Co-Directors

CRHESI is led by two co-directors

Helene Berman, Academic Co-Director

Helene Berman, RN, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and founding Academic Director of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion. Her research program, funded by CIHR, SSHRC, and Status of Women Canada, addresses the subtle and explicit forms of violence experienced by women and children. Always pushing boundaries, her research is participatory, engaged, and activist. Dr. Berman uses diverse methodologies, including arts-based approaches, to examine topics that may be difficult to uncover through more traditional methods. She is currently working with colleagues in Canada and Rwanda to address gender-based violence, and more recently received funding for an Interdisciplinary Development Initiative focused on Global Health Equity. Her contributions are nationally and internationally recognized and she credits much of her success to the remarkable students, colleagues, and young people with whom she has been privileged to work. Helene is lead editor of the anthology Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls (Althouse Press, 2014) and is the recipient of the Nursing Network on Violence against Women International 2015 Excellence in Research Award.


Heather Lokko, Community Co-Director

Heather Lokko, RN, MPH, CCHN(C) has worked in public health for 23 years. Her experience spans a variety of roles and public health practice areas. She is a Director at the Middlesex-London Health Unit in Ontario, providing strategic leadership and oversight of programs focused on promoting healthy growth and development. In addition, Heather is MLHU’s Chief Nursing Officer, providing nursing leadership and promoting practice excellence, continuous quality improvement, and competency development. Within the CNO role, she also provides leadership and oversight of the organization’s efforts related to health equity and Indigenous reconciliation. Heather is an active community partner, with past and current involvement in many collaborative initiatives, many of which address health inequities. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the London Intercommunity Health Centre. Heather also teaches an undergraduate public health nursing course at Western University.