Roman Pabayo, PhD, MSc, BSc

Associate Professor, School of Public Health


Associate Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-8608
3-269 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9



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 epidemiology

social determinants of health

social and health inequalities

social-economic contextual factors



Current Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded projects include:

  1. Understanding the Role of Social-Economic Inequality on Deaths Due to Drug Overdose, Suicide, and Alcoholic Liver Disease among adolescents in Canada
  2. Public Health in a time of Austerity: measuring the divestments in Ontario's public health system and evaluating their impacts on population health and health inequities
  3. Investigating the potential mitigating role of public health on adolescent health in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Inequities in COVID-19 Outcomes: The Mitigating Role of Public Health
  5. Investigating the mitigating role of Public Health on suicide, drug poisoning, and alcohol-related harm in Ontario, Canada

More information can be found at: www.


  1. SPH-696 Epidemiology Methods II
  2. SPH-561 Topics in Public Health (Social Epidemiology)



Currently accepting students for supervision. 


SPH 561 - Topics in Public Health

SPH 609 - Individual Directed Reading and Research in Public Health

SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II

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.

Browse more courses taught by Roman Pabayo


Longitudinal changes in active transportation to school in Canadian youth aged 6 through 16 years.

Author(s): Pabayo R, Gauvin L, Barnett TA.
Publication: Pediatrics
Volume: 128
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: e404-13

Income inequality within urban settings and depressive symptoms among adolescents.

Author(s): Pabayo R, Dunn EC, Gilman SE, Kawachi I, Molnar BE
Publication: J Epidemiol Community Health.
Volume: 70
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 997-1003

Income inequality among American states and the conditional risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Author(s): Pabayo R, Fuller D, Goldstein RB, Kawachi I, Gilman SE.
Publication: Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol.

Political party affiliation, political ideology and mortality.

Author(s): Pabayo R, Kawachi I, Muennig P.
Publication: J Epidemiol Community Health.
Volume: 69
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 423-31

School social fragmentation, economic deprivation and social cohesion and adolescent physical inactivity: a longitudinal study.

Author(s): Pabayo R, Janosz M, Bisset S, Kawachi I.
Publication: Plus One
Volume: 9
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: e99154