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.
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
February 27, 2014
Thomson House room 406
From infant to mother: Early disease environment and future maternal health
February 13, 2014
Purvis Hall room 25
Influences of Macrosocial Policies on Women's Health and Gender Inequalities in Health
January 30, 2014
Thomson House room 406
Evaluating the impact of Bolsa Familia, a Brazilian conditional cash transfer program, on child growth and breastfeeding behaviour
January 16, 2014
Thomson House room 406
Renée Carter and Geneviève Gariepy
November 26, 2013 Thomson House Room 403
Alissa Koski and Erika Braithwaite
November 12, 2013 Thomson House Room 405
Dr. Sam Harper
October 29, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
Alissa Koski, Lauren Maxwell, Corinne Riddell, Jeremy Labrecque
October 15, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
Presentation of personal research
October 1, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
September 19, 2013 Thomson House Room 403
April 11, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
March 21, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
February 27, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
February 7, 2013 Thomson House Room 404
January 17, 2013 Thomson House Room 405
December 12, 2012 Thomson House Room 405
November 22, 2012 Thomson House Room 403
November 1, 2012 Thomson House Room 403
October 11, 2012 Thomson House Room 404
September 20, 2012
April 11, 2012
March 21, 2012: Causal Inference Methods for Observational Research
February 29, 2012
Dr. Ziad El-Khatib & Dr. Edson
February 8, 2012
January 18, 2012: Social Disadvantage in Physical and Mental Health
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.
December 7, 2011: Health, Safety, and Greening Vacant Urban Space
Branas et al. A Difference-in-Differences Analysis of Health, Safety, and Greening Vacant Urban Space. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011.
November 16, 2011: Effects of Prenatal Poverty on Infant Health
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.
October 26, 2011: Pathogen Prevalence: A Predictor of Individualistic and Collectivist Values?
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.
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.
September 14, 2011: Regression Discontinuity Design as a Method of Evaluating Health Policy
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
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.
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
April 6th, 2011: Natural and Quasi-Experimental Design
Dr. Erin Strumpf
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
March 2, 2011: Value judgments in inequality measures
Dr. Sam Harper
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
February 2, 2011: Health Inequality
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
Norton, M & Ariely, D. (2010) Building a better America - One wealth quintile at a time
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)
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
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
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