Ketan Shankardass


Affiliate Scientist


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.

Recent Publications

  1. Mahabir, DF, O'Campo, P, Lofters, A, Shankardass, K, Salmon, C, Muntaner, C et al.. Experiences of everyday racism in Toronto's health care system: a concept mapping study. Int J Equity Health. 2021;20 (1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01410-9. PubMed PMID:33691682 PubMed Central PMC7943708.
  2. Gamache, S, Diallo, TA, Shankardass, K, Lebel, A. The Elaboration of an Intersectoral Partnership to Perform Health Impact Assessment in Urban Planning: The Experience of Quebec City (Canada). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17 (20):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17207556. PubMed PMID:33080815 PubMed Central PMC7588892.
  3. Ghoneim, A, Yu, B, Lawrence, H, Glogauer, M, Shankardass, K, Quiñonez, C et al.. What influences the clinical decision-making of dentists? A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2020;15 (6):e0233652. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233652. PubMed PMID:32502170 PubMed Central PMC7274387.
  4. Shahidi, FV, Muntaner, C, Shankardass, K, Quiñonez, C, Siddiqi, A. The effect of welfare reform on the health of the unemployed: evidence from a natural experiment in Germany. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2020;74 (3):211-218. doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-213151. PubMed PMID:31915239 .
  5. Kokkinen, L, Freiler, A, Muntaner, C, Shankardass, K. How and why do win-win strategies work in engaging policy-makers to implement Health in All Policies? A multiple-case study of six state- and national-level governments. Health Res Policy Syst. 2019;17 (1):102. doi: 10.1186/s12961-019-0509-z. PubMed PMID:31864364 PubMed Central PMC6925500.
  6. Ghoneim, A, Yu, B, Lawrence, HP, Glogauer, M, Shankardass, K, Quiñonez, C et al.. Does competition affect the clinical decision-making of dentists? A geospatial analysis. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2020;48 (2):152-162. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12514. PubMed PMID:31851397 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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