HHR Research Spotlight: Dr. Gillian Mulvale

GillianDr. Gillian Mulvale is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. She recently received an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2014.  She holds a PhD in health research methodology from McMaster University, an MA in economics from Western University and a post-graduate diploma in health services and policy research. Gillian’s area of focus is on improving care coordination across health professions, sectors, and stages of the lifespan through the development of health policy and management frameworks that promote interprofessional, person and family-centred care, with applications in mental health and primary health care. Other work examines how competency development can be used to effectively expand the range of health human resources to include human service workers in rural and remote regions. Gillian derives theoretical approaches from interdisciplinary training in health policy analysis, health economics and health research methods. Her research frequently adopts participatory approaches to involve policy-advisors, health system managers and other stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange, build common ground and support implementation.
Competency Development to Meet Rural and Remote Mental Health Needs: A Case Study of Child and Youth Mental Health Policy in Yukon, Canada.
Gillian Mulvale, S. Kutcher, M. Fast, J. Winkup, G. Randall, P. Wakefield, C. Longo, J. Abelson
presentation at International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics, Twelfth Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry, MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND ECONOMICS RESEARCH:IMPROVING ACCESS, QUALITY AND OUTCOMES, Venice Italy, March 27-29, 2015
Advancing Community-Based Collaborative Mental Health Care through Interdisciplinary Family Health Teams in Ontario.
Mulvale, G., Danner, U. and Pasic, D. (2008). Journal of Community Mental Health, 27(2), Fall, 55-73.
Finding the Right Mix: How Do Contextual Factors Affect Collaborative Mental Health Care in Ontario?
Mulvale, G. and Bourgeault, I. (2007). Canadian Public Policy, Vol. (XXXIII), Special Supplement on Health Human Resources Policy in the 21st Century: 49-64
Collaborative Health Care Teams in Canada and the USA: Confronting the Structural Embeddedness of Medical Dominance.
Bourgeault, I. and Mulvale, G. (2006). Health Sociology Review, 15 (5): 481-495. 
A Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Framework for the Yukon.
Mulvale, G., Kutcher, S. and Winkup, J. (2014). McMaster University: Hamilton, ON.
Optimizing Scopes of Practice: New Models of Care For a New Health Care System.
Nelson, S., Turnbull, J., Bainbridge, L., Caulfield, T., Hudon, G., Kendel, D., Mowat, D., Nasmith, L., Postl, B., Shamian, J., Sketris, I. (2014). Report of the Expert Panel appointed by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Available at:

Factors Facilitating and Impeding Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Teams: A Systematic Review of Canadian and International Literature A Report to Health Canada.

Mulvale, G., Embrett, M., Razavi, S. (2013). 

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