Health Services Systems and Policy Seminar Series


Understanding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Where we’ve been and where we’re going


Session 1: Generational diversity

Dr. Cort Rudolph, Saint Louis University

October 7, 2021 – 4:30pm to 6:00 p.m., Zoom

Title: Generations and Generational Differences at Work: Where do we Stand?

Abstract: The notion of “generations” as discrete age-based groupings and the idea of “generational differences” in all sorts of everyday phenomena is ubiquitous. From differences in consumer behavior to broad changes in social attitudes, generations are often the default explanation offered to complex, dynamic social phenomena. These ideas have likewise permeated into discourse about the changing nature of work, however research regarding the role of generations for explaining work-related phenomena is, at best, equivocal. What, then, is the state of the science of generations? In this talk I will review the idea of generations and generational differences at work from a critical perspective, and discuss the challenges associated with studying complex age-related phenomena through a generational lens. I will also discuss the dangers of over-relying on generations as a way of thinking about aging and work and offer some potential solutions to the pitfalls of this way of approaching the study of people in the workplace.

To register for the seminar or for more information, contact Dr. Meena Andiappan (

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Session 2: Discrimination and audience evaluations

Dr. Bryan Stroube, London Business School

October 21, 2021: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Zoom

Title: Status and Consensus: Heterogeneity in Audience Evaluations of Female Lead Films

Abstract: Research finds that status characteristics such as gender are frequently related to quality evaluations by various external audiences. Yet little is known about whether such characteristics are also related to the level of consensus in quality evaluations. We examine 380 million film ratings by consumers to assess 1) whether female-led movies elicit more or less consensus in quality evaluations than male-led movies, and 2) the potential performance consequences for producers. We find that despite lower ratings on average, female-led movies elicit ratings distributions with higher standard deviations and more positive skew. This effect stems in part from how subsets of men and subsets of women differentially rate female-led movies compared to male-led movies. We also find evidence that producing female-led movies is a profitable and increasingly prevalent strategy for independent studios who target niche audiences. The talk will conclude by making connections between the wider gender effects on audience evaluations literature and the healthcare literature and investigating how insights gleaned from this study can help us understand discrimination in the healthcare domain.

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Session 3: Stigma and the stigmatization process in organizations

Dr. Brent Lyons, York University

November 4, 2021: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Zoom

Abstract: Stigma is a discrediting social evaluation that devalues individual workers, and stigma is pervasive in organizational life. Through the stigmatization of certain social identities (e.g., disability, sexual identity) and “dirty” occupations (e.g., cleaners, sex workers), many workers face stigma at work and must navigate daily interactions to avoid its negative consequences. In this talk, I integrate research on individual and organizational approaches to stigma management, which are efforts aimed at mitigating the negative consequences of stigma. I also speak to more recent and emerging research on de-stigmatization, which are efforts through which stigmatized workers aim to gain recognition, acceptance and worth. I present results from a series of experimental, survey, and qualitative studies that outline how and why certain de-stigmatization strategies are more or less effective. In doing so, I highlight how and why non-stigmatized/privileged workers and also organizational context are involved in shaping de-stigmatization processes. In examining stigma and (de) stigmatization, I elucidate ideas for practical applications toward social change in organizations.  

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Session 4: Gender diversity

Dr. Ivona Hideg, York University

November 18, 2021: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Zoom

Abstract: Parental leaves are critical for gender equality and recently many countries have been encouraging longer parental leaves. Yet, past research shows that longer parental leaves can have unintended negative career impacts, especially for women. I present data examining the effect of parental leaves on women’s and men’s careers in the context of parental leaves in Canada and Australia. We first examine effects of longer (one year and above) parental leaves on women’s careers. We identify a mechanism underlying negative effects of longer maternity leaves and test interventions mitigating such negative effects. Next, we show that contrary to the negative effects of parental leaves on women’s careers, the effects of parental leaves on men’s careers can be positive due to others’ enhanced perceptions of men’s “communality,” i.e., traits generally ascribed to women such as warmth and friendliness.

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Upcoming sessions: 

All sessions will be via Zoom. They will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.    

Session 7: March 3, 2022: The value of women’s health work – Dr. Beverley Essue, DLSPH, University of Toronto 

Session 8: March 10, 2022: Racial codeswitching – Dr. Courtney McCluney, Cornell University (CANCELLED)

2020/2021 Seminar Series - Healthcare Management: Foundations & Future Research

Healthcare Management: Foundations & Future Research

These seminars are open to the public and will be online via Zoom. For more information, contact Lucas Dufour:


Session 1: Organizational Science and Health Care, Oct. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Christopher Myers, PhD
Academic Director, Executive Education at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Dr. Myers will review research on organizational science and health care (OSHC), defined broadly as research on topics of organizational science (e.g., learning, teams, organizational change) in a health care setting. The talk is based on a current review article in progress that looks at work published across multiple disciplines to establish what is known within the bounds of OSHC, highlight the fragmentation of OSHC across disciplines, provide insight into how we make sense of this fragmentation and how scholarship might advance more systemically. In so doing, he and his research team take part in an ongoing conversation about how organizational scholars might contribute to and advance OSHC while conducting work that is rigorous and relevant.


Bio: Christopher G. Myers, PhD (Management & Organizations, University of Michigan) is an Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Executive Education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, with joint faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality. His research explores questions of learning, development, and innovation in organizations, as well as how people learn vicariously from others’ knowledge and experience at work, and he focuses on learning in health care organizations and other knowledge-intensive industries. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, he was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School.

Upcoming sessions:

All sessions will be via Zoom. They will be from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise

Session 2: October 27, 2020: Professional identity: Dr. Julia DiBenigno, Yale University

Session 3: November 10, 2020: Leadership – Dr. Sara Singer, Stanford University

Session 4: November 24, 2020: Sensemaking – Dr. Marlys Christianson, University of Toronto 

Session 5: December 1, 2020: Institutional change – Dr. Nigam Amit, Cass University London (UK) *Note time change: 4:00pm – 5:30pm 

Session 6: December 8, 2020: Groups and Teams – Dr. Michaela Kerrissey, Harvard School of Public Health 

Session 7: December 15, 2020: Conflict – Dr. Ariel Avgar, Cornell University

Session 8:January 26, 2021: Social networks – Dr. Jerry Kim, Rutgers University 

Session 9: February 9, 2021: Innovation – Dr. Timothy Hoff, Northeastern University 

Session 10: February 23, 2021: Organizational Learning – Dr. Ingrid Nembhard, University of Pennsylvania  

Session 11: March 9, 2021: High Reliability Organizations – Dr. Timothy Vogus, Vanderbilt University 

Session 12: March 23, 2021: Shared Mental Models – Dr. Jenna Evans, McMaster 

Session 13: March 30, 2021: Moral Behavior – Dr. Meena Andiappan, University of Toronto IHPME 

Session 14: April 6, 2021: Strategic alliances/Organizational Design – Dr. Thomas D’Aunno, New York University

2019/2020 Seminar Series - Dissemination and Implementation Science: Explained and Emerging

Dissemination & Implementation Science: Explained & Emerging

The Series will feature leading scholars in the areas of dissemination and implementation science, who will engage seminar participants in discussions around a variety of topics including: differentiating dissemination and implementation science and situating them within the broader KT domain; what is knowledge and approaches to its generation; the history and evolution of dissemination and implementation science; dominant and promising theory and frameworks for DIS; research approaches, methods and methodological challenges in implementation science; de-implementation and other thorny implementation issues; network perspectives on D&I; sustainability research; and contemporary research on scale up & scale out.

Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME & Dr. Katie Dainty North York General Hospital & IHPME

October 29, 2019 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

An Introduction to Dissemination & Implementation Science

The field of KT – otherwise known as Dissemination and Implementation, is replete with an embarrassment of synonyms. Melanie Barwick and Katie Dainty will review and explain terms and differentiate knowledge translation and implementation science within the broader D & I domain. They will also distinguish between the science and practice of implementation, and highlight key areas of implementation research. [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Readings to consider: – [PDF] [PDF]

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero, Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

November 21, 2019 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 740

Implementation Research: Why and How it Matters to Global Health

The presentation will discuss the field of implementation research, how it has emerged in the context of global health; review key concepts (e.g. context, equity and scale) related to implementation research; and, highlight a few global health relevant examples from research and an evaluation of a research funding program. – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Readings to consider:

Dr. Reza Yousefi-Nooraie, University of Rochester

December 11, 2019 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 740

A Network Perspective of D & I

Social networks influence individuals’ beliefs, behaviors, and motivations to change. They also provide channels to reach individuals and clusters. Studying networks as potential barriers/facilitators of implementation, targeting and modifying network structures to optimize and facilitate dissemination and implementation, and evaluating network changes as potential outcomes are important yet less explored fields in D&I research.
Webinar option available – View event page

Readings to consider:

Dr. James Dearing, Michigan State University

January 29, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

The History & Evolution of Dissemination & Implementation Science

This presentation will describe how early work in the diffusion of innovations influenced contemporary work in dissemination and implementation science.  A focus of this discussion will concern organizational research issues.
Webinar option available – View event page

Readings to consider: – [PDF] – [PDF] – [PDF]

Dr. David Chambers, National Cancer Institute

February 5, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 412

Conceptualizing Sustainability as a Dynamic, Iterative Process – Webinar (only)

Traditional concepts of sustainability and sustainment have suggested the need to maintain interventions in their original state forever. This talk discusses alternative views of sustainment as a dynamic process requiring ongoing tweaking of interventions and contexts over time. Implications for D&I research as well as for intervention development will be discussed.

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Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Chambers manages a team focusing on efforts to build and advance the field of Implementation Science (IS) through funding opportunity announcements, training programs, research activities, dissemination platforms, and enhancement of partnerships and networks to integrate research, practice and policy. From 2008 through the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers served as Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He arrived at NIMH in 2001, brought to the Institute to run the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program within SRCEB, developing a portfolio of grants to study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings. From 2006 to the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in health, including a set of research announcements across 15 of the NIH Institutes and Centers, annual scientific conferences, and a summer training institute. Prior to his arrival at NIH, Dr. Chambers worked as a member of a research team at Oxford University, where he studied national efforts to implement evidence-based practice within healthcare systems. He publishes on strategic research directions in implementation science and serves as a plenary speaker at numerous scientific conferences. He received his A.B. degree (with Honors) in Economics from Brown University in 1997, and an M.Sc. and D.Phil degree in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour) in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Oxford University (UK).

Readings to consider:

•Chambers DA, Glasgow RE, Stange KC. The dynamic sustainability framework: Addressing the paradox of sustainment amid ongoing change. Implement Sci. 2013;8:117. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-117 .

•Mitchell SA, Chambers DA. Leveraging implementation science to improve cancer care delivery and patient outcomes. J Oncol Pract. 2017;13(8):523-529. doi:10.1200/JOP.2017.024729 .

•Glasgow RE, Chambers D, Developing Robust, Sustainable: Implementation systems using rigorous, rapid, and relevant science. Clin Transl Sci. 2012, 5 (1): 48-55. 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00383.x.

•Stirman SW, Kimberly J, Cook N: The sustainability of new programs and innovations: a review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research. Implement Sci. 2012, 7: 17-10.1186/1748-5908-7-17.

•Rachel C. Shelton, Brittany Rhoades Cooper, Shannon Wiltsey Stirman. The Sustainability of Evidence-Based Interventions and Practices in Public Health and Health Care. Annual Review of Public Health 2018 39:1, 55-76

Dr. Monika Kastner, North York General Hospital & IHPME

February 19, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Research Approaches, Methods & Methodological Challenges in Implementation Science
Webinar option available – View event page

To benefit patients, we need to systematically implement the knowledge we produce into health care systems and ensure that we involve relevant knowledge users in the process. However, we don’t always implement this knowledge or work collaboratively even though these are what is needed to inform optimized practice and policy decisions. This session will describe the challenges in knowledge translation and implementation science and explore approaches to overcome them.

Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME

February 25, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Applied Implementation Science: Where Theory Meets Practice
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Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME

March 3, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 412

Perspectives, Theories & Frameworks Used in DIS

The field of KT – otherwise known as Dissemination and Implementation, is replete with theories, models, and frameworks (TMFs). Through this seminar attendee will learn to identify different kinds of DIS TMFs and understand how they relate to one another and inform implementation approaches.

Readings to consider: – [PDF] – [PDF]

Webinar option available – View event page

Dr. Karen Born, St. Michael’s Hospital & IHPME

March 11, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

De-Implementation & Other Thorny Issues

This presentation will focus on the challenges associated with de-implementation, rather than implementation. I will provide an overview of the quality problem of overuse and waste in health care and address how strategies to address overuse and reduce waste offer a unique challenge to implementation science. Considerations and challenges specific to de-implementation and the efforts of Choosing Wisely campaigns around the world will be discussed.
Webinar option available – View event page

Readings to consider:

April TBD 2020

4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS TBD

New Intersections Between D & I and Complexity Science

April TBD 2020

4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS TBD

Sustainability Research

Dr. Monika Kastner, North York General Hospital & IHPME and Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

May 21, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Scale Up & Scale Out: Similarities, Differences and Methods
Webinar option available – View event page

2018/2019 Seminar Series - Approaching the Promise of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Health Care

Paul Sulkers – October 30, 2018

AI in Healthcare: Promises and Challenges
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Marzyeh Ghassemi – November 27, 2018

Learning “Healthy” Models for Healthcare
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Jennifer Gibson, Director Joint Centre for Bioethics and Jay Shaw Assistant Professor, IHPME & Scientist Health Systems Solutions & Virtual Care, Women’s College Hospital – January 22, 2019

Perspectives on Ethics in AI for Health
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Elham Dolatabadi, PhD Vector Institute – March 12, 2019

Machine Learning in Health: The Future of Saving Lives
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David Wiljer, UHN & IHPME – April 2, 2019

Learning to Adapt and Care Compassionately in the World of Data and Artificial Intelligence
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2017/2018 Seminar Series - Frontiers for Network Analysis in Health Services Research and Implementation Science

James Dearing – November 8, 2017

Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication
Michigan State University
“Applied Network Approaches to Diffusion of Health Innovations” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

The “Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs” report that was mentioned in the lecture can be downloaded here:

Amanda M. Beacom – December 6, 2017

Visiting Scholar at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College
“Multilevel Perspectives on the Diffusion of Health Care Best Practices” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Amanda M. Beacom’s presentation slides are available here: [PDF]

Jon Salsberg – February 21, 2018

Senior Lecturer Primary Health Care Research, Public and Patient Involvement, University of Limerick
“Measuring and Influencing Community, Patient and Public Engagement Through Social Network Analysis” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Alicia Bunger – March 21, 2018

Associate Professor, College of Social Work, Ohio State University
“Examining Network Evolution in Health and Human Services: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Naturalistic Study Designs” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Douglas Luke – May 23, 2018

Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), The Brown School
“Systems Science Methods in Public Health: Dynamics, Networks, and Agents” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Additional Readings:

  • Luke, D. A., Hammond, R. A., Combs, T., Sorg, A., Kasman, M., Mack-Crane, A., … & Henriksen, L. (2017). Tobacco town: Computational modeling of policy options to reduce tobacco retailer density. American journal of public health, 107(5), 740-746.
  • Luke, D. A., & Stamatakis, K. A. (2012). Systems science methods in public health: dynamics, networks, and agents. Annual review of public health, 33, 357-376.
  • Tracy, M., Cerdá, M., & Keyes, K. M. (2018). Agent-Based Modeling in Public Health: Current Applications and Future Directions. Annual review of public health, 39, 77-94.