Dr. Brendan Smith
Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
"As an epidemiologist, PHO’s unique applied public health setting allows me to work alongside leading researchers, public health practitioners and policy-makers in Ontario. This multidisciplinary environment provides a variety of rich perspectives to inform my research program focused on developing innovative solutions to protect and promote health and reduce health inequities."
Areas of Expertise
- social epidemiology
- health equity
- diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
- population health intervention research
Academic Degrees and Accreditations
- Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
- Master of Science (Epidemiology), McGill University
PHO Research Interests
- Elucidate the mechanisms through which population health interventions impact the creation, maintenance, exacerbation and reduction of social inequalities in health.
- Apply innovative epidemiologic methods to estimate the effectiveness of population health interventions to reduce social inequalities in health.
- Investigate the appropriate blend of high-risk and population health intervention strategies to improve population health and reduce social inequalities in health.
- Examine the influence of intervention coverage and unintended consequences on effectiveness of population health interventions.
- Measure of the extent to which health inequalities exist and change over time.
- Cardiovascular disease attributable to nutrition-related causes: Estimating future burden and evaluating nutrition policy options for maximizing population health benefit in Canada.
PHO Research Activities
- Reducing population burden and social inequalities in diabetes, can we do both? A population risk tool approach for evaluating population health interventions.
- Identifying intervention targets to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in heart disease incidence in Ontario using a data linkage approach.
- Monitoring socioeconomic trends over time in heart disease incidence using a data linkage approach.
- Smith BT, Siddiqi AA. Professional football participation and mortality. JAMA. 2018;320(1):91.
- Kamel M, Smith BT, Wahi G, Carsley S, Birken CS, Anderson LN. Continuous cardiometabolic risk score definitions in early childhood: a scoping review. Obes Rev. 2018 Sept 17 [Epub ahead of print].
- Smith PM, Smith BT, Mustard CA, Lu H, Glazier RH. Estimating the direct and indirect pathways between education and diabetes incidence among Canadian men and women: a mediation analysis. Ann Epidemiol. 2013;23(3):143-9.
- Smith BT, Smith PM, Harper S, Manuel DG, Mustard CA. Reducing social inequalities in health: the role of simulation modelling in chronic disease epidemiology to evaluate the impact of population health interventions. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013;68(4):384-9.
- Smith BT, Lynch JW, Fox CS, Harper S, Abrahamowicz M, Almeida ND, et al. Life-course socioeconomic position and type 2 diabetes mellitus: the Framingham Offspring Study. American journal of epidemiology. 2011;173(4):438-47.