CURRICULUM VITAE [pdf]

CURRENT POSITION

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

McGill University

1020 Pine Avenue West, Purvis Hall, Room 34

Montreal, QuebecH3A 1A2

Phone: (514) 398-2856           Fax: (514) 398-4503               Email: sam [dot] harper [at] mcgill [dot] ca

 

EDUCATION

PhD         Epidemiology                University of Michigan, 2005

MSPH         Epidemiology                University of South Carolina, 1999

BA              Biology                          Westminster College, 1995

 

AWARDS

2014                British Medical Association Book Award: Highly Commended

2013-2017       Bourse de chercheur-boursier Junior 2 [Career Award, Research Scholar-Junior 2], Fonds de la recherche en santé Québec

2009-2013     Bourse de chercheur-boursier Junior 1 [Career Award, Research Scholar-Junior 1], Fonds de la recherche en santé Québec

2007                Nominee, top article for ‘2007: The Year in Research’, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2007                Nominee, Paper of the Year, 2006, Lancet

2004                Student Abstract Award, American Public Health Association, Epidemiology Section

1999-2001     Public Health Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Epidemiology

1999                Inductee, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

1999                Outstanding Graduate in Epidemiology, University of South Carolina School of Public Health

RESEARCH FUNDING

 

Current

2014-2017     Affordable daycare to empower Indian women, International Development Research Centre, $1,000,000 (Co-PI with Arijit Nandi)

2014-2015       Maximizing population benefit and impact by applying population risk tools: A new direction for diabetes prevention in Canada. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $100,000 (Co-Investigator, PI: Laura Rosella).

2014-2018       Social, economic and policy influences on social inequalities in adolescent health: a cross-national comparative study in 43 countries (1986-2014), Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $311,596 (Co-Investigator, PI: Frank Elgar)

2012-2015       From association to causation: Using natural experiments to evaluate the impact of population health interventions on health inequalities, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $200,000 (PI)

2012-2014       Measuring global health. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $44,011 (Co-Investigator, PI: Kristin Voigt)

2012-2015       Reducing inequalities in the burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) related diseases in Canada through optimal vaccination and screening policies: A multidisciplinary model-based approach, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $532,776 (Co-Investigator, PI: Marc Brisson)

2011-2016       Examining the Impact of Social Policies on Health Equity: How Policies Designed to Reduce Poverty and Gender Inequality Affect Morbidity and Mortality in Children and Women. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $1,700,000 (Co-Investigator, PI: Arijit Nandi)

2011-2016       Ethics, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity: Integrating Theory and Practice. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $1,700,000 (Co-Investigator, PIs: Nicholas King, Daniel Weinstock)

2009-2014     CIHR Team in Microsimulation Modeling of the Impact of Health Interventions and Policies.  Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $1,448,630 (Co-Investigator, PI: Jacek Kopec)

 

Past

2010-2013       Measurement, Ethics, and Health Policy: Investigating the Role of Value Judgments in the Measurement and Evaluation of Health Inequalities. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $190,000 (Co-Investigator, PI: Nicholas King)

2009-2012       Investigating the Role of Self-Report Bias in Health Inequalities Between and Within Countries.  Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $181,308(PI)

2010-2011       Social Inequality in Reproductive Health: The Changing Role of Education as a Determinant of Preterm Birth and Fetal Growth Over Time. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $77,863 (Co-Investigator)

2008-2009       Strategic Training Initiative in Biostatistics. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, $4,950 (Co-Investigator)

2007-2009       Methods for Monitoring Social Disparities in Health, US National Institutes of Health, $28,000 (PI)

2007-2008     Measuring Global Health Disparities within a Multilevel Conceptual Framework.  Canadian Institutes for Health Research $40,000 (PI)

2006-2007     Publish Manuscripts In Peer Reviewed Journals To Disseminate NCI Monograph.  US National Cancer Institute, $60,000 (PI)

2006-2007     Creating a New Measure of Cancer Related Health Disparities.  US National Cancer Institute, $75,000 (PI)

2004-2006     Empirical Comparisons of Selected Measures of Disparities in Cancer Related Outcomes.  US National Cancer Institute, $230,000 (Co-PI)

2003-2004     Assessment of Various Measures of Health Disparities Using Databases Containing Data Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer Related Goals.  US National Cancer Institute, $100,000 (Co-PI)

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Journal Articles

In Press

Nandi A, Hajizadeh M, Harper S, Koski A, Strumpf EC, Heymann SJ. Increased duration of paid maternity leave lowers infant mortality in low- and middle-income countries: a quasi-experimental study. PLoS Medicine 2016 (in press).

Gray A, Harper S. Richer F. Individual- and community-level determinants of Inuit youth mental wellness. Can J Public Health 2016 (in press)

Austin N, Harper S, Strumpf EC. Estimating the impact of racial residential segregation on birth weight: an instrumental variables approach. Epidemiology 2016 (in press).

Austin N, Harper S, Kaufman JS, Hamra G. Challenges in Reproducing Results from Publicly Available Data: An Example of Sexual Orientation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. J Epidemiol Community Health 2016 (in press).

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS. Do Socioeconomic Inequalities in Neonatal Mortality Reflect Inequalities in Coverage of Maternal Health Services? Evidence from 48 Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print]

 

2015

Harper S, Charters TJ, Strumpf EC. Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in motor vehicle accident mortality in the United States, 1995-2010. Am J Epidemiol. 2015; 182(7):606-614.

Hutcheon JA, Strumpf EC, Harper S, Giesbrecht E. Maternal and neonatal outcomes after implementation of a hospital policy to limit planned Cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks' gestation. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015;122(9):1200-6.

Hajna S, Ross NA, Joseph L, Harper S, Dasgupta K. Neighbourhood walkability, daily steps and utilitarian walking in Canadian adults. BMJ Open. 2015 Nov 24;5(11):e008964.

Hajizadeh M, Heymann J, Strumpf E, Harper S, Nandi A. Paid maternity leave and childhood vaccination uptake: Longitudinal evidence from 20 low-and-middle-income countries. Soc Sci Med 2015;140:104-17.

Richardson RA, Charters TJ, Strumpf EC, Harper S. Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in drug poisoning mortality in the United States, 1994-2010. Am J Public Health 2015;105(9):1859-65

Harper S, Charters TJ, Strumpf EC, Galea S, Nandi A. Economic downturns and suicide mortality in the United States, 1980-2010. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(3):956-66.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS. Who benefits from removing user fees for facility-based delivery services? Evidence on socioeconomic differences from Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, and Niger. Social Science & Medicine 2015;135:117-123.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS, Bergevin Y. Removing user fees for facility-based delivery services: a difference-in-differences evaluation from ten sub-Saharan African countries. Health Policy & Planning 2015;30(4):432-41.

Harper S. APC…It’s easy as 1,2,3! American Journal of Epidemiology. 2015;182(4):313-7..

Nandi A, Harper S. How consequential is social epidemiology? A review of recent evidence. Current Epidemiology Reports 2014. doi: 10.1007/s40471-014-0031-3.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS, Bergevin Y. Removing user fees for facility-based delivery services: a difference-in-differences evaluation from ten sub-Saharan African countries. Health Policy & Planning 2014 May 10. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu027 [Epub ahead of print].

2014

Frenz P, Delgado I, Kaufman JS, Harper S. Achieving effective universal health coverage with equity: evidence from Chile. Health Policy Plan. 2014;29(6):717-731.

Harper S, MacLehose RF, Kaufman JS. Trends in the black-white life expectancy gap among US states, 1990-2011. Health Affairs 2014;33(8):1375-82.

Auger N, Feuillet P, Martel S, Lo E, Barry AD, Harper S. Mortality inequality in populations with equal life expectancy: Arriaga's decomposition method in SAS, Stata, and Excel. Annals of Epidemiology. 2014;24(8):575-580.e571.

Manuel DG, Ho TH, Harper S, Anderson GM, Lynch J, Rosella LC. Modelling preventive effectiveness to estimate the equity tipping point: At what coverage can individual preventive interventions reduce socioeconomic disparities in diabetes risk? Chronic diseases and injuries in Canada. 2014;34(2-3):94-102.

King NB, Fraser V, Boikos C, Richardson R, Harper S. Determinants of increased opioid-related mortality in the united states and canada, 1990-2013: A systematic review. Am J Public Health. 2014;104(8):e32-e42.

Smith BT, Smith PM, Harper S, Manuel DG, Mustard CA. Reducing social inequalities in health: The role of simulation modelling in chronic disease epidemiology to evaluate the impact of population health interventions. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2014;68(4):384-389.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS, Bergevin Y. Socioeconomic inequality in neonatal mortality in countries of low and middle income: A multicountry analysis. The Lancet Global Health. 2014;2(3):165-173.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Kaufman JS, Abdullah M. Distance to emergency obstetric services and early neonatal mortality in ethiopia. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2014.

Hutcheon JA, Harper S, Strumpf EC, Lee L, Marquette G. Using inter-institutional practice variation to understand the risks and benefits of routine labour induction at 41+0 weeks. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2014.

Harper S, Strumpf EC, Burris S, Smith GD, Lynch J. The Effect of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws on Seat Belt Use by Socioeconomic Position. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2014;33(1):141-161.

2013

Kaufman JS, Harper S. Health equity: Utopian and scientific. Preventive Medicine 2013;57:739–40.

Nandi A, Charters TJ, Strumpf EC, Heymann J, Harper S. Economic conditions and health behaviours during the 'Great Recession'. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013;67:1038-1046.

Maika M, Mittinty MN, Brinkman S, Harper S, Satriawan E, Lynch JW. Changes in Socioeconomic Inequality in Indonesian Children's Cognitive Function from 2000 to 2007: A Decomposition Analysis.  PLoS ONE 2013; 8(10): e78809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078809.

Speybroeck N, Carine Van Malderen C, Harper S, Müller B, Devleesschauwer B. Simulation models for socioeconomic inequalities of health: A systematic review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013; 10(11), 5750-5780. doi:10.3390/ijerph10115750

Harper S, Ruder E, Roman HA, Geggel A, Nweke O, Payne-Sturges D, Levy JI. Using inequality measures to incorporate environmental justice into regulatory analyses. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013;10(9):4039-59. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10094039.

Auger N, Harper S, Barry AD, Diverging socioeconomic inequality in life expectancy of Francophones and Anglophones in Montréal, Québec: Tobacco to blame? Journal of Public Health. 2013;21(4):317-324.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Moore S. The relationship of living arrangements and depressive symptoms among older adults in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Public Health 2013;13: 682.  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-682

Harper S, King NB, Young ME. Impact of selective evidence presentation on judgments of health inequality trends: an experimental study PLoS ONE 2013;8(5): doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063362.

Auger N, Harper S, Barry AD, Diverging socioeconomic inequality in life expectancy of Francophones and Anglophones in Montréal, Québec: Tobacco to blame? Journal of Public Health..

Harper S, King N. Best practice for what? The Milbank Quarterly. 2013;91(1):205-209.

Platt R. Harper S. Survey data with sampling weights: is there a "best" approach? Environmental Research 2013;120:43-144.

King NB, Harper S, Young ME. Who cares about health inequalities? Health Policy & Planning 2013;28(5):558-571.

Young ME, King NB, Harper S. The influence of popular media on perceptions of personal and population risk in possible disease outbreaks. Health, Risk, and Society 2013;15(1):103-114.

2012

Auger N, Park AL, Harper S. Francophone and Anglophone perinatal health: temporal and regional inequalities in a Canadian setting, 1981-2008. International Journal of Public Health 2012;57(6):925-934.

Speybroeck N, Harper S, de Savigny D, Victora C. Inequalities of health indicators for policy makers: Seven Hints. Int J Public Health 2012;57(5): 855-858. [Erratum published: 2012;57(5): 859-860].

Kaufman JS, Harper S. Deficiency of the odds ratio for common outcomes [Letter]. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Oct;169(10):1118; author reply 1118-9. [Comment on: ChenLS et al. Interplay of genetic risk factors (CHRNA5-CHRNA3-CHRNB4) and cessation treatments in smoking cessation success.  Am J Psychiatry   2012; 169:735–742.]

Harper S, Strumpf EC. Social epidemiology: Questionable answers and answerable questions. Epidemiology 2012;23(6):795-8.

Hosseinpoor AR, Bergen N, Kunst A, Harper S, Guthold R, Rekve D, Tursan d'Espaignet E, Naidoo N, Chatterji S. Socioeconomic inequalities in risk factors for noncommunicable diseases in low-income and middle-income countries. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 28;12(1):912.

King NB, Harper S, Young ME. Use of relative and absolute effect measures in reporting health inequalities: structured review. BMJ 2012;345:e5774.

Elani HW, Harper S, Allison PJ, Bedos C, Kaufman JS. Socio-economic Inequalities and Oral Health in Canada and the United States. Journal of Dental Research 2012;91(9):865–870.

Hosseinpoor AR, Harper S, Lee J, Lynch J, Mathers C, Abou-Zahr C. International shortfall inequality in life expectancy in women and in men, 1950-2010. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:588-594.

Hosseinpoor AR, Bergen N, Mendis S, Harper S, Verdes E, Kunst A, Chatterji S. Socioeconomic inequality in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries: Results from the World Health Survey. BMC Public Health 2012;12:474.

Yang S, Khang Y-H, Harper S, Lynch J, Chun H. The Changing Gender Differences in Life Expectancy in Korea 1970-2005. Social Science & Medicine 2012;75:1280-7.

Toporowski A, Harper S, Fuhrer R, Buffler PA, Detels R, Krieger N, Franco EL. Burden of disease, health indicators and challenges for epidemiology in North America. Int J Epidemiol. 2012;41(2):540-56.

Harper S, Rushani D, Kaufman JS. Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap, 2003-2008. JAMA 2012; 307: 2257-2259.

Banack HR, Harper S, Kaufman JS. Re: Number of coronary heart disease risk factors and mortality in patients with myocardial infarction [Letter]. JAMA 2012;307:1137-8. [Comment on: Canto JG, Kiefe CI, Rogers WJ, et al. Number of coronary heart disease risk factors and mortality in patients with first myocardial infarction. JAMA. 2011;306(19):2120–2127.]

Auger N, Harper S, Barry AD, Trempe N, Daniel M. Inequality in life expectancy between the Francophone majority and Anglophone minority of a Canadian population. European J Epidemiol 2012;27:27–38.

Harper S, Strumpf EC, Kaufman JS. Do Medical Marijuana Laws Increase Marijuana Use? Replication Study and Extension. Ann Epidemiol 2012;22:207-12.

Harper S, Kaufman JS, King NB. Re: Cigarette smoking as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in women compared with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. [Letter] Lancet 2012;379:801-2. [Comment on:  Huxley RR, Woodward M. Cigarette smoking as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in women compared with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Lancet. 2011 Oct 8;378(9799):1297-305]

Auger N, Delézire P, Harper S, Platt RW. Maternal education and stillbirth. Epidemiology 2012;23: 247–254

Auger N, Park AL, Harper S, Daniel M, Roncarlo F, Platt RW. Educational inequalities in preterm and term small-for-gestational-age birth over time. Ann Epidemiol 2012;22:160-67.

Harper S, McKinnon B. Global socioeconomic inequalities in tobacco use: Internationally comparable estimates from the World Health Surveys. Cancer Causes Control 2012;23:11–25.

2011

Kaufman JS, Harper S, King NB. RE: Higher cardiovascular disease prevalence and mortality among younger blacks compared to whites [Letter]. American Journal of Medicine 2011 May 124(5): e5-6.  [Comment on: Jolly S, et al. Higher cardiovascular disease prevalence and mortality among younger blacks compared to whites. Am J Med. 2010 Sep;123(9):811-8]

Agha G, Murabito JM, Lynch JW, Abrahamowicz M, Harper SB, Loucks EB. Relation of Socioeconomic Position with Ankle-Brachial Index. Am J Cardiology 2011;108:1651-7.

Auger N, Roncarlo F, Harper S. Increasing educational inequality in preterm birth in Québec, Canada, 1981-2006. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2011;65:1091-1096.

Auger N, Gamache P, Adam-Smith J, Harper S. Relative and absolute disparities in preterm birth related to neighbourhood education. Ann Epidemiol 2011;21;481-488.

Sadana R. Harper S. Data systems linking social determinants of health with health outcomes - advancing public goods to support research and evidence-based policy and programs. Public Health Reports 2011;126 Suppl 3:6-13.

Larose A, Moore S, Harper S, Lynch J. Global income-related inequalities in HIV testing. J Public Health 2011;33:345-352

Adam-Smith J, Harper S, Auger N. Causes of widening life expectancy inequalities in Québec, Canada, 1989-2004. Can J Public Health 2011;102:375-381

Smith BT, Loucks EB, Harper S, Abrahamowicz M, Fox CS, Lynch JW. Life course socioeconomic position and incidence of type 2 diabetes: Framingham Offspring Study. Am J Epidemiol 2011;173:438-447.

McKinnon B, Harper S, Moore DS. Decomposing Income Related Inequality in Cervical Screening in 67 Countries. Int J Public Health 2011;56(2):139-152. *Editor's choice article

Harper S, Lynch J, Davey Smith G. Social determinants and the decline of cardiovascular diseases: Understanding the links. Ann Rev Public Health 2011;32:39-69.

2010

Speybroeck N, Konings P, Lynch J, Harper S, Hosseinpoor A, Berkvens D, Lorant V, Geckova A.  Decomposing socioeconomic health inequalities.  Int J Public Health 2010;55:347-51.

McTavish S, Moore S, Harper S, Lynch J. National female literacy, individual socio-economic status, and maternal health care use in sub-Saharan Africa. Soc Sci Med 2010;71(11): 1958-63.

Kopec JA, Philippe Finès P, Manuel DG, Buckeridge D, Flanagan WM, Oderkirk J, Abrahamowicz M, Harper S, Sharif B, Okhmatovskaia A, Sayre EC, Rahman MM, Wolfson MC. Validation of Population-Based Disease Simulation Models: A Review of Concepts and Methods. BMC Public Health 2010;10:710.

Harper S. Inequalities in Cancer Survival and the NHS Cancer Plan: Evidence of Progress? Br J Cancer 2010;103:437-8.

Yang S, Khang Y-H, Harper S, Davey Smith G, Leon D, Lynch J.  Understanding the Rapid Increase in Life Expectancy in South Korea.  Am J Public Health 2010;100:896-903.

Moore S, Hall JN, Harper S, Lynch JW. Global and National Socio-Economic Disparities in Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight Status. Journal of Obesity 2010;2010:1-11.

Harper S, King N, Meersman SC, Breen N, Reichman ME, Lynch J.  Implicit value judgments in the measurement of health inequalities.  Milbank Quarterly 2010;88:4-29.

Konings P, Harper S, Lynch J, Berkvens D, Hosseinpoor A, Lorant V, Geckova A, Speybroeck N. Analysis of Socioeconomic Inequalities using the Concentration Index.  Int J Public Health 2010;55:71–74.

King NB, Kaufman JS, Harper S. Relative Measures Alone Tell Only Part of the Story [Letter]. Am J Public Health 2010 Nov;100(11):2014-5; author reply 2015-6. [Comment on: Rubin MS, et al. Examination of inequalities in HIV/AIDS mortality in the United States from a fundamental cause perspective. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(6):1053–1059]

2009

 

Harper S.  Essay Review: Rose’s Strategy of Preventive Medicine.  Int J Epidemiol 2009;38:1743-45.

Harper S.  Commentary: Trends in indigenous inequalities in health in New Zealand.  Int J Epidemiol 2009;38: 1722-1724.

Alvarado BE, Harper S, Platt R, Davey Smith G, Lynch G. Would Achieving Healthy-People 2010’s Targets Reduce Both Population Levels and Social Disparities in Heart Disease? Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2009;2:598-606.

Harper S, Lynch J, Meersman SC, Breen N, Davis WW, Reichman ME.  Trends in race-ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer incidence, stage at diagnosis, screening, mortality, and survival, 1987-2005.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18:121-31.

Hall JN, Moore DS, Harper S, Lynch J. Global variability in low fruit and vegetable consumption. Am J Prev Med 2009; 36(5):402-409.

Khang Y-H, Lynch J, Yang S, Harper S, Yun S-C, Jung-Choi K, Kim HR.  The contribution of material, psychosocial, and behavioral factors in explaining educational and occupational mortality inequalities in a nationally representative sample of South Koreans: Relative and absolute perspectives.  Soc Sci Med 2009;68(5):858-66.

2008

 

Harper S, Lynch J, Meersman SC, Breen N, Davis WW, Reichman ME.  An overview of methods for monitoring social disparities in cancer with an example using trends in lung cancer incidence by socioeconomic position and race-ethnicity, 1992-2004.  Am J Epidemiol 2008;167(8):889-99.

Harper S, Lynch J, Meersman SC, Breen N, Davis WW, Reichman ME.  Response to Messer.  Am J Epidemiol 2008;167(8):905-7.

2007

 

Harper S, Lynch J.  Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in adult health behaviors among U.S. states, 1990-2004Public Health Rep 2007;122(2):177-89.[pdf]

Harper S, Lynch J.  Highly active antiretroviral therapy and socioeconomic inequalities in AIDS mortality in Spain. (letter) Eur J Public Health 2007;17(2):231.

Harper S, Lynch J, Burris S, Davey Smith G.  Trends in the black-white life expectancy gap in the United States, 1983-2003.  JAMA 2007;297(11):1224-32.[pdf] (*2007 Paper of the year nominee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Cho H-J, Khang Y-H, Yang S, Harper S, Lynch J.  Socioeconomic differentials in cause-specific mortality among South Korean adolescents.  Int J Epidemiol 2007; 36:50-57.

Harper S.  Did clean water reduce black-white mortality inequalities in the United States?  Int J Epidemiol 2007;36: 248-257.

Harper S, Lynch J.  Commentary: Using innovative inequality measures in epidemiology.  Int J Epidemiol 2007;36: 926-928.

2006

 

Lynch J, Davey Smith G, Harper S, Bainbridge K.  Explaining the social gradient in coronary heart disease:  comparing relative and absolute risk approaches.  J Epidemiol Community Health 2006;60:436-441.[pdf] (*2006 paper of the year nominee by Lancet 2007;369:91-92;cited in the Best of Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Prevention in 2006 by Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux 2007;100:57-64)

Jackson R, Lynch J, Harper S.  Does Rose’s population prevention axiom apply to coronary heart disease prevention in the 21st century?  BMJ 2006;332:617-618.

Kelleher C, Lynch JW, Daly L, Harper S, Fitz-simon N, Bimpeh Y, Daly E, Ulmer H. The ‘Americanisation’ of migrants: Evidence for the contribution of ethnicity, social deprivation, lifestyle and life-course processes to the mid-20th century coronary heart disease epidemic in the US.  Soc Sci Med 2006;63:465-84.

Harper S.  What explains widening geographic differences in life expectancy in New Zealand?  Int J Epidemiol 2006;35:604-6.

2005

 

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G, Kaplan G. Association between income inequality and mortality across U.S. states depends upon time period and source of income data.  Am J Public Health 2005;95:1424-1430.

Huynh M, Parker J, Pamuk E, Harper S, Schoendorf K. Contextual effect of income inequality on birth outcomes.  Int J Epidemiol 2005;34: 888-895. 

2004

 

Lynch J, Davey Smith G, Harper S, Hillemeier M, Ross N, Wolfson M.  Is income inequality a determinant of population health? Part 1. A systematic review.  Milbank Q 2004;82(1):5-99.

Lynch J, Davey Smith G, Harper S, Hillemeier M.  Is income inequality a determinant of population health? Part 2. U.S. national and regional trends in income inequality and age- and cause-specific mortality. Milbank Q 2004;82(2):355-400.

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G, Ross N, Wolfson M, Dunn J. US regional and national cause-specific mortality and trends in income inequality: descriptive findings. Demographic Res [serial online] 2004;Special collection 2(Article 8):184-228. Available at http://www.demographic-research.org/special/2/8/s2-8.pdf.

Kelleher CC, Lynch JW, Harper S, Tay J, Nolan G.  Hurling Alone? How social capital failed to save the Irish from cardio-vascular disease in the United States of America.  Am J Public Health 2004;94:2162-9.

2003

 

Hillemeier MM, Lynch J, Harper S, Raghunathan T, Kaplan GA. Relative or absolute standards for child poverty: a state-level analysis of infant and child mortality. Am J Public Health 2003; 93(4):652-7.

Hillemeier MM, Lynch J, Harper S, Casper M. Measuring contextual characteristics for community health.  Health Serv Res 2003;38:1645-1718.

Lynch, J, Harper S, and Davey Smith G. Commentary: Plugging leaks and repelling boarders—where to next for the SS Income Inequality? Int J Epidemiol 2003;32(6):1029-36.

2002

 

Harper S, Lynch, J, Hsu, WL, Everson, SA, Hillemeier MM, Raghunathan TE, Salonen JT,  Kaplan GA. Life course socioeconomic conditions and adult psychosocial functioning. Int J Epidemiol 2002;31(2):395-403.

 

Book Chapters, Reviews, and Reports

 

Harper S, Lynch J.  Assessment of Various Measures of Health Disparities Using Databases Containing Data Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer Related Goals.  National Cancer Institute, 2007.[pdf]

Harper S, Lynch J.  Methods for Measuring Cancer Disparities: A Review Using Data Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer-Related Objectives.  National Cancer Institute, 2006.[pdf]

Harper S, Lynch J.  Measuring Health inequalities.  In: Oakes JM, Kaufman JS (eds.).  Methods in Social Epidemiology.  New York: Wiley, 2006, pp. 134-68.

Hillemeier MM, Lynch J, Harper S, Casper M.  Data Set Directory of Social Determinants of Health at the Local Level.  Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2004.

Eberhardt MS, Ingram DD, Makuc DM, Pamuk ER, Fried VM, Harper SB, Schoenborn CA, Xia H.  Urban and Rural Health Chartbook.  Health, United States, 2001. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 2001.

McKeown RE, Harper, SB.  Epidemiology Kept Simple, by B. Burt Gerstman.  Epimonitor 1999;20(6):11-2.

 

Working Papers

 

Harper S, Lynch J, Meersman SC, Breen N, Davis WW, Reichman ME. Trends in Area-Socioeconomic and Race-Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Incidence, Stage at Diagnosis, Screening, Mortality, and Survival, 1987-2004.  July, 2008 [pdf]

Harper S, Strumpf EC, Burris S, Davey Smith G, Lynch J.  Do Mandatory Seat Belt Laws Affect Socioeconomic Inequalities in Seat Belt Use? December, 2008 [pdf]

Alvarado BE, Harper S, Platt RW, Davey Smith G, Lynch J.  Impact of Different Strategies to Meet “Healthy People 2010” Targets for Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors on Population Levels and Social Disparities in Heart Disease January, 2009

 

Recent Presentations

 

Harper S, Adam-Smith J, King NB. Trends and demographic patterns in non-medical use of prescription opioids, 2002-2010. Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, June 18-21, 2013, Boston, MA, USA.

Harper S, Nandi AK, Charter T, Strumpf EC, Nandi AK. The Effect of Recessions on Suicide Mortality in the United States. Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, June 18-21, 2013, Boston, MA, USA.

Smith BT, Smith PM, Manuel DG, Harper S, Mustard CA. The Association Between Socioeconomic Position, Modifiable Risk Factors and Heart Disease Incidence in Canada: The National Population Health Survey. Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Biennial Meeting, St John’s, Newfoundland, March 8 2013.

Nandi AK, Charter T, Strumpf EC, Harper S. The Effect of Recessions on Suicide Mortality in the United States. Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Biennial Meeting, St John’s, Newfoundland, March 8 2013.

Smith BT, Smith PM, Manuel DG, Harper S, Mustard CA. The Association Between Socioeconomic Position, Modifiable Risk Factors and Heart Disease Incidence in Canada: The National Population Health Survey. Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Biennial Meeting, St John’s, Newfoundland, March 8 2013.

Harper S, Ruder E, Roman HA, Geggel A, Payne-Sturges D, Levy JI. Using inequality measures to incorporate environmental justice into regulatory analyses at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Health 2013, Boston, MA, USA, March 3-6, 2013.

Hutcheon JA, Harper S, Strumpf EC, Lee L, Marquette G. Risks and benefits of routine labour induction at 41+0 weeks: an analysis of inter-institutional practice variation. Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, San Francisco, CA USA, Feb 11-16, 2013.

King NB, Harper S, Young ME. Use of relative and absolute effect measures in reporting health inequalities: a structured review. ACT Now: Accuracy, Completeness, and Transparency in health research reporting organised by the EQUATOR Network, Freiburg, Germany from 11th-12th October 2012.

Young ME, King N, Harper S. Are individuals sensitive to health inequalities? The impact of framing on judgments about health inequalities. Society for Medical Decision Making. October 22-26, 2011, Chicago, IL.

Young ME, King N, Harper S. The influence of popular media on perceptions of personal and population risk in possible disease outbreaks. Society for Medical Decision Making. October 22-26, 2011, Chicago, IL.

Frenz P, Delgado I, Kaufman J, Harper S. Changes in equity of access to health care after health reform in Chile. International Society for Equity in Health, 6th International Conference, September 26-28, 2011, Cartagena, Colombia.

Young ME, King NB, Harper S, Humphreys KR. The influence of popular media on perceptions of personal and population risk in possible disease outbreaks. Society for Medical Decision Making, Toronto, 2010

Bennett C, Manuel D, Flanagan WM, Tuna M, Okhmatovskaya A, Finès P, Sayre EC, Harper S. Reporting guidelines for modelling studies. Third General Conference of the International Microsimulation Association, 8-10 June 2011, Stockholm

Sirjoosingh C, Ramanakumar A, Harper S, Strumpf E, Portelance L, Ferenczy A, Gilbert L, Franco E. Racial Disparities in Cervical Cancer Treatment and Survival in the United States. 26th International Papillomavirus Conference, Montreal, QC, July 2010

Sayre EC, Kopec JA, Sharif B, Flanagan WM, Fines P, Rahman M, Abrahamowicz M, Buckeridge D, Harper S, Lynch J, Manuel D, Oderkirk J, Wolfson M. Projecting the effects of a 5-point reduction in body mass index on knee or hip osteoarthritis and health-related quality of life in a closed population to 2031: a microsimulation study. 2010 American College of Rheumatology ACR/AHRP Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA, November 6-11, 2010

Young ME, Harper S, King NB. Who cares about health inequalities? Findings from the World Health Survey. Society for Medical Decision Making, Toronto, 2010

Harper S, King NB, Young ME. Who cares about health inequalities? Society for Epidemiologic Research, Seattle, 2010

King N, Harper S. Justice, by the numbers, or, can ethicists do policy without math? Presentation CREUM

Auger N, Roncarlo F, Harper S. Rising educational inequality in preterm birth in Québec. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, 2010

Harper S. Methods for Assessing Disproportionality. EPA Symposium on Strengthening Environmental Justice and Decision Making. Washington, DC, 2010

Harper S. Do Mandatory Seat Belt Laws Affect Socioeconomic Inequalities in Seat Belt Use? Department of Epidemiology Seminar, University of Michigan, 2010

Renahy E, Alvarado-Llano B, Harper S, Quesnel-Vallée A. Social Exclusion as a Determinant of Health Inequalities. Population Association of America Annual Meeting, 2010

Harper S. Measuring and Explaining Inequalities in Health. University of Copenhagen, 2010

Harper S. Measuring Health Inequalities. National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, 2009.

Smith BT, Loucks EB, Harper S, Abrahamowicz M, Fox CS, Lynch JW. Life course socioeconomic position and incidence of type 2 diabetes: Framingham Offspring Study. Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, 2009.

Agha G, Murabito JM, Lynch JW, Abrahamowicz M, Harper SB, Loucks EB. Lifecourse socioeconomic position and ankle-brachial index. Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, 2009.

Harper S. Global inequalities in tobacco consumption.  Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Lecture, University of Michigan, 2009

Breen N, Scoppa S, Harper S, Meersman S, Campbell D, Reichman ME. Introduction to Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc).  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2009

Hosseinpoor AR, Abouzhar C, Mathers CD, Harper S, Lynch J.  Global inequality in life expectancy among women and among men, 1970-2005.   XXVI IUSSP International Population Conference.  Marrakech, Morroco 2009

Harper S.  Monitoring Social Inequalities in Health: Integrating Measurment and Value Judgments.  Pan-American Health Organization, Washington, DC, 2008

King N, Harper S.  What's Wrong with Health Inequalities? Hixon Hour Lecture, University of Kansas Medical Center, April, 2008.

Harper S, Yang S, Lynch J.  Is There a Suicide Belt in the United States?  Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2008

King N, Harper S.  The Moral Complexity of Measurement, or, All Health Inequalities are not Created Equal.  Paper presented at the annual European Society of Medicine and Health Care conference in Cardiff, United Kingdom, August 15-18, 2007.

Harper S, Lynch J, Burris S.  Do mandatory seat be

lt laws reduce inequalities in seat belt use?  Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Health equity and globalization: Reflections on 25 years of research on social inequalities in health. Australian Health Promotion Association Annual Meeting, Adelaide, 2007

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Health equity and globalization: Reflections on 25 years of research on social inequalities in health. Minnesota School of Public Health. Minneapolis, 2007

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  What are the best interventions to reduce social inequalities in CVD? Danish Society of Behavioural Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Reflections on 25 years of research on the causes of social inequalities in CHD. CSEPH, Univ Michigan, 2006.

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Social Inequalities, Psychosocial Factors and CHD. Research Symposium, U Copenhagen, 2006

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  The 6 Rs – Research, Revisiting Rose, Relevant Risk and Revolution? Advanced Methods Symposium, U Copenhagen, 2006

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Social Inequalities, Psychosocial Factors and CHD: What have we learned over the last 25 years? Univ. Toronto Public Health Research Day.

Harper S, Lynch J.  Measuring inequalities in cancer-related health outcomes. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, 2006

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Social Inequalities, Psychosocial Factors and CHD: What have we learned over the last 25 years? U Montreal, Centre Lea Roback, 2006

Lynch J, Harper S, Davey Smith G.  Reconciling the research on social inequalities and population levels of CHD. Cancer Control Research Group, Univ. Montréal, 2006

Kurz D, Platt J, Kunnath J, Harper S, Lynch J. Bridging Online Learning for Non-Traditional Students.  Twelfth Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Orlando, FL, 2006.

Kurz D, Platt J, Kunnath J, Harper S, Lynch J. Connecting the public health practice and academic communities through innovative training to address health disparities.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2006.

Harper S, Lynch J.  Why has the black-white life expectancy gap declined?  Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2006.

Harper S, Lynch J.  Accounting for changes in health inequalities in obesity and smoking in the United States, 1960-2000.  Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2006.

King N, Harper S.  If racial disparities in health are the problem, can racially targeted drugs be a solution?  Paper presented at the Race, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Technologies conference at MIT, Boston, MA, April 7-8, 2006.

Harper S, Lynch J, Raghunathan.  Changes in socioeconomic inequality and health achievement in obesity and smoking among U.S. states, 1990-2002.  Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2004

Harper S, Yang S, Angell SA, Hillemeier MM, Morenoff J,  Davey Smith G, Lynch JW.  Is social capital associated with all causes of death?  Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2004

Harper S, Lynch J, Raghunathan T.  Monitoring Socioeconomic Health Disparities: Smoking, Obesity, and Physical Inactivity in U.S. States 1990-2002. Paper presented at the 2nd National CDC Prevention Conference on Heart Disease and Stroke, Atlanta, GA, 17 August 2004.

Harper S, Lynch J, Raghunathan T.  Application of Relative Risk and Health Concentration Index to Monitoring Trends in Socioeconomic Inequalities in Obesity and Smoking among U.S. States. Paper presented at the Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 17 June 2004.

Huynh M, Parker J, Pamuk E, Harper S, Schoendorf K. Income inequality may affect birth outcome through several pathways in a nationally representative cohort of US women.  Poster presented at the Society for Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 15 June 2004.

Harper S, Ronzio CR, Pamuk E.  Metropolitan area structural inequality and mortality.  Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Boston, 2000

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Intermediate Epidemiology, McGill University

Social Determinants of Health—Principles and Methods, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), France, Summer 2009

Co-Group Leader, Medicine & Society, McGill University, Winter 2007

Guest Lecturer, Social Epidemiology and Population Health, McGill University, Summer 2006

Instructor/Creator—“Issues in Measuring Health Disparities” interactive CD-ROM and workbook training tool.  Michigan Public Health Training Center, 2005.

Guest Lecturer, Social Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Summer 2004

Guest Lecturer, Socioeconomic Health Inequalities, University of Michigan, Winter 2003

Graduate Student Instructor, Field Methods in Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Winter 2003

 

COMMITTEE AND ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Epidemiology Comprehensive Exam Committee, 2009

Epidemiology Faculty Search Committee, Student Representative, 2004-5

Epidemiology Curriculum Committee, Student Representative, 2003

Epidemiology Governing Faculty Committee, Student Representative, 2002

American Public Health Association, Epidemiology Section, Assistant to Section Chair for APHA Annual Conference, 1999

 

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

2009-          Expert Member, Scientific Resource Group On Health Equity Analysis And Research, World HealthOrganization

2009  Invited Participant--Measurement of Health Care Inequalities and Inequities in the Americas, EquiLAC II Project.  Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC

2008-          Technical Advisor, Pan American Health Organization, Proyect CD-ROM Course Midiendo Desigualdades en Salud-Medindo Desigualdades em Saúde

2008-          Expert Group Core Member, Socioeconomic Factors Expert Group, Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study

2007-          Consultant, Health Group, Canadian Household Panel Survey, Statistics Canada 

2006  Invited Speaker—Health Disparities Research Methods Training Symposium, National Cancer Institute 

2004  Invited Participant—The Economic Costs of Cancer Health Disparities Think Tank, National Cancer Institute 

2004           University of Michigan-Flint—Health Disparity Workshop, 2004 

2003           Detroit Department of Public Health—Health Disparity Workshop

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

Society for Epidemiologic Research

International Epidemiological Association

American Public Health Association

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Population Association of America

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

 

SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL REFEREE

 

Annals of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Milbank Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Social Compass, Scandanavian Journal of Public Health, BMC Public Health, BMJ (*top 10% of peer reviewers in 2007), Paediatrics & Child Health, International Journal for Equity in Health, PLOS Medicine, Health Affairs, Caries Research, Journal of Urban Health, Sociological Focus, Health & Place, The Lancet, American Journal of Epidemiology, International Journal of Obesity, Cancer Management and Research, Social Science History, Open Medicine, Am J Public Health, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; British Journal of Cancer; Demography; BMC Cancer; European Journal of Public Health; Cancer Causes & Control; Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (A); Annals of Internal Medicine

 

GRANT REFEREE

 

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canada

Economic and Social Research Council, UK

Health Research Council of New Zealand

 

MEDIA APPEARANCES

 

Interviews

 

The JAMA Report, 2007

A Closer Look, Kaiser Family Foundation, 2007

Science Friday, National Public Radio, 2007

Radio France Internationale, 2007

The New York Times, April 27, 2008

Newspaper Coverage

 

Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Victoria Times-Colonist, McGill Reporter

Web Coverage

 

Scientific American, CNN, CTV, Reuters, Voice of America, The Heart, People’s Daily Online (China), Newsday,  Reuters UK, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jamaica Gleaner, Detroit News, Journal of the National Cancer Institute