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James R. Dunn Ph.D.

James R. Dunn, Ph.D.

James R. Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor, McMaster University

Research Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital


  • Department of Health, Aging & Society,
    Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 230
    McMaster University
    1280 Main St West
    Hamilton , Ontario L8S 4M2
  • ex. 23243


James R. Dunn, Ph.D. (Jim) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and holds adjunct appointments at the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning) and the University of Waterloo (Planning). From 2008-2015 he held a Chair in Applied Public Health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada and in 2011-12 he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University. He has published widely in geography, public health, urban planning and epidemiology journals over his career, and co-edited Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change with Patricia O’Campo in 2012. Since 2011, he has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, and also sits on the Editorial Board of Housing, Theory & Society.

His current research program focuses on the social determinants of health and the influence of economic and social policies, especially urban policies, on inequalities in health and child development, concentrating on urban housing and neighbourhoods. Specifically, his work includes projects on the health and social impacts of public housing redevelopment, the impact of neighbourhood redevelopment initiatives on health and child development, and the development of cross-sectoral (between public health and urban planning) policy implementation solutions for urban health problems. 


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