Faculty Member

Pamela Kaufman MLA, PhD

Email Address(es)
pamela.kaufman@camh.ca, p.kaufman@utoronto.ca
Office Phone
416-978-8137
Office Address
Ontario Tobacco Research Unit 155 College St. Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Website(s)
Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
Division(s)/Office
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Position
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Contract

Research Interests

  • tobacco control
  • tobacco smoke exposure
  • built environments and health
  • qualitative research methods
  • e-cigarette aerosol exposure
  • cannabis exposure
  • social exposure to tobacco and other product use
  • multi-unit housing

Education & Training History

  • 2000, PhD, Environmental Design, University of Canberra
  • 1992, MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
  • 1986, BA (Honours), Anthropology, McMaster University

Other Affiliations

  • Scientist and Project Lead- Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Mentor, Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • GGR433H1S: Built Environment and Health. Course Director. Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. (2013-present)

Professional Summary & Appointments

Dr. Pamela Kaufman is an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Scientist with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU). Her program of research addresses physical and social environment factors that affect the development and implementation of public health policies, and the beneficial effects and unintended consequences of such policies. Recent projects include physical and social exposure to smoking, vaping and cannabis use in public spaces and multi-unit housing. Dr. Kaufman is also involved in the evaluation of policy, programs and interventions at the local and provincial level, including a school-based smoking cessation program for teens and young adults, and a province-wide workplace-based smoking cessation initiative. In 2016, Dr. Kaufman chaired the Protection Working Group as a member of the Smoke-Free Ontario (SFO) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

Honours & Awards

  • Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Canberra, 1996-1999
  • Davison Travel Award, University of Guelph, 1992

Current and Past Research Projects

  • CIHR- Catalyst Grant- Legalization of Cannabis. April 2018-March 2019. “Enabling the advancement of monitoring and knowledge on exposure to cannabis use”. P Kaufman (PI); S O’Connor, M Chaiton, R Schwartz (Co-Is); L Pisko (Principal Knowledge User). $100,000.
  • Ontario Lung Association. Evaluation of the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) and Not On Tobacco (N.O.T) Program. March 31, 2015-May 31, 2018. Contracts awarded to the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. R. Schwartz (PA), P Kaufman (lead). $78,000.
  • CIHR- Operating Grant- Pathways to Health Equity. Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH). March 2012-February 2013. “Smoke-free affordable housing in Canada: promoting health and health equity”. P Kaufman (PI), RD Kennedy, R Ferrence, P Beck (Co-Is). $100,000.
  • CIHR- Planning Grant- Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. March 2012-February 2013. “Tasting school lunch: a comparative ethnography of how and why children eat the way they do”. C Mah (PI); D Bisson, P Dorfman, P Kaufman (Co-Is). $24,808.
  • OTRU Core Funded- April 2012-March 2013. “Physical and social exposure to smoking among youth and young adults.” P kaufman (lead); M Chaiton (co-Lead)
  • CIHR- Meeting Planning and Dissemination Grant- Dissemination Events. October 2011-September 2012. “Putting thirdhand smoke on the policy agenda: an expert panel”. P Kaufman (PI); R Ferrence, B Zhang, M Pope (Co-Is). $25,000.
  • CIHR- Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, Training Grant. April 2009 – March 2015. “CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy”. R Schwartz and JE Cohen (co-PIs), P Kaufman (Co-I). $1,784,790.

Selected Publications

  • Kaufman P, Dubray J, Soule EK, Cobb CO, Zarins S, Schwartz R. Analysis of secondhand e-cigarette aerosol compounds in an indoor setting. Tobacco Regulatory Science 4(3):29-37,  2018.
  • Kaufman P, Kang J, Kennedy RD, Ferrence, R. Impacts of Smoke-Free Affordable Housing Policies on Compliance and Smoking Behaviour. Preventive Medicine Reports 10:29-36, 2018.
  • Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2017. Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Evidence to guide action: comprehensive tobacco control in Ontario (2016). Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2017.
  • Kaufman P, Diemert L. Environmental Scan of Workplace Tobacco Control Activities in Ontario Public Health Units. OTRU Special Report. Toronto: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, March 2017.
  • Hassen N and Kaufman P. Examining the role of urban street design in enhancing community engagement: A literature review. Health and Place 41:119–132, 2016.
  • Dubray J, Schwartz R, Kaufman P. Evaluation of the Amended Toronto Smoke-Free Bylaws: Summary of the Baseline and Follow-Up Assessments. OTRU Special Report. Toronto: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, July 2016.
  • Chaiton M, Kaufman P, Ferrence R, O’Connor S, Schwartz R. Support for Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging Regulations in Ontario. OTRU Update. Toronto: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, May 2016.
  • Kennedy RD, Ellens-Clark S, Nagge L, Douglas O, Madill C, Kaufman P. A smoke-free community housing policy: changes in reported smoking behaviour- findings from Waterloo Region, Canada. Journal of Community Health 40(6):1207-1520, 2015.
  • Kaufman P, Borland T, Taylor E., Luk R, Schwartz R. Workplace-Based Cessation Demonstration Projects Evaluation. 2013-2014 Interim Report. Toronto: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. March 31, 2014.
  • Zhang B, Haji F, Kaufman P, Muir S, Ferrence R. ‘Enter at your own risk’: a multi-method study of air quality and biological measures in Canadian waterpipe cafes. Tobacco Control. Published Online. 25 October 2013.
  • Kaufman P, Borland T, Taylor E, Luk R, Schwartz R. Evaluation of the Workplace-based Cessation Demonstration Projects Initiative. OTRU Evaluation News 6(1). Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, July 2013.
  • Kennedy RD, Ellens-Clark S, Kaufman P, Douglas O. Smoke-free Housing Policy Evaluation – Findings of the 2013 Waterloo Region Housing and Region of Waterloo Community Housing Inc. Household Tenant Survey. Waterloo, ON: Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo, 2013.
  • Kaufman P, Pope M, Smith M, Zhang B, Tyndall L, Ferrence R. Putting Thirdhand Smoke on the Policy and Research Agenda: Knowledge User Survey Results. OTRU Update. Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, November 2012.
  • Kaufman P, Zhang B, Bondy SJ, Klepeis N, Ferrence R. Not just “a few wisps”: Real-time Measurement of Tobacco Smoke at Entrances to Office Buildings. Tobacco Control 20(3): 212-218, 2011.
  • Kaufman P. Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Building Entrances: A Public Health Concern. OTRU Study Update. Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, April 2011.
  • Kaufman P, Griffin K, Ferrence R, Cohen J, Perkins N. Smoking in Urban Outdoor Public Places: Behaviour, Experiences and Implications for Public Health. Health and Place 16: 961-968, 2010.
  • Kaufman P, Ferrence R, Cohen J, Perkins N, Griffin K. Smoking in Outdoor Public Spaces: Behaviours and Experiences of Smokers and Non-Smokers. OTRU Study Update. Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, August 2010.
  • Kaufman P, Zhang B, Bondy S, Ferrence R, Cohen J, Garcia J, Griffin K, McDonald P. Reports of Tobacco Smoke Entering Ontario Homes. OTRU Update. Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, March 2009.
  • Kaufman P, Cohen J, Ashley MJ, Halyk A, Ferrence R, Turcotte F, Kyle K, Stewart D. Tobacco industry links to Faculties of Medicine in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health 95(3): 205-8, 2004.