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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Adam Cole

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall - Room 436
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3544

Research topics

  • public health
  • substance use
  • child and adolescent health
  • school/campus health promotion
  • chronic disease prevention
  • program and policy evaluation

Research and Expertise

  • Background and Interests

    Dr. Adam Cole’s expertise is in youth substance use (including the use of cigarettes, vapes, and cannabis). His research explores how we can effectively use various environments, such as schools, campuses, and healthcare settings, to affect public health. His current research investigates patterns and predictors of the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products, vapes, and cannabis among students in the United States and Canada and identifies gaps in school-based prevention programs targeting these products.


    He is currently the Tobacco Research Lead for the COMPASS study, the only study of its kind that provides longitudinal data for multiple health behaviours and evaluates changes to school programs, policies, and the built environment in four Canadian provinces.

  • Publications
    •  Cole AG, Aleyan S, Leatherdale ST. (2019). Exploring the association between e-cigarette retailer proximity and density to schools and youth e-cigarette use. Preventive Medicine Reports. doi:
    • Doggett A, Qian W, Cole AG, Leatherdale ST. (2019). Youth consumption of alcohol mixed with energy drinks in Canada: Assessing the role of energy drinks. Preventive Medicine Reports. doi:
    • Cole AG, Cummins SE, Zhu S-H. (2019). Offers of cigarettes and e-cigarettes among high school students: A population study from California. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(7):1143. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16071143.
    • Cole AG, Aleyan S, Qian W, Leatherdale ST. (2019). Assessing the strength of secondary school tobacco policies of schools in the COMPASS study and the association to student smoking behaviours. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 110(2):236-243. doi: 10.17269/s41997-019-00178-4.
    • Cole AG, Chaurasia A, Kennedy RD, Leatherdale ST. (2019). Identifying behavioural characteristics of tobacco product and e-cigarette use clusters: A repeat cross-sectional analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 90:77-84.
    • Cole AG, Kennedy RD, Chaurasia A, Leatherdale ST. (2019). Exploring the predictive validity of the susceptibility to smoking construct for tobacco cigarettes, alternative tobacco products, and e-cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 21(3): 323-330. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx265.
    • Patte KA, Qian W, Cole AG, Faulkner G, Chaput J-P, Carson V, Leatherdale ST. (2018). School start times changes in the COMPASS study: associations with youth sleep duration, physical activity, and screen time. Sleep Medicine.
    • Papadakis S, Cole AG, Reid RD, Assi R, Gharib M, Tulloch HE, Mullen K-A, Wells G, Pipe AL. (2018). From good to great: The role of ‘performance coaching’ in enhancing tobacco treatment rates. Annals of Family Medicine, 16(6):498-506.
    • Papadakis S, Girvalaki C, Vardavas C, Pipe, Cole A, Tsiligianni I, Petridou E, C Lionis. (2018). Factors associated with rates of tobacco treatment delivery by General Practitioners in Greece: Missed opportunities for prevention? Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16:21. doi:
    • Aleyan S, Cole AG, Qian W, Leatherdale ST. (2018). Risky business: A longitudinal study examining cigarette smoking initiation among susceptible and non-susceptible e-cigarette users. BMJ Open, 8(5): e021080. doi:
    • Cole AG, Qian W, Leatherdale ST. (2017). Changing the smoking trajectory: Evaluating the impact of school-based tobacco interventions on changes to susceptibility to future smoking. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(10): 1182. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101182.


  • Courses Taught

    Prior Teaching Experience:

    • School/Campus Health Promotion

    Current Courses:

    • Health Promotion and Healthy Active Living
    • Social Determinants of Health
  • Education
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California San Diego, 2019
    • PhD, Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, 2018
    • MSc, Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, 2013
    • BSc, Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, 2009