Sean Clouston

Sean Clouston


Sean Clouston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine 

Program in Public Health




Ph.D., Sociology, McGill University, (2011)

M.A., Social Statistics, McGill University (2006)

B.A., Sociology and Mathematics, University of Victoria, (2005)

Academic Interests:

Social inequalities in health, Social epidemiology, Lifecourse epidemiology, Demography, Family Dynamics, Quantitative methods

Honors, Awards & Affiliations:

NIA P01 AG043362 Clouston (Co-PI - 50% for 5 years). 08/01/2013-08/01/2018. "Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging." Principal Investigator: Scott Hofer (University of Victoria). Co-Investigators: Diana Kuh, Marcus Richards, Graciela Muniz, Andrea Piccinnin, Dan Mroczek.

Canadian Institute on Aging. PI: Scott Hofer, Co-PI: Diana Kuh. Funding: $140,000 over 2 years.

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) Pilot Study Grant, $5,000 to support research using WLS data.

Canada/United States Fulbright Scholarship, $15,000 to work with Bruce Link at the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York, NY, USA.  

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, $40,000 to support dissertation research activities.

Fonds québecois de recherche sur la société et la culture: bourse doctorale, $20,000 to support proposal writing and dissertation research.

Québec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics, $5,000 to support use of Statistics Canada ‘s longitudinal data in Ph.D. dissertation research.

Québec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics, $5,000 to support use of Statistics Canada ‘s longitudinal data in Master’s thesis research.

Professional Organizations: Member of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, Canadian Population Society, Gerontological Society of America

Research Networks: Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging (IALSA), Healthy Ageing across the Life Course (HALCyon)

Selected Publications:

Clouston, Sean, Marcus Richards, Dorina Cadar & Scott Hofer. In Press. "Educational Inequalities in Health Behaviors at Midlife: Is There a Role for Early-Life Cognition?". Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Rubin, Marcie S, Sean Clouston, Mohammad M Ahmed, Kristen M Lowe, Pradip R Shetye, Hillary L Broder, Stephen M Warren & Barry H Grayson. 2015. "Assessment of Presurgical Clefts and Predicted Surgical Outcome in Patients Treated with and without Nasoalveolar Molding." Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 26(1): 1-5.

Clouston, Sean, Marcie S. Rubin, Cynthia Colen & Bruce G. Link. 2014. "Social Inequalities in Suicide: The Role of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors." American Journal of Epidemiology 180(7):696-704.

Rubin, Marcie S., Sean Clouston & Bruce G. Link. 2014. "A Fundamental Cause Approach to the Study of Disparities in Lung Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Mortality in the United States ". Social Science and Medicine 100(2014):54-61 

Clouston, Sean, Rachel Kidman and Tia Palermo. 2014. "Social Inequalities in Vaccination Uptake among Children Aged 0-59 Months Living in Madagascar: An Analysis of Demographic and Health Survey Data from 2008-09.". Vaccine 32(28):3533-39

Hofer, Scott M & Sean Clouston. 2014. "On the Importance of Early-Life Cognitive Abilities in Shaping Later-Life Outcomes." Research in Human Development 11(3):241-46

Clouston, Sean, Andrea Lawlor & Ashton Verdery. 2014. "The Role of Social Networks and Partnership Status to Late-Life Capability." Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement 33(4):413-25

Clouston, S, P Brewster, D Kuh, M Richards, R Cooper, R Hardy, M Rubin, & S Hofer. 2013. "The dynamic relationship between physical function and cognition in longitudinal aging cohorts." Epidemiologic Reviews.

Saldana-Ruiz, N, S Clouston, M Rubin, C Colen, and B Link. 2013. “Fundamental Causes of Age Adjusted Colorectal Cancer Mortality: Understanding the Importance of Socioeconomic Status and Race in Creating Inequality in Mortality.” American Journal of Public Health. 103(1): 99-104.

Clouston, Sean, Diana Kuh, Marcus Richards, Pamela Herd, and Scott M Hofer. 2012. "Benefits of educational attainment on adult intelligence: International evidence from three birth cohorts." International Journal of Epidemiology.

Clouston, Sean, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée. 2012. "The role of defamilialization in the relationship between partnership and self-rated health: A cross-national comparison of Canada and the United States." Social Science & Medicine. 75(2012): 1342-1350.

Wang, Andrew, Sean Clouston, Marcie Rubin, Cynthia Colen, and Bruce Link. 2012. “Fundamental Causes of Colorectal Cancer Mortality: The Implications of Informational Diffusion.” The Milbank Quarterly. 3(90): 592-618.

Piccinnin, Andrea, Graciela Muniz, Sean Clouston, Ian J. Deary, Dorly Deeg, Boo Johansson, Andrew Mackinnon, Chandra A. Reynolds, Avron Spiro, John M. Starr, Valgeir Thorvaldsson & Scott M. Hofer. 2012. "Coordinated Analysis of Age, Sex, and Education Effects on Change in MMSE Scores." Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological & Social Sciences.

Clouston, Sean. 2011. "Social and Economic Patterning in the Interphone Study." International Journal of Epidemiology.

Wang, Andrew, Sean Clouston, Marcie Rubin, Cynthia Colen, and Bruce Link. Abstract. 2010. “Fundamental Causes of Colorectal Cancer Mortality.” Cancer Research. 70(8 Supp.): 990. 

Clouston, Sean, Sara Amin, Ashton Verdery, and G. Robin Gauthier. 2009. "The Structure of Undergraduate Association Networks: A Quantitative Ethnography." Connections 29(2).

Clouston, Sean, Margaret Penning. Abstract. 2009. "Poverty and Disability Transitions in Middle and Later Life: Impact on Social Isolation." Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging. 13(S1).

Clouston, Sean. "Who Killed the Queen? The Story of a Community Hospital and How to Fix Public Health Care." (Book Review). 2009. The McGill Sociological Review. 1: 65-67.

Book Chapters:

Clouston, Sean. 2014. "Counterfactual models for inferring causality in longitudinal lifecourse research." In Healthy Ageing across the Life Course. Kuh, D et al. (Eds.) Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.