Ketan Shankardass


Affiliate Scientist


Dr. Ketan Shankardass is an Associate Scientist within MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a social epidemiologist who focuses on studying innovative solutions for more equitable health systems by using epidemiology, community health, biology and geography to understand the drivers of population health and equity from “cell to society”. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. Outside of academic, Dr. Shankardass works with Health Promotion Ontario to improve preventive health practice in the province.

His foci currently include multisectoral health strategies including Health in All Policies; neighbourhood-level programs to address chronic stress and chronic disease health inequities; and public opinion on health and equity

Please note: Dr. Shankardass is not taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Galvez-Hernandez, P, Gonzalez-Viana, A, Gonzalez-de Paz, L, Shankardass, K, Muntaner, C. Generating Contextual Variables From Web-Based Data for Health Research: Tutorial on Web Scraping, Text Mining, and Spatial Overlay Analysis. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2024;10 :e50379. doi: 10.2196/50379. PubMed PMID:38190245 PubMed Central PMC10804251.
  2. Balakrishnan, S, Elayan, S, Sykora, M, Solter, M, Feick, R, Hewitt, C et al.. Sustainable Smart Cities-Social Media Platforms and Their Role in Community Neighborhood Resilience-A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (18):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20186720. PubMed PMID:37754579 PubMed Central PMC10531118.
  3. George, JO, Elayan, S, Sykora, M, Solter, M, Feick, R, Hewitt, C et al.. The Role of Social Media in Building Pandemic Resilience in an Urban Community: A Qualitative Case Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (17):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20176707. PubMed PMID:37681847 PubMed Central PMC10488116.
  4. Guglielmin, M, Shankardass, K, O'Campo, P, Bayoumi, AM, Kokkinen, L, Muntaner, C et al.. Developing a Research Agenda for HiAP Implementation: A Response to the Recent Commentaries. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2023;12 :8326. doi: 10.34172/ijhpm.2023.8326. PubMed PMID:38618764 PubMed Central PMC10843367.
  5. Mahabir, DF, Shankardass, K, Freiler, A, O'Campo, P, Brisbois, B, Muntaner, C et al.. How and why buy-in for health in all policies was facilitated in Ecuador: a realist case study of Plan Nacional para el Buen Vivir. Int J Equity Health. 2022;21 (1):108. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01703-7. PubMed PMID:35971174 PubMed Central PMC9377301.
  6. Tušl, M, Thelen, A, Marcus, K, Peters, A, Shalaeva, E, Scheckel, B et al.. Opportunities and challenges of using social media big data to assess mental health consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and future major events. Discov Ment Health. 2022;2 (1):14. doi: 10.1007/s44192-022-00017-y. PubMed PMID:35789666 PubMed Central PMC9243703.
  7. Guglielmin, M, Shankardass, K, Bayoumi, A, O'campo, P, Kokkinen, L, Muntaner, C et al.. Tools for local health in all policies implementation: evidence from an explanatory case study of Kuopio, Finland. Scand J Public Health. 2023;51 (8):1196-1204. doi: 10.1177/14034948221090076. PubMed PMID:35766538 .
  8. Guglielmin, M, Shankardass, K, Bayoumi, A, O'Campo, P, Kokkinen, L, Muntaner, C et al.. A Realist Explanatory Case Study Investigating How Common Goals, Leadership, and Committed Staff Facilitate Health in All Policies Implementation in the Municipality of Kuopio, Finland. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2022;11 (11):2651-2659. doi: 10.34172/ijhpm.2022.6355. PubMed PMID:35247936 PubMed Central PMC9818123.
  9. Ta, M, Shankardass, K. Piloting the Use of Concept Mapping to Engage Geographic Communities for Stress and Resilience Planning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18 (20):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182010977. PubMed PMID:34682722 PubMed Central PMC8535682.
  10. Churchill, E, Shankardass, K, Perrella, AML, Lofters, A, Quiñonez, C, Brooks, L et al.. Effectiveness of Narrative Messaging Styles about the Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequities in Ontario, Canada. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18 (20):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182010881. PubMed PMID:34682626 PubMed Central PMC8535318.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Wilfred Laurier University