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Faculty Member

Susan J Bondy BA(H), MSc., PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 978-0141
Office Address
University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Health Science Building, 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Epidemiology Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

Epidemiology of smoking, other addictive substance use, and mental health
Epidemiology of eating disorders
Health status and unmet needs of prison populations
Methods in epidemiology, surveys and surveillance
Health services and evaluation research
Chronic disease epidemiology
Applied public health
Professional competencies and higher education

Education & Training History

BA, Honours Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 1987
MSc, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, 1990
PhD, Epidemiology (Community Health), University of Toronto, 1995

Other Affiliations

(Co-) Principal Investigator, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Affiliate Scientist, ICES

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Graduate supervision: School of Graduate Studies Full Member. Accepting PhD Students.

Methodological areas: Intermediate and advanced quantitative methods in epidemiology, applied biostatistics and surveillance, critical appraisal and meta-analysis

Substantive topics: psychoactive substance use, chronic disease epidemiology, and applied public health, mental health and addictions, student mental health, health experiences and outcomes in persons with experience with incarceration


CHL5406 Quantitative Methods for Biomedical Research (PhD Epidemiology)
CHL5402 Epidemiologic Methods (MPH Epidemiology)
CHL4002H Critical Appraisal and Use of Evidence (DrPH)
CHL8002 CHL8002H F1 – Selected Topics in Public Health: Methods and Approaches to Research and Practice ( F1. Foundations of Public Health Research ; F2: Applying Public Health Research Methods)(DrPH)

Honours & Awards

  • 2018 Selected for the New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program, University of Toronto
  • 2011 Association of Public Health Epidemiologists of Ontario. Terry Delmore Award of Excellence (For contributions in the advancement and/or promotion of the discipline and professional practice of public health epidemiology in Ontario)
  • 2008 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (Early Career)
  • 2004 Robin Badgely Award for Excellence in Teaching. Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (FACE)

Recent Research Projects

2021-2026  iCART: Institutionalisation of Advanced Research Training in Africa. T  NORHED II Portfolio 2021-2016. Sub-program: 1. Education and Teacher Training. Tylleskar, University of Bergen with African Population and Health Research Center, University of Malawi, University of Rwanda, University of the Witswatersrand, Makarere University. 6 years; 20,000,000 NOK.   Role: Collaborator; curriculum developer, reviewer; Leading curriculum renewal and Training of Trainer curriculum for CARTA Graduate Workshop).

2019-2024 Chaiton M (PI), Schwartz R, Bondy S (Co-Is). Designing Youth Vaping Cessation Intervention. Health Canada. $1,146,626.

2022-2024  COVID-19 in working age Canadian adults: Long-term follow up of infections and immune responses. Coleman B (PI), Bondy SJ, Gringas A-C, Harrison R, Jamal A, Kandal C, Katz K, Langley J, Loeb M, Maunder R, McElhaney J, McGeer A, Mubareka S, Straus S, Thampi N, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) COVID-19 Project Grant. $867001

Bondy S (PI), Rush B, Levinson A. An integrated online approach to mental health and substance use among university students. University of British Columbia / Health Canada SUAP award. $49,965

2018-2022  Kouyoumdjian F (PI) Regenstreif L (Co-I). Evaluating the impact of strategies to prevent opioid-related harms in people who experience- imprisonment in provincial prisons in Ontario. Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse. Role: collaborator. $83000

2020-2021 Coleman BL (PI),  McGeer A, Bondy S,  Drabot M, Maunder R, Straus S, Kim J,  (Co-Is). Study of the epidemiology of COVID-19 in teachers and education workers. Government of Canada COVID-19 Immunity Taskforce, $350,000.

2018-2020 DiRuggiero E (PI), Bajwa U, Bondy S, Lombardo C, Mashford-Pringle A (DLSPH Co-applicant team). Public Health Training for Equitable and Transformational Systems Change. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health and Well-Being Grant Program. $1,000,000.

2016-2021 Ezeh A, Fonn S, Ikamari L, Nangulu A, Katahoire A, Mabayoje AA, Omigbodun A, Rao R, Dungumaro E, Mandala W, Masanja H, Kinyanjui S, Kahn K, Izugbara C, Kabiru C, Bondjers G, Cole D/CCGHR, Manderson L, Hoffman A, Griffiths F, Launois P (Co-applicants). Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa+ (CARTA+). Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Initiative. Total Award: $8,048,613 USD. Role:  Mentor (“Supervisor Undertaking”) and co-applicant on sub-award as member of Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.

2017-2020 Schwartz R, Chaiton M (PIs). Research on Advancing Cessation Treatment (RE-ACT). Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health System Research Fund (HSRF) for Targeted Research.  (Role=Knowledge Exchange Advisory Group) $749,118.

2013-2019 Bondy S. Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Awards. CIHR, $186,252.

2013-2019 Erickson P (PA/PI), Vingilis E, Stewart S (Co-PIs), Bondy S,Hamilton H, Kolla N (Co-Is), Wheeler P (Principal Knowledge User), Carlisle C (Knowledge User). Connecting Youth in Custody with Mental Health Services. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships for Health System Improvement. $593,010.

2016-2018 Schwartz R, Bondy S, Brown S, Cohen J, Garcia J, Ferrence R, Selby P (Co-PIs). Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Grant. $2,540,000.

2016-2018 Colton P (PI), Kurdyak P, Bondy S, Oliviera C (Co-Is), A health services approach to examining the health status, health care utilization and health care costs of individuals with eating disorders in Ontario. Labatt Family Innovation Fund in Brain Health (UHN). $300,000.

Representative Publications

Enticott J, Gill JS, Bacon SL, Lavoie KL, Epstein DS, Dawadi S, Teede HJ, Boyle J; iCARE Study Team. Attitudes towards vaccines and intention to vaccinate against COVID-19: a cross-sectional analysis-implications for public health communications in Australia. BMJ Open. 2022 Jan 3;12(1):e057127. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057127. PMID: 34980631; PMCID: PMC8724587.

Kim H, Hughes E, Cavanagh A, Norris E, Gao A, Bondy SJ, McLeod, KE, Kanagalingam, T., Kouyoumdjian FG . (2022) The health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults who experience imprisonment globally: A mixed methods systematic review. PLoS ONE 17(5): e0268866.

Coleman, Fischer, K., Maunder, R., Kim, J., Straus, S., Bondy, S., & McGeer, A. (2022). Study of the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Ontario elementary and secondary school education workers: an interim analysis following the first school year. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 113(2), 185–195.

McDonald, A. Wickens, C. M., Bondy, S. J., Elton-Marshall, T., Wells, S., Nigatu, Y. T., Jankowicz, D., & Hamilton, H. A. (2022). Age differences in the association between loneliness and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychiatry Research, 310, 114446–114446.

Ahmad, S., Wang, T., Schwartz, R., & Bondy, S. J. (2022). Predictors of pod-type e-cigarette device use among Canadian youth and young adults. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 42(1), 12–20.

Simmons AE, Fiedler AI, Fisman DN, Bondy SJ. (2022) The Association Between Self-Reported Non-Injection Cocaine Use and Hepatitis C in the United States: An Analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 Mar;83(2):195-201. PMID: 35254242.

Wang, T. Ahman, S., Schwartz, R., Chaiton M, Bondy S. (2021). Predictors of Greater Vaping Dependence and Higher Vaping Frequencies among Canadian Youth and Young Adults over 12-Months. University of Toronto Journal of Public Health , 2(2),[online].

Bodkin C, Bondy, S., Regenstreif, L., Kiefer, L., & Kouyoumdjian, F. (2021). Rates of opioid agonist treatment prescribing in provincial prisons in Ontario, Canada, 2015-2018: a repeated cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open, 11(11), e048944–e048944.

McDonald, Cook, S., Turner, N. E., Ialomiteanu, A. R., Mann, R. E., Bondy, S. J., Roerecke, M., McCready, J., Millstone, D., Hamilton, H. A., Elton-Marshall, T., Rehm, J., Kurdyak, P., Ilie, G., Vingilis, E. R., Wickens, C. M., van der Maas, M., & Cusimano, M. D. (2021). Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and psychological distress, hazardous drinking, and problem gambling: A population-based study. Psychiatry Research, 301, 113985–113985.

Christensen, Wharton, S., Brooks, J. D., Bondy, S. J., & Kuk, J. L. (2021). The association of sex and calendar month with changes in weight: A retrospective cohort study of a community-based weight management clinic. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 15(5), 515–517.

Iwajomo T, Bondy SJ, de Oliveira C, Colton P, Trottier K, Kurdyak P. Excess mortality associated with eating disorders: a population-based cohort study. [Acceptance date September 20, 2020. BJPsych-20-0007.R3]

Baliunas D, Zawertailo L, Voci S, Gatov E, Bondy SJ, Fu L, Selby PL. Variability in patient sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, and healthcare service utilization among 107,302 treatment seeking smokers in Ontario: A cross-sectional comparison. PLoS One. 2020 July 10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0235709

Vingilis V, Stewart S, Hamilton HA, Seeley J, Einarson KM, Kollaf NJ, Bondy SJ, Erickson PG. Pilot study of mental health and substance use of detained youths in Ontario, Canada. Children and Youth Services Review. 2020; 105

Chang VC, Cotterchio M, Bondy SJ, Kotsopoulos J. Iron intake, oxidative stress-related genes and breast cancer risk. Int J Cancer. 2020 Feb 5. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32906. [Epub ahead of print]

Kurdyak P, de Oliveira C, Iwajomo T, Bondy S, Trottier K, Colton P. Identifying Individuals with Eating Disorders Using Health Administrative Data. Can J Psychiatry. 2020 Feb;65(2):107-114

Goodday SM, Shuldiner J, Bondy S, Rhodes AE. Exposure to parental psychopathology and offspring’s risk of suicide-related thoughts and behaviours: a systematic review. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2019; 28(2):179-190.

Goodday SM, Shuldiner J, Bondy S, Rhodes AE. The cumulative incidence of self-reported suicide-related thoughts and attempts in young Canadians.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry2019; 64(2):107-115.

Goodday SM, Bondy S, Sutradhar R, Brown HK, Rhodes A. Exposure to maternal depressive symptoms in childhood and suicide-related thoughts and attempts in Canadian youth: test of effect-modifying factors.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.2019; 1-9.

Goodday SM, Bondy S, Brown HK, Sutradhar R, Rhodes A. Exposure to maternal depressive symptoms in childhood and suicide-related thoughts and attempts in Canadian youth: test of effect-modifying factors.  Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.2019; 54(2): 191-200.

Turner NE, McDonald AJ, Ialomiteanu AR, Mann R, McCready J, Millstone D, Hamilton H, Elton-Marshall T, Rehm J, Kurdyak P, Ilie G, Wickens C, Lan Le T, van der Maas M, Faregh N, Cook S, Bondy S, Sanchez S, Cusimano MD. Moderate to severe gambling problems and traumatic brain injury: A population-based study. Psychiatry Research. 2019; 272: 692-697.

Bodkin C, Pivnick L, Bondy S, Ziegler C, Martin RE, Jernigan C, Kouyoumdjian FG. History of Childhood Abuse in Populations Incarcerated in Canada: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Public Health. 2019; 109(3): e1-e11.

Chaiton M, Diemert LM, Bondy S, Cohen JE, Fung M, Zhang BO, Ferrence R. Real-World Effectiveness of Pharmaceutical Smoking Cessation Aids: Time-Varying Effects. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Sep 27. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty194. [PMID: 30260455]

Zhang B, Bondy S, Diemert LM, Chaiton M. Can Dentists Help Patients Quit Smoking? The Role of Cessation Medications. J Can Dent Assoc. 2017 Mar;83:h1.

Callaghan RC, Sanches M, Gatley J, Cunningham JK, Chaiton MO, Schwartz R, Bondy S, Benny C. Impacts of Canada’s minimum age for tobacco sales (MATS) laws on youth smoking behaviour, 2000-2014. Tob Control. 2018 Jan 13.

Edwards SA, Callaghan RC, Mann RE, Bondy S. Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Access to Care and Quitting Smoking With and Without Assistance. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Dec 13;20(1):40-49.

Ten Haaf K, Tammemägi MC, Bondy S, van der Aalst CM, Gu S, McGregor SE, Nicholas G, de Koning HJ, Paszat LF. Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening Scenarios in a Population-Based Setting: A Microsimulation Modeling Analysis in Ontario, Canada. PLoS Med. 2017 Feb 7;14(2):e1002225.

Chaiton M, Cohen JE, Bondy S, Selby P, Brown KS, Ferrence R, and Garcia JM. Perceived addiction as a predictor of smoking cessation among occasional smokers. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 2017; 12(3):165-172.

de Oliveira C, Macdonald EM, Green D, Colton P, Olmsted M, Bondy S, Kurdyak P. Cost evaluation of out-of-country care for patients with eating disorders in Ontario: a population-based study. CMAJ Open. 2016 Nov 3;4(4):E661-E667.

Cassidy JD, Boyle E, Côté P, Hogg-Johnson S, Bondy S, Haldeman S. Risk of Carotid Stroke after Chiropractic Care: A Population-Based Case-Crossover Study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Apr;26(4):842-850.

Lam P, Coleman BL, Green K, Powis J, Richardson D, Katz K, Borgundvaag B, Smith-Gorvie T, Kwong JC, Bondy S, McGeer A. Predictors of influenza among older adults in the emergency department. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2017; 16(1): 615.

Zhang B, Chaiton MO, Diemert LM, Bondy S, Brown KS, Ferrence R. Health professional advice, use of medications and smoking cessation: A population-based prospective cohort study. Preventive Medicine.  Prev Med. 2016; 91:117-122.

de Oliveira C, Macdonald EM, Green G, Colton P, Olmsted M, Bondy S, Kurdyak P. A Cost Evaluation of Out-of-Country Care for Patients with Eating Disorders in Ontario. CMAJ Open. 2016; 4(4):E661.

Chaiton M, Diemert L, Cohen JE, Bondy S, Selby P, Philipneri, A, Schwartz R. Estimating the number of quit attempts it takes to quit smoking successfully in a longitudinal cohort of smokers. BMJ Open.2016;6:e011045 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011045.

Chaiton M, Diemert L, Zhang B, Kennedy RD, Cohen JE, Bondy S, Ferrence R. Exposure to smoking on patios and quitting: a population representative longitudinal cohort study, Tobacco Control 2016; Jan;25(1):83-8. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051761.

Agic B,  Mann R, Tuck A, Ialomiteanu A, Bondy S, Simich L, Vera Ilie G.  Alcohol use among immigrants in Ontario, Canada. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2016 Mar;35(2):196-205. doi: 10.1111/dar.12250.

Sethukavalan P, Stevens C, Bondy S, Loblaw DA  Improved Wait Time Intervals for Prostate Cancer Patients in a Multi-Disciplinary Rapid Diagnostic Unit Compared to a Community-Based Referral Pattern Canadian Urological Association Journal 2013; Jul-Aug;7(7-8):244-50 [PMID: 24032058].

Kouyoumdjian FG, Calzavara LM, Bondy SJ, O’Campo P, Serwadda D, Nalugoda F, Kagaayi J, Kigozi G, Wawer M and Gray R.  Risk factors for intimate partner violence in women in the Rakai Community Cohort Study, Uganda, from 2000 to 2009.  BMC Public Health.2013; 13:566.

Bondy SJ, Bercovitz KL, Hike up yer skirts, and quit: What motivates and supports smoking cessation in builders and renovators. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2013 Feb 4;10(2):623-37 [PMID: 23380914]

Bondy SJ, Victor JC, Diemert LM, Mecredy G, Chaiton M, Brown KS, Cohen JE, McDonald PW, Ferrence R, Garcia J, Selby P Schwartz R. Transitions in Smoking Status Over Time in a Population-Based Panel Study of Smokers. Nicotine &Tobacco Research. 2013 Feb 12.