Social inequalities in child health
Dr. Elgar is a psychologist with research expertise in social inequalities in health and in family influences on child mental health. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Dalhousie University and has worked in university and government settings in Canada and the United Kingdom. At McGill, he is a Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and has a joint appointment with the Institute for Health Research and Social Policy and is a co-investigator with the Canadian team participating in the World Health Organisation - Health Behaviour of School-aged Children Behaviour in School-aged Children study. Based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, his research is a blend of psychology and social epidemiology. He explores social and economic determinants of health and human development, focusing primarily on links between income inequality, social capital and population health. His other research examines the effects of financial stress and parental mental illness on child health.