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Emily Q. Ahonen

Emily Q. Ahonen, PhD, MPH

Languages spoken: Catalan, English, Spanish

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Family & Preventive Medicine

Academic Office Information

Dr. Ahonen's work focuses on intertwined determinants of population health inequity and their broader legal, economic, political and social drivers with the aim to illuminate places where intervention is likely to promote greater health equity. At present, these primarily include conditions of employment and work, and the ways in which societal power imbalances result in employment and work of varying quality. Related foci are on housing and migration processes.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Illinois at Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Graduate Training Universitat Pompeu Fabra
University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Fujishiro K, Ahonen EQ, Winkler M (2022). Investigating Employment Quality for Population Health and Health Equity: A Perspective of Power. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(16). (Read full article)
  2. Gunn V, Vives A, Zaupa A, Hernando-Rodriguez JC, Juli M, Kvart S, Lewchuk W, Padrosa E, Vos MP, Ahonen EQ, Baron S, Bosmans K, Davis L, Daz I, Matilla-Santander N, Muntaner C, OCampo P, stergren PO, Vanroelen C, Vignola EF, Bodin T (2022). Non-Standard Employment and Unemployment during the COVID-19 Crisis: Economic and Health Findings from a Six-Country Survey Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(10). (Read full article)
  3. Fujishiro K, Ahonen EQ, Winkler M (2021). Poor-quality employment and health: How a welfare regime typology with a gender lens Illuminates a different work-health relationship for men and women. Soc Sci Med, 291, 114484. (Read full article)
  4. Gunn V, Hkansta C, Vignola E, Matilla-Santander N, Kreshpaj B, Wegman DH, Hogstedt C, Ahonen EQ, Muntaner C, Baron S, Bodin T, Precarious Work Research PWR Group (2021). Initiatives addressing precarious employment and its effects on workers' health and well-being: a protocol for a systematic review. Syst Rev, 10(1), 195. (Read full article)
  5. Fujishiro K, Ahonen EQ, Gimeno Ruiz de Porras D, Chen IC, Benavides FG (2021). Sociopolitical values and social institutions: Studying work and health equity through the lens of political economy. SSM Popul Health, 14, 100787. (Read full article)
  6. Matilla-Santander N, Ahonen E, Albin M, Baron S, Bolbar M, Bosmans K, Burstrm B, Cuervo I, Davis L, Gunn V, Hkansta C, Hemmingsson T, Hogstedt C, Jonsson J, Juli M, Kjellberg K, Kreshpaj B, Lewchuk W, Muntaner C, OCampo P, Orellana C, stergren PO, Padrosa E, Ruiz ME, Vanroelen C, Vignola E, Vives A, Wegman DH, Bodin T, All Members of the PWR Study Consortium (2021). COVID-19 and Precarious Employment: Consequences of the Evolving Crisis. Int J Health Serv, 51(2), 226-228. (Read full article)
  7. Winkler MR, Telke S, Ahonen EQ, Crane MM, Mason SM, Neumark-Sztainer D (2020). Constrained choices: Combined influences of work, social circumstances, and social location on time-dependent health behaviors. SSM Popul Health, 11, 100562. (Read full article)
  8. Ahonen EQ, Fujishiro K (2021). Life-course and population health perspectives to fill gaps in migrant health research. Mondi Migranti, 2020(3), 9-20. (Read full article)
  9. Newman SM, Keefe RF, Brooks RH, Ahonen EQ, Wempe AM (2018). Human Factors Affecting Logging Injury Incidents in Idaho and the Potential for Real-Time Location-Sharing Technology to Improve Safety. Safety (Basel), 4(4), 43. (Read full article)
  10. Watson DP, Ahonen EQ, Shuman V, Brown M, Tsemberis S, Huynh P, Ouyang F, Xu H (2018). The housing first technical assistance and training (HFTAT) implementation strategy: outcomes from a mixed methods study of three programs. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy, 13(1), 32. (Read full article)
  11. Ahonen EQ, Fujishiro K, Cunningham T, Flynn M (2018). Work as an Inclusive Part of Population Health Inequities Research and Prevention. Am J Public Health, 108(3), 306-311. (Read full article)
  12. Ahonen EQ, Watson DP, Adams EL, McGuire A (2017). Alpha test results for a Housing First eLearning strategy: the value of multiple qualitative methods for intervention design. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 3, 46. (Read full article)
  13. Ahonen EQ, Lacey SE (2017). Undergraduate Environmental Public Health Education. New Solut, 27(1), 107-123. (Read full article)
  14. Ahonen EQ, Benavides FG (2016). Injury at work and migrant workers: a priority for a global agenda in occupational health. Occup Environ Med, 74(4), 231-232. (Read full article)
  15. Jacobs DE, Ahonen E, Dixon SL, Dorevitch S, Breysse J, Smith J, Evens A, Dobrez D, Isaacson M, Murphy C, Conroy L, Levavi P (2014). Moving into green healthy housing. J Public Health Manag Pract, 21(4), 345-54. (Read full article)
  16. Watson DP, Young J, Ahonen E, Xu H, Henderson M, Shuman V, Tolliver R (2014). Development and testing of an implementation strategy for a complex housing intervention: protocol for a mixed methods study. Implement Sci, 9, 138. (Read full article)
  17. Forst L, Ahonen E, Zanoni J, Holloway-Beth A, Oschner M, Kimmel L, Martino C, Rodriguez E, Kader A, Ringholm E, Sokas R (2013). More than training: Community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among hispanic construction workers. Am J Ind Med, 56(8), 827-37. (Read full article)
  18. Ahonen EQ, Zanoni J, Forst L, Ochsner M, Kimmel L, Martino C, Ringholm E, Rodrguez E, Kader A, Sokas R (2014). Evaluating goals in worker health protection using a participatory design and an evaluation checklist. New Solut, 23(4), 537-60. (Read full article)
  19. Ahonen EQ, Lpez-Jacob MJ, Vzquez ML, Porth V, Gil-Gonzlez D, Garca AM, Ruiz-Frutos C, Benach J, Benavides FG, ITSAL Project (2009). Invisible work, unseen hazards: The health of women immigrant household service workers in Spain. Am J Ind Med, 53(4), 405-16. (Read full article)
  20. Porth V, Ahonen E, Vzquez ML, Pope C, Agudelo AA, Garca AM, Amable M, Benavides FG, Benach J, ITSAL Project (2010). Extending a model of precarious employment: A qualitative study of immigrant workers in Spain. Am J Ind Med, 53(4), 417-24. (Read full article)
  21. Porth V, Benavides FG, Vzquez ML, Ruiz-Frutos C, Garca AM, Ahonen E, Agudelo-Surez AA, Benach J, por el proyecto ITSAL (2009). [Precarious employment in undocumented immigrants in Spain and its relationship with health]. Gac Sanit, 23 Suppl 1, 107-14. (Read full article)
  22. Ahonen EQ, Porth V, Vzquez ML, Garca AM, Lpez-Jacob MJ, Ruiz-Frutos C, Ronda-Prez E, Benach J, Benavides FG, ITSAL Project (2009). A qualitative study about immigrant workers' perceptions of their working conditions in Spain. J Epidemiol Community Health, 63(11), 936-42. (Read full article)
  23. Garca AM, Lpez-Jacob MJ, Agudelo-Surez AA, Ruiz-Frutos C, Ahonen EQ, Porth V, Proyecto ITSAL (2009). [Occupational health of immigrant workers in Spain [ITSAL Project]: key informants survey]. Gac Sanit, 23(2), 91-7. (Read full article)
  24. Lpez-Jacob MJ, Ahonen E, Garca AM, Gil A, Benavides FG (2008). [Occupational injury in foreign workers by economic activity and autonomous community (Spain 2005)]. Rev Esp Salud Publica, 82(2), 179-87. (Read full article)
  25. Benavides FG, Ahonen EQ, Bosch C (2008). [Risk of occupational injury in foreign workers in Spain [2003 and 2004]]. Gac Sanit, 22(1), 44-7. (Read full article)
  26. Ahonen EQ, Nebot M, Gimnez E (2007). Negative mood states and related factors in a sample of adolescent secondary-school students in Barcelona (Spain). Gac Sanit, 21(1), 43-52. (Read full article)
  27. Ahonen EQ, Benavides FG (2006). Risk of fatal and non-fatal occupational injury in foreign workers in Spain. J Epidemiol Community Health, 60(5), 424-6. (Read full article)


  1. Hajat A, Andrea SB, Oddo VM, Winkler MR, Ahonen EQ (2023). Ramifications of Precarious Employment for Health and Health Inequity: Emerging Trends from the Americas. [Review]. Annu Rev Public Health. (Read full article)
  2. Gunn V, Kreshpaj B, Matilla-Santander N, Vignola EF, Wegman DH, Hogstedt C, Ahonen EQ, Bodin T, Orellana C, Baron S, Muntaner C, OCampo P, Albin M, Hkansta C (2022). Initiatives Addressing Precarious Employment and Its Effects on Workers' Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Review. [Review]. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(4). (Read full article)
  3. Ahonen EQ, Benavides FG, Benach J (2007). Immigrant populations, work and health--a systematic literature review. [Review]. Scand J Work Environ Health, 33(2), 96-104. (Read full article)