Ketan Shankardass


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Ketan Shankardass is an Associate Scientist within MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a social epidemiologist who focuses on studying innovative solutions for more equitable health systems by using epidemiology, community health, biology and geography to understand the drivers of population health and equity from “cell to society”. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. Outside of academic, Dr. Shankardass works with Health Promotion Ontario to improve preventive health practice in the province.

His foci currently include multisectoral health strategies including Health in All Policies; neighbourhood-level programs to address chronic stress and chronic disease health inequities; and public opinion on health and equity

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

Recent Publications

  1. Shahidi, FV, Muntaner, C, Shankardass, K, Quiñonez, C, Siddiqi, A. The effect of unemployment benefits on health: A propensity score analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2019;226 :198-206. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.02.047. PubMed PMID:30861433 .
  2. Vahid Shahidi, F, Muntaner, C, Shankardass, K, Quiñonez, C, Siddiqi, A. Widening health inequalities between the employed and the unemployed: A decomposition of trends in Canada (2000-2014). PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (11):e0208444. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208444. PubMed PMID:30496288 PubMed Central PMC6264881.
  3. Gruebner, O, Lowe, SR, Sykora, M, Shankardass, K, Subramanian, SV, Galea, S et al.. Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Negative Emotions in New York City After a Natural Disaster as Seen in Social Media. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15 (10):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15102275. PubMed PMID:30336558 PubMed Central PMC6211036.
  4. Shankardass, K, Robertson, C, Shaughnessy, K, Sykora, M, Feick, R. A unified ecological framework for studying effects of digital places on well-being. Soc Sci Med. 2019;227 :119-127. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.022. PubMed PMID:30287115 .
  5. Shankardass, K, O'Campo, P, Muntaner, C, Bayoumi, AM, Kokkinen, L. Ideas for Extending the Approach to Evaluating Health in All Policies in South Australia Comment on "Developing a Framework for a Program Theory-Based Approach to Evaluating Policy Processes and Outcomes: Health in All Policies in South Australia". Int J Health Policy Manag. 2018;7 (8):755-757. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.25. PubMed PMID:30078296 PubMed Central PMC6077279.
  6. Shankardass, K, Muntaner, C, Kokkinen, L, Shahidi, FV, Freiler, A, Oneka, G et al.. The implementation of Health in All Policies initiatives: a systems framework for government action. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018;16 (1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0295-z. PubMed PMID:29544496 PubMed Central PMC5856219.
  7. Guglielmin, M, Muntaner, C, O'Campo, P, Shankardass, K. A scoping review of the implementation of health in all policies at the local level. Health Policy. 2018;122 (3):284-292. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.12.005. PubMed PMID:29305241 .
  8. Kokkinen, L, Muntaner, C, O'Campo, P, Freiler, A, Oneka, G, Shankardass, K et al.. Implementation of Health 2015 public health program in Finland: a welfare state in transition. Health Promot Int. 2019;34 (2):258-268. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax081. PubMed PMID:29149295 .
  9. Gruebner, O, Sykora, M, Lowe, SR, Shankardass, K, Galea, S, Subramanian, SV et al.. Big data opportunities for social behavioral and mental health research. Soc Sci Med. 2017;189 :167-169. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.07.018. PubMed PMID:28755794 .
  10. Gruebner, O, Lowe, SR, Sykora, M, Shankardass, K, Subramanian, SV, Galea, S et al.. A novel surveillance approach for disaster mental health. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (7):e0181233. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181233. PubMed PMID:28723959 PubMed Central PMC5516998.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Wilfred Laurier University