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Faculty Member

Hilary Brown PhD, MSc

Email Address(es)
Epidemiology Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

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, Department of Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 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), Vigod SN (Co-PI), Cohen E, Colantonio A, Chan V, Mollayeva T, Ray J, Saunders N, Sutradhar R (Co-Is). Traumatic brain injury and perinatal mental health outcomes. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant (funded: 2020-2023).
  • Brown HK. Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Disability and Reproductive Health (funded: 2019-2024).
  • Brown HK (Nominated PI), Lunsky Y (Co-PI), Guttmann A, Havercamp S, Parish S, Ray J, Vigod SN (Co-Is). Pregnancy in women with disabilities: Using novel methods to characterize risk. National Institutes of Health R01 Grant (funded: 2017-2021).
  • Brown HK (PI), Guttmann A, Lunsky Y, Ray J, Vigod SN (Co-Is). Infants born to women with disabilities: Health and health care. Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Grant in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health (funded: 2017-2020).
  • Brown HK (PI), Dennis CL, Guttmann A, Ray J, Vigod SN (Co-Is). Chronic medical conditions and perinatal mental illness. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant (funded: 2017-2019).
  • Brown HK (PI). 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 15K Challenge Grant (funded: 2017-2018).

Representative publications

  • Brown HK, Chen S, Guttmann A, et al. Rates of recognized pregnancy in women with disabilities in Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2020;222(2):189-192.
  • Brown HK, Wilton D, Ray JG, et al. Chronic physical conditions and risk for perinatal mental illness: A population-based retrospective cohort study. PLoS Medicine 2019;16(8):e1002864.
  • Brown HK, Ray J, Liu N, et al. Rapid repeat pregnancy among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2018;190(32):e949-956.
  • Brown HK, Ray J, Wilton AS, et al. Association between serotonergic antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder in children. Journal of the American Medical Association 2017;317(15):1544-1552.
  • Brown, HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, et al. Mild prematurity, proximal social processes, and development. Pediatrics 2014;134(3):e814-24.
  • Brown HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, et al. 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 2014;43(3):802-814.
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