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Nancy Ross


Nancy Ross studies the social determinants of health with an emphasis on how physical and social urban environments shape human health across the lifespan. Her research is supported with grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Current Position/Address:   Professor, Department of Geography
                                                    Associate, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
                                                   McGill University
                                                   805 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6
                                                   tel: (514) 398-4307 fax: (514) 398-3747
                                                   e-mail: nancy.ross@mcgill.ca



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.
*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.
Ross NA, Gilmour H, Dasgupta K (2010) 14-year diabetes incidence: the role of socio-economic status. Health Reports 21(3):19-28.
*Crouse DL, Goldberg MS, Ross NA, Chen H, Labrèche F (2010) Postmenopausal breast cancer is associated with exposure to traffic-related air pollution in Montreal, Canada: A case-control study. Environmental Health Perspectives 118(11): 1578–1583.
Chen H, Goldberg MS, *Crouse DL, Burnett RT, Jerrett M, Villeneuve PJ, Wheeler AJ, Ross NA (2010) Back-extrapolation of estimates of exposure from current land-use regression models. Atmospheric Environment 44(5): 4346-4354.
Stafford M, Brunner EJ, Head J, Ross NA (2010) Deprivation and the development of obesity a multilevel, longitudinal study in England. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.39(2):130-9.
Dasgupta K, *Khan S, Ross NA (2010) Type 2 diabetes in Canada: concentration of risk among most disadvantaged men but inverse social gradient across groups in women. Diabetic Medicine 27(5):522-31.
Orpana HM, Berthelot JM, Kaplan MS, Feeny DH, McFarland B, Ross NA (2010) BMI and mortality: results from a national longitudinal study of Canadian adults. Obesity 18:214-8.
*Crouse DL, Ross NA, Goldberg MS (2009) Double burden of deprivation and high concentrations of ambient air pollution at the neighbourhood scale in Montreal, Canada. Social Science and Medicine 69:971-81.
*Crouse DL, Ross NA, Goldberg MS (2009) A prediction-based approach to modeling temporal and spatial variability of traffic-related air pollution in Montreal, Canada. Atmospheric Environment 43:5075-084.
McGrail KM, van Doorslaer E, Ross NA, *Sanmartin C (2009) Income-related health inequalities in Canada and the United States: a decomposition analysis. American Journal of Public Health 99:1856-63.
Orpana HM, Ross NA, Feeny D, McFarland B, Bernier J, Kaplan M. (2009) The natural history of health-related quality of life: 10-year cohort study. Health Reports 20:29-35.
*Richmond C, Ross NA (2009) The determinants of First Nation and Inuit health: A critical population health approach. Health and Place 15:403-411.
*Richmond C, Ross NA (2008) Social support, material circumstance and health behaviour: Influences on health in First Nation and Inuit communities of Canada. Social Science and Medicine 67:1423-33.
*Coen SE, Ross NA, Turner S (2008) “Without tiendas it’s a dead neighbourhood”: The socioeconomic importance of small trade stores in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Cities 25:327-339.
Kaplan M, Feeney D, Huguet N, Orpana H, Ross NA (2008) Prevalence and factors associated with thriving in older adulthood: A 10-year population-based study. The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 63:1097-104.
*Richmond CAM, Ross NA, Egeland GM. (2007) Societal resources and thriving health: A new approach for understanding the health of Indigenous Canadians. American Journal of Public Health. 97:1827-33.

Dunn JR, Schaub P and Ross NA (2007) Unpacking income inequality and population health: The peculiar absence of geography. Canadian Journal of Public Health 98Suppl 1:S10-7.

*Haase I, Olson S, Behr MA, Wanyeki I, Thibert L, Scott A, Zwerling A, Ross NA, Brassard P, Menzies D, Schwartzman K (2007) Use of geographic and genotyping tools to characterize tuberculosis transmission in Montreal. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 11:632-638.
Ross NA, Tremblay S, *Khan S, *Crouse D, Tremblay M and Berthelot J-M (2007) Body mass index in urban Canada: Neighbourhood and metropolitan area effects. American Journal of Public Health 97:500-508.



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805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6

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