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Contact Information

Steven Hawken, PhD
613-737-8899 Ext. 10672
shawken@ohri.ca

Website: http://www.stevenhawken.ca

Steven Hawken

Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Scientific Lead, Big Data
Ottawa Methods Centre
Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
University of Ottawa
Adjunct Scientist
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Affiliate Investigator
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

Research Interests

My research interests include: 

1) Linking large health administrative databases (‘Big Data’) to clinical and biological databases to answer important health questions. 

2) Using metabolomics and perinatal data from Newborn Screening Ontario and Better Outcomes Registry and Network coupled with ICES health administrative data to predict newborn health outcomes (gestational age, intra-uterine growth restriction, infections, complications) as well as future health outcomes in childhood.

3) Applying advanced statistical modeling methods and cutting-edge machine learning / AI modeling approaches to large administrative databases and clinical and biological data to answer important health-related questions.

Brief Biography

Dr. Hawken is a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Adjunct Scientist at ICES and Affiliate Investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. He completed a Master of Science in Applied Statistics at the University of Guelph in 2001 and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa in 2015. Dr. Hawken has nearly 20 years of experience working in the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology. Early in his career, he served as the statistician for the landmark INTERHEART study led by Dr. Salim Yusuf, a global case-control study of risk factors for acute myocardial infarction, which led to several high-impact publications in The Lancet. He later served as the founding Lead Data Analyst for ICES uOttawa, where he had primary responsibility of overseeing a team of 10 highly skilled statistical analysts/SAS programmers from 2010 to 2015. During this time, he also co-developed a successful research program with Dr. Kumanan Wilson focused on pediatric vaccine safety and newborn screening metabolomics. Over the course of his career, Dr. Hawken has contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed publications. As the Scientific Lead for Big Data analytics within the Ottawa Methods Centre, he provides methodological and statistical guidance to other researchers within the OHRI and The Ottawa Hospital. He is currently working on a variety of projects in the areas of newborn screening metabolomics, maternal-newborn and pediatric epidemiology, and is serving as the lead Biostatistician and a Co-Investigator for a global preterm birth research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Selected Publications

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest


Global health; Newborn and child health; Population health; Pregnancy



Research and clinical approaches


Big data; Biomarkers; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health research methods; Health services research; Immunization