Flora Matheson


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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. 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. . PubMed PMID:28425893 .
  2. Kouyoumdjian, FG, McIsaac, KE, Foran, JE, Matheson, FI. Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding of prison health research: a descriptive study. CMAJ Open. ;5 (1):E14-E18. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160064. PubMed PMID:28401113 PubMed Central PMC5378501.
  3. To, MJ, Palepu, A, Matheson, FI, Ecker, J, Farrell, S, Hwang, SW et al.. The effect of incarceration on housing stability among homeless and vulnerably housed individuals in three Canadian cities: A prospective cohort study. Can J Public Health. 2017;107 (6):e550-e555. . PubMed PMID:28252374 .
  4. Guilcher, SJ, Kaufman-Shriqui, V, Hwang, J, O'Campo, P, Matheson, FI, Glazier, RH et al.. The association between social cohesion in the neighborhood and body mass index (BMI): An examination of gendered differences among urban-dwelling Canadians. Prev Med. 2017;99 :293-298. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.02.022. PubMed PMID:28232099 .
  5. Tsang, J, Mishra, S, Rowe, J, O'Campo, P, Ziegler, C, Kouyoumdjian, FG et al.. Transitional care for formerly incarcerated persons with HIV: protocol for a realist review. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):29. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0428-4. PubMed PMID:28193290 PubMed Central PMC5307639.
  6. Fazli, GS, Creatore, MI, Matheson, FI, Guilcher, S, Kaufman-Shriqui, V, Manson, H et al.. Identifying mechanisms for facilitating knowledge to action strategies targeting the built environment. BMC Public Health. 2017;17 (1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3954-4. PubMed PMID:28049454 PubMed Central PMC5210277.
  7. McIsaac, KE, Moser, A, Moineddin, R, Keown, LA, Wilton, G, Stewart, LA et al.. Association between traumatic brain injury and incarceration: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. ;4 (4):E746-E753. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160072. PubMed PMID:28018890 PubMed Central PMC5173464.
  8. van der Maas, M, Mann, RE, McCready, J, Matheson, FI, Turner, NE, Hamilton, HA et al.. Problem Gambling in a Sample of Older Adult Casino Gamblers. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2017;30 (1):3-10. doi: 10.1177/0891988716673468. PubMed PMID:27837199 .
  9. Hamilton-Wright, S, Woodhall-Melnik, J, Guilcher, SJ, Schuler, A, Wendaferew, A, Hwang, SW et al.. Gambling in the Landscape of Adversity in Youth: Reflections from Men Who Live with Poverty and Homelessness. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016;13 (9):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13090854. PubMed PMID:27589784 PubMed Central PMC5036687.
  10. McIsaac, KE, Farrell MacDonald, S, Chong, N, Moser, A, Moineddin, R, Colantonio, A et al.. Creating a Powerful Platform to Explore Health in a Correctional Population: A Record Linkage Study. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (8):e0161173. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161173. PubMed PMID:27532612 PubMed Central PMC4988706.
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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