Gavin McCormack

Associate Professor

Community Health Sciences

Contact information


Office: 403.220.8193


Office : TRW3E17

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Population health
  • built environments
  • social determinants of health
  • health behaviour
  • natural experiments


Dr. Gavin McCormack holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine (University of Calgary, Canada), and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design (University of Calgary, Canada). Since 2014, he has been an Associate Scientific Editor for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s flagship journal “Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada”. Gavin has an MSc in Sports Science (Exercise Physiology specialization) from Edith Cowan University (Western Australia) and PhD in Public Health from the University of Western Australia. His research program is in the field of population and public health and focuses on the relationships between urban design and social environments and health including physical activity, diet, sedentary behaviour, and weight status among adults and children. Much of Gavin’s recent research has involved investigating the influence of neighbourhood urban form and parks on recreational and utilitarian walking, dog-walking, and other moderate and vigorous-intensity physical activities.


McCormack, GR., Cabaj, J., Orpana, H., Lukic, R., Blackstaffe, A., Goopy, S., Hagel, B., Keough, N., Martinson, R., Chapman, J., Lee, C., Tang, J, Fabreau, G. (in press). A scoping review on the relations between urban form and health: A focus on Canadian quantitative evidence. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada.

Farkas, B., Wagner, D., Nettel-Aguirre, A., Friedenreich, C., & McCormack, G. (2019). A systematized literature review on the associations between neighbourhood built characteristics and walking among Canadian adults. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 39(1)

McCormack GR, Blackstaffe A, Nettel-Aguirre A, Csizmadi I, Sandalack B, Alaniz Uribe F, Rayes A, Friedenreich C, Potestio ML. (2018) The independent associations between Walk Score® and neighborhood socioeconomic status, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index among urban adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.15(6)

McCormack GR, Friedenreich C, McLaren L, Potestio M, Sandalack B, Csizmadi I. (2017). Interactions between neighbourhood urban form and socioeconomic status and their associations with anthropometric measurements in Canadian adults. Journal of Environmental and Public Health.  Article ID 5042614