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

Research Interests

Homelessness, housing as a social determinant of health, health care for homeless persons, marginalized populations, inner city health, urban health, socioeconomic status, access to care, community-based health care, health services research.

Research Activities

Dr. Hwang’s research program focuses on interventions to improve the health of people experiencing homelessness, and to interrupt chronic homelessness itself.


Recent Publications

  1. Vogel, M, Choi, F, Westenberg, JN, Cabanis, M, Nikoo, N, Nikoo, M et al.. Chronic Pain among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and Its Interdependence with Opioid and Other Substance Use and Mental Illness. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;19 (1):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010005. PubMed PMID:35010263 PubMed Central PMC8751035.
  2. Persaud, N, Thorpe, KE, Bedard, M, Hwang, SW, Pinto, A, Jüni, P et al.. Cash transfer during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Fam Med Community Health. 2021;9 (4):. doi: 10.1136/fmch-2021-001452. PubMed PMID:34924360 PubMed Central PMC8662581.
  3. Luong, L, Beder, M, Nisenbaum, R, Orkin, A, Wong, J, Damba, C et al.. Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among people experiencing homelessness in Toronto during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Can J Public Health. 2021; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-021-00591-8. PubMed PMID:34919211 PubMed Central PMC8678973.
  4. Durbin, A, Nisenbaum, R, Wang, R, Hwang, SW, Kozloff, N, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Recovery Education for Adults Transitioning From Homelessness: A Longitudinal Outcome Evaluation. Front Psychiatry. 2021;12 :763396. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.763396. PubMed PMID:34880792 PubMed Central PMC8645597.
  5. Liu, M, Luong, L, Lachaud, J, Edalati, H, Reeves, A, Hwang, SW et al.. Adverse childhood experiences and related outcomes among adults experiencing homelessness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Public Health. 2021;6 (11):e836-e847. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00189-4. PubMed PMID:34599894 .
  6. Paudyal, V, Racine, M, Hwang, SW. COVID-19 vaccination amongst persons experiencing homelessness: practices and learnings from UK, Canada and the US. Public Health. 2021;199 :e2-e3. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2021.08.015. PubMed PMID:34548161 PubMed Central PMC8407945.
  7. Sayani, A, Maybee, A, Manthorne, J, Nicholson, E, Bloch, G, Parsons, JA et al.. Building Equitable Patient Partnerships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Key Considerations for Research and Policy. Healthc Policy. 2021;17 (1):17-24. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2021.26582. PubMed PMID:34543172 PubMed Central PMC8437252.
  8. Campbell, DJT, Campbell, RB, DiGiandomenico, A, Larsen, M, Davidson, MA, McBrien, K et al.. Using a community-based participatory research approach to meaningfully engage those with lived experience of diabetes and homelessness. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2021;9 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2021-002154. PubMed PMID:34493497 PubMed Central PMC8424863.
  9. Jenkinson, JIR, Strike, C, Hwang, SW, Di Ruggiero, E. Nowhere to go: exploring the social and economic influences on discharging people experiencing homelessness to appropriate destinations in Toronto, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2021;112 (6):992-1001. doi: 10.17269/s41997-021-00561-0. PubMed PMID:34448129 PubMed Central PMC8651962.
  10. Thulien, NS, Wang, A, Mathewson, C, Wang, R, Hwang, SW. Tackling exclusion: A pilot mixed method quasi-experimental identity capital intervention for young people exiting homelessness. PLoS One. 2021;16 (8):e0256288. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256288. PubMed PMID:34415951 PubMed Central PMC8378743.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto