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.

Please note: Dr. Matheson is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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