Fiona Webster, PhD

Fiona Webster

Associate Professor

Room 2373, FNB
519 661-2111 x81509


  • PhD (Toronto)
  • MA (Toronto)
  • BA (Toronto)

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Public Health
    • Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation
    • Social and Behavioural Health Sciences

Research In Profile

Research Interests

  • The sociology of chronic pain and other chronic health conditions
  • Critical ethnography and institutional ethnography
  • Gender and health
  • Health equity and social determinants of health
  • Evaluation of complex interventions

Additional Information

Recent Publications

Research Affiliations

  • Member, Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI), Western
  • Academic Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ), University of Toronto
  • Invited member, Wilson Centre for Health Professions Education, University of Toronto 

Teaching Areas

  • Qualitative Methodologies


Research Awards

  • 2014–2019 New Investigator Award, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). An institutional ethnography of chronic OA pain management in family medicine (COPE). 300,000 CAD.
  • 2014 Research Ambassadors Knowledge Translation Award, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA).
  • 2014 Excellence in Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
  • 2013 Excellence in Research in Professional Development, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Curriculum Development and Teaching Awards

  • 2018 Eugenie Stuart Award for Excellence in Thesis Supervision, Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.
  • 2013 Helen P. Batty Faculty Development Award - Innovation in Program Development and Design, Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario. (Wilson Centre Qualitative Research Atelier). Group award.

Presentation or Publication Awards

  • 2016 Webster et al. The Erasure of Gender. Scientific Session Top Paper Award, Association of Women Surgeons, Washington D.C. October 2016.
    2016 Webster et al. Failure to Cope, 2015. Pearl Award: Top 5 best papers of the year 2015, awarded at the DFCM Annual Research Day, April 2016.