19th Annual Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference


Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference (Crossroads) is a student-led and student-centered conference taking place March 10 and 11, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Crossroads is an adjudicated, peer-reviewed conference for student researchers at all levels of study and offers a unique opportunity to showcase and engage in dialogue about innovative health research. Additionally, it provides a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration between students and experts. This year’s conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, and mini-courses all focused on current and engaging health-related topics. Students will have the opportunity to present their research in either an oral or poster format. Additionally, we are planning a social event and an awards banquet on the two evenings of the conference, both of which are new and exciting elements to Crossroads.


Crossroads is a student-led and student-centered initiative that began within the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and is now affiliated with the Healthy Populations Institute. Crossroads began with a focus on Nova Scotian students and has grown to welcome students from across Canada and beyond. This year’s conference will be the 19th Crossroads, which truly emphasizes its longevity and value to Dalhousie. Through Crossroads, we aim to provide the next generation of leaders and innovators in health and wellness research with a forum to gain valuable skills and experience in knowledge translation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and critical thinking through opportunities to share their research, network with peers and experts, and attend panel discussions, mini-courses, and keynote lectures. Conferences are often unaffordable for students, which leads to little diversity in the knowledge and experiences shared at these events. Therefore, we charge a rate that is in accordance with the funding available to students via conference grants. In order to provide a high-quality and low-barrier conference for students, we graciously rely on sponsors and donors.


This year’s conference has a dedicated and skilled planning committee comprised of 11 undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Health and Human Performance and PhD in Health program at Dalhousie University. Together, we organize the planning of all aspects of the conference, including budgeting; booking venues and catering; finding sponsors; planning the conference program; booking panelists, adjudicators, and keynote speakers; and reviewing abstracts. As of January 2023, we have booked our conference venues and the majority of our distinguished speakers, panelists, and mini-course leaders. We have received over 100 abstract submissions from Canadian post-secondary students located coast-to-coast. This year’s conference planning is coming together, and we ask for your financial support to ensure that Crossroads can achieve its mission and continue to thrive year after year.


Hosting a conference of this magnitude while providing a high-quality experience and low-barrier access is not possible without the support of sponsors and donors. Donations to Crossroads will primarily be allocated to venue and catering costs. We are recognizing students and future leaders in interdisciplinary health research through the provision of an awards banquet, which has not been possible at previous conferences due to financial barriers. For specific fund allocations, a donation of $550 would provide a 3-course dinner for a table of eight student attendees, $600 would provide a 3-tiered student research award in a specific area of health research, and $100-300 would provide a single student research award. By donating to this event, you can help provide student attendees with valuable networking and capacity building opportunities.

If you would like more information about this campaign please reach out to Venna Penney at venna.penney@dal.ca. To mail a cheque please send to the Office of Advancement, 6389 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 2A5.

The Team

Joshua Yusuf (He/Him)


Program: MA Health Promotion
Areas of research: Health Equity, Race-based research, and weight-bias research

Michaela Title (She/Her)


Program: MSc Kinesiology
Areas of research: Biomechanical analysis of balance in patients with acromegaly

Catherine Armour (She/Her)

Sponsorship Committee Co-Lead

Program: MA Health Promotion
Areas of research: Improving adult inpatient eating disorder treatment in Canada

Michelle Lincoln (She/Her)

Promotions and Communications Lead, Sponsorship Committee Co-Lead

Program: MA Health Promotion
Areas of research: BIPOC university student burnout within the context of COVID-19 and social justice movements

Christine Ausman (She/Her)

Social Event and Volunteer Coordinator

Program: PhD in Health
Areas of research: Motor function and patient experience in neurorehabilitation

Julie Campbell (She/Her)

Social Event Coordinator

Program: PhD in Health
Areas of research: Children's outdoor/physically active learning

Connor Stadnyk (He/Him)

Secretary, Abstract Review Committee Co-Lead

Program: MsC Kinesiology

Aishwarya Radhakrishnan (She/Her)

Abstract Review Committee Co-Lead, Panels and Mini-courses Committee Member

Program: MA Health Promotion

Tooba Waseem (She/Her)

Panels and Mini-courses Committee Lead, Promotions and Communications Committee Member

Program: BSc in Health Promotion

Kimberley Jacobs (She/Her)

Promotions and Communications Committee Member (Social Media & Graphic Design)

Program: BSc in Kinesiology

Helen Wong (She/Her)

Panels and Mini-courses Committee Member

Program: PhD in Health
Areas of research: Food Environments


Leah Burns

Supporting Interdisciplinary health an emerging researchers is essential.