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Laura N. Anderson

Laura N. Anderson

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI), at McMaster University
Adjunct Scientist in the division of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute

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McMaster University
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Hamilton, ON
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Laura N. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University and an Adjunct Scientist in the division of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Anderson’s primary area of research is population and public health with a focus on chronic disease prevention and modifiable determinants of health in early life. The methods used in her research include life-course epidemiology, survey design, population health interventions, and analysis of big data. She is an investigator on multiple CIHR-funded projects related to childhood obesity. She contributes to teaching and graduate student supervision in the Masters of Public Health program at McMaster.


  • Population and public health
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Modifiable determinants of health in early life
  • Childhood obesity


Anderson LN, Heong SW, Chen Y, Thorpe KE, Adeli K, Howard A, Sochett E, Birken CS, Parkin PC, Maguire JL; TARGet Kids Collaboration. Vitamin D and fracture risk in early childhood: A case-control study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2017. 185(12):1255-1262. doi: 10.1093/aje/kww204.

Anderson LN, Maguire JL, Lebovic G, Hanley AJ, Hamilton J, Adeli K, McCrindle BW, Borkhoff CM, Parkin PC, Birken CS. Duration of fasting, serum lipids, and metabolic profile in early childhood. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2017. Jan;180:47-52.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.09.005.

Anderson LN, Lebovic G, Hamilton J, Hanley AJ, McCrindle BW, Maguire JL, Parkin PC, Birken CS; TARGet Kids Collaboration. Body Mass Index, Waist circumference, and the clustering of cardiometabolic risk factors in early childhood. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2016. Mar;30(2):160-70. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12268.

Anderson LN, Chen Y, Omand JA, Birken CS, Parkin PC, To T, Maguire JL;  TARGet Kids Collaboration. Vitamin D exposure during pregnancy, but not early childhood,is associated with risk of childhood wheezing. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2015. 6(4):308-16. doi: 10.1017/S2040174415001063.

Anderson LN, Briollais L, Atkinson HC, Marsh JA, Xu J, Connor KL, Matthews SG, Pennell CE, Lye SJ. Investigation of genetic variants, birthweight and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function suggests a genetic variant in the SERPINA6 gene is associated with corticosteroid binding globulin in the western Australia pregnancy cohort (Raine) study. PLoS One. 2014. Apr 1;9(4):e92957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092957.

Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Mirea L, Ozcelik H, Kreiger N. Passive cigarette smoke exposure during various periods of life, genetic variants, and breastcancer risk among never smokers. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012. Feb 15;175(4):289-301. doi:10.1093/aje/kwr324.

Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Kirsh VA, Knight JA. Ultraviolet sunlight exposure during adolescence and adulthood and breast cancer risk: a population-based case-control study among Ontario women. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011.  Aug 1;174(3):293-304.


  • Population and Public Health Research Methods (PUBHLTH 704)
  • Population and Public Health Epidemiology (PUBHLTH 701)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (HRM 702)


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