McMaster University

McMaster University

SP&C Investigators


Gina Browne, Program Lead

Gina Browne, PhD, RN, Hon.LL.D., FCAHS

Email Icon: gina.browne@mcmaster.ca

Program Lead, Systems of Prevention and Care; Founder and Director, Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit (HSSURU)(formerly System-Linked Research Unit (SLRU) on Health and Social Service Utilization); Director, Community Linked Evaluation AIDS Resource (CLEAR) Unit; Consulting Investigator, School of Health Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham; Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.


Lehana Thabane

Lehana Thabane BSc, MSc, PhD

Email icon: thabanl@mcmaster.ca

Director, Biostatistics Unit at the Father Sean O-Sullivan Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare and Professor/Associate Chair, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University.

Dr. Thabane is a research methodologist with research interests in the development and application of statistical methods health research. He collaborates with researchers in community-based research, HIV/AIDS, evidence-based medicine, and health technology assessment. He provides statistical leadership in studies in various areas of population health research, clinical research, and health services and outcomes research.

As Research Methodologist, his research interests cover a wide spectrum of research areas including clinical trials, research ethics, conjoint analysis of patient preferences for health services, the applications of Bayesian hierarchical methods to model health data, systematic reviews and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials using both Bayesian and classical approaches.

Dr. Thabane's work and interests are available from his CE&B faculty page


A. Abigail Payne

A. Abigail Payne, PhD, J.D.

Email Icon: paynea@mcmaster.ca

Director, Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory (PEDAL) and Professor, Department of Economics, McMaster University; Associate Investigator, Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit, McMaster University.

For more information on Dr. Payne's work and interests please visit her web pages:

Dr. Payne's economics faculty page

Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory ("PEDAL")


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Lindsey George, BA, MES, MD, FRCP(C)

Email Icon: lgeorge@stjoes.ca

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Director, Adult Mental Health Research, Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Research Associate, Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Director of Clinical Programs and Lead Psychiatrist, Hamilton Family Health Team, Hamilton, ON.

Dr. George's involvement with the HSSU presently involves evaluating the feasibility of a minimal therapist intervention to treat social anxiety for 18-25 years olds with social anxiety.


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Helen Kirkpatrick, RN, MScN, MEd, PhD

Email Icon: hkirkpat@mcmaster.ca

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Co-ordinator, Best Practice Spotlight Organization, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, ON.

Dr. Kirkpatrick has a particular interest in stories. Her research using narrative includes: 1) people with major illnesses who have been homeless and who get permanent housing with supports; 2) harm reduction for individuals who have been chronically homeless and alcoholic; and, 3) a WEB-based study of people who have attempted suicide then decided to go on living.

Dr. Kirkpatrick has also worked on the Case Study research "Implementation and Evaluation of RNAO Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult Best Practice Guideline".


Dillon T. Browne

Dillon Browne, MA

Email Icon: brownedt@gmail.com

Currently pursuing a PhD in School and Clinical Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Associate Investigator, Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit.

Dillon's research examines the contextual, family-level and child-specific influences on the development of psychopathology and health problems in children. He is particularly interested in the influences that mediate and moderate the relationship between environmental adversity and developmental outcomes.

Dillon conducts research on the health and social service utilization patterns of parents and children with emphasis on the factors that predict differential utilization expenditures amongst high risk populations, such as families involved with child welfare services or among families of children with disabilities.


Jeffrey Hoch

Jeffrey Hoch, MA, PhD

Email Icon: hochj@smh.toronto.on.ca

Co-Director, Applied Research in Cancer Control; Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); Director, Pharmacoeconomics Research Unit, New Drug Funding Program, Cancer Centre Ontario; Associate Professor (Adjunct), University of Toronto, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Department, Faculty of Medicine; Health Economist Research Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital, Centre for Research on Inner City Health.


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