Nancy Ross

Prof. Nancy Ross

Major research focus is the social determinants of health with an emphasis on the relationships between physical and social environments and chronic disease.

Professor in the Department of Geography

nancy.ross [at] (E-mail)

Research Group Website

Academic background

  • PhD Geography, McMaster University (1997)

  • Associate Member, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University (current)

  • Senior Research Scientist, Statistics Canada (1997-2001)


Research interests

In almost every society throughout the world, health is graded by social position. The poor have worse health than the middle who, in turn, fair less well than the wealthy. My research is focused on how this social gradient is produced and re-produced and how we might alter physical and social environmental conditions to reduce health inequalities.


Current projects

  • Income Inequality and Mortality in Urban North America

  • Urban Built Environments and Chronic Disease

  • Socioeconomic Status, Social Support and Aging


Some recent publications

Hajna S*, Dasgupta K, Halperin M* and Ross NA (2013) Neighbourhood walkability: field validation of geographic information systems measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 44, Issue 6, June 2013, Pages e51-e55.

Wasfi RA*, Ross NA, El-Geneidy AM (2013) Achieving recommended daily physical activity levels through commuting by public transportation: Unpacking individual and contextual influences. Health and Place Volume 23, September 2013, Pages 18-25.

Ross NA, Garner R, Bernier J et al (2012) Trajectories of health-related quality of life by socioeconomic status in a nationally representative cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Volume 66, Issue 7, July 2012, Pages 593-598


*denotes student

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