Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald, PhD., FRSPH

Professor and Chair,
Department of Health Studies and Gerontology
University of Waterloo

Mail address: 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G1
Office: Burt Mathews Hall, Room 2311
Telephone: 1 519 888 4567 ext 35839
Fax: 1 519 746 2510
Research interests:  The planning, design and testing of population interventions (policy, communication, education, services) for chronic disease prevention, especially cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease; building capacity for knowledge exchange; building research capacity for population and public health; evidence informed decision making; tobacco control, especially smoking cessation.Teaching interests:  Population intervention for disease prevention; health promotion; psychology of health; social determinants of health; comparative health care systems; tobacco control.Curriculum vitae

Copies of recent presentations and documents

Research funders and partners:  Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, Health Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, National Institutes of Health Research (US), Canadian Cancer Society.    

Sample of publications

McDonald PW, Viehbeck S, Robinson SJ, Leatherdale ST, Nykiforuk CIJ.  Building capacity for evidence-based decision making in public health:  an example from Canadian tobacco control.  Tobacco Induced Diseases, 5:12 doi:10.1186/1617-9625-5-12.  Advance copy online at

Luk, Rita, Cohen, Joanna, Ferrence, Roberta, McDonald, Paul W., Schwartz, Robert, Bondy, Susan J.  Prevalence and correlates of purchasing contraband cigarettes on First Nations reserves in Ontario, Canada.  Addiction, 2009;104:488-495. doi:10.1111/j.1360=0443.2008.02453.x

Bader P, McDonald P, Selby P.  An algorithm for tailoring pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation:  Results from a delphi panel of international experts. Tobacco Control, 2009;18:34-42. doi:10.1136/tc.2008.025635.

Hader, Joanne M., White, Robin, Lewis, Steven, J., Foreman, Jeanette, McDonald, Paul W. and Thompson, Laurence G.  Physician views of clinical practice guidelines:  A qualitative exploration using innovative theory. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2007:13;601-606.

McDonald Paul W. and Viehbeck Sarah. From evidence-based practice making to practice-based evidence making: Creating communities of (research) and practice. Health Promotion Practice, 2007; 8(2), 140-144.  DOI: 0.1177/1524839906298494

McDonald, Paul W.  A practical, cost efficient method for recruiting participants into healthy eating programs. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Policy and Practice 2007;4(2).

Cornuz, Jacques, Gilber,t Allison, Pingest, Christopher, McDonald, Paul, Slama, Karen, Salto, Esteve, Paccaud, Fred.  Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapies for nicotine dependence in primary care settings – a multinational comparison.  Tobacco Control 2006:15;152-159.

Leatherdale, Scott T, McDonald, Paul W., Cameron, Roy, Brown, Stephen K.   A multi-level analysis examining the relationship between social influences for smoking and smoking onset.  American Journal of Health Behavior 2005;29(6): 520-530.

Leatherdale, Scott T, McDonald, Paul W.  What smoking cessation approaches will young smokers use?  Addictive Behaviors 2005;30:1614-1618.

Smith, Patricia M., Cameron, Roy, McDonald, Paul W., Kawash, Beth, Madill, Cheryl, and Brown, K.Stephen.  Structuring telephone counseling for population-based smoking cessation.  American Journal of Health Behavior 2004;28: 231-241.

McDonald, Paul W. A low cost, practical method for increasing smokers use of smoking cessation programs. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2004;95 (1): 50-53.

Hammond, David, Fong, Geoffrey T., McDonald, Paul W., Cameron, Roy and Brown, K. Stephen.  Graphic Canadian cigarette warning labels do not lead to adverse outcomes:  Evidence from a longitudinal survey of adult smokers. American Journal of Public Health 2004; 4(8): 1442-1445.

Hammond, David, Fong, Geoffrey T., McDonald, Paul W. and Borland, Ron.  Do smokers know how to quit?  Knowledge and perceived effectiveness of cessation assistance as predictors of cessation behaviour in a longitudinal sample of smokers.  Addiction 2004;99: 1042-1048.

McDonald, PW., Collwell, B., Backinger, C., Maule, C., Better practices for youth tobacco cessation:  Recommendations from an evidence review panel.  American Journal of Health Behavior 2003;27 (suppl. 2): S144-S158.

Hammond, David, Fong, Geoffrey. T., McDonald, Paul W., Cameron, Roy and Brown, K. Stephen.  The impact of the graphic Canadian warning labels on adult smoking behaviour.  Tobacco Control 2003;12(4):391-395.

%d bloggers like this: