The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Jointly appointed to the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies and School of Public Health and Health Systems / Cross-appointed to the School of Pharmacy
Office: PAS 2040
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 36585
My research interests are generally in the area of social inequality, including its impact on health. I am particularly interested in social policy, especially viewing policies like social assistance and pensions from the perspective of the life course.
I am currently the principal investigator of the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey (CSTADS). CSTADS is a national school-based surveillance survey conducted by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, on behalf of Health Canada. The survey is the main source of national data on substance use and related behaviors, including smoking, alcohol and cannabis use, among Canadian children in Grades 7 to 12.
I am happy to supervise master's and PhD students in either Sociology or Health Studies, with a focus on inequities in health. For master's students, I often suggest quantitative projects, using secondary data from the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres Program, accessibly through the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre at Waterloo.
Graduate supervision and student opportunities
I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:
I am happy to supervise master’s and PhD students in either Sociology or Health Studies, with a focus on inequities in health. For master’s students, I often suggest quantitative projects, using secondary data from the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres Program, accessible through the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre at Waterloo.
My teaching interests are in social aspects of health, social demography, and quantitative research methods. I regularly teach PHS 607: Social, Behavioural and Cultural Aspects of Public Health, and SOC/HLTH 253: Demographic Change in Canada.
PhD Sociology (2005, University of Western Ontario)
MA Sociology (1999, University of Western Ontario)
BA Honours (1997, University of Winnipeg)
Selected recent publications
See Google Scholar for full list of publications.
Ryan, C., Cooke, M. Leatherdale, S., Kirkpatrick, S. and Wilk, P (2017) The Correlates of Physical Activity among Adult Métis. Ethnicity and Health. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13557858.2017.1294655.
Wilk, P., Maltby, A and Cooke, M. (2017). Residential Schools and the Effects on Indigenous Health and Well-Being in Canada - A Scoping Review. Public Health Reviews 38 (8). DOI: 10.1186/s40985-017-0055-6.
Wilk, P. A Maltby and Cooke, M. (2017) Changing BMI Scores among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children, Youth and Young Adults: Untangling Age, period and Cohort Effects. Canadian Studies in Population. 44 (1-2): 28-41.
Cooke, M., Waite, N., Cook, K., Milne, E., Chang, F., McCarthy, L., Sproule, B. (2017) Incorporating sex, gender and vulnerable populations in a large multisite health research program: The Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration as a Case Study. Health Research Policy and Systems 1 (20). DOI: 10.1186/s12961-017-0182-z
Bhawra, J., Cooke, M., Guo, Y. and Wilk, P. (2017). The effects of household food security, household characteristics and school environment on obesity status among off-reserve First Nations and Métis children in Canada: results from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease prevention in Canada. 37 (3). 77-86.
McCarthy, L., Milne, E., Waite, N., Cooke, M., Cook, K., Chang, F., Sproule, B. (2017). Sex and Gender-Based Analysis in Pharmacy Practice Research: A Scoping Review. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.11.007
Ryan, C., Leatherdale, S., Cooke, M. (2016). Factors Associated with Current Smoking Among Off-Reserve First Nations and Métis Youth Results from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Journal of Primary Prevention. 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10935-016-0456-1.
Ryan, C.J., Cooke, M. and Leatherdale, S. T. (2016). Factors associated with heavy drinking among First Nations and Métis youth and adults: evidence from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Preventive Medicine 87: 95-102
Ryan, C. J., Leatherdale, S. T., Cooke, M. (2016) A cross-sectional examination of the correlates of current smoking among off-reserve First Nations and Métis adults: evidence from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Addictive Behaviours 54 74-81.
Bhawra, J., Cooke, M.J., Hanning, R., Wilk, P. & Gonneville, S.L.H. (2015). Community perspectives on food insecurity and obesity: Focus groups with caregivers of Métis and Off-reserve First Nations children. International Journal for Equity in Health 14:96 DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0232-5