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Brand, Kevin

Brand, Kevin

Associate Professor
B.A.Sc. (Toronto), M.S. (Carnegie-Mellon), S.M. (Harvard), Sc.D. (Harvard)
DMS 6149
613-562-5800 x 1852
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Research Areas
  • Decision analysis
  • Demography methods
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Health economic valuation
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Policy Formulation
  • Regulatory toxicology
  • Risk Management
  • Uncertainty Analysis
Teaching Areas
  • Health Management


Dr. Brand's research informs the risk analysis/management interface applied to the health sector. His methods-research aims to simplify and illuminate projections/forecasts of health impacts (using simple mathematical models), and to clarify the translation of uncertain evidence into warrants for health policy action (using simple decision analysis and risk perception insight). He was the MHA program director from July of 2015 to January 2017.

His applications of these methods have extended beyond uncertainty analysis to include (Bayesian) numerical methods for pooling information, and value of information analysis. In more recent research he has applied standard mathematical approximation techniques to a standard demography tool, namely the life-table. He has used the resulting approximations to effectively "break-open" the black-box calculations that characterize the Cause-Modified life-table. His follow-up work suggests that these heuristics and inter-relationships will help bring greater coherence, and in some cases greater rigor, to the disparate approaches that have been used (by various disciplines) to forecast long term population health impacts.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

Stieb, D.M., Judek, S., Brand, K.P., Burnett, R.T. and Shin, H.H. 2015. Approximations for Estimating Change in Life Expectancy Attributable to Air Pollution in Relation to Multiple Causes of Death Using a Cause Modified Life Table. Risk Analysis, 35(8): 1468-1478.

Stieb, D.M., Judek, S., van Donkelaar, A., Martin R.V., Brand, K.P., Shin, H.H., Burnett, R.T. and Smith-Doiron, M.H. 2015. Estimated public health impacts of changes in concentrations of fine particle air pollution in Canada, 2000 to 2011. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106(6): e362-8.

Archambault, P.M., Turgeon, A.F., Witteman, H.O., Lauzier, F., Moore, L., Lamontagne, F., Horsley, T., Gagnon, M.P., Droit, A., Weiss, M., Tremblay, S., Lachaine, J., Le Sage, N., Émond, M., Berthelot, S., Plaisance, A., Lapointe, J., Razek, T., van de Belt, T.H., Brand, K.P., Kuziemsky, C.E., Bérubé, M., Clément, J., Grajales Iii, F.J., Eysenbach, G., Friedman, D., Lang, E., Muscedere, J., Rizoli, S., Roberts, D.J., Scales, D.C., Sinuff, T., Stelfox, H.T., Gagnon, I., Chabot, C., Grenier, R. and Légaré, F. 2015. Implementation and Evaluation of a Wiki Involving Multiple Stakeholders Including Patients in the Promotion of Best Practices in Trauma Care: The WikiTrauma Interrupted Time Series Protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 4(1).

Archambault, P.M., van de Belt, T.H., Brand, K.P., Plaisance, A., Kuziemsky, C.E., Faber, M.J., Gagnon, M.P., Turgeon, A.F., Aubin, K., Poitras, J., Horsley, T., Lapointe, J., Witteman, W., Lachaine, J. and Légaré, F. 2014. Collaborative writing applications in healthcare: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (11): 1465-1858.

Peterson, E., Aker, A., Kim, J., Brand, K.P. and Copes, R. 2013. Lung-Cancer Risk from Radon in Ontario, Canada: How many lung cancers can we prevent?. Cancer Causes and Control, 24(11): e2013-2020.

Welch, V., Petticrew, M., Ueffing, E., Jandu, M.B. and Brand, K.P. 2012. Does Consideration and Assessment of Effects on Health Equity Affect the Conclusions of Systematic Reviews? A Methodology Study. PLOS ONE, 7(3): e31360.

Welch, V., Brand, K.P., Kristjansson, E., Smylie, J., Wells, G. and Tugwell, P. 2012. Systematic reviews need to consider applicability to disadvantaged populations: inter-rater agreement for a health equity plausibility algorithm. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12: 187.

Welch, V., Tugwell, P., Petticrew, M., Brand, K.P. and Smylie, J. 2010. How effects on health equity are assessed in systematic reviews of interventions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (12): 55 pages.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

Brand, K.P. 2011. "Methodological Questions Regarding the Assessment of Health Impacts form Air Pollution", February, pp. 1-56.

Brand, K.P. 2010. "Monitoring Health-Inequality by Income: A Review of Possible Approaches", March, pp. 1-24.

Brand, K.P. 2010. "Towards a Simplified Health Valuation: From Epidemiologic- to Economic-Health Burden", March, pp. 1-39.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2010-2011 Health Canada Issues in the Analysis and Interpretation of Effects of Air Pollution on Life Expectancy C G PI $ 24,915
2009-2010 Public Health Agency of Canada First Order Estimates of Mortality Cost in Economic Burden of Illness Studies: Proof of Concepts C G PI $ 9,999
2009-2010 Public Health Agency of Canada HALE Project C G PI $ 9,955

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator