submitted).

Ironside A, Ferguson LJ, Katapally TR, Foulds HJA. Social Determinants of Physical Activity Among Indigenous Adults in Saskatchewan. Journal of Physical Activity and Health (Under-Review)

Katapally TR. A Culturally Appropriate School-Based Digital Health Initiative: The SMART Platform Policy Solution for Systems Integration to Address Indigenous Youth Mental Health. JMIR Formative Research (Under-Review).

Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. Methodology to describe objective screen-state from smartphones: A SMART platform study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(13): E2275.

Katapally TR; Bhawra J; Leatherdale S; Leah Ferguson et al. (2018). The SMART study: a mobile-health and citizen science methodological platform for active living surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions. JMIR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SURVEILLANCE. 4(1): e31. Available at: DOI: 10.2196/publichealth.8953

Belanger M, Katapally TR, Barnett TA, O'Loughlin E, Sabiston CM, O'Loughlin J. (2018). Link between physical activity type in adolescence and body composition in adulthood. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 50(4): 709-714. Available at: doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001503

Manyanga T*, Barnes JD, Abdeta C, Adeniyi AF, Bhawra J, Draper CE, Katapally TR et al. (2018). Indicators of Physical Activity Among Children and Youth in 9 Countries WithLow to Medium Human Development Indices: A Global Matrix 3.0 Paper. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 15(S2): S274-S283. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.

Bhawra J*, Chopra P*, Harish R, Mohan A, Ghattu KV, Kalyanaraman K, Katapally TR. (2018). Results from India’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical and Health. 15(S2): S373-S374. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.

Katapally TR, Thorisdottir A, Laxer R*, Qian W*, Leatherdale S. (2018). The association of school connectedness and bullying involvement with multiple screen time behaviours among youth in two Canadian provinces: A COMPASS study. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 38(10): 368-379. doi: 10.24095/hpcdp.38.10.03

Aubert S* et al. Global Matrix 3.0 Physical Activity Report Card Grades for Children and Youth: Results and Analysis From 49 Countries. (2018). Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 15(S2): S251-S273. doi:10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.

Béland D, Katapally TR. Shaping policy change in population health. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 2017 2018, 7(x), 1–5.

Janzen B, Karunanayake C, Rennie D, Katapally TR, Dyck R, MCMullin K, Fenton M, Ramsden V, Dosman J, Abonyi S, Pahwa P. Racial discrimination and depression among on-reserve First Nations people in rural Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2017 [In-Press].

Marchildon GP, Beck C, Katapally TR, Episkenew J, Abonyi S, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Bifurcation of health policy regimes: A study of sleep apnea care and benefits coverage in Saskatchewan. Healthcare Policy 2017; 12 (4): 69–85.

Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. Results from the India 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2016; 13 (11): S176 -S182.

Tremblay MS, Aguilar-Farias N, Akinroye KK, Al-Kuwari MG, Amornsri-watanakul A, Aubert S, Barnes JD, Belton S, Go1dys A, González SA, Herrera-Cuenca M, Jeon JY, Jürimäe J, Katapally TR, et al. Global matrix 2.0: Report card grades on the physical activity of children and youth comparing 38 countries. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2016; 13 (11): S343 -S366.

Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine A methodology to leverage cross-sectional accelerometry to capture weather’s influence in active living research. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2016; 107 (1): e30–e36.

Katapally TR, Abonyi S, Episkenew J, Kirychuck S, Rennie D, Ramsden V, Karunanayake C, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Catalyzing action on First Nations respiratory health through community-based participatory research: Integrated knowledge translation through strategic symposia. Engaged Scholar Journal 2016; 2 (1): 57-70.

Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine N. The influence of weather variation, urban design and built environment on objectively measured sedentary behaviour in AIMS Public Health 2016; 3 (4): 663-681.

Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine Factoring in weather variation to capture the influence of urban design and built environment on globally recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity in children. BMJ Open 2015; 5(11): e009045.

Katapally TR, Muhajarine Capturing the interrelationship between objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children in the context of diverse environmental exposures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015; 12: 10995-11011.

Marchildon GP, Katapally TR, Beck C, Episkenew J, Pahwa P, Abonyi S. Exploring policy driven systemic inequities in Canadian health care through physician International Journal for Equity in Health 2015; 14: 148.

Pahwa P, Abonyi S, Karunanayake C, Rennie D, Janzen B, Kirychuk K, Lawson J, Katapally TR, et A community-based participatory research methodology to address, redress and reassess disparities in respiratory health among First Nations. BMC Research Notes 2015; 8: 199.

Muhajarine N, Katapally TR, Fuller D, Stanley KG, Rainham Longitudinal active living research to address physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in children in transition from preadolescence to adolescence. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 495.

Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. Towards uniform accelerometry analysis: A standardization methodology to minimize measurement bias due to systematic accelerometer wear-time Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 2014; 13 (2): 379-386.

International Collaborations

Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance

Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance is a global network of researchers, health professionals, and stakeholders who are working together to advance active living policies for children and youth. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance focuses on cross-jurisdictional policy advocacy across countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As part of this Alliance, a Global Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth is developed every two years. The Global Report Card, which includes individual Report Cards from different countries, generates extensive global media attention, including in Canada, to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of physical inactivity in children and youth. Dr. Tarun Katapally is country leader for the generation of the India Report Cards.

Active Healthy Kids India

To advance Global Health research and advocacy for active living policy, Dr. Tarun Katapally co-founded the non-profit organization, Active Healthy Kids India. Active Healthy Kids India not only addresses critical data and research gaps, but also serves as a platform to raise funds, bring together stakeholders, and implement studies to generate evidence for the India Report Cards for the Physical Activity of Children and Youth.


The DEPtH Laboratory is being funded by:

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation       Canadian Institute for Health Research       The Lawson Foundation

Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research     Mitacs     Lung Association of Saskatchewan