Healthy Environments in Academic Research Teams (HEART)

Research shows that healthy learning and work environments are crucial to the well-being and performance of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students. Establishing and sustaining healthy research environments is therefore fundamental for our people to thrive in their learning and research, and enabling the Faculty of Medicine to achieve our goal of actively transforming health for everyone.

The Healthy Environments in Academic Research Teams (HEART) program recognizes that each of us has an important role in creating healthy research environments, from lab leadership to new trainees. It aims to:

  • Equip all members of our research community with the understanding and skills they need to promote healthy, inclusive and productive environments for all
  • Recognize those lab teams that are committed to creating positive change
Faculty of Medicine graduate students answer "What does a healthy research environment look like?"

Help shape the HEART program

We want to hear your thoughts on what makes a healthy working and learning environment, and how the HEART program can support you to promote health and wellbeing within your lab team.

If you are a member of faculty or research staff, you can still participate in a focus group and receive a $20 voucher for your time. Please register below.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the project or would like to get involved in a different way, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please contact:

Coinvestigator & Key Study Contact: Leigh Spanner, HEART Project Coordinator, Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Office, Faculty of Medicine,

Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Hunt, Professor of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine,