Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall

Dr. Elton-Marshall
Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall (she/her)
Associate Professor


600 Peter Morand (Alta Vista), Room 301D


Dr. Elton-Marshall is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her research evaluates addiction and substance use-related policies and programs with the goal of providing the evidence needed to strengthen future policy and programming, and ultimately reducing addiction and substance use problems. She is currently the Nominated Principal Investigator (NPI) on a CIHR funded team grant to evaluate the impact of cannabis policy in Ontario. Her research conducted in seven countries to date has provided the evidence base for restricting tobacco packaging and product design characteristics that increase mis-perceptions of reduced harm. She has also conducted research examining the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance use. She has led the development of a national guidance document on harm reduction worker safety during the COVID-10 pandemic. She is also interested in health disparities in mental health and addiction, psychosocial mediators of addiction, and health equity in policy and programs. Her goal is to ensure that policies and programs are equitable, appropriate and effective for vulnerable populations, both nationally and internationally. Her research has been funded from multiple sources including: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), and Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO).

Research interests

  • Policy evaluation
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use