Dr. Nicholas Cofie

Nicholas Cofie, PhD

Professor of Global Health
Population Studies Specialist
International Experience: Canada, Ghana, USA

 

 

 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology (Specializing in Demography, Applied Statistics & Criminology), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Master of Arts, Sociology (Specializing in Demography, Applied Statistics and Criminology), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Master of Philosophy, Population Studies (Specializing in Demography, Applied Statistics and Population Health), University of Ghana, Legion Boundary, Accra, Ghana
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Sociology and Political Science (Specializing in Demography and Public Administration), University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, Accra, Ghana
  • Diploma/Certificate, Business (Specializing in Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting and Business Management), Social Advance Institute, Accra, Ghana

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Intimate Partner Violence against Women: An Examination of Spousal Abuse and Maternal, Child Health and Economic Outcomes in Ghana

Queen's University Master's Thesis 

  • Predicting youth sexual deviance : the case of risky sexual behaviour among adolescents in Ghana.

University of Ghana Master's Thesis 

  • Migration and Maternal Health Care and Utilization in Tutu, Eastern Region of Ghana

Certification & Specialized Training

  • Advanced Methods in Biostatistics. A course taken in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University, 2010. Topics covered include: Bayesian statistics, longitudinal data analysis, cluster data analysis, multi-level data analysis, survival data analysis, discriminant analysis, principal components and factor analysis.
  • Certificate in Longitudinal Data Analysis. University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 2009. Topics covered include Markov transition models, binary sequence models, survival analysis and growth curve models.
  • Certificate in Statistical/Demographic Data Analysis and Research Methods. United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, 2008.
  • Certificate in Foundations of Project Management. Obtained at MITACS, Queen's University, Kingston. 2015/2016.
  • Certificate in Policy Communication, Policy Communication Fellow: Obtained at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Washington DC, USA, 2013-2014. This training focused on how to effectively communicate policy and how research can be used to influence policy development and communication.

Research Skills

  • Quantitative and qualitative survey designing, implementation/data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Descriptive statistics, multivariate and multilevel statistical modeling with STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, Tableau & Excel.
  • Mathematical Demography with specialisations in population projections, data smoothing techniques, life table
  • applications and mortality analysis.
  • Qualitative skills: In-depth interviewing, focus group discussion facilitation, content and thematic analysis.
  • Policy communication and analysis.

 

Academic Experience

  • Sessional Instructor in Data Analysis, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, CA
  • Sessional Lecturer in Data Analysis, Trent University Durham, Oshawa, Ontario, CA
  • Guest Lecturer in Quantitative Methods, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

Research Experience

  • Research and Data Analysis Consultant, National Research of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, CA 
  • Data Analyst and Project Assistant, School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Research and Data Analysis Consultant, Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Research Assistant and Data Analyst, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA
  • Data Analyst, Fahad Alkherayf, PhD., Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, CA
  • Research and Data Analyst, Department of Sociology, Queen's University – Kingston, ON
  • Research Assistant, Center for Studies on Democracy and Diversity, Queen's Univ. – Kingston, ON
  • Research Assistant, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana – Accra, Ghana

 

Ministerial Training and Experience 

Training and Serving in Africa

  • Courses in Religious Studies as part of my Bachelor of Arts degree program at the University of Ghana. August 2001 – May 2003.
  • Took two courses on “Understanding God” and “Angels” at Oasis International Bible Training Centre in Ghana, West Africa. May - June 2004.
  • Participated in Christian leadership training seminars organised the Ghana Navigator’s for two consecutive years.  2004 to 2005.
  • Served as Evangelism Secretary at Akuafo Hall University Christian Fellowship, Legon Ghana 2003-2004.
  • Served as Financial Executive Committee Member in the University Christian Fellowship, University of Ghana, 2004-2005.
  • Served as President at Akuafo Hall University Christian Fellowship, Legon, Ghana, 2004-2005.

Training and Serving in Canada 

  • Member and a Minister at Faith Alive International Ministries, Kingston Ontario. September 2008- current.  At Faith Alive International Ministries, I serve as Minister in charge of Prayer, Adult Sunday School, Baptism Classes and Young Adult Meetings. September 2012- current.
  • At Faith Alive International Ministries, I am also involved in community evangelism. September 2008-current
  • Participated in regional and national meetings of the Ministerial Fellowship Alliance of Canada (2015-2016).

 

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Gyimah, S., Kodz, I., Emina, J., Cofie, N., & Ezeh, A. (2012). Religion, religiosity, and premarital sexual attitudes of young people in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. Journal of Biosocial Science, 45, 1-17.
  • Adjei, J., Adeniyi, G., Tutu, R., & Cofie, N. (2011). Denominational affiliation and pregnancy loss among Ghanaian women. Journal of Motherhood Initiative, 2, 276-292.
  • Cofie, N. (2017). A multilevel analysis of contextual risk factors of intimate partner violence in Ghana.(Submitted to Journal of Family Violence: JOFV-D-16-00268).
  • Cofie, N. (2017). Infertility in Canada: A demographic analysis of the potential number of averted births due to infertility (Manuscript under revision).

Books

  • Cofie, N. (2011). Predicting Youth Sexual Deviance: The case of risky sexual behaviour among Ghanaian Adolescents. Saarbrücken: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing.

Reports

  • Cofie, N. (2016). Gender and telescope access among astrophysics principal investigators in Canada. Victoria, BC: National Research Council of Canada.
  • Lefebvre, D., Cofie, N., & Baily, J. (2016). Kingston access to physicians: Re-evaluation of area needs. Kingston, Ontario: Kingston Economic Development Corporation.  

Media Articles

Refereed Conference/Seminar Presentations

  • Cofie, N. (2013, August). Spousal abuse increases the risk of losing a pregnancy in Ghana. A paper presented at the Population Reference Bureau's (PRB) Policy Communication Fellows Training Program, Washington, DC.
  • Cofie, N. (2013, March). Is physical abuse more harmful than emotional abuse? An examination of the effect of intimate partner violence on pregnancy loss. A paper presented at the 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) Competition at Queen's University, Kingston, ON. 
  • Cofie, N. (2013, June). Infertility in Canada: A demographic analysis of how many births are being averted. Presented at the Graduate Research Development Conference at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
  • Cofie, N., & Gyimah, S. (2011, October ). Religious involvement and the transition to first in an African context: Empirical evidence from Ghana. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  • Gyimah, S., Kodzi, I., & Cofie, N. (2011, May). Religious homogamy and fertility preference in sub-Saharan Africa: An examination of wives and husbands’ ideal fertility in Ghana. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
  • Cofie, N., & Gyimah, S. (2010, June). The Interaction effect of age and childbearing on marital stability in Africa: An examination of the maturation effect hypothesis. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Cofie, N. (2010, April). A Refinement beyond Stark (1996) and others: A Test of the hellfire hypothesis in a cross- cultural context. A paper presented at the annual Sociology Graduate Symposium at Queen's University, Department of Sociology. Kingston, ON.
  • Adeniyi, G., Adjei, J., & Cofie, N. (2009, October ). The link between religion and the risk of miscarriage in Ghana and Nigeria. A paper presented at the Mothering and Environment Conference at York University, Toronto, ON.
  • Cofie, N., & Gyimah, S. (2009, May). Migration and Young Males' Involvement in Risky Sexual Behaviour in Ghana. Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Cofie, N. (2009, April). Recidivism in a cross-cultural context: An integrated Approach. A paper presented at the annual Sociology Graduate at Symposium at Queen's University, Department of Sociology, Kingston ON.
  • Cofie, N. (2007, August). Examining infant and child mortality by mothers' Socioeconomic Characteristics in Uganda. Presented at the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS). University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
     

Academic & Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Population Society (CPS)
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Population Association of America (PAA)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)
  • Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)