Faculty Member

Ananya Tina Banerjee R.Kin PhD

Email Address(es)
ananya.banerjee@utoronto.ca
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health Room 514 Health Sciences Building, 155 College St. Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Division(s)/Office
Clinical Public Health Division
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Position
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Contract
Admin Position
Assistant Director, MPH Health Promotion Program, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences

Research Interests

I acknowledge my academic position is held at the University of Toronto. Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work/present in this territory. 

My clinical work as a Registered Kinesiologist compliments my unique dual training in qualitative and quantitative research methods that enables me to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity interventions for the prevention and management of diabetes targeting high-risk ethnic communities in Canadian and global settings.  The focus of my public health research exemplifies my commitment to providing a strong foundation in methodology embedded within a socio-ecologic framework. My scientific investigations use mixed-methodologies in understanding the socio-cultural factors influencing physical activity participation among South Asian subgroups at risk for chronic diseases and the role of health promotion in community-based settings.


EDUCATION & TRAINING HISTORY

  • 2012-2014  Women’s College Research Institute – CIHR Funded Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2007–2012  McMaster University – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Health Research Methodology
  • 2005–2007  University of Toronto – Masters of Science (MSc), Exercise Sciences
  • 2000-2004  York University – Honors Bachelors of Science (BSc), Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology

PRIMARY TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • CHL 5803H – Health Promotion I
  • CHL5420H Global Health Research Methods
  • CHL7001H Race, Ethnicity, And Culture in Health (REACH)
  • Supervise MPH-Health Promotion Practicum Students

CURRENT FACULTY LED RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1.  Integration of Movement Breaks into the Undergraduate Classroom: Keeping Students and Instructors Active and Engaged. For more information please visit: Movement Breaks
  2. South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program (SAADAP). For more information please visit: SAADAP
  3. A Pilot Examination of a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Muslim Women in Ontario, Canada.  For more information please visit: Mosque-Based Exercise Programs

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

  1. Banerjee, A.T., Zawi M., Landry M., Childerhose, D., Stephens, N., Shafique, A., & Price, J. A Pilot Examination of a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Muslim Women in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. (DOI): 10.1007/s10903-016-0393-3 [Epub ahead of print].
  2.  Banerjee, A.T., McTavish, S., Mukherji, G., Feig, D., Lowe, J., Ray, J & Lipscombe, L. (2015). Reported Health Behaviour Changes after a Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus among Ethnic Minority Women Living in Canada. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. (DOI): 10.1007/s10903-015-0266-1 [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Banerjee, A.T., Strachan, P., Boyle, M., Anand, S., & Oremus, M. (2015). Factors To Facilitate The Implementation Of Church-Based Health Promotion Programs in Canada: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 29(6), 365-373.
  4.  Banerjee, A.T., Flora, P., Stone, M., & Faulkner, G. (2015). Prevalence of Measured Overweight among South Asian Children vs. Non South Asian children: Findings from BEAT Project. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2, 184-191.
  5. Banerjee, A.T., Grace, SL, Thomas, S, Faulkner, G. (2010). Cultural Factors Facilitating Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation among Canadian South Asians: A Qualitative Study. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 39(6), 494-503.
  6. Banerjee, A.T., Gupta, M, & Singh, N. (2007). Patient Characteristics, Compliance and Exercise Outcomes of South Asians Enrolled in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention, 27(4), 212-218.

OTHER APPPOINTMENTS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Assistant Professor (non-budget cross-appointment), Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
  • Registered Kinesiologist, Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative, Women’s College Hospital
  • Fellow, Chronic Disease & Pharmacotherapy Program, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)