Faculty Member Profile

Annalijn Conklin

BSc(Hons), MSc, MPH, PhD (cantab)
Assistant Professor

Other Affiliations
Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS); Associate Member, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Contact Information

Primary Phone Number (604) 827-4258
Email Address annalijn.conklin@ubc.ca
Office 4623, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building


"Postdoctoral Fellowship award." Conklin A. Canadian Institute for Health Research. April 1, 2014 (C$135,000).

"Student Travel Award." Conklin A. Society for Social Medicine, 11-13 September 2013.

"Gates Cambridge Scholarship." Conklin A. Gates Cambridge Trust. October 1, 2011 (C$199,313).

"Doctoral Foreign Study Award." Conklin A. Canadian Institute for Health Research. April 1, 2011 (C$140,000) (awarded by declined).

"Margaret Addison Postgraduate Scholarship." Conklin A. Victoria University in the University of Toronto. September 1, 2005 (C$ 5,000).

"Canadian Master's Scholarship." Conklin A. The University of Edinburgh, October 1, 2004 (C$10,100).


"Diet diversity, diet cost and incident diabetes: Longitudinal study of 23 238 adults in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort." Conklin A; Monsivais P; Wareham NJ; Forouhi NG. World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver, 30 November-4 December 2015.

"Financial hardships, obesity and healthy eating: Rethinking economic determinants in an ageing population." Conklin A. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Obesity Seminar, Los Angeles, 10 May 2015.

"Meeting the challenge of obesity in UK's low-income households." Conklin A. iBehave entrepreneur meetup, London, UK, 13 May 2013.

"The role of social relationships in understanding healthful dietary behaviours: Evidence from people aged 50 and over in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort." Conklin A, Forouhi NG, Khaw KT, Wareham NJ, Monsivais P. Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting 2013, Brighton, UK, 12 September 2013.

"Chronic disease management and evaluation research: the DISMEVAL project." Conklin A and Nolte E. Chief Medical Office Clinical Advisors, Cambridge, UK, 8 January 2010.


Dr. Annalijn Conklin is a former CIHR postdoctoral fellow at UCLA's WORLD Policy Analysis Center, following the completion of her PhD in medical sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit. Her dissertation examined the relative contribution and interrelations of socioeconomic status, financial hardship and social ties in determining healthy eating and weight status, with a focus on gender-specific effects.

Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Conklin worked for four years as a policy analyst at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, a not-for-profit research organization. There, she contributed to 28 collaborative projects and was the administrative coordinator for a European project with 10 partners in seven countries on developing and validating disease management evaluation methods and metrics. She also holds degrees from the University of Toronto (BSc with Honours), University of Edinburgh (Research MSc) and Columbia University of New York City (MPH). She has been the recipient of several awards including most recently a postdoctoral fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Conklin brings a strong background and research experience in health policy, evidence reviews and evaluation, with numerous peer-reviewed papers and technical reports on a range of cross-cutting public health topics such as human rights and research ethics, impact assessments in patient safety and environmental tobacco, complex evaluation, European obesity strategy, and the gender dimensions of trade and health.

Dr. Conklin's current research is focused on the social determinants of chronic conditions, with a strong policy interest in better designing and evaluating interventions to prevent and manage chronic conditions. In particular, her work uses existing survey data to examine the wider social-level factors that influence nutrition-related behaviours and outcomes among adult populations. Dr. Conklin uses novel approaches to assess how social and economic factors predict individual variation in diet and weight status, and also how wider determinants may interact with one another and with intermediary determinants.