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Hala Tamim


Research Interests

Dr. Hala Tamim is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Hala has a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University and a Masters in Public Health from Emory University. She is a member of the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University, and a co-investigator of the National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network (NCPNN) at the American University of Beirut. She has over 20 years of professional teaching and training experience. Hala has extensive expertise in research methods and statistical analyses. She has managed several community-based and multi-centre projects and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers. Her main research interest is in the area of maternal and child health. Currently, funded by SSHRC, Hala and other colleagues at York University, the University of Toronto, and the American University of Beirut are conducting a study that assesses the integration of new parent Syrian refugees resettling in Canada by studying their transition pre versus post migration and comparing it to families that remain residing in Lebanon. 


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

Khan D, Rotondi M, Edgell H, Tamim H. The association between shift work exposure and the variations in age at natural menopause among adult Canadian workers: results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Menopause. 2022 Mar 25. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001981.

Sharif-Esfahani P, Hoteit R, El Morr C, and Tamim H. Fear of COVID-19 and Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD among Syrian Refugee Parents in Canada. Journal of Migration and Health Jan 23, 2022. doi: 10.1016/j.jmh.2022.100081. Epub 2022.

Ali-Hassan Y, Sartipi K, Jammal A, Khan D, Tamim H.  Variations in perceived stress among Syrian refugee parents resettled through different sponsorship programs in Canada. J Mig Health. 2021. Oct 6;4:100066. doi: 10.1016/j.jmh.2021.100066. eCollection 2021.PMID: 34712998

Keethakumar A, Mehra VM, Khanlou N, Tamim H. Cannabis use and patterns among middle and older aged Canadians prior to legalization: a sex-specific analysis of the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey. BMC Public Health. 2021 Jan 6;21(1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-10074-z. PMID: 33407292; PMCID: PMC7786462.

Islam F, Khanlou N, Tamim H. Maybe once I find a good job, I will be better”: Seeking Mental Healthcare in Little Bangladesh, Toronto, Canada. Journal of Concurrent Disorders Vol. 2 No. 1, 2020 (35-55)

Costanian C, Zangiabadi S, Aoun BSm Deonandan R, Tamim H. Reviewing the Evidence on Vasomotor Symptoms: The Role of Traditional and Non-Traditional Factors". Climacteric 2020 Jun;23(3):213-223. DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2019.1711051. PMID: 31975617

Islam F, Sultana A, Qasim S, Kozak M, Tamim H, Khanlou N. Children are going on a Different Path”: Youth Identity from the Bangladeshi Immigrant Parents’ Perspective. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (accepted)

Abdullah P, Landy CK, McCague H, Macpherson A, Tamim H. Factors associated with the timing of the first prenatal ultrasound in Canada. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 10;19(1):164. doi: 10.1186/s12884-019-2309-4.

Mehra VM, Keethakumar A, Bohr YM, Abdullah P, Tamim H. The association between alcohol, marijuana, illegal drug use and current use of E-cigarette among youth and young adults in Canada: results from Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2017. BMC Public Health. 2019 Sep 2;19(1):1208. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7546-y.

Mehra VM, Costanian C, Khanna S, Tamim H. Dental care use by immigrant Canadians in Ontario: a cross-sectional analysis of the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). BMC Oral Health. 2019 May 8;19(1):78. doi: 10.1186/s12903-019-0773-x.

Atiya A, Abdullah P, Ali-Hassan L, Tamim H. Prevalence and characteristics of cigarillo smoking in Canada: results from the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey. Public Health. 2018 Oct 24;165:42-47. PubMed PMID: 30368167.

Mehra VM, Ali-Hassan Y, Tamim H#, Costanian C. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Visiting the Dentist Only for Emergency Care Among Indigenous People in Ontario. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Feb 28. doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00872-y.

Costanian C, McCague H, Edgell H, Ardern CI, Tamim H. Changes in adiposity and other factors in relation to age at natural menopause: analyses from the coronary artery risk development (CARDIA) study. Menopause. 2018 Aug 27;PubMed PMID: 30153216.

Kim THM, Deol S, Lee M, Tamim H#. Characteristics of Physical Aggression in Children of Immigrant Mothers and Non-immigrant Mothers: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Survey of Young Canadians. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Feb 12. doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0712-y. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed [citation] PMID: 29435947.

Costanian C, Abdullah P, Sawh N, Nagapatan A, Tamim H. Factors associated with shorter night-time sleep in toddlers: The Survey of Young Canadians. Can J Public Health. 2018 Jan 22;108(5-6):e571-e577. doi: 10.17269/cjph.108.6236. PubMed [citation] PMID: 29356666.

Kim THM, Connolly JA, Rotondi M, Tamim H. Characteristics of positive-interaction parenting style among primiparous teenage, optimal age, and advanced age mothers  in Canada. BMC Pediatr. 2018 Jan 8;18(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12887-017-0972-z. PubMed [citation] PMID: 29310603, PMCID: PMC5759869.

Zangiabadi S, Costanian C, Tamim H#. Dental care use in Ontario: the Canadian community health survey (CCHS). BMC Oral Health. 2017 Dec 29;17(1):165. doi: 10.1186/s12903-017-0453-7. PubMed [citation] PMID: 29284491, PMCID: PMC5747094.

Islam F, Khanlou N, Macpherson A, Tamim H. Mental Health Consultation Among Ontario's Immigrant Populations. Community Ment Health J. 2018 Jul;54(5):579-589. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0210-z. Epub 2017 Nov 16. PubMed [citation] PMID: 29147950.