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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century
Dr. Patricia Collins is an Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University. She is trained in the fields of biochemistry (BSc, McMaster University), epidemiology and health policy (MSc, McMaster University), and health geography (PhD, Simon Fraser University). Her doctoral research examined the capacities of municipal governments in the Metro Vancouver region to address population health inequities within their jurisdictions. Dr. Collins’ current interests focus on the opportunities and challenges for planning healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, particularly for vulnerable populations. Since joining Queen’s in 2011, her research projects have explored topics ranging from integrated community sustainability planning, local approaches to addressing household food insecurity, and barriers to active commuting and children’s free play. She is also the lead investigator on a SSHRC-funded research project examining the consequences for communities when public school are permanently closed. Dr. Collins is actively involved in active transportation advocacy in Kingston. She has been a board member of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation since 2011, and has served on several City of Kingston committees, including the Age Friendly Advisory Committee, Waterfront Advisory Committee, and Active Transportation Master Plan Technical Advisory Group. Originally from the Kingston area, Dr. Collins is delighted to be back in her hometown where she resides with her partner and two kids, and appreciates her 10-minute walk to work.