Co-Lead, Evidence Synthesis
Heather is a PhD candidate in the Health Policy program at McMaster University. Heather is Co-lead of Evidence Synthesis at the Forum as well as a member of the Impact Lab. Her work at the Forum includes the preparation of evidence briefs, citizen briefs, dialogue summaries, citizen panel summaries, and scientific articles. In 2016, Heather was awarded the prestigious national Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and also received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Heather has an extensive background in health care policy and knowledge translation, holding progressive leadership positions. She is on leave from her position as Director of Knowledge Exchange at the CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital. Heather’s research interests lie in how large jurisdictions implement evidence-informed policy directions in mental health systems. Her dissertation is exploring how developed countries structure their implementation efforts as well as the process of policy implementation in Ontario’s mental health and addiction system. Heather also serves in an advisory capacity for several provincial, national, and international initiatives such as the International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health. Heather holds a Master of Science degree in Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Psychology from Queen’s University.