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Alison Macpherson

Professor CIHR Chair in Maternal and Child Health Services and Policy Research

Research Interests

Dr. Macpherson's research focuses on how to keep children healthy, active, and safe. She works in partnership with many people, organizations, and communities to help them prevent injuries and promote active play and transportation. The area of research she is most interested in is how policies and laws can work to achieve these goals. Some specific studies include body-checking and injury in ice hockey, the role of the built environment in promoting safe active transportation, and the differences in injury rates by socio-economic status. She is a senior adjunct scientist at IC/ES, and the Chair of Parachute's Expert Advisory Board.


Department: School of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Hagel, B.E., Macpherson, A., Howard, A., Fuselli, P., Cloutier, M.S., Winters, M., Richmond, S.A., Rothman, L., Belton, K., Buliung, R. and Emery, C.A., The built environment and active transportation safety in children and youth: a study protocol. BMC public health19(1), 1-13.

Abdullah, P., Landy, C. K., McCague, H., Macpherson, A., & Tamim, H. (2019). Factors associated with the timing of the first prenatal ultrasound in Canada. BMC pregnancy and childbirth19(1), 164.

Wilkins, N.J., Zhang, X., Mack, K.A., Clapperton, A.J., Macpherson, A., Sleet, D., Kresnow-Sedacca, M.J., Ballesteros, M.F., Newton, D., Murdoch, J. and Mackay, J.M.,  (2019). Societal determinants of violent death: the extent to which social, economic, and structural characteristics explain differences in violence across Australia, Canada, and the United States. SSM-Population Health8, 100431.

Rothman, L., Cloutier, M. S., Manaugh, K., Howard, A. W., Macpherson, A. K., & Macarthur, C. (2020). Spatial distribution of roadway environment features related to child pedestrian safety by census tract income in Toronto, Canada. Injury Prevention26(3), 229-233.

Rothman, L., Macarthur, C., Wilton, A., Howard, A. W., & Macpherson, A. K. (2019). Recent trends in child and youth emergency department visits because of pedestrian motor vehicle collisions by socioeconomic status in Ontario, Canada. Injury prevention25(6), 570-573.

Matveev, R., Sergio, L., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Macpherson, A. K. (2018). Trends in concussions at Ontario schools prior to and subsequent to the introduction of a concussion policy-an analysis of the Canadian hospitals injury reporting and prevention program from 2009 to 2016. BMC public health18(1), 1-10.

Fridman, L., Fraser-Thomas, J. L., Pike, I., & Macpherson, A. K. (2018). Childhood road traffic injuries in Canada–a provincial comparison of transport injury rates over time. BMC public health18(1), 1348.

Audet, O., Hagel, B.E., Nettel-Aguirre, A., Mitra, T., Emery, C.A., Macpherson, A., Lavoie, M.D. and Goulet, C. (2019). What are the risk factors for injuries and injury prevention strategies for skiers and snowboarders in terrain parks and half-pipes? A systematic review. British journal of sports medicine53(1), 19-24. 

Richmond, S. A., Clemens, T., Pike, I., & Macpherson, A. (2018). A systematic review of the risk factors and interventions for the prevention of playground injuries. Canadian journal of public health109(1), 134-149.

Fridman, L., Fraser-Thomas, J. L., Pike, I., & Macpherson, A. K. (2019). Canadian Child Safety Report Card: a comparison of injury prevention practices across provinces. Injury prevention25(4), 252-257.