Frank Elgar

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Social Inequality in Child Health (Tier II)

Institute for Health and Social Policy; and Department of Psychiatry (Douglas Institute), Faculty of MedicinePhoto of Professor Frank Elgar
Associate member, Department of Psychology

Institute for Health and Social Policy
1130 Pine Avenue West, Room 302
Montreal, QC
H3A 1A3

Phone: 514.398.1739
Email: frank.elgar [at]

Research Gate

Dr. Elgar uses methods from experimental psychology and social epidemiology to investigate behavioural and economic determinants of health, focusing primarily on income inequality, social capital and child health.



1. Health

  • Social and structural determinants of adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Effects of early-life poverty and income inequality on adolescent development
  • Impacts of food insecurity on mental and physical health

2. Advocacy

  • Research grounded by child rights and distributive justice principles
  • Mobilising evidence to policy through advocacy groups, industry, and the media

3. Methods

  • Developing new measures of deprivation and inequality for youth
  • Utilising methods from social epidemiology, economics, and child psychology
  • Modelling multilevel and longitudinal data on economic and policy exposures, proximal social contexts, and health outcomes.



PhD in Psychology (2003): Dalhousie University


Recent Publications:

Elgar, F. J., Donnelly, P., Gariepy, G., Riehm, K., & Pickett, W. (in press). Bans against corporal punishment and physical fighting in adolescents in 88 countries and regions. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021616

de Looze, M. E., Elgar, F. J., Kolip, P, & Currie, C. (in press). Gender inequality and adolescent gender differences in physical fighting, physical activity, and injury across 36 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sentenac, M., Lach, L. M., Gariepy, G., & Elgar, F. J. (in press). Education disparities in youth with neurodisabilities in Canada. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Su, Q., Chen, Z., Li, R., Elgar, F. J., Liu, Z., & Lian, Q. (in press). Association between early menarche and school bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.02.008

Reihm, K. E., Latimer, E., Quesnel-Vallée, A., Stevens, G. W. J. M., Gariépy, G., & Elgar, F. J. (in press). Does the density of the health workforce predict adolescent health? A crosssectional, multilevel study of 38 countries. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdy096