Thierry Gagné, PhD
Research Fellow, University College London
I am a Research Fellow affiliated with the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.
Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), my program of research aims to better understand the changes in mental wellbeing and health behaviours - chiefly through cigarette smoking - among young adults over time, the role of the transition to adulthood in the development of health inequalities over the life-course, and its increasing role among new generations facing poorer socioeconomic opportunities. My research over the next year will include focusing on trends in mental wellbeing before and during the COVID lockdown among young adults, and the role of the exposure to socioeconomic disadvantage and mental distress during adulthood on changes in mental wellbeing during the COVID lockdown among middle-aged and older adults in the United Kingdom.
This research is done using a wide range of datasets covering Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These include the Canadian Community Health Survey and National Population Health Survey in Canada, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in the U.S., and cohorts including the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, the 1990-born Next Steps study, and the Understanding Society study in the United Kingdom.
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