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Professor Nicholas Spence is a member of the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Center for Health and Society at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Western Ontario. Professor Spence has completed fellowships at the University of Western Ontario, Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Alberta, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has also worked for the federal government in Ottawa, Canada.
Currently, Professor Spence is teaching courses in obesity, program and policy evaluation, and Indigenous health. His research centers on social inequality, health services, and policy. Professor Spence’s research spans multiple levels of analysis, using a number of research methods, examining a wide range of health and well-being issues, such as obesity, chronic disease, gene-environment interactions, safe water, infectious disease, pandemics, mental health, addictions, economic development, education, and labor markets.
His contributions include several peer-reviewed journal articles and books. Professor Spence is affiliated with the Harvard University & Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities. Also, he serves as the Associate Director of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium and Senior Editor of the International Indigenous Policy Journal.