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Ken Allison, Senior scientist
Why working at PHO is important to me
"Public Health Ontario offers an excellent environment for scientists interested in applied research in population and public health.  The organization provides an opportunity to conduct rigorous scientific studies highly relevant to public health policy and practice."


Academic degrees and accreditations

  • Doctor of philosophy (Community Health), Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 

Areas of expertise

  • Patterns and determinants of health-related behaviour among youth
  • School-based health policies and programs evaluation
  • Relationship between physical activity and academic performance
  • Survey research and mixed-methods approaches
  • Individual and social determinants of health

PHO research interests

  • Daily physical activity policy and program intervention research in Ontario
  • Measuring and tracking the health status and behaviors of children and youth in Ontario
  • Social context of health behaviour among youth and young adults
  • Health promotion research and policy
  • Theoretical models underlying health behavior

Current PHO research activities

  • Evaluating the development, implementation and effectiveness of daily physical activity (DPA) policy and programs in Ontario (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education).
  • Studying the role and experiences of public health professionals in terms of supporting and promoting DPA.
  • Investigating the implementation of DPA across a representative sample of schools in Ontario.
  • Developing studies to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of the Sparking Life Physical Activity intervention in collaboration with Niagara Public Health.
  • Assessment and validation of child and youth data sources. 
  • Investigating the characteristics of “healthy schools” and the empirical relationship between these environments and student health. 

Selected publications

Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Taking action to prevent chronic disease: recommendations for a healthier Ontario. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2012. (Wrote sections on Mapping the Evidence and Physical Activity Recommendations).
Allison KR, Ashbury F, Pathammavong R, Gleeson L, Douglas, O. Rigour and feasibility in tobacco control evaluation: Toward a successful reconciliation. Can. J. Program Eval. 2009;24(3):75-89.
Dwyer JJM, Allison KR, Lysy DC, LeMoine KN, Adlaf EM, Faulkner GEF. An illustration of a methodology to maximize mail survey response rates in a provincial school-based physical activity needs assessment. Can. J. Program Eval. 2009;24(2):158-168.
Allison KR, Adlaf EM, Dwyer JJ, Lysy DC, Irving HM. The decline in physical activity among adolescent students: A cross-national comparison. Can J Public Health. 2007;98(2):97-100.
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