Frank J. Elgar, PhD

Frank Elgar (BA, MSc, Memorial; PhD, Dalhousie) is a developmental psychologist with expertise in social inequalities in mental health and wellbeing. He has worked in university and government settings in Canada and Britain, including the Cardiff Institute for Society, Health and Ethics (Cardiff University), Welsh Assembly Government, University of Manitoba, and Carleton University.  Dr. Elgar is cross-appointed to the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Psychiatry and holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Inequalities in Child Health (tier 2). His research is a blend of health psychology and social epidemiology. International collaborations in the WHO Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study focuses on psychosocial and economic determinants of adolescent health including income inequality, relative deprivation, and neighbourhood social capital.

Selected Publications

Elgar, F. J. et al. (2015). Structural determinants of youth bullying and fighting in 79 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Elgar, F. J. et al (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002-2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. The Lancet, 385, 2088-2095.

Pickett W, & Elgar, F. J. (2015). Reducing violence in Ugandan schools. The Lancet Global Health, 3, e344-5.

Elgar, F. J. et al. (2014). Cyberbullying victimization, mental health and the moderating role of family dinners. JAMA Pediatrics, 168, 1015-1022.

Elgar, F. J. (2014). Equality, social cohesion and wellbeing / Uguaglianza, coesione sociale, e benessere / Igualdad, cohesión social y bienestar. Journal for a Progressive Economy, 1, 56-60.

Elgar, F. J. et al. (2013). Absolute and relative family affluence and psychosomatic symptoms in adolescents. Social Science and Medicine, 91, 25-31.

Elgar, F. J. et al. (2013). Family dinners and emotional health in Canadian adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 433-438.

Elgar, F. J. et al. (2013). School bullying, homicide and income inequality: A cross-national pooled time series analysis. International Journal of Public Health, 58, 237-245.

Elgar, F. J. (2010). Income inequality, trust, and population health in 33 countries. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 2311-2315.

Elgar, F. J. (2009). Income inequality and school bullying: Multilevel study of adolescents in 37 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 351-359.