Jay S. Kaufman

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Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health
McGill University
Purvis Hall Building, Room 45
1020 Pine Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A2

Tel.: 514-398-7341
Fax: 514-398-4503
E-Mail: jay.kaufman [at] mcgill.ca (Jay S. Kaufman)



After a post-doctoral position at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (Chicago, IL) from 1995-1997, Dr. Kaufman was Medical Epidemiologist at Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC) from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 through 2008 he held a positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill and as Faculty Fellow of the Carolina Population Center.  In 2009 he began his current position as Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Disparities in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.  He is also currently appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health of the University of Chile, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ann Arbor, MI), and Adjunct Professor Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC). 

Dr. Kaufman's work focuses on social epidemiology, analytic methodology, causal inference and on a variety of health outcomes including perinatal outcomes and cardiovascular, psychiatric and infectious diseases. He is an editor at the journal “Epidemiology” and an associate editor at “American Journal of Epidemiology”. With J. Michael Oakes he is the co-editor of the textbook “Methods in Social Epidemiology”. He has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Social epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Causal Inference
  • Global Health


PhD in Epidemiologic Science (1995): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Recent Publications

Kaufman JS, Rushani D, Cooper RS. Nature versus Nurture in the Explanations for Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Parsing Disparities in the Era of Genome-Wide Association Studies. In: Reconsidering Race: Global and Comparative Studies in Race and Genomics (Suzuki K & von Vacano D, Eds), Oxford University Press, London: 2018, chapter 6, pp. 120-132.

Blouin B, Casapía M, Joseph L, Kaufman JS, Larson C, Gyorkos TW. The effect of cumulative soil-transmitted helminth infections over time on child development: a 4-year longitudinal cohort study in preschool children using Bayesian methods to adjust for exposure misclassification. Int J Epidemiol. 2018 Jul 12. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy142. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30010794

Stovitz SD, Banack HR, Kaufman JS. 'Depletion of the susceptibles' taught through a story, a table and basic arithmetic. BMJ Evid Based Med. 2018 Jul 7. pii: bmjebm-2018-110972. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2018-110972. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29982175

Shapiro GD, Bushnik T, Wilkins R, Kramer MS, Kaufman JS, Sheppard AJ, Yang S. Adverse birth outcomes in relation to maternal marital and cohabitation status in Canada. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Aug;28(8):503-509.e11. PMID: 29937402

Shakiba M, Mansournia MA, Salari A, Soori H, Mansournia N, Kaufman JS. Accounting for Time-varying Confounding in the Relation between Obesity and Coronary Heart Disease: Analysis with G-estimation, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Am J Epidemiol 2018 Jun 1;187(6):1319-1326. PMID: 29155924