Flora Matheson


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Please note: Dr. Matheson is not taking any summer students in 2019.

As a Sociologist, I conduct research on social marginalization and the social determinants of mental health, illicit drug use, alcohol consumption, problem gambling and crime with a gender lens.

I have used a variety of methodological and statistical approaches to explore inequities in health including survival analysis to understand gender-based co-morbidity of mental and physical health problems in large administrative data; multilevel modeling to understand gender-based inequities in health within the context of neighbourhood marginalization; concept mapping to explore gendered perceptions of problem gambling; in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the co-addictions of illicit drug use and problem gambling among men and women; reintegration experiences of women transitioning from prison to community; and problem gambling in the correctional setting.


Recent Publications

  1. Matheson, FI, Hamilton-Wright, S, Kryszajtys, DT, Wiese, JL, Cadel, L, Ziegler, C et al.. The use of self-management strategies for problem gambling: a scoping review. BMC Public Health. 2019;19 (1):445. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6755-8. PubMed PMID:31035978 .
  2. Kouyoumdjian, FG, Cheng, SY, Fung, K, Humphreys-Mahaffey, S, Orkin, AM, Kendall, C et al.. Primary care utilization in people who experience imprisonment in Ontario, Canada: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18 (1):845. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3660-2. PubMed PMID:30413165 PubMed Central PMC6234797.
  3. Kouyoumdjian, FG, Cheng, SY, Fung, K, Orkin, AM, McIsaac, KE, Kendall, C et al.. The health care utilization of people in prison and after prison release: A population-based cohort study in Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (8):e0201592. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201592. PubMed PMID:30075019 PubMed Central PMC6075755.
  4. Woodhall-Melnik, J, Dunn, JR, Svenson, S, Patterson, C, Matheson, FI. Men's experiences of early life trauma and pathways into long-term homelessness. Child Abuse Negl. 2018;80 :216-225. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.03.027. PubMed PMID:29626785 .
  5. Kryszajtys, DT, Hahmann, TE, Schuler, A, Hamilton-Wright, S, Ziegler, CP, Matheson, FI et al.. Problem Gambling and Delinquent Behaviours Among Adolescents: A Scoping Review. J Gambl Stud. 2018;34 (3):893-914. doi: 10.1007/s10899-018-9754-2. PubMed PMID:29470759 PubMed Central PMC6096515.
  6. Woodhall-Melnik, J, Hamilton-Wright, S, Daoud, N, Matheson, FI, Dunn, JR, O'Campo, P et al.. Establishing stability: exploring the meaning of 'home' for women who have experienced intimate partner violence. J Hous Built Environ. 2017;32 (2):253-268. doi: 10.1007/s10901-016-9511-8. PubMed PMID:29323349 PubMed Central PMC5744605.
  7. Lamanna, D, Shapiro, GK, Kirst, M, Matheson, FI, Nakhost, A, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Co-responding police-mental health programmes: Service user experiences and outcomes in a large urban centre. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2018;27 (2):891-900. doi: 10.1111/inm.12384. PubMed PMID:29044920 .
  8. van der Maas, M, Mann, RE, Matheson, FI, Turner, NE, Hamilton, HA, McCready, J et al.. A free ride? An analysis of the association of casino bus tours and problem gambling among older adults. Addiction. 2017;112 (12):2217-2224. doi: 10.1111/add.13914. PubMed PMID:28644580 .
  9. Silva, DS, Matheson, FI, Lavery, JV. Ethics of health research with prisoners in Canada. BMC Med Ethics. 2017;18 (1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12910-017-0189-6. PubMed PMID:28449670 PubMed Central PMC5408402.
  10. Hwang, J, Guilcher, SJT, McIsaac, KE, Matheson, FI, Glazier, R, O'Campo, P et al.. An examination of perceived health care availability and unmet health care need in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2017;108 (1):e7-e13. doi: 10.17269/cjph.108.5715. PubMed PMID:28425893 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Mental Health and Addictions Program, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences