Kristian Larsen, Sessional Lecturer


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Toronto (2014)

Other Degrees:
MA University of Western Ontario (2008)
BA (Hons) Bishop's University (2006)

Cross Appointments:
CAREX Canada - Faculty of Health Sciences - Simon Fraser University

Contact Information:

Location:Room 5030, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
DV3272 (UTM)

Research Interests:

  • geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis
  • health geography
  • environment and population health
  • physical activity, diet and obesity
  • environmental exposure and cancer risk
  • access to health care facilities
  • transportation geography

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR272H1F: Geographic Information and Mapping

GGR386H1F: Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems

Selected Publications:

Larsen K, Larouche R, Buliung RN, Faulkner GEJ. (Accepted). A matched pairs approach to assessing parental perceptions and preferences for mode of travel to school. Journal of Transport and Health.

Larsen K, To T, Irving HM, Boak A, Hamilton H, Mann R, Schwartz R, Faulkner GEJ. (2017). Prevalence of smoking and binge-drinking among adolescents, Ontario, Canada: Does the school neighborhood matter? Health and Place, 47:108-114.

To T, Zhu J, Carlsten C, Larsen K, Feldman L, Crighton E, Laugheed D, Licskai C, Villeneuve P, Su Y, Sadatsafavi M, Gershon A for the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. (2017). Do community demographics, environmental characteristics and access to care affect risks of developing COPD and mortality in people with asthma. European Respiratory Journal, 50.

Buliung RN, Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Ross T. (2017). Children’s Independent Mobility in the City of Toronto, Canada. Travel Behaviour and Society, 9:58-69.

To T, Zhu J, Ryckman K, Feldman L, Larsen K, Williams D, Gershon A. (2017). Mental health services claims and adult onset asthma in Ontario, Canada. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 5:1388-1393.

Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Boak A, Hamilton H, Mann R, Irving H, To T for the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. (2016). Looking beyond cigarettes: Are Ontario adolescents with asthma less likely to smoke e-cigarettes, marijuana, waterpipes or tobacco cigarettes? Respiratory Medicine, 120:10-15.

Gomez D, Haas B, Larsen K, Alali AS, MacDonald RD, Singh JM, Tien H, Iwashyna TJ, Rubenfeld G, Nathens AB. (2016). A novel methodology to characterize inter-facility transfer strategies in a trauma transfer network. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

To T, Zhu J, Larsen K, Simatovic J, Williams D, Gershon A, Lougheed M, Licskai C, Hong H, Villeneuve P, Crighton E, Su Y, Sadatsafavi M, Carlsten C, The Canadian Respiratory Research Network CRRN. (2016). Progression from Asthma to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Is Air Pollution a Risk Factor? American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 194: 429-438.

Larsen K, Zhu J, Feldman L, Simatovic J, Dell S, Gershon A, To T. (2016) Is the asthma September peak still a reality? Annals of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), 13: 231-239.

Larsen K, Buliung RN, Faulkner GEJ. (2016). School travel route measurement and built environment effects in models of children’s school travel behaviour. International Journal of Transportation and Land Use, 9: 1-19.

Larsen K, Buliung RN, Faulkner GEJ. (2015). School travel: Assessing how the built and social environment relate to children’s walking and independent mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Transportation Research Record, 2513: 80-89.

Guliani A, Mitra R, Buliung RN, Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ. (2015). Gender-based differences in school travel mode choice behaviour: Examining the relationship between the neighbourhood environment and perceived traffic safety. Journal of Transport and Health, 8.

Rothman L, Macpherson A, Buliung R, Macarthur C, To T, Larsen K, Howard A. (2015).  Installation of speed humps and pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions in Toronto, Canada:  a quasi-experimental study. BMC Public Health, 15: 774.

Rothman L, Perry D, Buliung R, Macarthur C, To T, Macpherson A, Larsen K, Howard A. (2015).  Do school crossing guards make crossing roads safer?  A quasi-experimental study of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. BMC Public Health, 15: 732.

Trinh L, Larsen K, Faulkner GE, Plotnikoff RC, Rhodes RE, North S, Courneya KS. (2015). Social-Ecological Correlates of Physical Activity in Kidney Cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 9.

Chum A, Farrell E, Lebetski A, Vaivada T, Bohnert A, Selvaratnam I, Pinter T, Larsen K, O’Campo P. (2015). The effect of food environments on fruit and vegetable intake as modified by time spent at home: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 5.

Larsen K, Cook B, Stone M, Faulkner GEJ. (2015). Food access and children’s BMI in Toronto: Does living in a neighbourhood with close proximity and a higher density of fast food or healthy food outlets relate to overweight and obesity in children? International Journal of Public Health, 60: 69-77.

Buliung RN, Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Hess PM, Rothman L. Driven to School: Social Fears and Traffic Environments. (Book chapter: 2015). In: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics. Routledge: Toronto.

Richmond SA, Rothman L, Buliung R, Schwartz N, Larsen K, Howard A. (2014). Exploring the impact of a dedicated streetcar right-of-way on pedestrian motor vehicle collisions: A quasi experimental design. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 71: 222-227.

Stone M, Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Buliung RN, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Lay J. (2014). Predictors of driving among families living within 2 km from school: Exploring the role of the built environment. Transport Policy, 33: 8-16.

Larsen K, Buliung RN, Faulkner GEJ. (2013). Safety and school travel: How does the environment along the route relate to safety and mode choice? Transportation Research Record, 2327: 9-18.

Buliung RN, Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Stone M. (2013). The “Path” not taken: Route discordance in school travel research. American Journal of Public Health, 103: 1589-1596.

He M, Tucker P, Gilliland J, Irwin JD, Larsen K, Hess P. (2012). Obesogenic Neighborhoods: The Impact of Neighborhood Restaurants and Convenience Stores on Adolescents’ Food Consumption Behaviors. Public Health Nutrition, 6: 1-9.

He M, Tucker P, Gilliland J, Irwin JD, Larsen K, Hess P. (2012). The influence of local food environments on adolescents’ food purchasing behaviors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9: 1458-1471.

Larsen K, Gilliland J, Hess P. (2012). Route based analysis to capture the environmental influences on a child’s mode of travel between home and school. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102: 1348-1365.

Larsen K, Gilliland J. (2009). Bringing farmers to a food desert: Can a weekend market improve the price and availability of healthy food in a disadvantaged neighbourhood? Health and Place, 15: 1158-1162.

Tucker P, Irwin J, Gilliland J, He M, Larsen K, Hess P. (2009). Environmental influences on physical activity levels in youth. Health and Place, 15: 357-363.

Larsen K, Gilliland J, Hess P, Tucker P, Irwin J, He M. (2009). Identifying influences of physical environments and socio-demographic characteristics on a child’s mode of travel to and from school. American Journal of Public Health, 99: 520-526.

Larsen K, Gilliland J. (2008). Mapping the evolution of ‘food deserts’ in a Canadian city: Supermarket accessibility in London, Ontario, 1961-2005. International Journal of Health Geographics, 7.