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Faculty Member

Kate Mulligan

Email Address(es)
Office Address
500-970 Lawrence Ave W Toronto, ON M6A 3B6
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Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • I am an applied policy shaper and researcher working on community leadership and self-determination in public health. I serve as the Canadian lead for the International Social Prescribing Network and continue to build our first national community of practice.
  • A political ecologist and health geographer, I am interested in syndemics, or the synergies between pandemics and underlying social, political, ecological and health conditions.
  • I sit on several health-related boards including the Toronto Board of Health and have a strong interest in the role of public governance in public health.
  • At present I am writing a commissioned report for the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, envisioning the role of community resilience in the future of public health.
  • I am a frequent media commentator on matters of health equity, healthy public policy and community wellbeing. Reach me on Twitter @KateMMulligan.

Education & Training History

  • PhD, Geography, McMaster University (2013)
  • M.A., Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto (2003)
  • B Arts Sc., Arts & Science Programme, McMaster University (2001)

Other Affiliations

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Professional Experience

  • Policy & Communications Director, Alliance for Healthier Communities (2017-2021)
  • Researcher, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health (2012-2017)
  • Researcher, United Nations University Institute on Water, Environment & Health & Institute on Global Health (2008-2012)
  • Researcher, Health & Social Policy, Ontario NDP (2003-2008)

Representative Publications

Bhatti S, Rayner J, Pinto AD, Mulligan K, Cole DC. Using self-determination theory to understand the social prescribing process: a qualitative study.
Mulligan, K., Bhatti, S., Rayner, J., & Hsiung, S. (2019). Social Prescribing: Creating Pathways Towards Better Health and Wellness. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Mulligan, K., Bhatti, S., Rayner, J., & Hsiung, S. (2019). Reply to: Looking Before We Leap: Building the Evidence for Social Prescribing for Lonely Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Mulligan K, Archbold J, Baker LE, Elton S, Cole DC 2018. Toronto municipal staff and policy makers’ views on urban agriculture and health: a qualitative study. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2018-1336

Rayner, J; Muldoon, L; Bayoumi, I; McMurchy, D; Mulligan, K; Tharao, W 2018. Delivering Primary Health Care as Envisioned – A Model of Health and Wellbeing Guiding Community-Governed Primary Care Organizations. Journal of Integrated Care. 

Camden, A.; Levy, J.; Vanderlinden, L.; White Barnett, O.; Minaker, L.; Mulligan, K.; Campbell, M. 2018. A Census of Mid- to Large-Sized Supermarkets in Toronto: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Consumer Nutrition Environment. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Mulligan K, Elliott SJ; and Schuster-Wallace CJ. “Global public health policy transfer and dengue fever in Putrajaya, Malaysia: a critical discourse analysis.” Critical Public Health 22.4 (2012): 407-418. Critical Public Health Editor’s Choice, featured in Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies

Mulligan K., S. J. Elliott, and C. Schuster-Wallace. “The place of health and the health of place: Dengue fever and urban governance in Putrajaya, Malaysia.” Health & Place 18.3 (2012): 613-620. Featured in Most Downloaded Health & Place Articles

Mulligan K, Dixon J, Sinn CL & ElliottSJ  (2015). Is dengue a disease of poverty? A systematic review. Pathogens and global health, 109(1), 10-18.  Featured in #ReadMyResearch Medicine and Health Science

Mulligan, K., Vine, M.M., Schuster-Wallace, C. and Elliott, S.J. 2010. Sanitation as a Key to Global Health: Voices from the Field. Policy Brief. Hamilton, Ontario, UNU-INWEH.