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
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences 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.