Kestens, Yan

MA, MSc, PhD

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Yan Kestens

Theme: Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub
514 890-8000, ext. 15900

Principal Scientist

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal


Population health, spatial epidemiology, environmental determinants, geographic information systems, spatial analysis, urban planning.

Research interests

Development and application of spatial measurement and analysis tools for characterisation of place-based influences on health.

Various research topics covering the spatial dimension of our interaction with the environment and its health impacts: mobility patterns and exposure to environmental risk factors; built environment and accessibility to resources and foodscapes in relation to childhood obesity, mental health and healthy aging; neighbourhood effects and HIV and HCV transmission among injection drug users; heat islands and air quality in relation to mortality. Complementary methodological exploration of econometric hedonic modeling as a tool for assessing health-relevant externalities.


Researcher, Léa-Roback Research Centre on Social Inequalities and Health

CIRH Applied Public Health Chair - Urban Interventions and Population Health