Biography

Dr. Wilk received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994, Master of Arts degree in 1999 and PhD in 2005 at Western University. He also spent one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. He has worked in both academia and government.

His public service career includes several years with the Middlesex-London Health Unit where he worked as the Community Health Researcher and Educator in the Public Health Research, Education and Development program. He also worked in Health Division at Statistics Canada in Ottawa.

In 2009, he was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Western University.

Professional and Academic Experience

Currently, Dr. Wilk is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Paediatrics at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is also a Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute (Division of Children’s Health & Therapeutics) and at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London.

He is teaching graduate courses in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Population Health Surveillance and Advanced Biostatistical Methods for Epidemiology) and is the Course Chair for the Population Health course in the Undergraduate Medical Education program at Schulich.

Dr. Wilk serves as the Academic co-Director of the Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centre at Western University and the Academic co-Director of the Healthy Weights Connection, a Public Health Agency of Canada-funded intervention to improve service delivery to Indigenous children and families. His current research is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Appointments

Assistant Professor - Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Assistant Professor - Department of Paediatrics
Scientist - Children’s Health Research Institute, Division of Children’s Health & Therapeutics
Academic co-Director - Research Data Centre, Western University

Website

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Obesity
Public and population health and prevention
Societal and cultural dimensions of health

Research Overview

Dr. Wilk’s research is focused on the health of children and youth. His current research includes studies on individual-, family-, and neighbourhood-level factors affecting health and wellness of Indigenous children living primarily in urban areas; these factors include social and cultural conditions unique to Indigenous children, as well as aspects of the social, economic and environmental contexts.

Collaborating with Dr. Cooke (Waterloo University), Dr. Wilk studies how a community-based intervention (Healthy Weights Connection) can reduce the risk of obesity among Indigenous children by improving the ability of local public health systems to provide culturally appropriate and effective services.

Working with Dr. Gilliland (Western University), Dr. Wilk evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention that offers a free pass to various facilities and programs (ACT-i-Pass) to increase physical activity levels among elementary school children.

Publications

Keywords

Child health, Indigenous health, Research methodology, Statistical analysis