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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Working in the area of HPCDIP at PHO provides tremendous opportunities to stay abreast of the top priorities in public health in Ontario, to impact decisions, and to produce solution-oriented research by generating evidence to inform interventions for chronic disease prevention. During my graduate studies and now as a scientist at PHO, my research has focused on examining the impact and implementation of interventions on the health of Canadians. I am passionate and excited about the work I’ve done and the work I’m currently doing."

Erin Hobin, Scientist
New: Scientist Profile
Watch Dr. Erin Hobin talk about:
  • What excites her about her work
  • The impact of her research
  • Why she chose PHO

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  • Assistant professor (status only), Dalla Lana School of Public health, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct assistant professor, School of Public Health and Healthy Systems, University of Waterloo 

Academic degrees and accreditations 

  • Doctor of philosophy (Health Studies), School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Master of arts (Education), Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Areas of expertise

  • Population health intervention research
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental studies
  • Food labels and dietary intake
  • Alcohol labelling policy

PHO research interests

  • ​​Developing and evaluating environmental and policy interventions that target primary determinants of chronic diseases, including healthy weights, healthy diet, and alcohol intake
  • Applying quasi-experimental study designs to examine environmental and policy interventions as natural experiments
  • Collaborating with policymakers and practitioners to develop research projects that are highly relevant and align with the needs of knowledge users 
  • Investigating the impact of food and nutrition policies and programs on behaviour
  • Exploring associations between characteristics of supermarkets and food purchasing behaviours
  • Examining the impact alcohol warning labels on consumers’ knowledge of alcohol-related health risks and alcohol drinking behaviours
  • Understanding differential influences of population health interventions by socio-demographic factors
Current PHO research activities
  • Investigating the impact of a simple, standardized on-shelf nutrition labelling system on the nutritional quality of consumer food purchases in supermarkets in Canada.
  • Launching a national cohort study in Canada to monitor eating patterns and dietary risk factors among young people in Ontario and Canada.
  • Examining the impact of the Ontario Healthy Choices Act on the nutritional quality of food and beverages on restaurant menus.
  • Testing the efficacy of various formats for displaying calorie information for alcoholic beverages on restaurant menus among young adults.
  • ​Developing and evaluating the impact of an alcohol warning label on consumers’ awareness and knowledge of alcohol-related health risks, Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, and on consumers’ alcohol drinking behaviours.
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