Flora Matheson


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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

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. Whittingham, L, Durbin, A, Lin, E, Matheson, FI, Volpe, T, Dastoori, P et al.. The prevalence and health status of people with developmental disabilities in provincial prisons in Ontario, Canada: A retrospective cohort study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2020; :. doi: 10.1111/jar.12757. PubMed PMID:32529696 .
  2. Matheson, FI, McIsaac, KE, Fung, K, Stewart, LA, Wilton, G, Keown, LA et al.. Association between traumatic brain injury and prison charges: a population-based cohort study. Brain Inj. 2020;34 (6):757-763. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1753114. PubMed PMID:32324431 .
  3. Paul, S, Nakhost, A, Stergiopoulos, V, Matheson, FI, Simpson, AIF, Guimond, T et al.. Perceptions of key stakeholders on procedural justice in the Consent And Capacity Board of Ontario's hearings. Int J Law Psychiatry. ;68 :101515. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2019.101515. PubMed PMID:32033692 .
  4. Guilcher, SJT, Cadel, L, Everall, AC, Wiese, JL, Hamilton-Wright, S, Salmon, CC et al.. Factors related to screening for problem gambling among healthcare and social service providers in Ontario, Canada: A concept mapping study. Health Soc Care Community. 2020;28 (3):791-802. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12909. PubMed PMID:31833129 .
  5. Antoniou, T, Mishra, S, Matheson, F, Smith-Merrill, D, Challacombe, L, Rowe, J et al.. Using concept mapping to inform the development of a transitional reintegration intervention program for formerly incarcerated people with HIV. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019;19 (1):761. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4595-y. PubMed PMID:31660976 PubMed Central PMC6816153.
  6. Kouyoumdjian, F, Kim, M, Kiran, T, Cheng, S, Fung, K, Orkin, A et al.. Attachment to primary care and team-based primary care: Retrospective cohort study of people who experienced imprisonment in Ontario. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (10):e433-e442. . PubMed PMID:31604754 PubMed Central PMC6788664.
  7. 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 PubMed Central PMC6489359.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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