Sara is an Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She completed her BSc in Bio-psychology at Mount Allison University in 2001 and her MSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2003. She completed her MSc in Psychology (Clinical) at Western University in 2006 and her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. During her doctoral training, Sara also completed two collaborative programs: (1) Ontario Training Collaborative Program in Health Services and Policy Research and (2) Collaborative Program in Women’s Health.
Following Sara’s doctoral training, she completed two post-doctoral fellowships. The first post-doctoral fellowship (2012-2014) was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Training Action For Health Equity Interventions (ACHIEVE) program at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Sara’s second fellowship was funded by the Health System Performance Research Network (2015), where Sara currently remains as a co-investigator.
Sara’s overall research vision is to improve health care service delivery and outcomes for vulnerable populations with multiple complex health and social needs (e.g., disability, multimorbidity). Sara’s research is guided by the intersectionality paradigm, which acknowledges the complexity of health and the multi-dimensional factors that can influence health. This paradigm frames her work by recognizing the importance of micro (individual level factors), meso (clinical and neighbourhood factors), as well as macro components (socio-economic political context) that interact and influence health promotion, health care delivery, policy and outcomes.
Broadly Sara’s research program is structured by three main activities:
- Understanding health care needs and necessary mechanisms for optimal service delivery
- Developing solution-focused interventions and
- Evaluating the impact of interventions for vulnerable populations
Current research topics:
- Health services research
- Pharmacy practice
- Transitions in care
- Health equity
- Disability and multimorbidity
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