Health Leadership Across the Health System

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McMaster University, Main Campus

Farncombe Atrium, Health Science Centre, 3rd Floor, Blue Section

1280 Main St W, Hamilton

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

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Research @ HLA, Collaboratorium Talk

Research @ HLA: Health Leadership Across the Health System

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy is proud to host a panel discussion showcasing four research projects that are studying healthcare issues from a business and health innovation perspective that underscores the interdisciplinary tradition of McMaster University. Panelists will speak to the importance of health leadership in the context of their work and that of innovation, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, education, and change management. This is your opportunity to meet the researches, engage in the discourse of health leadership and health innovation, and be part of the McMaster community advancing health leadership.


12:00 – 12:20 PM: Registration & Networking

12:20 – 12:45 PM: Panel Discussion

12:45 – 1:00 PM: Question & Answer Period

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Networking & Poster Display

This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rick Hackett.

Learn more about Drs. Matthew Woolhouse, Gillian Mulvale, Meredith Vanstone, Reza Samavi and Rick Hackett

Dancing with Parkinson's Disease


Matthew Woolhouse holds Masters and Ph.D degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Cognition at McMaster University, where he teaches courses in music theory, analysis and keyboard harmony. In 2013 he founded the Digital Music Lab at McMaster in association with the UK-based online music service Nokia Music. His lab’s research explores music downloading, music cognition, music and dance for the rehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s, and the prosocial effects of dance using eye tracking. His work is published in leading journals, including Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Psychology of Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and the Journal of New Music Research. His research has attracted significant funding, including three major Canadian Tri-Council grants awarded in 2012 and 2015. In Spring 2017 he was the recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Provincial Government of Ontario, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science. Prior to his arrival at McMaster, Matthew was a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Consolidating Peer Support Best Practices in Canada and Norway


Gillian is an Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Analysis in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. The goal of her research is to promote person and family-centred care by developing health policy and management frameworks to improve care coordination across health professions, sectors, and stages of the lifespan, with applications in mental health and primary health care.

Gillian’s research frequently adopts participatory approaches to involve policy-advisors, health system managers, patients and family members to facilitate knowledge exchange, build common ground and support implementation. Gillian’s recent research contributions include developing a child and youth mental health and addictions framework for Yukon and a smartphone app to aid in co-designing improved experiences of youth mental health service coordination and transitions to adult care in the Hamilton and Halton regions. She is currently the Canadian lead on a study of integration of peer support into clinical mental health settings in Canada and Norway.

Gillian has a PhD in Health Research Methodology and derives theoretical approaches from interdisciplinary training in health policy analysis and health economics.

Striving for Civility in the Clinical Workplace


Meredith Vanstone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development, and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. Meredith is an interdisciplinary researcher who uses qualitative approaches to examine social and ethical issues related to health professional practice, education and health policy.

Simulating Big Data in Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)


Dr. Reza Samavi is an assistant professor at the Department of Computing and Software and the department's coordinator of the Master of Science eHealth program. Reza's research interests are broadly in the fields of information privacy and security, health data management, Semantic web and ontology engineering. Reza has published multiple articles in the areas of health data analytics and information privacy. For his research on information privacy Reza received the Privacy Technologies Research Award from the IBM Center for Advanced Studies and the Privacy By Design Research Award from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. He is holding the title of Privacy by Design Ambassador granted by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.



Rick D. Hackett is Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organizational Behavior and Human Performance at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. He specializes in executive/managerial assessment, leadership, HR recruitment, testing, selection, work attitudes, absenteeism, and performance management, with much of his research conducted in health care settings. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and is past Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.



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McMaster University, Main Campus

Farncombe Atrium, Health Science Centre, 3rd Floor, Blue Section

1280 Main St W, Hamilton

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

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