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Hilary Brown, MSc, PhD

Adjunct Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Health Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough

The research interests of Hilary Brown, PhD, lie at the intersection of maternal and child health and chronic disease epidemiology. She is particularly interested in the influence of maternal chronic medical conditions and maternal disabilities on prenatal, fetal/neonatal, and postnatal health and in the use of quantitative and qualitative methods to disentangle biological and social determinants of these outcomes. Currently funded projects include a Women’s Xchange grant examining maternal mental health and parenting outcomes among women with intellectual disabilities and an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada grant examining mental health outcomes among Aboriginal teenage mothers.

Select Awards

  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014–2016)

Select Publications

  • Brown HK, Cobigo V, Lunsky Y, Vigod S. "Maternal and offspring outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study." BJOG: In press.
  • Brown, HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, Natale R, Campbell MK. "Mild prematurity, proximal social processes, and development." Pediatr 2014;134(3):e814-24.
  • Brown HK, Speechley KN, Macnab J, Natale R, Campbell MK. "Neonatal morbidity associated with late preterm and early term birth: The roles of gestational age and biological determinants of preterm birth." Int J Epidemiol 2014;43(3):802-814.
  • Brown HK, Ouellette-Kuntz H, Hunter D, Kelley E, Cobigo V, Lam M. "Beyond an autism diagnosis: Children’s functional independence and parents’ unmet needs." J Autism Dev Disord 2011; 41(10):1291-1302.
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PhD, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, 2014

MSc, Community Health & Epidemiology, Queen’s University, 2010

BA, Psychology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, 2007

Areas of Interest

Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology

Maternal and child health

Chronic medical conditions and disabilities

Health and social services administrative data

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)