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Ontario Shores and University of Toronto Announce New Research Chair

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Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Rudoler as Inaugural Research Chair in Population Health and Innovation in Mental Health.

In partnership with the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), the Research Chair aims to advance a program of applied research in mental health with a focus on innovation in data science and population health. This important work will inform mental health promotion and prevention, the development of optimal service delivery models and lead to positive outcomes at the patient, hospital and system levels.

Dr. Rudoler joins Ontario Shores from Ontario Tech University, as an Assistant Professor, as well as DLSPH’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) where he held various roles focused on the evaluation of policy and clinical interventions in the primary and mental health sectors, particularly for people with complex health and social needs.

“Health systems often struggle to provide adequate access to mental health services – a problem that health systems and policy experts such as Asst. Prof. Rudoler are working to improve,” says Prof. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Dean of DLSPH. “This appointment helps to connect David’s important work to the community he serves, which I believe will help to improve the lives of people living with psychiatric diagnoses.”

Dr. Rudoler is an active educator and has established ongoing collaborations with Ontario Shores researchers. Currently he is co-supervising a thesis on a review of enablers and barriers of suicide risk assessments in inpatient healthcare settings.
In addition, he has published in several leading journals, book chapters, articles and abstracts in his areas of expertise.

“Ontario Shores is pleased to welcome Dr. Rudoler,” says Sanaz Riahi, Vice-President, Practice, Academics and Chief Nursing Executive. “He is a seasoned researcher and educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ontario Shores. I am confident he will be a great asset in advancing our organization’s expertise in population health and innovation.”

The Chair will support the organization's five-year roadmap focused on advancing its population health and applied advanced analytics program. It will play a central role in moving the roadmap forward through establishing new research partnerships, mechanisms for data linkages, technology applications for health surveillance and the development of new models of care that incorporate innovative approaches using advanced analytics.
The Chair will serve as an ambassador for Ontario Shores in the development of collaborative research partnerships with national and international partners.

“I am proud to join an innovative organization that continually seeks opportunities to advance mental health care through science-based research. I am excited to help create an applied research program that will have direct benefits not only for the patients at Ontario Shores, but the general mental health population as well.”

Dr. Rudoler will be enabling Ontario Shores’ journey to advance work in population health and analytics in mental health.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

About the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a Faculty of the University of Toronto that originated as one of the Schools of Hygiene begun by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1927. The School went through a dramatic renaissance after the 2003 SARS crisis and it is now the largest public health school in Canada, with more than 850 faculty, 1,000 students, and research and training partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto and the world. With $42 million in research funding per year, the School supports discovery in global health, tobacco impacts on health, occupational disease and disability, air pollution, and Black and Indigenous health, among many other areas. For more information, visit the website.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Marshall
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Director, Communications, Volunteers and CEOD
905.430.4055 ext. 6581
905.439.0224 @email

Heidi Singer
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Director, Communications

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