Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

2005 – PhD, Geography, McMaster University
2000 – MA, Geography, McMaster University
1995 – BA, Honours Geography, University of Ottawa

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2010 to present: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

2006 to 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

2001 to 2005: Senior Research Associate, Primary Care Research Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

Scholarly and professional activities

Director,  Health and Environment Analysis Laboratory (HEALab)

Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES)

Co-Chair, Environment Working Group, The Sandbox Project

Courses taught

  • ENV1101 Global Environmental Challenges
  • ENV4920 Environmental Studies Research Seminar: Environment and Health
  • GEG2918 Field Camp 1
  • GEG3303 Health Geography
  • GEG5105 Geographies of Health and Healthcare

Selected publications

Papers in Refereed Journals
  • Crighton EJ, Abelsohn A, Blake J, Enders J, Kilroy K, Lanphear B, Marshall L, Phipps E, Smith G.  Beyond alcohol and tobacco smoke: are we doing enough to reduce fetal toxicant exposure?  Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada (Accepted for publication)
  • Barwin L, Shawande M, Crighton EJ, Veronis L.  Methods-in-place: “art voice” as a locally and culturally relevant method to study traditional medicine programs in Manitoulin Island, Ontario.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods (Accepted for publication).  
  • Crighton EJ, Ragetli R, Luo J, To T, Gershon A.  An Exploratory Spatial Analysis of COPD Prevalence, Incidence, Mortality and Health Service Use in Ontario, Canada. Health Reports 26(3):10-18. 2015.
  • Cardwell FS, Elliott SL, Crighton EJ.  Protecting Our Children: A Scan of Canadian and International Children’s Environmental Health Best Practices.  Children, Youth and Environments. 24(3):102-152. 2014
  • Laferriere K, Crighton EJ, C, Baxter J, Masuda J, Lemyre L, Ursitti F.  Examining inequities in children’s environmental health: Results of a survey on the risk perceptions and protective actions of new mothers.  Journal of Risk Research 1-17: 2014.
  • Gershon AS, Khan S, Klein-Geltink J, Wilton D, To T, Crighton EJ, Pigeau L,  MacQuarrie J, Allard Y, Russell SJ, Henry DA.  Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence and health services use in Ontario Métis: a population-based cohort study.  PLoS ONE.  9(4): 2014.
  • Masuda J., Zupancic T., Crighton EJ, Muhajarine N, Phipps E. Equity Focused Knowledge Translation: A framework for “reasonable action” on health inequities.  International Journal of Public Health.  59(3): 457-64 2014
  • Barwin L., Shawande M., Crighton EJ, Veronis L. Teachings around self-care and medicine gathering in Manitoulin Island, Ontario: Rebuilding capacity begins with youth. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health. 11(3) 2013.
  • Crighton EJ, Brown C, Baxter J, Masuda J, Lemyre L, Ursitti F. Perceptions and experiences of environmental health risks among new mothers:  A qualitative study in Ontario, Canada.  Health, Risk and Society 15(4). 295-312. 2013.
  • To T, Stanovojic S, Feldman R, Moineddin R, Guan J, Gershon A and the RESPONSE Team.  Is Asthma a Vanishing Disease? A Study to Forecast the Burden of Asthma in 2022. BMC Public Health. 13(254): (7 pages) 2013
  • Crighton EJ, Feng J, Gershon A, Guan J, To T. A spatial analysis of asthma prevalence in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Public Health 105(5): 384-89. 2012.
  • Crighton EJ, Barwin L, Small, I., Upshur, REG. What have we learned? A review of the literature on children’s health and the environment in the Aral Sea Area. International Journal of Public Health. 56(2):125-138. 2011
  • Crighton EJ, Wilson K, Senécal S. The relationship between geographic and socioeconomic factors and asthma amongCanada’s Aboriginal populations: an analysis of the 2001 Aboriginal People’s Survey.  International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 69(2):138-150. 2010
  • To T, Guttmann A,  Lougheed MD, Gershon AS, Dell SD, Stanbrook MB, Wang C., McLimont S, Vasilevska-Ristovska J,Crighton EJ, Fisman DN.  Evidence-based performance indicators of primary care for asthma: a modified RAND Appropriateness Method.  International Journal for Quality in Health Care 22(6):476-485. 2010
  • Driedger M, Kothari A, Graham ID, Cooper E,  Crighton EJ, Zahab M,  Morrison J, Sawada M. If you build it, they still may not come:  Outcomes and process of implementing a community-based integrated knowledge translation mapping innovation.  Implementation Science 5:47: 2010 (35 pages).
  • Crighton EJ, Elliott SJ, Moinnedin R, Kanaroglu P, Upshur R.  Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Pneumonia and Influenza Hospitalizations in Ontario, Canada.  Geospatial Health. 2(2): 191-202. 2008.
  • Kothari A, Driedger M, Bickford J, Morrison J, Sawada M, Graham I, Crighton EJ. Mapping as a knowledge translation tool for Ontario Early Years Centres: views from data analysts and managers. Implementation Science. 3(4). 2008. (9 pages)
  • Driedger M, Kothari A , Morrison J, Sawada M, Crighton EJ, Graham ID. Using participatory design to develop (public) health decision support systems through GIS.  International Journal of Health Geography. 6(53). 2007. (11 pages) 
  • Crighton EJ, Elliott SJ, Moinnedin R, Kanaroglu P, Upshur R. A spatial analysis of the determinants of pneumonia and influenza hospitalizations in Ontario (1992-2001).  Social Science and Medicine. 64(8):1636-1650. 2007
  • Warner E, Crighton EJ, Moineddin R, Mamdani M, Upshur REG. A 14-year study of hospital admissions for diverticular disease in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. 21(2):97-9. 2007
  • Bordman R, Bovett M, Drummond N, Crighton EJ, Wheler D, Moineddin R, White D. Typology of after-hours care instructions for patients:Telephone survey and multivariate analysisCanadian Family Physician. 53. 2007.
  • Crighton EJ, Elliott SJ, Moinnedin R, Kanaroglu P, Upshur R.  An exploratory spatial analysis of pneumonia and influenza hospitalizations in Ontario by age and gender.  Epidemiology and Infection. 135(2):253-61. 2007
  • Upshur REG, Moineddin R, Crighton EJ, Mamdani M. Interactions of Viral Pathogens on Hospital Admissions for Pneumonia, Croup and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Epidemiology and Infection.  Dec;134(6):1174-8. 2006.
  • Upshur REG, Moineddin R, Crighton EJ, Mamdani M. Does seasonality of service provision in hip and knee surgery contribute to waiting times? BMC Health Services Research. 6(22). 2006.
  • Leong A, Crighton EJ, Moinnedin R, Mamdani M, Upshur R.  A Time Series Analysis of Senile Cataract Hospitalizations in Ontario.  BMC Ophthalmology. 6(2). 2006.
  • Crighton EJ, Creighton E, Drummond N. The evaluation of a social work program in a hospital-based family practice setting in Ontario.  International Social Work. 48(6):725-731. 2005.
  • Crighton EJ, Bordman R, White D, Franssen E, Bovett M, Wheler D, Drummond N, On behalf of the North Toronto Primary Care Research Network (Nortren).   After-hours care in Canada: Analysis of the 2001 National Family Physicians Workforce Survey. Canadian Family Physician.51. 2005.
  • Vrbova L, Crighton EJ, Mamdani M, Moineddin R, Upshur R.  Temporal Analysis of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Ontario, Canada.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 21(10): 841-845. 2005
  • Segal A, Crighton EJ, Moinnedin R, Mamdani M, Upshur R. Croup Hospitalizations in Ontario: A 14-Year Time Series Analysis. Pediatrics.116(1). pp. 51-55. 2005.
  • Bordman R, Wheler D, Drummond N, White D, Crighton EJ, Policies and guidelines for family physicians’ and general practitioners’ coverage after hours: a national survey.Canadian Family Physician. 51: 2005. (9 pages)
  • Rosser W, Dovey S, Bordman R, White D, Crighton EJ, Drummond N.  Medical Errors in Family Practice in Canada:  Results from the LINNAEUS Collaboration Primary Care International.  Canadian Family Physician. 51: 246-252. 2005.
  • Upshur R, Moinnedin R, Crighton EJ, Keifer L, Mamdani M.  Simplicity within Complexity: Predictability of Hospital Admissions in the Province of Ontario 1988 to 2001, a Population Based Analysis.  BMC: Health Services Research.  5(13). 2005.  (7 pages)
  • Crighton EJ, Moinnedin M, Upshur R, Mamdani M.  Influenza and pneumonia hospitalizations: a population level time series analysis. Epidemiology and Infection. 132:1167-1174. 2004.
  • Upshur R., Moinnedin R, Crighton EJ, Mamdani M.  Is there a clinically significant seasonal component to hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation?  BMC: Health Services Research. 4(5). 2004. (7 pages)
  • Nickell L, Crighton EJ, Tracy S, Al-Enazy H, Bolaji Y, Hanjrah S, Hussain A, Makhlouf S, Upshur R. Psychosocial effects of SARS on hospital staff: survey of a large tertiary care institution. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). 170(5): 793-798. 2004.
  • Moineddin R, Upshur R, Crighton E, Mamdani M.  Autoregression as a means of assessing the strength of seasonality in a time series.  Population Health Metrics. 1(10). 2003. (7 pages)
  • Crighton EJ, Elliott, SJ, van der Meer J, Small I, Upshur R.  Impacts of an Environmental Disaster on psychosocial health and well-being in Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan).  Social Science and Medicine.  56(3): 557-573. 2003.
  • Crighton EJ, Moinnedin R, Upshur REG, Mamdani M. The seasonality of total hospitalizations in Ontario by age and gender: a time series analysis. Canadian Journal of Public Health94(6): 453-457. 2003.
  • Crighton EJ, Upshur R, van der Meer J, Small I, Elliott S.  The Aral Sea Disaster and Self-Rated Health. Journal of Health and Place.  9(2): 73-82. 2003.
  • Crighton EJ, Upshur REG, Mamdani M. A population based time series analysis of Asthma hospitalizations in Ontario, Canada: 1988 to 2000. BMC Health Services Research. 1(7). 2001. (6 pages)
Chapters in Books
  •  Upshur R and Crighton EJ. Chapter 8: Environmental Health in the Aral Sea Area: Past Achievements, Future Prospects. In:Environmental Health in Central Asia. Fayzieva D (ed.). Wessex: Wessex Institute of Technology Press. 2004. pp.243-257.
  •  van der Meer J, Small I, Crighton EJ, Ford N. Chapter 9: Psychosocial health and well-being in the Aral Sea area: Results from a survey in an area of slow environmental degradation. In Havenaar J, Cwikel J, Julie G, Bromet E. (eds). Toxic Turmoil: Psychological and Societal Consequences of Ecological Disasters.  New York, NY: Kluwer Publishers. 2003. pp.163-182.
Technical Reports
  • Crighton EJ.  Scoping of chemicals & environmental health outreach opportunities in prenatal health care.  Report prepared for Health Canada. March 2015.
  • Lanphear B, Phipps E, Crighton EJ, McElgunn B. Common toxins make big difference in brain development. Opinion/Commentary.  The Toronto Star November 22, 2014.
  • Crighton EJ, Ragetlie, R.  Prenatal Environmental Health Education (PEHE) Forum: Final Report.  December 2014.  Available at:
  • Ragetlie R, Crighton EJ, Bonneau M, Feng J, Guan J,  Luo J, To T,  Gershon A. Spatial Analysis of COPD Health Outcomes and Health Service Use in Ontario.  Prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).  August, 2013
  • Klein-Geltink J, Cascagnette P, Gershon A, To T, Crighton EJ, Gravelle M, Pigeau L, MacQuarrie J. et al. Chronic Respiratory Disease in the Métis Nation of Ontario.  Prepared for the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO). Spring 2012. Available at:
  • Assembly of First Nations (2012).  First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS) 2008/10:  National Report on the Adults, Youth and Children Living in First Nations Communities.  Ottawa.  Principal author or contributing author of the following chapters:

           Ch. 1: Demographics, Education and Employment
           Ch. 12: Health Status and Quality of Life
           Ch.27: Health Care Utilization and Preventive Care - Youth

  • Crighton EJ, Wilson K, Senécal S.  Report on the relationship between geographic and socioeconomic factors and asthma amongCanada’s Aboriginal populations.  Prepared for Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. May, 2009
  • Crighton EJ. An Assessment of Children’s Health and Health Care Capacity in the Aral Sea Area: Final Report. Prepared for: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Uzbekistan. April, 2008.
  • Tracey S, Small I, Crighton EJ, Kolb T, Upshur, R (on behalf of the Aral Sea Health and Environment Consortium).  Developing a Risk Communication Strategy for the MSF Aral Sea Area program.  Prepared for: Médecins San Frontières-Holland, November 2004.
  • Crighton EJ. An Assessment of Children’s Health and Health Care Capacity in the Aral Sea Area: Final Report. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Canadian Public Health Association. April, 2008.
  • Crighton EJ. The results of a patient satisfaction survey of the Family Practice Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. 2002.


Thesis Supervision

Matthew Gilmour (MA) Subject to be determined

Alexandra Ouedraogo (MSc)  A Bayesian spatial analysis of asthma and determinants of asthma in Ontario

Kathy Watson-Leblanc (MA) Towards improved prenatal environmental health education in health care

Katie Laferriere (MA)  Environmental health risk perceptions and protective actions: A mixed-method study of new mothers in Ontario, Canada

Jacob Sammon (MA) Relationships  between respiratory health and residential air quality:  A study using data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey

Alexandra Ouedraogo (MSc)  A Bayesian spatial analysis of asthma and determinants of asthma in Ontario

Andrea Rishworth (PhD)  Health systems strengthening in the context of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Malawi

Kathy Watson-Leblanc (MA) Towards improved prenatal environmental health education in health care

Fields of Interest

  • Health geography
  • Children`s health
  • Environment and health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Risk perceptions and protective behaviours
  • Health services research
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