Anna Chudyk is a third year based at the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility. She obtained an Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include the built environment, urban health, travel behaviour and physical activity, all within the context of aging. For her doctoral research, Anna conducted a cross-sectional study investigating the association between the built environment, mobility and health of 161 financially-vulnerable older adults living in neighborhoods across Metro Vancouver. Anna hopes that the results of doctoral work will help older adults maintain their functional autonomy and maximize their health by providing more insight on the social and environmental characteristics of communities that support active aging and aging in place. Anna’s doctoral work is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and her doctoral study was funded by a Canadian Institute of Health Research Emerging Team Grant (PI: McKay). In her spare time Anna loves to take walks in the forest, as inspired by one of her favorite authors – Henry David Thoreau; swim in the ocean; meditate; climb trees; practice yoga; and engage in existential inquiries.