Antony Chum, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: STH 312
905 688 5550 x5870

Antony Chum has a PhD in Health Geography from the University of Toronto (2012), and completed post-doctoral fellowships at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the design and evaluation of health interventions.

Dr. Chum’s main research interests are to understand the influence of built environments on human health and wellbeing, and to develop and evaluate strategies to build healthier cities and communities. His work addresses the urgent need to develop novel methods to represent the complexities of human behaviour and the built environment. These methods enable researchers to build strong evidence to guide healthy planning policies. Drawing on the disciplines of urban and health geography, environmental and social epidemiology, computer science, and GIS (Geographic Information Science), his work aims to inform public policy and the practice of urban planning, architecture, and urban design to promote urban health.

  • Social and built environmental determinants of health
  • Epidemiology of mental health
  • Epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases
  • LGBT Health
  • Housing, homelessness, and health
  • Healthy urban planning
  • Active transportation

*Note: Dr. Chum welcomes students and collaborators to contact him regarding the above areas of research.

Chum A, Atkinson P, O’Campo P (2018) Does time spent at home modify the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and transport-related walking? . BMJ Open (Under review: minor revisions).

Chum, A. and O’Campo, P. (2016). In Chapter 7: Designing healthier, more sustainable cities. In WHO and UN Habitat Joint Global report on urban health: equitable, healthier cities for sustainable development. Geneva-Kobe, World Health Organization (WHO). Available at

Chum, A., Skosireva, A., Tobon, J., & Hwang, S. (2016). Construct Validity of the SF-12v2 for the Homeless Population with Mental Illness: An Instrument to Measure Self-Reported Mental and Physical Health. PloS one, 11(3), e0148856.

O’Campo, P., Stergiopoulos, V., Nir, P., Levy, M., Misir, V., Chum, A., & Hwang, S. W. (2016). How did a Housing First intervention improve health and social outcomes among homeless adults with mental illness in Toronto? Two-year outcomes from a randomised trial. BMJ open, 6(9), e010581.

Chum, A. (2015). “The impact of gentrification on residential evictions.” Urban Geography. 36(7): 1083-1098.

Chum, A, O’Campo, P, & Matheson, F. (2015). The impact of urban land uses on sleep duration and sleep problems. The Canadian Geographer. 59 (4): 404-418.

Chum, A, & O’Campo, P. (2015). Cross-sectional associations between residential socio-environmental exposures and cardiovascular diseases. BMC Public Health. 14:438.

Chum, A. Farrell, E, Labetski, A, Vaivada, T, Bohnert, A, O’Campo P. (2015). The effect of food environments on fruit and vegetable intake as modified by time spent at home: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 5:e006200.

Chum, A, Carpenter, C, Farrell, E, Mook, L, Handy, F, Schugurensky, D, Quarter, J. (2014). Does geographic context influence employability-motivated volunteering? The role of area-level material insecurity and urbanicity. The Canadian Geographer. 59(3), 354-368.

Mook, L., Farrell, E., Chum, A., Handy, F., Schugurensky, D., & Quarter, J. (2014). Individual and Organizational Factors in the Interchangeability of Paid Staff and Volunteers: Perspectives of Volunteers. Canadian journal of nonprofit and social economy research, 5(2).

Chum A & O’Campo P. (2013). Contextual determinants of cardiovascular diseases: overcoming the residential trap by accounting for non-residential context and duration of exposure. Health & Place. 24, 73-79.

Chum, A, Mook, L, Handy, F, Schugurensky, D, & Quarter, J. (2013). Degree and Direction of Paid Employee/Volunteer Interchange in Non-profit Organizations. Nonprofit Management & Leadership 23(4), 409-426.

  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Capstone Project
  • Experiential Learning in Biostatistics