Areas of Interest

My research interests straddle the fields of population health and healthy community planning. My multi-disciplinary background allows me to draw from a range of disciplines in my work, including health policy, epidemiology, health geography, and urban planning. I typically employ mixed-methods research designs and a social determinants of health lens informs my work. I am especially driven by my interests in the opportunities and challenges to reducing health inequities at the local level. To that end, most of my research focuses on how to improve the upstream, non-medical determinants of health and well-being in communities. I am open to supervising undergraduate and graduate students on a range of different topics. Prospective students are encouraged to check out my Opportunities for Students page for a current list of research projects for which I am seeking student support.

Current Research as Principal Investigator

  • Communities Left Behind? A Longitudinal Analysis of the ‘Just Livability’ Impacts of Permanent Public School Closures in 3 Ontario Cities. Co-Investigators: Jennifer Dean, Jim Dunn, Bill Irwin, Jeffrey Masuda, Mark Seasons, Graham Whitelaw. See Opportunities for Students page.
  • Understanding the Role of Environmental Health Citizenship in Advancing an Active Transportation Agenda in Kingston: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis. Co-Investigators: Jeff Masuda, Janette Leroux, Roger Healey, Dan Franco, Anne MacPhail, Ruth Noordergraaf, Christine Bell, Mary Farrar. See Opportunities for Students page.
  • Examining the Impacts of Public Transit Improvements on Commute Patterns, Physical Activity Levels, and Health of Queen’s Employees. Co-Investigator: Ajay Agarwal. See Opportunities for Students page.
  • The Ontario Movers’ Study: An Analysis of Physical Activity Patterns Before and After Relocation. Co-Principal Investigator: Jim Dunn.
  • Examining playground deserts in Kingston Ontario. Co-Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Masuda. See Opportunities for Students page.

Current Research as Co-Investigator

  • Best practices for Canadian municipalities to promote the right to food for allResearch team: Elaine Power (PI), Patricia Collins, Margaret Little, Jeffrey Hoch, Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Sharon Kirkpatrick, Sarah Wakefield. See Opportunities for Students page.
  • Will Millenials be the Sustainable Generation? Policy Implications of Millenials’ Travel Patterns in Metropolitan Canada. Research team: Ajay Agarwal (PI), Patricia Collins, Markus Moos.
  • Strengthening organizational capacity for public health equity action: Developing a research agenda. Research team: Benita Cohen (PI), Andrea Chircop, Patricia Collins, Elizabeth McGibbon, Annette Schultz, Madine VanderPlaat.
  • Scoping review to assess healthy built environment knowledge and practice in Canada.
    Research team: Jennifer Dean (PI), Patricia Collins, Sara Edge.
  • PARTY: Practices And Resources Targeting participation and equitY for children with disabilities. Research team: Keiko Shikako-Thomas (PI), Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Chantal Camden, Lawrence Joseph, Lucyna Lach, Maryam Oskoui, Noémie Dahan-Oliel, Mariane Sentenac, Patricia Collins, Jennifer Zwicker, Michael Shevell, Janet Njelesani, Laurence Parent, Tiiu Vaikla Poldma, Daniel Weinstock.

Previous Research

Please see the Publications page for an overview of previous research projects.