PhD Public Health and Health Systems, 2015-2019
My research evaluated the impact of change in availability of alcohol in some Ontario grocery stores on youth alcohol use behaviours. We used four-year linked longitudinal data for grade 9 to 12 students who participated in the COMPASS study. We found four distinct behaviour groups of youth in our study population: non-users, periodic drinkers, low-risk drinkers, and high-risk regular drinkers.
Our results also show that youth within 10 km of a grocery store selling alcohol were more likely to transition from being non-users to high-risk regular drinkers than youth in areas that did not permit the sale of alcohol in grocery stores. Also, high-risk regular drinkers were more likely to maintain their drinking behaviours in areas with alcohol sale.
My time in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS)
I had a great sense of community during my time in SPHHS. The school is committed to academic excellence and has a very supportive environment. I felt like everyone was striving towards common goals and wanted to help eachother succeed. My colleagues were so positive to be around and always had a smile and zeal for learning. I truly enjoyed my time in SPHHS.