Maritt J. Kirst

PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (University of Ottawa)
BA (McMaster University)

Professional Interests

Evaluation of complex health interventions; integrated care programs for patients with complex care needs health services research; health policy; mental health and addictions; realist evaluation and knowledge synthesis methods; social network analysis; mixed methods.


My research focuses on the evaluation of complex health interventions. I have conducted evaluations of complex health interventions, such as housing programs for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness, mental health services including mobile crisis intervention teams, and tobacco control programming. Currently, my work focuses on building a comprehensive evaluation plan of integrated care programs for populations with complex care needs. In partnership with the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC-CCAC) and other partnering organizations involved in the provision of integrated care, I am building a research program involving a realist knowledge synthesis of the literature on integrated care programs. Findings from the review will inform the development of realist evaluation framework of integrated care programs delivered through the TC-CCAC. The goal of this work is to better understand the mechanisms and contexts in which integrated care models successfully increase coordination of the healthcare system, and improve the client and caregiver experience.