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Nancy Ross


Nancy Ross studies the geo-social determinants of health with an emphasis on how physical and social urban environments shape human health across the lifespan. Her research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Current Position/Address: Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Geo-Social Determinants of Health Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy

Department of Geography
Associate Member: Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Institute for Health and Social Policy; McGill School of Environment
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal Quebec H3A 0B9
Tel: 514-398-4307
Email: nancy.ross@mcgill.ca



*Hajna S, Ross NA, Joseph L, Harper S, Dasgupta K (2015) Neighbourhood walkability, daily steps and utilitarian walking in Canadian adults. BMJ Open November 26, 2015. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008964).

Shekarrizfard M, Valois MF, Goldberg MS, *Crouse D, Ross NA, Parent ME, Yasmin S, Hatzopoulou (2015) Investigating the role of transportation models in epidemiologic studies of traffic-related air pollution and health effects. Environmental Research 140:282-91.

*Hajna S, Ross NA, Brazeau A-S, Bélisle P, Joseph L, Dasgupta K (2015) Associations between neighbourhood walkability and daily steps in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health 2015, 15:768  DOI:10.1186/s12889-015-2082-x.

*Donnelly B, Berrang-Ford L, Ross NA, Michel P (2015) A systematic, realist review of zooprophylaxis for malaria control. Malaria Journal 14:313 DOI: 10.1186/s12936-015-0822-0

*Wasfi R, Dasgupta K, Eluru N, Ross NA (2015) Exposure to walkable neighoburhoods increases utilitarian walking: Longitudinal study of Canadians. Journal of Transport and Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2015.08.001.

Dasgupta K, Ross NA, Meltzer S, DaCosta D, Nakhla M, Habel Y, Rahme E (online before print) Gestational diabetes in mothers as a diabetes predictor in fathers: a retrospective cohort analysis. Diabetes Care June 26, 2015. DOI: 10.2337/dc15-0855.

Omariba W, Ross NA, *Sanmartin C, Tu JT (2014) Neighbourhood immigrant concentrationand hospitalization: a multilevel analysis of cardiovascular-related admissions in Ontario using linked data. Canadian Journal of Public Health 105:e404-410.

*Sampson L, Dasgupta K, Ross NA (2014) The association between socio-demographic marginalization and plasma glucose levels at diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Diabetic Medicine 31: 1563-1567.

Feeny D, Garner R, Bernier J, Ross NA, Blanchard C (2014) Physical activity matters: Associations among body mass index, physical activity, and health-related quality of life trajectories over 10 years. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 11:1265-1275.

*Hajna S, Dasgupta K, Joseph L, Ross NA (2014) A call for caution and transparency in the calculation of land use mix: Measurement bias in the estimation of associations between land use mix and physical activity. Health and Place 29: 79-83.

Kaplan MS, Huguet N, Feeny D, McFarland BH, Caetano R, Bernier J, Giesbrecht N, Oliver L, Ramage-Moran P, Ross NA (2014) The association between alcohol use and long-term care placement among older Canadians: A 14-year population-based study. Addictive Behaviors 39: 219-224.

*Petrasek MacDonald J, Ford JD, Cunsolo Willox A, Ross NA (2013) A review of protective factors and causal mechanisms that enhance the mental health of Indigenous Circumpolar youth. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 72:1-18.

*Wasfi R, Ross NA, El-Geneidy A (2013) Achieving recommended daily physical activity levels through commuting by public transit: unpacking individual and contextual influences. Health and Place 23:18-25.

Coomes OT, Moore T, Paterson J, Breau S, Ross NA, Roulet N (2013) Academic performance indicators for Departments of Geography in the United States and Canada. Professional Geographer 65:433-450.

Parent M-E, Goldberg MS, *Crouse DL, Ross NA, Chen H, Valois M-F, Liautuad A (2013) Traffic-related air pollution and prostate cancer risk: a case-control study in Montreal, Canada. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 70: 511-518.

*Hajna S, Dasgupta K, *Halparin M, Ross NA (2013) Neighbourhood walkability: field validation of geographic information system measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 44:51-55.

Hatzopoulou M, Weichenthal S, Barreau G, Goldberg M, Farrell W, *Crouse D, Ross NA (2013) A web-based planning tool to reduce cyclists’ exposures to traffic pollution: a case study in Montreal, Canada. Environmental Research 123:58-61.

Ross NA, Oliver LN, Villeneuve PJ (2013) The contribution of neighbourhood material and social deprivation to survival: A 22-Year Follow-Up of More than 500,000 Canadians. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10:1378-1391.

Straus J, Mirando-Moreno L, *Crouse DL, Goldberg MS, Ross NA, Hatzopoulou M (2012) Investigating the link between cyclist volumes and air pollution along bicycle facilities in a dense urban core. Transportation Research Part D: Transportation and the Environment 17:619-625.

Kaplan MS, Huguet N, McFarland BH, Caetano R, Bernier J, Giesbrecht N, Oliver L, Ross NA (2012) Alcohol use patterns and trajectories of health-related quality of life in middle-aged and older adults: A 14-year population-based study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 73:581-590.

*deBono N, Ross NA, Berrang-Ford L (2012) Does the food stamp program cause obesity? A realist review and call for place-based research. Health and Place 18:747-756.

*Eckhardt R, Berrang-Ford L, Buckeridge D, Ross NA (2012) Individual and neighbourhood level determinants of malaria incidence in Ontario, Canada. Emerging Infectious Diseases 775-782.

Ross NA, Garner RE, Bernier J, Feeny DH, Kaplan MS, McFarland B, Orpana HM, Oderkirk J. (2012) Trajectories of health-related quality of life by socio-economic status in a nationally representative Canadian cohort.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66:593-598.

Auger N, Hamel D, Martinez J, Ross NA (2012)  Mitigating effect of immigration on the relation between income inequality and mortality: A prospective study of 2 million Canadians.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66:online article e.5.

Garner RE, Blanchard C, Feeny DH, Thompson A, Bernier J, McFarland BH, Huguet N, Ross NA (2012) Bodyweight, gender, and quality of life: a population-based longitudinal study. Quality of Life Research 21:813-825.

*Lega I, Zhong L, Ross NA, Dasgupta K (2011) Gestational diabetes history may signal deprivation in women with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Women’s Health 20:625-629.

*Wilson DH, Ross NA (2011) Place, gender and the appeal of video lottery terminal gambling: Unpacking a focus group study of Montreal youth. Geojournal 73:126-138.

Brouillette RT, Horwood L, Constantin E, Brown K, Ross NA (2011) Childhood sleep apnea and neighborhood disadvantage. Journal of Pediatrics 158:789-93.

Stafford M, Newbold BK, Ross NA (2011) Psychological distress among immigrants and visible minorities in Canada: a contextual analysis. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 57:428-441.

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