Faculty Member

Patricia O’Campo PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
Centre for Research on Inner City Health 209 Victoria Street, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5B1T8
Epidemiology Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Social epidemiology
  • Intersectoral Action & Policies for Addressing Inequities
  • Policy
  • Community Partnered Research
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Neighborhoods and health

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Epidemiology Research Methods I (2007-2009)
  • Public Health Research Methods CHL 5203H (Sept. – Dec. 2010)

Honours & Awards

  • 1983 University of California, Berkeley, Graduated with Honors
  • 1989 Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Society of Alumni Award for Outstanding Poster Display
  • 1992 American Lung Association of MD’s Distinguished Service Award for Smoking and Health
  • 1990 NIMH New Minority AIDS Investigator Workshop Participant
  • 1994 Young Professional Award, Maternal and Child Health Section, American Public Health Assoc.,
  • 1996 Delta Omega Honorary Society – Alpha Chapter,.
  • 1998 Institute of Medicine National Research Council Recognition of Young and Mid-Career Child and Family Scholars
  • 2002 Loretta Lacey Award, Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health
  • 2008 Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge given by the US Coalition of Excellence (coalition of 16 national organizations including CDC, NIH, AAP, NACHO for example)

Current Research Projects

  • 10/2012- 09/2014 – Severe maternal and neonatal morbidity associated with maternal country of birth. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: Urquia PI $61,395.
  • 05/01/2012-04/30/2015- The effectiveness of a brief intervention on improving health outcomes for homeless people with unmet health needs. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, (CIHR)#267375 PI: Stergiopoulos $343,131.
  • 04/12-03/14- Picturing foster care: A photo voice evaluation of three different fostering models and their implications for perinatal care provision. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: Parsons $257,496
  • 11/2011-10/2015 -SOPHIE – Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities and their Social Determinants and Fostering Change. European Commission. PI: Borrell C. . € 495,995 Euros (Canadian site)
  • 04/2011- 03/2013 – Urban Heart @Toronto: Adapting the WHO Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool for a Canadian City. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CO-PIs Murphy K, O’Campo P. $199,894
  • 04/2011-03/2013 – Building Capacity for Community Action to Reduce Cancer Screening Inequities Among South Asians in Peel Ontario. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). PI: O’Campo, P. $163,176. (MOP – 111227) .
  • 04/2009 – 03/2013 – Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness. Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) PIs:Hwang S., Stergiopoulos V., O’Campo, P. $22,800,000
  • 04/2009 – 03/1015 – The ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: O’Campo, Patricia. $1,790,000 (TGF- 96566)
  • 03/2010 – 04/2013 – Effects of Housing Redevelopment on Mental Health, Child Development and Community Life in Toronto’s Regent Park. MacArthur Foundation (U.S) PI: Dunn J. $712,979 USCanadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: Smylie, J. $100,000 (AHS-93265)
  • 04/2009- 03/2015 – Universities without walls: A CIHR Training Grant in HIV/AIDS Health. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: Rourke S., $1,790,000.
  • 06/2009 – 05-2014 – CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS (Research Evidence into Action for Community Health) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PI: Rourke S., $250,000
  • 04/2008– 03/2013 – Indigenous Knowledge Network for Infant, Child, Family Health”. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). PI: Smylie, J. $933,190 (MOP – 86761)
  • 10/2008 – 09/2013 – CIHR Team in maternal Infant Care”. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). PI: Lee, SK. $598,870

Representative Publications

  • Dunn JR, van der ME, O’Campo P, Muntaner C. Improving health equity through theory-informed evaluations: A look at housing first strategies, cross-sectoral health programs, and prostitution policy. Eval Program Plann 2012 March 8.
  • Nelson G, Macnaughton E, Goering P, O’Campo P.,et al. Planning a Multi-site, Complex Intervention for Homeless People with Mental Illness: The Relationships Between the National Team and Local Sites in Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Project. Am J Community Psychol 2012 September 11.
  • Hwang S, Stergiopoulos V, O’Campo P, Gozdzik A. Ending homelessness among people with mental illness: the At Home/Chez Soi randomized trial of a Housing First intervention in Toronto. BMC Public Health 2012 September 14;12(1):787.
  • Murphy K., Fafard P., O’Campo P: Knowledge Translation and Urban Health Equity: Advancing the Agenda. Journal of Urban Health (2012 May 15. [Epub ahead of print])
  • O’Campo P. Are we producing the right kind of actionable evidence for the Social Determinants of Health? Journal of Urban Health 2012 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  • O’Campo P, Caughy M, Nettles S. Partner abuse or violence, parenting and neighborhood influences on children’s behavioral problems. Social Science & Medicine 2010 May;70(9):1404-15.
  • O’Campo P, Kirst M., Schaefer-McDaniel N., Firestone M., Scott A., McShane K. Community-Based Services for Homeless Adults Experiencing Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: A Realist Approach to Synthesizing Evidence J Urban Health. 2009 Sep 16.
  • Hwang S., Wilkins R., Tjepkema M., O’Campo P., Dunn J: Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses, and hotels in Canada: An 11-year follow-up study BMJ. 2009 Oct 26;339:b4036
  • Schempf A, Strobino D, O’Campo P. Neighborhood effects on birthweight: An exploration of psychosocial and behavioral pathways in Baltimore, 1995-1996. Social Science &Medicine. 2009 Jan;68(1):100-10, 2009 Jan;68(1):100-10
  • O’Campo P, Burke JG, Culhane J, Elo IT, Eyster J, Holzman C, Messer LC, Kaufman JS, Laraia BA. Neighborhood deprivation and preterm birth among non-Hispanic Black and White women in eight geographic areas in the United States. American Journal of Epidemiology.2008 Jan 15; 167(2):155-63.
  • Caughy M., O’Campo P: Neighborhood Poverty, Social Capital, and the Cognitive Development of African American Preschoolers American Journal of Community Psychology 2006 Mar;37(1-2):141-54.
  • O’Campo P., Burke J., Peak GL, McDonnell KA., Gielen AC. Uncovering The Neighborhood Influences On Intimate Partner Violence Using Concept Mapping. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2005 Jul;59(7):603-8.
  • Caughy M., O’Campo P., Muntaner C. Experiences of Racism Among African American parents and the Mental Health of Their Preschool-Aged Children. AJPH 2004 Dec;94:2118–24
  • Caughy M., O’Campo P., Muntaner C: When being alone is better: neighborhood poverty, social capital and child mental health. Social Science and Medicine 2003 July:57(2):227-237
  • O’Campo P, Gielen AC, Faden RR, Xue N, Kass N, Wang M. Violence by Male Partners against Women during the Childbearing Year: A Contextual Analysis. AJPH 1995;85(8):1092-1097.