Esme Fuller-Thomson

Professor; Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work; Director, Institute for Life Course and Aging; Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (1995); M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley (1991); B.S.W., McGill University (1988) B.A. (Hons), Political Science & History, McGill University (1986)
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-3269
Office Location: 

Room 514

Recent Media Coverage of Esme Fuller-Thomson’s Research:

– Esme panelist on “The Future of Health Care in an Aging World” session presented by the Sandra A. Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy at Rotman

– Reader’s Digest article on Migraines and Anxiety

Globe & Mail article on The Truth About Teen Drinking (October 2016)

– Coverage of Esme’s early adversity research in UofT Magazine (September 2016)

– Washington Post article on Surprising News about Depression(June 2016)

Full Recovery from Depression Possible article in Glamour Magazine (June 2016)

CBC interview’s Esme on binge drinking research (March 9, 2016)

More Grandparents are Raising their Grandchildren PBS (February 2016)

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Toronto Star article (August 2014)

Toronto Star article on link between childhood abuse and dyslexia (July 2014)

CTV News highlights Esme’s research on binge drinking among junior high students.

CBS TV and the Toronto Star features Esme’s research on the link between parental divorce and men’s risk of stroke.

– NBC’s Today Show features Esme Fuller-Thomson’s research: ” Study links divorce and kids’ suicidal thoughts .”

Atlantic article on Esme’s research linking parental divorce and smoking.

– Research by Esme Fuller-Thomson was featured in the New York Times report, “Sons of Divorce Fare Worse Than Daughters “, January 25, 2011.

– Esme Fuller-Thomson appears on TVO’s, The Agenda with Steve Paikin to address Boomers and Elderly Care.

Listen to Esme’s interview on her research showing a link between parental divorce and stroke for BBC Radio’s World Service News (November 22, 2010).

– Canada AM (CTV) coverage of research linking childhood abuse and heart disease, July 23, 2010

– CTV National News reports on link between childhood abuse & cancer, June 25, 2009

Esme Fuller-Thomson is appointed to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and cross appointed to the faculties of Medicine and Nursing. She is also the Director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Her three major areas of research are the long-term health impacts of adverse childhood experience including maltreatment and parental divorce, grandparents raising grandchildren and social determinants of disability among older adults. She primarily teaches courses in the area of evidence based practice, research methods and gerontology. Esme has been on the faculty at U. of T. since completing her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She also holds a B.A. and a B.S.W. from McGill University.

Esme’s research has been published in the most prestigious journals in Medicine (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine), Public Health (e.g., American Journal of Public Health), Gerontology (e.g., Journals of Gerontology) and Social Work (e.g., Social Work; Health & Social Work). Her research articles have been cited more than 800 times in the academic literature

Esme’s research has also had an influence outside the academic community. Her research on disability and poverty was discussed in Time Magazine’s cover story (12/04/06) on “This Year in Medicine”, the magazine’s annual review of the important developments in medical research. Her studies have been featured in all major wire services and in hundreds of newspaper articles on five continents including front page articles in The Chicago Tribune and The National Post and front of section articles in The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail. Esme’s research on Canadian grandparents raising grandchildren was profiled in a television documentary on CBC’s The National. Her research on the housing needs of American grandparent caregivers provided the background for testimony to the U.S. Congress. The resulting legislation funding demonstration projects of public housing for grandparent caregivers was passed into law in 2003.

Esme has been an investigator on research grants funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, Health Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Citizenship and Immigration, Canada, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Archstone Foundation.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Fuller-Thomson, E., Kotchapaw, L. (2019) Remission from suicidal ideation among those in chronic pain: What factors are associated with resilience?” The Journal of Pain.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Hodgins, G. (2019) Suicide Attempts among those with Migraine: Findings from a Nationally Representative Canadian Study. Archives of Suicide Research. . 2019 Apr 4:1-20.

Fuller-Thomson, E., West, KJ, Baiden, P. (2019) The Tide Does Turn: Predictors of remission from suicidal ideation and attempt among Canadians who previously attempted suicide. Psychiatry Research. 2019 Feb 14;274:313-321:

Fuller-Thomson, E., Jensen, L.A., (2019) “Flourishing After a Stroke: A Nationally Representative Portrait of Resilience and Mental Health Among Older Canadians”. Journal of Aging and Health; 089826431882222 DOI: 10.1177/0898264318822228

Chan, K.T.K., Kobayashi, K.M., Roy, A., Fuller-Thomson, E. (2018) “Diabetes Care of Non-obese Korean Americans: Considerable Room for Improvement” Korean Journal of Family Medicine. doi: 10.4082/kjfm.18.0002.

Fuller-Thomson, E., (2018) “Might Lifetime Exposure to Lead Confound the Association Between Hearing Impairment and Incident Dementia” The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 73, Issue 7, July 2018, Pages 991–992,

Fuller-Thomson, E., Howden, K., Fuller-Thomson, L., & Agbeyaka, S., (2018) “A Strong Graded Relationship between Level of Obesity and COPD: Findings from a National Population-Based Study of Lifelong Nonsmokers,” Journal of Obesity, vol. 2018, Article ID 6149263, 2018.

 Fuller-Thomson, E., & West, K., (2018) Flourishing despite a cancer diagnosis: Factors associated with complete mental health in a nationally-representative sample of cancer patients aged 50 years and older, Aging & Mental Health.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Carroll, S.Z., Yang, W., (2018) Suicide Attempts Among Individuals with Specific Learning Disorders: An Underrecognized Issue, Journal of Learning Disabilities Volume 51 (3), p. 283-292. doi: 10.1177/0022219417714776

Houser, Nancy; Baiden, Philip; Fuller-Thomson, Esme. (2016). Diabetes and Hypertension in Congolese Church Personnel: An Emerging Epidemic? Journal of Community Health. 2016 Oct 17.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Brennenstuhl, S., Cooper, R., Kuh, D. (2016). An investigation of the healthy migrant hypothesis: Pre-emigration characteristics of those in the British 1946 birth cohort study. Can J Public Health 2016 Mar 16;106(8):e502-8.

Whitley DM, Fuller-Thomson, E. (2016). African-American Solo Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Representative Profile of Their Health Status. J Community Health. 2016 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print].

Fuller-Thomson, E., Roane, J., & Brennenstuhl, S (2016). Three Types of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Alcohol and Drug Dependence among Adults: An Investigation using Population-Based Data. Substance Use & Misuse. 2016 Sep 18;51(11):1451-61. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1181089.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Ramzan N, Baird SL. (2016) Arthritis and suicide attempts: findings from a large nationally representative Canadian survey. Rheumatol Int. 2016 Sep;36(9):1237- 48.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Baird SL, Dhrodia R, Brennenstuhl S. (2016). The association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and suicide attempts in a population-based study Child: Care, Health & Development. 2016 Sep;42(5):725-34.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Agbeyaka, S., LaFond, D & and Bern-Klug, M. (2016). Flourishing after depression: Factors associated with achieving complete mental health after a history of depression. Psychiatry Research. Aug 30;242:111-20.

Baiden P, & Fuller-Thomson, E., (2016). Factors Associated with Achieving Complete Mental Health among Individuals with Lifetime Suicidal Ideation. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Aug; 46(4):427-46

Fuller-Thomson, E., Lewis DA, Agbeyaka SK. (2016). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder casts a long shadow: findings from a population-based study of adult women with self-reported ADHD. Child Care Health Dev. 2016 Jul 20.

Fuller-Thomson, E. & Hollister, B. (2016). Schizophrenia and Suicide Attempts: Findings from a Representative Community-Based Canadian Sample. Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, February 2016 DOI: 10.1155/2016/3165243

Fuller-Thomson E., Lacombe-Duncan A. (2016). Understanding the Association Between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Current Anxiety: A Population-Based Study. COPD. Feb 1:1-10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26830204

Baiden P, Fuller-Thomson, E., (2016). Factors Associated with Achieving Complete Mental Health among Individuals with Lifetime Suicidal Ideation. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Jan 26. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12230. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26811142

White, B.A., Cordie-Garcia, L. & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2016). Incarceration of a family member during childhood is associated with later heart attack: Findings from two large, population-based studies. Journal of Criminal Justice. Vol 44, p. 89-98.

Fuller-Thomson E, Brennenstuhl, S., Cooper, R., Kuh, D. (2015). An investigation of the healthy migrant hypothesis: Pre-emigration characteristics of those in the British 1946 birth cohort study. Can J Public Health 2015;106(8):e502–e508 doi: 10.17269/CJPH.106.5218

Whitley DM, Fuller-Thomson E. (2015).The Health of the Nation’s Custodial Grandfathers and Older Single Fathers: Findings From the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System. Am J Mens Health. 2015 Dec 14. pii: 1557988315621604. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26669777

Fuller-Thomson E, & Dalton, A.D. (2015) Gender differences in the association between parental divorce during childhood and stroke in adulthood: findings from a population-based survey. International Journal of Stroke. Int J Stroke. 2015 Aug;10(6):868-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00935.x

Fuller-Thomson E, West KJ, Sulman J, Baird SL. (2015). Childhood Maltreatment Is Associated with Ulcerative Colitis but Not Crohn’s Disease: Findings from a Population-based Study. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2015 Nov;21(11):2640-8. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000551.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Lateef, R., & Sulman, J. (2015). The Robust Association between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Findings from a Nationally Representative Canadian Study. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Oct;21(10):2341-8. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000518.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Lewis, D. A. (2015) The Relationship between Early Adversities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder . Child Abuse & Neglect. Sep;47:94-101. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.03.005.

Brennenstuhl, S., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2015). The painful legacy of childhood violence: Migraine Headaches among adult survivors of adverse childhood experiences. Headache. Jul;55(7):973-83. doi: 10.1111/head.12614.

Fuller-Thomson, E. (2015). Emerging evidence contradicts the hypothesis that bilingualism delays dementia onset. A Commentary on “Age of dementia diagnosis in community dwelling bilingual and monolingual Hispanic Americans” by Lawton et al., 2015. Cortex, 66, 170-172.

Fuller-Thomson, E, & Hooper, S. R. (2015). The association between childhood physical abuse and dyslexia: Findings from a population-based study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(9),1583-1592.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Grundland, T., Sheridan, M.P., & Sorichetti, C. (2014) Binge Drinking among 12-to-14-Year-Old Canadians: Findings from a Population-Based Study. ISRN Public Health, Volume 2014. Article ID 646250. Published online 7 May 2014.

Fuller-Thomson, E. Battiston, M. Gadalla, T. M., Shaked, Y. & Raza, F. (2014). Remission from Depression among Adults with Arthritis: A 12-Year Follow-up of a Population-Based Study. Depression Research and Treatment, Volume 2014. Published online 27 January 2014.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Sawyer, J. L. (2014). Is the cluster risk model of parental adversities better than the cumulative risk model as an indicator of childhood physical abuse?: Findings from two representative community surveys. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40(1), 124-133.

Fuller-Thomson, E. Mehta, R. & Valeo, A.  (2014) Establishing a Link Between Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Childhood Physical Abuse. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 23 (2), 188-198

Fuller-Thomson, E, Kuh, D. (2014). The healthy migrant effect may confound the link between bilingualism and delayed onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex. 2014 Mar;52:128-30. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.08.009.

Cohen, M., Granger, S., & Fuller-Thomson, E (2013). The association between bereavement and biomarkers of inflammation. Behavioral MedicineDOI: 10.1080/08964289.2013.866539

De Souza, L. R., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2013). Acculturation and disability rates among Filipino-Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(3), 462-471.

Fuller Thomson, E., Nuru-Jeter, A., Richardson, D., Raza, F., & Minkler, M. (2013). The Hispanic paradox and older adults’ disabilities: Is there a healthy migrant effect?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(5), 1786-1814.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Filippelli, J., & Lue-Crisostomo, C. A. (2013). Gender-specific association between childhood adversities and smoking in adulthood: Findings from a population-based study. Public Health, 127(5), 449-460.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Kao, F., Brennenstuhl, S., & Yancura, L. A. (2013). Exploring gender differences in the association between childhood physical abuse and thyroid disorders. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 22(6), 590-610.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Sinclair, D. A., & Brennenstuhl, S. (2013). Carrying the pain of abuse: Gender-specific findings on the relationship between childhood physical abuse and obesity in adulthood. Obesity Facts, 6(4), 325-336.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Milaszewski, D., & Abdelmessih, S. A. (2013). Discussion Forum: The importance of untangling the role of nativity and bilingualism in Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex: A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 49(5), 1441.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Schrumm, M. & Brennenstuhl, S (2013). Migraine and Despair: Factors Associated with Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Canadian Migraineurs in a Population-Based Study.  Depression Research and Treatment. Article ID 401487,

Zhang, Y, Fuller-Thomson, E., Mitchell, C.A. & Zhang, X. Older Adults with HIV/AIDS in Rural china. (2013).  Open AIDS J. 2013; 7: 51–57.. doi:  10.2174/1874613601307010051

Fuller-Thomson, E., Katz, RB, Phan, VT, Liddycoat, JPM. & Brennenstuhl. S (2013) The long arm of parental addictions: the association with adult children’s depression in a population-based study Psychiatry Research 210 (1), pp. 95-101 DOI information: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.02.024

Fuller-Thomson, E., Mehta , R, & Sulman, J. (2013). Long-Term Parental Unemployment in Childhood and Subsequent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ISRN Family Medicine. Volume 2013, Article ID 978250

Fuller-Thomson, E.,  Sheridan, M.P., Sorichetti, C. & Mehta. M (2013) Underage Binge Drinking Adolescents: Sociodemographic Profile and Utilization of Family Doctors. ISRN Family Medicine. Volume 2013 Article ID 728730.

Thompson, G., Cameron, R. E., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2013). Walking the red road: The role of First Nations grandparents in promoting cultural well-being. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76(1), 55-78.

Fuller-Thomson, EHamelin, G.P. & and Granger, S. J. R. (2013). Suicidal Ideation in a Population-Based Sample of Adolescents: Implications for Family Medicine Practice, ISRN Family Medicine. Volume 2013, Article ID 282378.

Fuller-Thomson E., Sohn HR, Brennenstuhl S, Baker TM. (2012) Is childhood physical abuse associated with anxiety disorders among adults? Psychol Health Med. 2012 Jun 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Fuller-Thomson, E., Saini, J. & Brennenstuhl. S. (2012) The association between depression and thyroid disorders in a regionally representative Canadian sample. Psychology, Health and Medicine 17(3):335-45.

Yee S, Fuller-Thomson E., Lau A, Greenblatt EM. (2012). Fertility Preservation Practices Among Ontario Oncologists. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22234424.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Brennenstuhl. S. (2012). Persons with Disabilities: The Forgotten Victims of Violence.  The Lancet [Invited Commentary]. Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Worthington, C., McLeish, K. & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2012)  Adherence over time to cervical cancer screening guidelines:  Insights from the Canadian National Population Health Survey. Journal of Women’s Health Feb;21(2):199-208.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Baker, T.M., Brennenstuhl. S. (2012) Evidence supporting an independent association between childhood physical abuse and lifetime suicidal ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 2012 Jun;42(3):279-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00089.x. Epub 2012 Apr 11.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Tulipano, M., Song, M. (2012) The Association Between Depression, Suicidal Ideation and Stroke in a Population-Based Sample. International Journal of Stroke. Apr;7(3):188-94.. Epub 2012 Jan 20.

Yee, S; Fuller-Thomson, E., Dwyer, C., Greenblatt, E, Shapiro, H. (2011) “Just what the doctor ordered”: Factors associated with oncology patients’ decision to bank sperm” Canadian Urological Association Journal . May 1:1-5. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.10084. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21539768.

Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y. Aleong,  T., Baker, T. & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2012). Factors associated with the Household Income of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in China Global Journal of Health Science Vol. 4, No. 3; 2012 108 doi:10.5539/gjhs.v4n3p108-116.

Milaszewski D, Greto E, Klochkov T, Fuller-Thomson E. (2012). A Systematic Review of Education for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS among Older Adults. J Evid Based Soc Work. Jun 6;9(3):213-30.

George, U., Chaze, F., Brennenstuhl, S., Fuller-Thomson, E. (2012) “Looking for Work but Nothing Seems to Work”: The Job Search Strategies of Internationally-Trained Engineers in Canada. The Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI).  13 (3), p. 303-323.

Tsang, A.K.T., Fuller-Thomson, E., Lai, D.W.L. (2011) Sexuality and Health Among Chinese Seniors in Canada.  Journal of International Migration and Integration. (DOI) 10.1007/s12134-011-0221-5 Published online August 24, 2011.

Nuru-Jeter, A., Thorpe, R. J., Fuller-Thomson, E., (2011) Black-White Differences in Disablement Outcomes: From Early Childhood to Older Adulthood. Public Health Reports 126 p. 834-843.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Noack, A. M., George, U (2011). Health Decline Among Recent Immigrants to Canada: Findings From a Nationally-representative Longitudinal Survey . Canadian Journal of Public Health Vol. 102(4), p. 273-280.

Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Hanko Aleong T., Fuller-Thomson, E. (2011). Impact of HIV/AIDS on Social Relationships in Rural China.  The Open AIDS Journal, 2011, 5, 67-73. Epub 2011 Jul 15. PubMed PMID: 21792384; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3141326.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Bottoms, J., Brennenstuhl, S., & Hurd, M. (2011). Is childhood physical abuse associated with peptic ulcer disease? Findings from a population-based study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol. 26 (16), pp. 3225-3247

Fuller-Thomson, E., Sulman, J., Brennenstuhl, S., & Merchant, M. (2011). Functional somatic syndromes and childhood physical abuse in women: Data from a population based study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 20 (4):1–25.

Shlonsky, A., Baker, T. & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2011) Using Methodological Search Filters to Facilitate Evidence-based Social Work Practice. Clinical Social Work Journal Vol. 39 (4), p. 390-399.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Nimigon, J. & Brennenstuhl, S. (2011). Individuals with fibromyalgia and depression: findings from a nationally representative Canadian survey. Rheumatology International (Clinical and Experimental Investigations). Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] DOI 10.1007/s00296-010-1713-x.

Sulman, J. Ardel, F., Fuller-Thomson, E.  (2011). Support like a walking stick-Parent-buddy matching. Neonatal Network 30 (2): 89-98.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Dalton, A.D. (2011) Suicidal ideation among individuals whose parents have divorced: Findings from a representative Canadian community survey Psychiatry Research, 187:150-5

Fuller-Thomson, E., Brennenstuhl, S., & Hurd, M. (2011). Comparison of Disability Rates Among Older Adults in Aggregated and Separate Asian American/Pacific Islander Subpopulations .  American Journal of Public Health.  Vol. 101 (1), p. 94-100.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Brennenstuhl, S., & Hurd, M. (2010). Greater variability in older adults’ disability rates within Asian American/Pacific Islander subpopulations than between Asians and Non-Hispanic Whites. American Journal of Public Health . E-pub ahead of print (03/18/2010). (ISI Impact Factor= 4.24)

Fuller-Thomson , E., Baker, T.M., & Brennenstuhl, S. (2010). Investigating the Association between Childhood Physical Abuse and Migraine  Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain . E-pub ahead of print (03/02/2010). (ISI Impact Factor=3.08)

Fuller-Thomson, E., Rotermann, M., Ray, J.G. (2010). Elevated risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes among Filipina-Canadian women. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Canada ; 32(2):113–119 (ISI Impact Factor=0.915; Circulated to all OB/GYN in Canada)

Saposnik, G., Redelmeier, D., Hong, L., Fuller-Thomson, E., Lonn, E., & Ray, J. (2010). Risk of premature stroke in recent immigrants (PRESARIO): Population-based matched cohort study. Neurology , 74, 451-457. (ISI Impact Factor= 7.04)

Fuller-Thomson, E., Milinovich, J-L & Merighi, J. (2010). Lifetime Prevalence of Comorbid Mood Disorders in a Representative Sample of Canadians with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications . 24 (5), P. 297-300 (ISI Impact Factor= 2.01)

Fuller-Thomson , E., Stefanyk, M., & Brennenstuhl, S. (2009). The robust association
between childhood physical abuse and osteoarthritis in adulthood: Findings from a population based study. Arthritis Care & Research . 61(11), 1554-1562. (ISI Impact Factor=7.68)

Fuller-Thomson, E., Yu, B., Nuru-Jeter, A., Guralnik, J.M., & Minkler, M. (2009). Basic ADL disability and functional limitation rates among older Americans from 2000-2005: The end of the decline? The Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Science . 64(12):1333-6. (ISI Impact Factor=4.00)

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Shaked, Y. (2009). Factors Associated with Depression and Suicidal Ideation among Individuals with Arthritis or Rheumatism, Arthritis Care & Research , 61(7),p. 944-50. (ISI Impact Factor= 7.68)

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Battiston, M. (2009). Remission from depressive symptoms among older adults with mood disorders: Findings of a representative community sample. Journal of Gerontological Social Work , 52(7), p. 744.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Brennenstuhl, S. (2009).  Making a link between childhood physical abuse and cancer: Results from a regional representative survey. Cancer , 115(14), p. 3341-3350. (ISI Impact Factor= 5.23)

Fuller-Thomson, E., Nuru-Jeter, A. Minkler, M., Guralnik, J.M. (2009). Black-White Disparities in Disability among Older Americans: Further Untangling the Role of Race and Socioeconomic Status Journal of Aging and Health , 21(5), p.677-698. (ISI Impact Factor= 1.16)

Redmond, M. & Fuller-Thomson, E., (2009).  Food Stamp Program Participation among Impoverished African Americans. Race and Social Problems , 1, p. 77-86.

Han A, Rotermann M, Fuller-Thomson E, Ray JG. (2009) Preconceptional folic acid supplement use according to maternal country of birth. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada , 31(3): 222-226.

Fuller-Thomson, E. & Sawyer, J-L (2009). Lifetime Prevalence of Suicidal Ideation in a Representative Sample of Canadians with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice . 83(1), p. 9-11.

Fuller-Thomson, E. & Brennenstuhl, S. (2008). Depression in a National Sample of those with Epilepsy: Demographic, Psychosocial and Health-Related Factors. Epilepsia, p. 1-8

Fuller-Thomson, E. & Nimigon, J. (2008). Factors Associated with Depression among Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey. Family Practice 25(6), p. 414-422.

Gadalla, T. & Fuller-Thomson, E., (2008). Examining the Lag Time between State-Level Income Inequality and Individual Disabilities: A Multi-level Analysis. American Journal of Public Health. 98 (12) p . 2187-2190

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Redmond, M. (2008). Falling through the social safety net: Food stamp use and non-use among older impoverished Americans. Gerontologist.48 (2), p. 235-244.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Gadalla, T. (2008) Income inequality and limitations in activities of daily living: A multilevel analysis of the 2003 American Community Survey. Public Health . 122, 221-228.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2007). Mexican American grandparents raising grandchildren: Findings from the Census 2000 American Community Survey. Families in Society . Vol 88 (4); p. 567-574.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2007). Central American grandparents raising grandchildren. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 29(1), 5-18.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Sulman, J. (2006). Depression and inflammatory bowel disease: Findings from two nationally representative Canadian surveys. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 12 , 697-707.

Minkler, M., Fuller-Thomson, E., & Guralnik, J. (2006, August 17). Gradient of disability across the socioeconomic spectrum in the U.S. New England Journal of Medicine, 355 , 695-703.

Fuller-Thomson, E. (2005). Canadian First Nations grandparents raising grandchildren: A portrait in resilience. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60 (4), 331-342.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Hayslip, B. Jr., Hicks P. J. (2005). Introduction to the special issue: Diversity among grandparent caregivers. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60 (4), 269-272.

Fuller-Thomson , E., & Minkler, M. (2005). Functional limitations among older American Indians and Alaskan Natives: Findings from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 95 (11), 1945-1948.


Fuller-Thomson , E., & Minkler, M. (2005). Native American grandparents raising grandchildren: Findings from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey. Social Work, 50 (2), 131-139.


Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson E. (2005). African American grandparents raising grandchildren: A national study using the Census 2000 American Community Survey. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 60 (2), S82-92.


Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2003, February). Housing issues and realities facing grandparent caregivers who are renters. The Gerontologist , 43 (1), 92-98.


Buckeridge, D. L., Mason, R., Robertson, A., Frank, J., Glazier, R., & Purdon, L.with Amrhein, C. G., Chaudhuri, N., Fuller-Thomson, E., Gozdyra, P., Hulchanski, J. D., Moldofsky, B., Thompson, M., & Wright, R. (2002). Making health data maps: A case study of a community/university research collaboration. Social Science & Medicine, 55 (7), 1189-1206.


Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2001). American grandparents providing extensive child care to their grandchildren: Prevalence and profile. The Gerontologist, 41 (2), 201-209.

Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2001). The mental and physical health of grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 6 (4), 311-323.

McIsaac, W., Fuller-Thomson, E . , & Talbot, Y. (2001). Prevention and regular care by a family physician. Canadian Family Physician, 47, 70-76.

Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson E. (2001). Physical and mental health status of American grandparents providing extensive child care to their grandchildren. Journal of the American Women’s Medical Association, 56 (4), 199-205.

Talbot, Y., Fuller-Thomson, E., Tudiver, F., Habib, Y., & McIsaac, W. (2001). A profile of Canadians without a regular medical doctor. Canadian Family Physician 47 , 58-64.

Fuller-Thomson, E. (2000). Loss of the kin-keeper?: Sibling conflict following parental death. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 40 (4), 547-559.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Hulchanski, J. D., & Hwang, S. (2000). The housing/health relationship: What do we know? Reviews on Environmental Health, 15 (1-2), 109-133.


Fuller-Thomson, E., & Minkler, M. (2000). African American grandparents raising their grandchildren: A national profile of demographic and health characteristics. Health & Social Work, 25 (2), 109-118.


Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2000). Second time around parenting: Factors predictive of grandparents becoming caregivers for their grandchildren. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 50 (3), 185-200.


Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1999). The health of grandparents raising grandchildren: Results of a national study. American Journal of Public Health, 89 (9), 1384-1389.

Tudiver, F., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1999). Characteristics of women under 50 who get screening mammography: Results from the 1994-1995 National Population Health Survey. Canadian Family Physician, 45 , 1901-1907.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Lee, J., Lawson, E., Chaudhuri, N., & Thompson, M. (1997). Self-care strategies for managing respiratory illness in south-east Toronto: Life histories of Chinese and Caribbean immigrants. Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 20 (1/2), 255-268.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Minkler, M., & Driver, D. (1997). A profile of grandparents raising grandchildren in the United States. The Gerontologist 37 (3), 406-411.

George, U., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1997). To stay or not to stay: Characteristics associated with newcomers planning to remain in Canada. Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 20 (1/2), 181-194.

Minkler, M., Fuller-Thomson, E., Miller, D., & Driver, D. (1997). Depression in grandparents raising grandchildren: Results of a national longitudinal study. The Archives of Family Medicine, 6, 445-452.

Scharlach, A. E., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1994). Coping strategies following the death of an elderly parent. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 21 (3/4), 85-100.

Other Selected Publications: 


Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2004). Using Census 2000 for an ecological study of grandparent caregivers and their families (Final Report for RRF Grant # 2001-100). Chicago, Il: Retirement Research Foundation.

Minkler, M., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2003, January). Using Census 2000 for an ecological study of grandparent caregivers and their families (Interim Report for RRF Grant # 2001-100). Chicago, Il: Retirement Research Foundation.

George, U., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1999). To stay or not to stay: Characteristics associated with newcomers planning to remain in Canada. Vis-à-vis Magazine , 46-51.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Robertson, A., Chaudhuri, N., Purdon, L., & Thompson, M. (1998). Towards respiratory health in south east Toronto: Life histories of Chinese and Caribbean immigrants (Final Report). Toronto: Joint Center of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement.

Minkler, M., Fuller-Thomson, E., & Driver, D. (1996). The health and social status of grandparents raising grandchildren (Final Report). New York: Commonwealth Foundation.

Scharlach, A., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (1995). Curriculum module on women and aging. Berkeley: University of California, School of Social Welfare.

Scharlach, A., Fuller-Thomson, E., & Kramer, B. J. (1995). Curriculum module on aging and ethnicity. Berkeley: University of California, School of Social Welfare.