Faculty Member

Hilary Brown PhD, MSc

Email Address(es)
Epidemiology Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Full 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

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

Other affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/people/hbrown/
  • Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital
  • Adjunct Scientist, ICES

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Methods in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Supervision of graduate students

Current research projects

  • Brown HK (Nominated PI), 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 (PI), 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 (PI), 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, Chen S, Guttmann A, et al. (2019). Rates of recognized pregnancy in women with disabilities in Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.10.096.
  • Brown HK, Wilton D, Ray JG, Dennis CL, Guttmann, A Vigod SN. (2019). Chronic physical conditions and risk for perinatal mental illness: A population-based retrospective cohort study. PLoS Medicine, doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002864.
  • Brown HK, Ray J, Liu N, Lunsky Y, Vigod SN. (2018). Rapid repeat pregnancy among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 190(32), e949-956.
  • 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.
  • rown, 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.