Welcome to McGill University's Social Epidemiology Journal Club!

This academic term we will meet every other Thursday from 4-5pm at Thomson House to discuss issues related to social epidemiology in a casual setting. If you are a newcomer and would like to be added to our mailing list please send us an email using the 'Contact'  tab above. 

Fall 2014

November 27, 2014

Thomson House room 405

Nichole Austin

 

Risk of violence from the man involved in the pregnancy after receiving or being denied an abortion

Roberts 2014_Risk of violence.pdf
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November 13, 2014

Thomson House room 405

Ashley Naimi

 

Early childhood investments substantially boost adult health

Campbell 2014_Early childhood investment
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October 30, 2014

Thomson House room 403

Robin Richardson

 

On the Causal Interpretation of Race in Regressions Adjusting for Confounding and Mediating Variables

VanderWeele & Robinson 2014.pdf
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Krieger 2014.pdf
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VanderWeele & Robinson #2.pdf
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Glymour & Glymour 2014.pdf
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Kaufman 2014.pdf
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October 16, 2014

Thomson House room 405

Nichole Austin

 

Provision of no-cost, long-acting contraception and teenage pregnancy

Secura 2014_LARC_NEJM.pdf
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October 2, 2014

Thomson House room 405

Alissa Koski

 

The effect of increased primary schooling on adult women's HIV status in Malawi and Uganda: Universal Primary Education as a natural experiment

Behrman SS&M 2014.pdf
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September 18, 2014

Thomson House room 404

Jeremy Labrecque

 

Government health insurance for people below poverty line in India: quasi-experimental evaluation of insurance and health outcomes

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Winter 2014

March 27, 2014

Thomson House room 406

Alissa Koski 

 

Associations of Housing Mobility Interventions for Children in High-Poverty Neighborhoods with Subsequent Mental Disorders during Adolescence

Kessler et al. JAMA 2014.pdf
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March 13, 2014

Thomson House room 405

Dr. Jay Kaufman

 

The effect of school district nutrition policies on dietary intake and overweight: A synthetic control approach

Bauhoff 2014.pdf
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February 27, 2014

Thomson House room 406

Nichole Austin 

 

From infant to mother: Early disease environment and future maternal health 

Almond et al. 2012.pdf
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February 13, 2014

Purvis Hall room 25

Sarah Mah

 

Influences of Macrosocial Policies on Women's Health and Gender Inequalities in Health

Borrell et al. 2014.pdf
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January 30, 2014

Thomson House room 406

Jeremy Labrecque 

 

Evaluating the impact of Bolsa Familia, a Brazilian conditional cash transfer program, on child growth and breastfeeding behaviour

Labrecque abstract.pdf
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January 16, 2014 

Thomson House room 406

Renée Carter and Geneviève Gariepy

Taubman et al. 2014.pdf
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Miller 2012.pdf
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Fall 2013

November 26, 2013 Thomson House Room 403

Alissa Koski and Erika Braithwaite

Haushofer and Shapiro 2013.pdf
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November 12, 2013 Thomson House Room 405

Dr. Sam Harper

Subramanian et al 2013.pdf
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October 29, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Alissa Koski, Lauren Maxwell, Corinne Riddell, Jeremy Labrecque

Six paths of epidemiology package.pdf
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October 15, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Robin Richardson

 

Presentation of personal research

October 1, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Laura Sang

Gollust et al. 2012.pdf
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September 19, 2013 Thomson House Room 403

Jeremy Labrecque

Shei 2013-Brazil's Conditional Cash Tran
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Rasella 2013-Effect of a conditional cas
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Winter 2013

April 11, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Brittany McKinnon

Howe et al. 2013.pdf
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Commentary

Commentary___Magnitude_Matters__Beyond_D
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March 21, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Erika Braithwaite

Wildeman, Social Science Research 2012.p
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February 27, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Laura Sang

Buston et al. JECH 2007.pdf
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February 7, 2013 Thomson House Room 404

Alissa Koski

Wirth et al. AJE 2013.pdf
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January 17, 2013 Thomson House Room 405

Andrew Gray

Shannon et al. 2012.pdf
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Fall 2012

December 12, 2012 Thomson House Room 405

Group discussion

Gelman 2009 Of Beauty Sex and Power.pdf
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November 22, 2012 Thomson House Room 403

Alissa Koski

Halonen et al. Addiction 2012.pdf
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November 1, 2012 Thomson House Room 403

Laura Sang

 

Saito et al 2012.pdf
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October 11, 2012 Thomson House Room 404

Tarik Benmarhnia

 

Bell 2008 - Vulnerability to heat-relate
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Rey 2009 - Heat exposure and socio-econo
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Reid 2009 - Mapping community determinan
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September 20, 2012

Jeremy Labrecque

Brion et al 2011.pdf
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Winter 2012

April 11, 2012

Britt McKinnon

Lim et al., 2010.pdf
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March 21, 2012: Causal Inference Methods for Observational Research 

Samantha Hajna

Arnold et al, 2010.pdf
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February 29, 2012

Dr. Ziad El-Khatib & Dr. Edson

Foster, 2009.pdf
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Cho, 2006.pdf
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Jones, 2001.pdf
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Kaufman & Cooper, 2001.pdf
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Foster & Sharp, 2002.pdf
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February 8, 2012

Alissa Koski

Stuckler, 2009.pdf
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Ruhm, 2003.pdf
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Kentikelenis, 2011.pdf
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January 18, 2012: Social Disadvantage in Physical and Mental Health

Leah Smith

 

Mezuk et al. Reconsidering the role of social disadvantage in physical and mental health: Stressful life events, health behaviours, race, and depression. Am J Epidemiol. 2010; 172:1238-1249.

Mezuk, 2010.pdf
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Bates, 2011.pdf
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Keyes, 2011.pdf
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December 7, 2011: Health, Safety, and Greening Vacant Urban Space

Jeremy Labrecque

 

Branas et al. A Difference-in-Differences Analysis of Health, Safety, and Greening Vacant Urban Space. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011.

Branas, 2011.pdf
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November 16, 2011: Effects of Prenatal Poverty on Infant Health 

Raluca Ionescu-Ittu 

Strully KW, Rehkopf DH & Xuan Z. Effects of prenatal poverty on infant health: State earned income tax credits and birth weight. American Sociological Review. 2010;75(4):534-562.

Strully, 2010.pdf
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October 26, 2011: Pathogen Prevalence: A Predictor of Individualistic and Collectivist Values?

Thomas Charters

Fincher CL, Thornhill R, Murray DR & Schaller M. Pathogen prevalence predicts human cross-cultural variability in individualism/collectivism. Proc R Soc B. 2008;275:1279-1285.

 

Funk S, Salathé M & Jansen VAA. Modelling the influence of human behaviour on the spread of infectious diseases: A review. J R Soc Interface. 2010;7:1247-1256.

Fincher, 2008.pdf
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Funk, 2010.pdf
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October 5, 2011: Perspectives in Vaccinology: A Changing Landscape

Dr. Ziad El-Khatib

Laurent-Ledru V, Thomson A & Monsonego J. Civil Society: A critical new advocate for vaccination in Europe. Vaccine. 2011;29:624-628. 

 

Gilca V, Sauvageau C, McNeil et al.; Setting priorities for new vaccination programs by using public health officers and immunization managers opinions. Vaccine. 2008;26:4204-4209.

Laurent-Ledru, 2011.pdf
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Gilca, 2008.pdf
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September 14, 2011: Regression Discontinuity Design as a Method of Evaluating Health Policy

Renée Carter 

Angrist JD & Pischke JS. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion. Princeton University press. 2009.

 

Dolores de la Mata. The Effect of Medicaid on Children's Health: A Rgression Discontinuity Approach. Health, Econometrics and Data Goup. 2011. http://www.york.ac.uk/res/herc/documents/wp/11_16.pdf

Angrist & Pischke, 2009.pdf
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Dolores de la Mata, 2011.pdf
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Additional Reading:


Marmer V, Feir D & Lemieux T. Weak Identification in Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Designs. 2011. Micro Theory Working Papers. vadim_marmer-2010-19, Microeconomics.ca Website, revised 12 Sep 2011.

Marmer et al., 2011.pdf
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May 4th, 2011: Debate Self-rated health

Luke Mondor & Brittany Mckinnon 

DeSalvo, K et al. (2005) Mortality prediction with a single general self-rated health question: A Meta-analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 20:267-275

 

Sen, A (2002) Health: perception versus observation. BMJ 324: 860-1

 

Dowd, J & Zajacova, A. (2010) Does self-rated health mean the same thing across socioeconomic groups? Evidence from Biomarker data. Annals of Epidemiology. 20:743-749

 

Annals of Epidemiology 2010 Phd.pdf
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BMJ 2002 Sen.pdf
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J Gen Intern Med 2006 DeSalvo.pdf
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April 6th, 2011: Natural and Quasi-Experimental Design

Dr. Erin Strumpf

Required Readings:

 

Meyer, B (1995) Natural and Quasi-experiments in Economics. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics

 

Carpenter, C & Eisenberg, D (2009) Effects of Sunday Sales Restrictions on Overall and Day Specific Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from Canada. J Stud Alcohol Drugs

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Meyer_natural and quasi
meyer_natural and quasi.pdf
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March 2, 2011: Value judgments in inequality measures

Dr. Sam Harper

 

Required readings:

 

Harper, S  et al. (2010) Implicit value judgments in the measurement of health inequalities. The Milbank Quarterly. 88(1) 4-29

 

Asada, Y (2010) On the choice of absolute or relative inequality measures. The Milbank Quarterly. 88(4) 616-622

 

King, N et al. (2010) We'll take the red pill: A reply to Asada. The Milbank Quarterly. 88(4) 623-627

Harper_2010
Harper-The Milbank Quarterly-2010.pdf
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Asada_2010
Asada-Milbank Quarterly-2010.pdf
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King_2010
King-Milbank Quarterly-2010.pdf
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February 2, 2011: Health Inequality

Jeremy Labreque

 

Required readings:

 

Andersson, F & Lyttkens, C. (1999) Preferences for equity in health behind a veil of ignorance. Health Econ 8:369

 

Schwappach, D.(2003) Does it matter who you are or what you gain? An experimental study of preferences for resource allocation. Health Econ 12:255

 

Recommended reading:

 

Norton, M & Ariely, D. (2010) Building a better America - One wealth quintile at a time

Andersson_1999
andersson_1999_-_preferences_for_equity_
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schwappach_2003_-_does_it_matter_who_you
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December 15: Debate ROOM 25

Helen Cerigo & Thomas Charters  

 

Role of epidemiologists as advocates

 "scientists should ignore policy questions to persevere in pursuit of their objective, which is knowledge.... The time for a scientist to be a political and social mover is after hours.” (Rothman, 1985)

"Scientists are obligated not only to discover new knowledge but also to ensure that discoveries are applied to improve health." (Brownson, 2006)

 

Greenbaum DS. Epidemiology at the edge. Epidemiology 2001; 12:376–377. [Argues that scientists should avoid taking a position based on a single study but should write an accompanying editorial or gather a panel. It also outlines five key differences between research and policy, and the tensions at their interface.]

D.L. Weed and P.J. Mink, Roles and responsibilities of epidemiologists, Ann Epidemiol 12 (2) (2002), pp. 67–72. [Argues against 4 common anti-policy claims: epidemiologists lack expertise in policymaking; advocating policy adversely affects scientific objectivity; the limits of epidemiologic science work against translating results into policy; and participation in policy can bring on personal attacks.]

 

K.J. Rothman and C. Poole, Science and policy making, Am J Public Health 75 (4) (1985), pp. 340–341.

 

 N. Krieger, Questioning epidemiology: objectivity, advocacy, and socially responsible science. Am J Pub Health. 89 (1999), pp. 1151–1153.

 

 

November 24: Markov Chain Modelling 

Emilie Renahy

Required Readings:

 

Kaplan D (2008) An overview of markov chain methods for the study of stage-sequential developmental processes. Developmental Psychology 44(2) 457-467

 

McDonough P, Worts D, Sacker A (2010) Socioeconomic inequalities in health dynamics: A comparison of Britain and the United States. Social Science & Medicine 70, 251-260

September 29: Multilevel Analysis

Natalie Coyle & Maria Koh

 

Required readings:

Cerdá M, Diez-Roux AV, Tchetgen ET, Gordon-Larsen P, Kiefe C. (2010) The relationship between neighborhood poverty and alcohol use: estimation by marginal structural models. Epidemiology. Jul;21(4):482-9.

 

Diez Roux A & Mair C (2010) Neighbourhoods and health. Annals of the new york academy of Science. Issue: The Biology of Disadvantage (1186) 125-145

 

Recommended readings :

Hubbard AE, Ahern J, Fleischer NL, Laan MV (2010) To GEE or Not to GEE: comparing population average and mixed models for estimating the association between neighborhood risk factors and health. Epidemiology. Jul;21(4): 482-9

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