Faculty Member

Hilary Brown PhD, MSc

Email Address(es)
hk.brown@utoronto.ca
Division(s)/Office
Epidemiology Division
Position
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss

Research Interests

  • Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Chronic medical conditions and disabilities
  • Health and social services administrative data

Education & Training History

  • 2014 – PhD, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
  • 2010 – MSc, Community Health & Epidemiology, Queen’s University
  • 2007 – BA, Psychology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Other affiliations

  • 2016 to present – Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 2016 to present – Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital
  • 2017 to present – Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Current research projects

  • Brown HK (NPA), Lunsky Y (Co-PI), Ray J, Guttmann A, Vigod SN, Havercamp S, Parish S (Co-Is). Pregnancy in women with disabilities: Using novel methods to characterize risk. R01 Research Project Grant: National Institutes of Health (funded: 2017-2021).
  • Brown HK (NPA), Ray J, Guttmann A, Dennis CL, Vigod SN (Co-Is). Chronic medical conditions and perinatal mental illness. Project scheme grant: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (funded: 2017-2019).
  • Brown HK. Maternal diabetes and perinatal mental illness: A population-based cohort study. Connaught New Investigator Award (funded: 2017-2019).
  • Brown HK (NPA), Mill C, Dennis CL, Telner D, Graves L (Co-Is). Pilot randomized controlled trial of an interconception intervention delivered by public health nurses to improve reproductive and perinatal outcomes. Women’s Xchange (funded: 2017-2018).

representative publications

  • Brown HK, Ray J, Wilton AS, Lunsky Y, Gomes T, Vigod S. (2017). Association between serotonergic antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder in children. Journal of the American Medical Association, 317(15), 1544-1552.
  • Brown HK, Hussain-Shamsy N, Lunsky Y, Dennis CL, Vigod S. (2017). The association between antenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and autism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 78(1), 48-58.
  • Brown HK, Cobigo V, Lunsky Y, Vigod S. (2017). Maternal and offspring outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 124(5), 757-765.
  • Brown HK, Kirkham YA, Cobigo V, Lunsky Y, Vigod S. (2016). Labour and delivery interventions in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70, 238-244.
  • Brown, HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, Natale R, Campbell MK. (2014). Mild prematurity, proximal social processes, and development. Pediatrics, 134(3), e814-24.
  • Brown HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, Natale R, Campbell MK. (2014). Neonatal morbidity associated with late preterm and early term birth: The roles of gestational age and biological determinants of preterm birth. International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(3), 802-814.