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Caroline Barakat-Haddad
BSc (Hon), MES, PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2063
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2173

caroline.barakat-haddad@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • environmental / occupational health
  • child and adolescent health
  • public health
  • health geography
  • air pollution and health
  • health inequities
  • cohort studies
  • quantitative research

Background

Dr. Caroline Barakat-Haddad is an Assistant Professor in Environmental/Occupational Health at UOIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor and Discipline Representative for Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and an Assistant Professor in Health Sciences at Zayed University, Dubai. Her research interests and expertise include the links between environments and health, health across the life course, child and adolescent health, spatial patterns of health and health care, environmental epidemiology, population health, and health inequities.

Her research experience focuses on air pollution and health, particularly the long-term health effects of childhood exposure to ambient air quality. She has designed and developed a large database on environmental exposures, health behaviours, and health measures for a sample of approximately 60,000 residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The goal was to examine differences in health status and environmental exposures across the seven emirates and among nationals and expatriates that reside in the UAE. She was also involved in a national Canadian project that systematically reviews the literature on risk factors related to the progression of 14 priority neurological conditions. 

She is currently involved in a number of research projects including examining constraints to physical activity among female adolescents, exploring transitioning thalassemia patients from adolescence to adulthood, and parental influence of children with asthma in relation to their physical activity practices.

Education

  • PhD, Medical Geography, Environmental Health McMaster University 2008
  • MES Environmental Studies York University 2003
  • BSc (Honours) University of Toronto 2003

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Public Health I
  • Issues in Child Health and Development  
  • Patterns of Health, Disease, and Injuries
  • Health Research Seminar                        
  • Health Research Methodology
  • Plagues and People                                  
  • Geography of Health and Health Care   
  • Places and People                         
  • Directed Readings in Health Studies     
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Monitoring and Risk Assessment
  • Health and Social Policy
  • Capstone Research Projects                    
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology II
  • Case Studies in Environmental Hazards           
  • Water and Solid Waste Management
  • The World of Health                                   
  • Environment and Health
  • Water and the Environment

Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level

  • Applied Biostatistics in Health Sciences

Research and expertise

  • Environmental epidemiology 
  • Environmental health
  • Health research methodology
  • Medical / health geography
  • Air pollution and health
  • Child / adolescent health and health behaviours
  • Cohort research design
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Survey development
  • Systematic reviews
  • N. Wattie
  • S. Dogra
  • R. Dghaim
  • S. Elliott
  • J. Eyles
  • D. Krewski
  • R. Martino
  • P. van Lieshout
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Sport Canada; $84,642; January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019. ‘Examining and Addressing Constraints to Sport Participation among Ethnically-Diverse Female Adolescents’; Principal Investigator.
  • Women’s Xchange 15K Award; $14,998; March 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017. ‘Examining Constraints to Sport Participation among Ethnically-Diverse Female Adolescents from Durham Region, Ontario’; Principal Investigator.
  • Health Canada Award; $24,900; July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. ‘Increasing youth awareness of environmental toxicants: A proposal to hold a national video challenge’; collaborator.
  • Research Grant, UTSC, $15,000; July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
  • SSHRC Institutional Grant, “Neighborhood Characteristics and Children Living with Neurological Conditions;” April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. UTSC, Sole Investigator.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada, “Systematic review of Factors Influencing the Onset of Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, and Muscular Dystrophy,” $298,787; November 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013. Principal University of Toronto Investigator, Co-investigator on National Project with Daniel Krewski (PI).
  • Public Health Agency of Canada, “Systematic review of Factors Influencing the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, and Muscular Dystrophy,” $382,597; November 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013. Principal University of Toronto Investigator, Co-investigator on National Project with Daniel Krewski (PI).
  • Zayed University Research Incentive Fund, “Health Status of Children and Youth in the United Arab Emirates,” US$64,000; November 1, 2007 to April 30, 2009. Principal Investigator.
  • Zayed University Research Incentive Fund, “Transportation Safety of School-aged Children in the United Arab Emirates,” US$11,000; November 1, 2008 to November 30, 2009. Co-Investigator with R. Dghaim (PI).
  • Ontario Graduate Student Science and Technology Scholarship, “Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution and Health,” $15,000; September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007. McMaster University, Principal Investigator. 

Involvement

  • Selected publications

    Recent publications:

    • Little, J., Barakat-Haddad, C., Martino, R., Pringsheim, T., Tremblett, H., McKay, K., …Krewski, D. (2016). Genetic Variation Associated with the Occurrence and Progression of Neurological Disorders. NeuroToxicology, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.09.018 [Epub ahead of print].
    • Barakat-Haddad, C., Shin, S., Candundo, H., Van Lieshout, P., & Martino, R. (2016). A Systematic Review of Risk Factors associated with Muscular Dystrophies. NeuroToxicology, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.03.007. [Epub ahead of print].
    • Martino,  R., Candundo, H., Van Lieshout, P., Shin, S., & Barakat-Haddad, C. (2016). Onset and Progression Factors in Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review, NeuroToxicology, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.04.003. [Epub ahead of print].
    • Van Lieshout, P., Candundo, H., Martino, R., Shin, S., & Barakat-Haddad, C. (2016). Onset Factors in Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review, NeuroToxicology, in press doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.03.021. [Epub ahead of print].
    • Barakat-Haddad, C., Zhang, S., Siddiqua, A., & Dghaim, R. (2015). Air quality and respiratory health among adolescents from the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, vol. 2015, Article ID 284595, 13 pages. doi:10.1155/2015/284595.
    • Barakat-Haddad, C., & Sheng, Z. (2015). Geographic variations in the predictors of asthma, wheeze, and dry nocturnal cough among adolescents from the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 7(4), 122 – 137.
    • Barakat-Haddad, C., & Siddiqua, A. (2015). Health Care Use and Health Care Accessibility among Adolescents in the United Arab Emirates. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 21 (3), 171 – 184.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. (2013) Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution as a Potential Contributor of Chronic Non-Respiratory Inflammatory Disorders: A Longitudinal Prospective Cohort Study in Hamilton, Canada. Journal of Environmental Protection, 4: 779–788.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. and Siddiqui A. Injuries among Adolescents in the United Arab Emirates. Injury Prevention. 2013; doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040625.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. Prevalence of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Thalassemia, Sickle-Cell Anemia, and Iron-Deficiency Anemia among the UAE Adolescent Population. Journal of Environmental and Public Health; 2013.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. Health Impacts of Air Pollution: A Life Course Approach for Examining Predictors of Respiratory Health in Adulthood. Annals of Epidemiology 2012; 22 (4): 239-249.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. Does Chronic Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution in Childhood Impact Long-term Respiratory Health? Professional Geographer, 2010; available online, DOI: 10.1080/00330124. 2011.609775.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Eyles J., Pengelly D. Predictors of locating children participants in epidemiological studies 20 years after last contact: Internet resources and longitudinal studies. European Journal of Epidemiology  2009; 24: 397 – 405.

    Chapter(s) in books:

    • Barakat-Haddad C. and Dghaim R. “The Quest for Higher Socioeconomic Status and Adolescent Health Risk Behaviour: Case Study from a Migrant Population in the United Arab Emirates,” in Socioeconomic Status and Health Implications, Sarah Reibert and Alice Jannings eds, 2012; Nova Science Publishers Inc.
    • Barakat-Haddad, C. & Dghaim, R. (2015). Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors in a Migrant Population. In J. A. Jaworski (Ed.), Advances in Sociology Research Volume 16. Nova Science Publishers Inc.
  • Presentations

    SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: 

    • Socio Demographic Predictors of Tobacco Smoking Among Adolescents Residing in the UAE. Doha International Family Institute, ‘Impact of Changing Population Dynamics in the Arab Family’, Doha, Qatar, December 2 to 3, 2013.
    • Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Policy Implications: A Longitudinal Perspective. BIT’s 2nd Annual World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology (WCEB 2012). Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly. Taiyuan, China, September 24 to 26, 2012.
    • Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution: A Potential Contributor of Chronic Non-respiratory Inflammatory Disorders? Environment and Health Series, Centre of Environment, University of Toronto. March 10, 2011.
    • Long-term Health Effects of Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution. EnviroCities 2008 International Conference: Sources and Health Effects of Air Pollution: Knowledge to Practice. Dubai, November 11 to 13, 2006.

    PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS:

    • Barakat-Haddad C., Siddiqua A. Use of primary health care and health care accessibility among adolescents from the United Arab Emirates. Paper session. The Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference and Meeting, St Catherines, May 26 to 30, 2014.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Siddiqua A. Profile of tobacco smoking among adolescents from the United Arab Emirates. Poster session. The Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference and Meeting, St Catherines, May 26 to 30, 2014.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Farooqi S. Identifying Themes in Childhood Disability Research. Paper session. 2014 Annual Meeting for the American Association of Geographers. Tampa, Florida, April 8 to 12, 2014
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Martino R., van Lieshout P., Candundo H., Shin S. Is Pesticide Exposure a Risk Factor for the Onset and Progression of Parkinson’s Disease? A Systematic Review. 2013 Annual Meeting for the American Association of Geographers. Los Angeles, California, April 9 to 13, 2013.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. Environments and Health: Interplay of Biological, Physical, Social, Psychological, and Institutional Determinants across the Life Course. Humboldt Colloquium “Excellence in Research,” Toronto, Canada, November 2 to 4, 2012.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. and Dghaim R. Adolescent Health Risk Behaviour: Case Study from a Migrant Population in the United Arab Emirates. The Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Waterloo, June 28 to July 1, 2012.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution and Chronic Non-respiratory Inflammatory Disorders. 14th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Durham, UK, July 10 to 15, 2011.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. Why Female Emirati Nationals Don’t “Just Do it”? Determinants of Physical Activity in Dubai. The Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Calgary, May 31 to June 4, 2011.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. and Dghaim R. Health Status of Children Living in the UAE. The 12th World Congress on Public Health: Making a Difference in Global Public Health: Education, Research, and Practice. Istanbul, Turkey. April 27 to May 1, 2009.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. Assessing the Long-term Health Impacts of Childhood Exposure to Air pollution. 2009 Annual Meeting for the American Association of Geographers: Advancing Geography in Partnership with You. Las Vegas, US, March 21 to 27, 2009.
    • Barakat-Haddad C. and Dghaim R. The Prevalence of Asthma and Allergic Disorders among UAE School Children and Youths. The First Middle East-Asia Allergy Asthma Immunology Congress. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. March 23 to 26, 2009.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. 20 Years Later: An Investigation of the Effects of Air Pollution on the Health Status of a Reconstructed Cohort of Children in Hamilton, Ontario. The Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division (CAGONT), Sudbury, Ontario, October 19 to 20, 2007.
    • Barakat-Haddad C, Elliott S., Pengelly D. Data Collection for Assessing the Long-term Health Effects of Childhood Exposure to Adverse Air Quality. 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Chicago; March 5 to 11, 2006.
    • Barakat-Haddad C., Elliott S., Pengelly D. Research Methods to Determine the Long-term Health Effects of Childhood Exposure to Air Quality. 11th International Medical Geography Symposium, Fort Worth Plaza Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas; July 5 to 9, 2006.
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