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Faculty Member

Suzanne F. Jackson Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health Health Sciences Building,155 College Street, Suite 526 Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Global Health Promotion Consortium
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor Emerita
SGS Status
Member Emerita
Appointment Status
Admin Faculty Appointment
Social & Behavioural Health Science
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Global health promotion
  • Community resilience in disaster response
  • Realist evaluation-linked coding method
  • Health Promotion planning and evaluation
  • Participatory Action Research, participatory evaluation processes
  • Qualitative research
  • Economic evaluation in health promotion
  • First People’s Health/circumpolar health promotion
  • strategic planning and group process
  • Mental health promotion
  • Centre for Health Promotion (historical)

Other Affiliations

Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion

Editor-in-Chief, Global Health Promotion 2010-2019

Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Public Health Association 2017-2018

External Examiner, MPH University of West Indies, Jamaica 2010 – 2017

Distinguished Professional, Republic Polytechnic University, Singapore 2017

Visiting Professor, University of Brighton, UK 2020-2023

Honours & Awards

  • Life membership in the Ontario Public Health Association
  • John Hastings Award for Excellence in Service to the University and the Community (2014 recipient)

Current Research Projects

  • 2020-2021 – Connected Communities in a time of Physical Distancing: Community-led responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in City of Toronto, Co-investigator, funded by Toronto COVID Action Initiative and School of Cities, led by Blake Poland and in partnership with Centre for Connected Communities.
  • 2019-2020 – Healthy & Resilient Cities: Exploring a Connected Community Approach Literature Review, Co-applicant with CIHR funding led by Blake Poland and in partnership with Centre for Connected Communities .
  • 2013-2020 – Improving Cancer Screening Among First Nations and Metis in Ontario – Co-applicant on CIHR-funded project led by Jill Tinmouth at CCO
  • 2014-15 – The Role of Creative Arts in the Health of Street-Involved Female-Identifying Youth – Intervention research funded by Women’s XChange
  • 2015-16 – Creating a ‘Town Centre” in a Tower Neighbourhood – Co-Investigator with Clean Air Partnership examining a participatory co-design process with Flemingdon Park community
  • 2007-2015 – Canadian Best Practices Portal – creation of background documents and quality assessment protocols related to promising and best practices
  • 2013-2017 – Working together to Achieve Healthier Lifestyles in Yukon and Northwest Territories Communites – evaluation of collective impact and small programs under PHAC Innovations Strategy funding led by Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research in Whitehorse, Yukon
  • 2000-2012 – Early Parenting Program Evaluation – role of community parents, Realist Evaluation, linked coding
  • 2001-2018 – Mental Health Promotion – partnership with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and others around guides, policy development

Representative Publications

  • Ardene Vollman and Suzanne F. Jackson (Eds). Canadian Community as Partner: Theory and Multidisciplinary Practice. Fifth Edition. Wolters Kluwer, December, 2020.
  • Alyssa Kelly, Sanjana Mitra, Justus Elung’at, Julia Songkok, Suzanne F. Jackson, Astrid Christoffersen-Deb. “Can the Financial Burden of Being a Community Health Volunteer in Western Kenya Exacerbate Poverty?” Health Promotion International, 35(1):93-101. 2020
  • Suzanne Jackson, Nadia Fazal, Genevieve Gravel, Heather Papowitz. “Evidence for the Value of Health Promotion Interventions in Natural Disaster Management” Health Promotion International, 32(6): 1057-1066, 2017.
  • Suzanne Jackson, Gillian Kolla, “A New Realistic Evaluation Analysis Method: Linked Coding of Context, Mechanism and Outcome Relationships.” American Journal of Evaluation 33/3, 339-349, September 2012.
  • Suzanne Jackson,”A Participatory Group Process to Analyze Qualitative Data.” Progress in Community Health Partnerships 2.2, 161-170 Summer 2008.
  • Suzanne Jackson, Fran Perkins, Erika Khandor, Lauren Cordwell, Stephen Hamman, Supakorn Buasai “Integrated Health Promotion Strategies: A Contribution to Tackling Current and Future Health Challenges.” Health Promotion International Vol 1-S1, pp 75-83, 2007.
  • Suzanne Jackson, Valery Ridde, Helene Valentini, Natalie Gierman. “Canada’s Role in International Health Promotion” Chapter 13 in Health Promotion in Canada: Critical Perspectives Michel O’Neill, Ann Pederson, Sophie Dupere, Irv Rootman, (eds). Canadian Scholar’s Press: Toronto. June 2007.
  • Suzanne F. Jackson, Blake Poland, David Burman, Richard Edwards, Shelley Cleverly and Ann Robertson. “Working with Toronto Neighbourhoods Toward Developing Indicators of Community Capacity.” Health Promotion International, 18/4, 2003.