Our Co-Directors

CRHESI is led by two co-directors:


Helene Berman, RN, PhD, is Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Her program of research funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Status of Women Canada has focused on the subtle and explicit forms of violence in the lives of girls and young women. In recent years, she has extended that work to include boys and young men, and currently leads a CIHR Team Grant titled Promoting Health through Collaborative Engagement with Youth: Overcoming, Resisting and Preventing Structural Violence (www.voicesagainstviolence.ca). She presents her work nationally and internationally, publishes widely, and is Past President of the Nursing Network on Violence against Women International. With a lengthy history of community-based research, Dr. Berman has played a lead role in the establishment of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI), and currently serves as the Centre’s first Academic Director, alongside the Centre’s Community Director, Steve Goodine (Board Chair, London InterCommunity Health Centre). 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.

1a1ddfeSteve Goodine is Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion. He is Chair of the Board of the London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC), one of more than 70 Community Health Centres in Ontario, providing primary health care and social services for those who experience barriers to access to health care, including homeless populations and newcomers to Canada.

Mr. Goodine was a member of the London Police Service for 30 years and recently retired as the Inspector in charge of the Professional Standards Branch. His experience in varied roles in Corporate Services, Community Policing, Human Resources and Executive Officer to the Chief of Police has provided him with the organizational skills required to support CRHESI as a Co-Director.