I am a social epidemiologist focused on the social determinants of health, particularly among adolescents, youth, and infants. More specifically, I am interested in studying the relationship between social and economic contextual factors within counties, neighborhoods, and schools, such as income inequality and social fragmentation and behavioral outcomes including physical activity and dietary intake, and other health outcomes such as, cardiovascular disease, depression, and mortality.
PhD, Université de Montréal, 2010
MSc, McGill University, 2003
BSc, McMaster University, 1997
social determinants of health
social and health inequalities
social-economic contextual factors
Current National Institutes of Health Research funded projects include:
1. State and county level income inequality and infant mortality. Risk: The moderating role of race and socioeconomic status.
2. Impacts of a novel law-enforcement delivered intervention on drug user health.
Currently accepting students for supervision.
Epidemiologic methods related to specific study designs and general issues relating to the conduct of epidemiologic studies at an advanced level. Topics covered include confounding, interaction, misclassification, matching, ecologic studies, justification of the odds ratio in case-control studies, and age-period-cohort analysis. Prerequisite: SPH 519 and 596 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 696 and SPH 696.Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022