Queen's University

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Urban and Regional Planning


Urban and Regional Planning

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Patricia Collins

B.Sc., M.Sc. (McMaster) Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Assistant Professor
Cross-appointed to School of Kinesiology & Health Studies

Contact Information

Office: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 531
Telephone: (613) 533-6000 x 77060
Twitter: @HealthyCityProf
Website: healthycityprof.com
Email: patricia.collins[@]queensu.ca

Curriculum Vitae (171 KB)


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Patricia Collins joined SURP in July 2011, bringing with her a multidisciplinary background in the fields of health geography, health studies, health policy, research methods, and biochemistry. She is cross-appointed to the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies at Queen’s, and is a research associate at the KFL&A Health Unit. Her research interests focus on municipal-level approaches to address complex health and social issues, such as health inequities, environmental sustainability, active transportation, and household food insecurity, while her teaching interests include courses related to healthy community planning and research methods.  Having grown up just outside of Kingston, Patricia is excited about the opportunity to apply the ideas from her own work to help make her hometown a healthy and livable place for all Kingston residents.  To that end, Patricia also volunteers for Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, and is KCAT’s representative on the City of Kingston’s Age Friendly Advisory Committee.


Research Interests

Patricia’s research falls within the general area of healthy community planning and governance, and currently encompasses topics ranging from neighbourhoods and health, active transportation and health, local-level responses to household food insecurity, and integrated community sustainability planning.  


Selected Publications

  1. Collins PA, Mayer D. “Active Transportation among Adults in Kingston, Ontario: An Analysis of Mode, Destination, and Duration among Walkers and Cyclists.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health. IN PRESS
  2. Alberghetti A*, Collins PA.  “A Passion for Gambling: A Conceptual Analysis and Review of Gambling Behaviours Among the Older Adult Population in Canada.” Journal of Gambling Studies. IN PRESS
  3. Collins PA, Hayes MV. “Examining the Capacities of Municipal Governments to Reduce Health Inequities: A Survey of Municipal Actors' Perceptions in Metro Vancouver.” Canadian Journal of Public Health 2013; 104(4): e304-310.
  4. Collins PA. “Do Great Local Minds Think Alike?  Assessing Consensus in Perceptions of the Social Determinants of Health between Non-Profit and Governmental Actors in Two Canadian Cities”.  Health Education Research 2012; 27(3): 371-84.
  5. Collins PA, Hayes MV.  “The Role of Urban Municipal Governments in Reducing Health Inequities: A Meta-Narrative Mapping Analysis.”  International Journal for Equity in Health 2010; 9(1): 13.
  6.  Abelson J, Collins PA.  “Media Hyping of Drug Policy in Canada and the UK: The Case of Herceptin.”  Healthcare Policy 2009; 4(3): e113-e128.
  7. Collins PA, Hayes MV, Oliver LN.  “Neighbourhood Quality and Self-Rated Health: A Survey of Eight Suburban Neighbourhoods in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area.”  Health & Place 2009; 15: 156-64.