Monika Kastner

PhD (University of Toronto)
HBSc (McMaster University)

Research Interests

Knowledge translation and Implementation Science, Health Services Research/Methods, Health information technology/e-health, Human factors and user-centered design, Patient oriented research, Primary care
Clinical decision support, Chronic disease management

Professional Interests

Monika Kastner is the Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Implementation at North York General Hospital, Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Health Services Research in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She also holds a cross appointment at the Division of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ and CMAJ Open).

Monika’s goals are to improve the health of older adults and to advance the science and practice of knowledge translation (KT). Her program of research involves designing innovative, technology-based KT tools that optimize health care delivery, clinical decision making, and patient outcomes. Monika is also conducting research to advance the methods of KT to facilitate the uptake of knowledge. For example, she is leading a team to develop a framework aimed at helping a wide range of knowledge users (providers, researchers and policy makers) to more rigorously and efficiently develop, implement, and disseminate KT tools and products with the best potential for impact.


Monika is leading an initiative to improve the health of older adults with complex care needs. Her team developed a web-based tool called “KeepWell”, which is aimed at supporting the self-management of older adults with multiple chronic conditions and facilitating the clinical decision making of their providers. KeepWell considers the health priorities of older adults in creating an action plan for self-management according to different combinations of disease clusters from among the top 10 high-burden chronic conditions affecting older adults (e.g., Diabetes, COPD, Dementia, Heart failure, Osteoporosis). The tool also includes an Avatar coach to customize seniors' self-management experience in the context of identified disease and lifestyle risks, and gamification features to enhance interactivity and sustained use. The collective work has great potential for impact, and has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through their funding support to implement and evaluate KeepWell across primary care, hospital, and community settings in Ontario.

Other Affiliations

  • Research Chair, Knowledge Translation and Implementation, North York General Hospital
  • Associate Professor (Status), Department of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital