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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Please see my latest Curriculum Vitae here (Oct 2020)

Recent publications

Socioeconomic inequalities in secondhand smoke exposure before, during and after implementation of Quebec's 2015 'An Act to Bolster Tobacco Control'

Cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use among young adults in the United States: Findings from the 2016-18 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The role of education and other transition milestones in the progression of social inequalities in cigarette smoking between the ages of 18 and 25: Evidence from the Canadian National Population Health Survey

Health and voting over the course of adulthood: Evidence from two British birth cohorts

Considering the age-graded nature of associations between socioeconomic characteristics and smoking during the transition towards adulthood

Methodological systematic review of studies on social inequalities in smoking among young adults: A field coming of age?

Funding and affiliations