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Current TUTOR-PHC Partners

CIHR CBPHC Teams
Nova Scotia Health Authority
BeACCoN
INSPIRE-PHC
College of Family Physicians of Canada
BRIC-NS
Réseau-1 QC
Unité SOUTIEN Québec
University of Ottawa
McMaster University
Dalhousie University
Université de Sherbrooke
Western University
McGill University
University of Saskatchewan
Université de Montreal
University of British Columbia
University of
  Northern British Columbia
University of Toronto
TRANSFORMATION CBPHC Team
IMPACT CBPHC Team
BC PHCRN
PICHIN NCO
SPCR-UK






 

About Us...

Mentors

 

 

 

 

  Research Interests
   
Judith Belle Brown

Judith Belle Brown, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
jbbrown@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine and Social Work
Dr. Brown is the Chair of the Masters in Clinical Science (MClSc) and PhD programs in Family Medicine at Western, both of which are offered via distance education. She conducts research on patient-centered care, inter-disciplinary team building, physi-cian well-being, physician practice behaviour, and EMR implementation and adoption. Dr. Brown is a co-author of Patient-Centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method, and Challenges and Solutions in Patient-Centered Care: A Case Book. Se-ries editor on 7 books entitled Patient-Centered Care Series, Substance Abuse: A Patient-Centered Approach, and Chronic Myo-fascial Pain: A Patient-Centered Approach, Patient-Centered Medication Prescribing: Seeking Concordance in Practice, Palliative Care: A Patient-Centered Approach, Woman-Centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Dr. Brown is a Co-recipient of both the College of Family Physicians of Canada—Best Original Research Article Award (2009) and the Dean's Award of Excellence – Team Award at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (2010).
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Amanda Terry

Amanda Terry, Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
aterry4@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Epidemiology
Amanda Terry, PhD (Epidemiology) is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Western University, Canada. She also holds a cross - appointment in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western. Dr Terry is a health services researcher focusing on electronic medical record (EMR) adoption in primary health care, assessing EMR data quality, and optimizing the use of EMRs in primary health care chronic disease management. Dr Terry is also involved in teaching and supervision of graduate students in the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Prior to completing her PhD and joining the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Dr Terry worked in the Province of Ontario's former District Health Council system for ten years, conducting health system planning initiatives.
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Rachelle Ashcroft

Rachelle Ashcroft, M.S.W., Ph.D.
University of Toronto (Ontario)
rachelle.ashcroft@utoronto.ca

DISCIPLINE: Social Work
Rachelle Ashcroft, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Dr. Ashcroft is a health services researcher with particular interest in the integration of social work in primary health care settings. Dr. Ashcroft's research also centres on improving quality of community-based mental health care, with emphasis on interprofessional primary health care models. As principal investigator, Dr. Ashcroft is conducting a qualitative investigation on the conditions that help support quality mental health care in Ontario Family Health Teams. Dr. Ashcroft completed TUTOR-PHC as a trainee in the 2010/11 cohort.
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Marie_Dominique Beaulieu

Marie-Dominique Beaulieu MD
Université de Montréal (Quebec)
maried.beaulieu@sympatico.ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine
Intégration de la prévention à la pratique médicale; lignes directrices de pratique en médecine; qualité des soins
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Onil Bhattacharrya, University of Toronto Onil Bhattacharrya, MD, PhD
University of Toronto (Ontario)
onil.bhattacharyya@wchospital.ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine and Health Policy
Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya is a family physician and the Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women's College Hospital. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He was a 2015-16 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, based at the Commonwealth Fund. He received his medical degree from University of Montreal, has a PhD in health services research from the University of Toronto and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was co-lead of BRIDGES: Building Bridges to Integrate Care, an Ontario Ministry funded incubator for new models of care for complex chronic disease. He is clinical lead of the Primary and Integrated Care Innovation network for Ontario (called Better Access to Care for Complex Needs), and co-Chair of the National Leadership Council, both funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Dr. Bhattacharyya studies innovative health service delivery models in both high and low income settings. He is committed to using health services research to make a more effective, responsive, and integrated health care system.
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Mylaine Breton

Mylaine, Breton, MBA, Ph.D.
Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec)
mylaine.breton@usherbrooke.ca

DISCIPLINE: Health Services Research
Mylaine Breton is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science and Medicine at University of Sherbrooke. Her office is located near Montréal (Longueil) at Hospital Charles-Lemoyne Research Center. She has basic training as an occupational therapist. She completed an MBA, a doctorate in Health Service Management from University of Montréal in 2009, followed by a Postdoctoral at Université de Sherbrooke and McGill University. Her current research focuses on primary health care to better understanding promising organizational innovations to improve accessibility and continuity such as the implementation of centralized waiting list for patients without a primary healthcare provider and advanced access.
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Frederick Burge

Frederick Burge, MD.
Dalhousie University
(Nova Scotia)
fred.burge@dal.ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine
Fred is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Hali-fax. His research interests lie in health services research in primary healthcare (PHC). At the moment, he leads a large provincial mortality follow back study to examine unmet healthcare needs of the dying. He is one of three co-leads on the CIHR funded PHC Innovation team known as "TRANSFORM", a five year project focusing on the sci-ence of performance measurement in PHC. Other areas of interest are in improving primary care including chron-ic disease management through the application of research evidence in this setting and developing tools and strat-egies to improve that care. He is a founding co-investigator on the team of "TUTOR-PHC" the first CIHR funded in-terdisciplinary training centre for primary health care research. Fred is co-chair of the Canadian Working Group on Primary Healthcare Improvement, , co-PI of CoR-PHC, a new interfaculty collaborative PHC research initiative at Dalhousie University and a member of the Board of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

His research focuses on two areas
: health services research and evidence application in primary care. The former has been primarily in the area of end-of-life care and particularly the role of primary care. He is co-principal investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement grant supporting the Network for End of Life Studies (NELS) and is a founding member of the International Primary Palliative Care Research Group. Over the last few years his health services research has broadened to include the organization of primary care in ways which enhance quality of care. He is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Working Group on Primary Health Care. Improvement, a new national entity promoting evidence informed primary health care policy and practice.

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Simone Dahrouge

Simone Dahrouge, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa (Ontario)
sdahrouge@bruyere.org


DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine and Population Health
Simone Dahrouge, PhD, is Vice-Chair, Research, Department of Family Medicine University of Ottawa, and a Scientist at the C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre of the Bruyere Research Institute (Ottawa, Ontario). She is also an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). She holds a Master's degree in Epidemiology and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. She holds a five-year CIHR New Investigator Salary Award, and is currently a principal investigator on over $7 Million CIHR funds. Her current research focuses on organizational factors related to primary health care quality and equity. Simone's main interest is in understanding how primary care can be organized to optimize the delivery of primary health care services. She hopes that her work will inform future policy recommendations on organizing primary care.

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Lisa Dolovich

Lisa Dolovich, PharmD
McMaster University (Ontario)
ldolovic@mcmaster.ca

DISCIPLINE: Health Research Methodology, Pharmacy
The patient perspective about using or deciding to use medications, pharmacist integration into primary care practice, continuity of healthcare, pharmacy health services research, and evaluating the clinical and policy relevance of interventions that can improve prescribing and patient medication-taking behaviour.
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Catherine Donnelly

Catherine Donnelly, Ph.D.
Queen's University (Ontario)
catherine.donnelly@queensu.ca


DISCIPLINE: Occupational Therapy
Dr. Donnelly's clinical research is focused on team-based primary care with an emphasis on understanding how interprofessional primary care teams can support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions. She is also interested in performance indicators for primary care teams. Additional research interests include program evaluation and knowledge translation.

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Lynn Farrales

Lynn Farrales, MD.
University of British Columbia ( British Columbia)
lynn.farrales@ubc.ca


DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine
Dr. Farrales is a Family Physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia on Coast Salish Territories. Her areas of research interest include Refugee Health, Stillbirth and Community-Based Participatory Research. As a clinician, she is a Family Physician with a focus on immigrant, refugee and student health. Dr. Farrales holds a Master's Degree which introduced her to qualitative health research with first generation women of colour prior to medical school. As a mid-career Family Physician, she returned to pursue her research interests within the Clinician Scholar Program at UBC's Department of Family Practice. She is currently Site Faculty for Scholarship in the UBC Family Practice Residency Program.

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Martin Fortrin,Université de Sherbrooke

Martin Fortin MD, MSc
Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec)
Martin.Fortin@Usherbrooke.ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine
Professor Fortin has over 20 years of practice experience in the field of family medicine in remote areas. He completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at Université Laval and subsequently became a clinician-researcher. In 2000, he was appointed Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine at Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada. Professor Fortin was also a trainee with the first TUTOR PHC cohort in 2004.

More recently, Professor Fortin was awarded the Applied CIHR Chair on Health Services and Policy Research on Chronic Diseases in Primary Care. His research interests focus on the issue of patients who present multiple chronic medical conditions (multimorbidity) within the context of the Canadian primary care reform. Initially, his work addressed the epidemiological description of multimorbidity and its consequences. His interest is now directed towards the improvement of care for patients with multiple chronic diseases in primary care. He is currently working on the development of new models of care based on interprofessional collaboration.

Professeur Fortin a plus de 20 ans d’expérience de pratique en médecine de famille en région éloignée. Après avoir complété une maîtrise en épidémiologie à l’Université Laval, il est devenu chercheur-clinicien. En 2000, il a été nommé Directeur de recherche au Département de médecine de famille de l’Université de Sherbrooke (Québec), Canada. Professeur Fortin a fait partie de la première cohorte de stagiaires du programme TUTOR PHC en 2004.

Depuis 2007, le professeur Fortin est détenteur de la Chaire de recherche appliquée des IRSC sur les services et politiques de santé en maladies chroniques en soins de première ligne. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur les problématiques des patients qui présentent de multiples conditions médicales chroniques (multimorbidité) dans le cadre de la réforme des soins de santé primaires au Canada. Initialement, ses travaux visaient la description épidémiologique de la multimorbidité ainsi que ses conséquences. Ses intérêts portent maintenant sur l’amélioration des soins pour les patients présentant de multiples maladies chroniques en première ligne. Il travaille présentement sur le développement de nouveaux modèles de soins basés sur la collaboration interprofessionnelle.
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Jeannie Haggerty, Ph.D.
McGill University (Quebec)
Jeannie.haggerty@mcgill.ca

DISCIPLINE: Epidemiology
Jeannie Haggerty is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine of McGill University in Montreal and she holds the McGill Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine Research, based at St. Mary's Hospital Centre. Trained in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, she is a health services researcher whose domain of research is the factors related to accessibility and quality of primary care in Canada and in devel-oping countries, particularly the impact of health system policies and reforms. In recent years she has focused on the development and validation of measures of patient and provider experience health care
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Anita Kothari, Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
akothari@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Interdisciplinary
Anita Kothari is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University. One of her interests is in understanding how research and knowledge can be used by clinicians, managers and policymakers. For example, Anita is currently working with the Region of Peel to support community organizations increase their capacity to use research in the area of youth violence prevention. Another interest is in public health systems research; Anita is part of a research team that is examining the implementation of new public health policies (in the areas of chronic disease prevention & sexually transmitted infection prevention) in Ontario and BC. Anita holds a CIHR new investigator award. She also has two black cats that drive her crazy in the wee hours of the morning around this time of the year.
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Christine Loignon

Christine Loignon, Ph.D.
Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec)
christine.loignon@usherbrooke.ca

DISCIPLINE: Public Health and Family Medicine
Christine Loignon is currently Associate Professor in the Emergency and Family Medicine Departement at the University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. She completed a bachelor's degree in political sciences, followed by a master's degree in sociology and a PhD in public health. Her research interests include equity in care, poverty, social determinants of health, health literacy, patients and health navigations and innovative professional practices. She develops an expertise with qualitative and participative approach and methods. Incorporating the perspective of all actors (patients-citizens, professionals and decision-makers) is a key element in her approach
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Emily Marshall

Emily Marshall, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia)
Emily.Marshall@Dal.Ca

DISCIPLINE: Family Medicine and Health Services Research
Dr. Emily Gard Marshall, BA, MSc, PhD, is an Associate Professor Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine, cross-appointed, Community Health and Epidemiology, a Healthy Populations Institute Associate Research Scholar, Nova Scotia Health Authority Affiliated Scientist and McGill Family Medicine Adjunct Professor. Following an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at UBC, Dr. Marshall completed a postdoctoral fellowship and CIHR TUTOR-Primary Health Care Strategic Fellowship. Her mixed methods research examines primary health care access, continuity, and comprehensiveness in community and institutional primary healthcare settings with the goals of improving access equity and optimizing patient outcomes. Her research ranges from young people's healthcare access to studies across the life course involving population data and access for vulnerable populations such as those with multiple chronic conditions, the elderly, and refugees. She currently leads the NSHRF-funded study, "MAAP-NS: Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care Providers in Nova Scotia", the first Canadian study linking census provider and practice survey data to equity and comprehensiveness outcomes from billing data; The UP study: Unattached Patients in primary care - a mixed methods understanding of causes, consequences and solutions; and the assessment of "Care by Design", an innovative long-term care model. She is past Chair of the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research Primary Health Care Theme Group.
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Ruth Martin-Misener

Ruth Martin-Misener, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia)
ruth.martin-misener@dal.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing
Ruth Martin-Misener, RN-NP, PhD is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University School of Nursing where she was recently awarded the distinction of being named one of the School of Nursing's Inspiring Minds. She is also Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Prac-tice Nursing Research at McMaster University. Her research uses mixed methods and integrated knowledge translation approaches to examine innovative models of primary healthcare that incorporate interprofessional teams. Examples of current or recently completed studies include: a mixed methods study on optimizing the role of Registered Nurses in primary care; a community-based PHC team grant, 'Transforming CBPHC Delivery through Comprehensive Performance Measurement and Reporting'; systematic reviews of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of advanced practice nurses; a description of models of primary healthcare in Nova Scotia that incorporate nurse practitioners and family physi-cians; an evaluation of the integration and effectiveness of nurse practitioners in long term care; and a 4 year program of research to explore col-laboration between primary care and public health. She is a member or chair of several provincial and national committees related to research, primary healthcare and nurse practitioner education, practice and regulation.
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Vivian Ramsden

Vivian Ramsden, RN, Ph.D.
University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan)
viv.ramsden@usask.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing/Family Medicine
Dr. Vivian R Ramsden, a Registered Nurse, is Professor & Director of the Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and currently sits on the Section of Researchers Council as the Chair, Research Directors. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Dr. Ramsden is a passionate advocate for participatory health research; thus, her re-search interests are in: primary health care; participatory health research and evaluation; mixed methods; and, prevention & management of chronic diseases. Her unique strengths and vision have led to the creation of: an innovative competency-based curriculum related to the resident project for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program in Saskatchewan; evidence-informed community-based prevention programs; and, changes in health policy.
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Sandra Regan

Sandra Regan, RN, Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
sregan4@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing
Sandra Regan is an Associate Professor at Western University in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing. Her professional background includes a 13-year clinical practice in neonatal and pediatric nursing, and 10 years as a policy consultant with a provincial nursing professional association and regulatory body. Dr. Regan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian health policy. Her research focuses on health services and policy particularly on health human resources in primary health care, home care and public health. Recent research includes a policy analysis of primary health care reform in Ontario and investigating new models of home care.
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Graham Reid

Graham Reid, Ph.D., C.Psych
Western University (Ontario)
greid@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Psychology

Dr. Graham Reid is an Associate Professor of Psychology/Family Medicine, and a clinical psychologist. Research focuses: psychosocial problems in young children, the development of brief parenting interventions as well as psychosocial issues in medi-cal populations (e.g.transition from pediatric to adult health care, research on the children's mental health system). Dr. Reid is a Co-recipient of the Dean's Award of Excellence – Team Award at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (2010).
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Bridget Ryan

Bridget Ryan, Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
bryan
@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Dr. Bridget Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western. Dr. Ryan's research concerns primary health care with a focus on patient-centred care and health care delivery. She has an interest in large datasets including Statistics Canada surveys, electronic medical record databases and health administrative data. Dr. Ryan is a Faculty Scholar with the Western site for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Dr. Ryan's recent research studies and collaborations include: a mixed methods study examining team functioning and outcomes in Family Health Teams in Ontario; an examination of referral patterns of family physicians to medical specialty physicians using Canada-wide EMR data; and the Building Research Culture and Capacity in Family Medicine (BRCC-FM) Initiative at Western. She is currently a member of the CIHR-funded Community-based Primary Health Care Innovation Team, PACE in MM (Patient-centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity) Research Team where she is the Lead of the Measurement Committee.
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Tara Sampali

Tara Sampalli, Ph.D.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (Nova Scotia)
tara.sampalli@nshealth.ca

DISCIPLINE: Health Policy

Dr. Tara Sampalli holds the positions of Director of Research and Innovation, Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include chronic disease management and multimorbidities, integrated models of care, collaborative care management, knowledge management and application of innovative IT solutions in healthcare.
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Roanne Thomas, University of Ottawa, Sociology

Roanne Thomas, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa (Ontario)
Roanne.Thomas@uottawa.ca

DISCIPLINE: Sociology
Roanne is a Canada Research Chair in Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. As a health sociologist, her research interests address inequality and health care. While her main project, addressing disability after breast cancer, is a mixed methods, cohort study, the emphasis of her program of research is on qualitative methodologies, including photovoice and ethnodrama. Roanne is also very interested in interdisciplinary, primary health care research, having been a trainee with the first TUTOR cohort in 2003/04.
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Ruta Valaitis, McMaster University (Ottawa)

Ruta Valaitis, BScN, PhD
McMaster University (Ontario)
valaitis@mcmaster.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing
In 2007, Dr. Valaitis became the inaugural Dorothy C. Hall endowed Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing and is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is also a Co-Scientific lead of the Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU- https://achru.mcmaster.ca/ ) Since 2009, she has been the Deputy Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre on Primary Care Nursing and Health Human Resources. Her research interests include strategies to overcome silos of care, exploring partnerships and collaborations between health and community services, system navigation, implementation science, community-based interventions (public health, primary care, home care), and patient/community engagement in co-design of interventions.
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Evelyn Vingilis

Evelyn Vingilis, Ph.D.
Western University (Ontario)
evingili@uwo.ca

DISCIPLINE: Psychology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Family Medicine
Research Interests: Determinants of health; alcohol, drugs and traffic safety; adolescent health and well-being; health policy; mental health policy and reform.
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Erin Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia

Erin Wilson, NP(F), PhD
University of Northern British Columbia (British Columbia)
erin.wilson@unbc.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing
Dr. Wilson began her nursing career in remote First Nations communities of Manitoba, British Columbia, and the Yukon. In 2006, she completed her MSN as the top graduate in her class at UBC, and in 2007 accepted a position as a family nurse practitioner in Prince George. Dr. Wilson has held a term position at the rank of assistant professor in the UNBC School of Nursing since 2010, teaching primarily in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She also completed her PhD at UNBC. She has maintained her practice as a nurse practitioner and is committed to high quality primary care research, service, and delivery, particularly for rural and marginalized populations. Her research interests include primary health care, rural health, social determinants of health, health equity and hermeneutics and interpretive approaches.
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Sabrina Wong

Sabrina Wong, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia (British Columbia)
wong@nursing.ubc.ca

DISCIPLINE: Nursing and Health Services Research
Dr. Wong has a research program that focuses on delivery and organization of primary health care services, paying special attention to inequities in health and disparities in access to health services. Within the context of primary health care, specific areas of interest include: patient-provider communication (risk communication, decision-making), patient experiences and patient reported outcome measures, and service utilization among different ethno-cultural groups. She has expertise in measurement, survey development, use of administrative data and mixed methods.
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