Publications and Other Reports

Relevant Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

  1. Uche UI, Stearns J, & Lee KK. Capabilities, opportunities, motivations, and practices of different sector professionals working on community environments to improve health.  Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2023.
  2. Luig T, Ofosu NN, Chiu Y, Wang N, Omar N, Yip L, Aleba S, Maragang K, Ali M, Dormitorio I, Lee KK. Role of cultural brokering in advancing holistic primary care for diabetes and obesity: a participatory qualitative study. BMJ open. 2023;13(9):e073318.
  3. Lee KK. Need for continued improvements to our communities and buildings for health. Interdisciplinary Nursing Research. 2023;10-97.
  4. Ofosu NN, Luig T, Mumtaz N, Chiu Y, Lee KK, Yeung RO, Campbell-Scherer DL. Healthcare providers’ perspectives on challenges and opportunities for intercultural healthcare in diabetes and obesity management: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. 2023;11(4): E765-73. doi:
  5. Ren H, Strickfaden M, Spence JC, Stearns JA, Jackson M, Avedzi HM, Lee KK. ‘We are developing our bubble’: role of the built environment in supporting physical and social activities in independent-living older adults during COVID-19. Cities & Health. 2023;8:1-4.
  6. Stearns JA, Avedzi HM, Yim D, Spence JC, Labbaf F, Lamboglia CG, Ko F, Farmer C, Lytvyak E, Kennedy M, Kim YB. An Umbrella Review of the Best and Most Up-to-Date Evidence on the Built Environment and Physical Activity in Older Adults≥ 60 Years. Public Health Reviews. 2023;44:1605474.
  7. Kouritzin T, Spence JC, Lee K. Food intake and food selection following physical relocation: A scoping review. Public Health Reviews. 2023;44. doi: 10.3389/phr.s.2023.1605516.
  8. Lytvyak E, Straube S, Modi R, Lee KK. Trends in obesity across Canada from 2005 to 2018: a consecutive cross-sectional population-based study. CMAJ Open. 2022; DOI:10.9778/cmajo.20210205
  9. Ofusu NN, Luig T, Chiu Y, Mumtaz N, Yeung RO, Lee KK, Wang N, Omar N, Yip L, Aleba S, Maragang K, Ali M, Dormitorio I, Campbell-Scherer D. Understanding the bigger picture: syndemic interactions of the immigrant and refugee context with the lived experience ofdiabetes and obesity. BMC Public Health. 2022;22:345.
  10. Swaleh R, McGuckin T, Myroniuk TW, Manca DM, Lee KK, Sharma AM, Campbell-Scherer DL, Yeung R. Using the Edmonton Obesity Staging System in the real world: a feasibility study based opn cross-sectional data. CMAJ Open. 2021;9(4) E1141-E1148.
  11. Stearns J, Ren H, Spence JC, Avedzi H, Lee KK. Protocol for an evaluation of the Designing Communities to Support Healthy Living in Aging Residents Study. Archives of Public Health. 2021;79(172):1-10.
  12. Bartley KF, Eisenhower DL, Harris TG, Lee KK. Accelerometer and survey data on patterns of physical inactivity in New York City and the United States. Public Health Reports. 2019;134(3):293-299.
  13. Lee K. Planning and public health: the need to work together – again! PLAN Canada (Centenary Ed). 2019;59(1):202-208.
  14. Lee KK, Loh L, Adamic J, Perry A, Sacks R, Lam K, Tong S, Wolf S. Lessons learned from the development and implementation of a citywide stair prompt initiative. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2018;13:218-223.


Other Publications by Dr. Karen Lee:

Books and Book Chapters

  1. Fit Cities (book)
  2. Barriers and Enablers to Change in Transport and Health. Advances in Transportation and Health 2020, 1st edition 
  3. New York City: The Fit City Example. Galea S, Ettman CK, Vlahov D. Urban Health 2019.  DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190915858.003.0033. See 


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