Profile: Kathi Wilson

Kathi Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto – with a cross-appointment in the Institute for Human Development, Lifecourse and Aging. Her research focuses on Aboriginal health, access to health and social services, the links between neighbourhood environments and health as well as issues related to gender, social justice and inclusion.

Kathi Wilson received her BA (1994), and MA (1996) from McMaster University, and her PhD (2000) from Queen’s University. Kathi has a long-standing interest in the health of Aboriginal peoples and her current research, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), seeks to explore the extent to which inequalities in access to health care services exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians living in urban areas and to determine the relative role of these inequalities in shaping health disparities. She was recently awarded funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to establish the Cities, Health and Neighbourhood GEomatics (CHANGE) research lab. The goal of the CHANGE lab is to facilitate understanding of how social and physical neighbourhood environments shape health through the application of geographic information systems, quantitative, and qualitative research methods.

Kathi’s work has been published in a wide variety of journals including the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Social Science and Medicine, and Health and Place. She is a member of both the AAG and the CAG (see CAG Health and Health Care Study Group web site – ) See also the listing on the University of Toronto Graduate Program.

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Updated: August 2005