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Dr. David Rudoler

David Rudoler
Research Chair, Population Health and Innovation in Mental Health, Ontario Shores


David is an applied health services researcher with expertise in health policy, health economics, econometrics, health economic evaluation, administrative data analysis, and mixed methods. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University and has a status appointment at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Scientist at ICES in the Mental Health & Addictions Research Program. 

He completed his PhD in health services research from University of Toronto and MA in Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University. Prior to his research career, David worked for several years as a policy advisor in several departments within the Ontario Public Service.

Areas of Research

David uses health administrative data to study health system design for persons with complex health and social needs. His research interests include health human resources, including the supply of community-based primary and mental health services; the evaluation of policy interventions, including provider responses to payment models and incentives; the evaluation of community-based interventions for people with serious mental illness; and the application of methods in data science to issues in population health and mental health care services.


David has a wide range of ongoing research collaborations. He is currently working with researchers at ICES, the Canadian Centre for Health Economics, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the North American Observatory for Health Systems and Policies, and the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addition.


Area of research: Experiences of suicide-related thoughts and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Granting Body: CIHR Operating Grant
Amount Awarded: $249,986
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Date of Award: February 2022 

Area of research: Pan-Canadian Study of Psychiatric Care 
Granting Body: CIHR Project Grant
Amount Awarded: $711,451
Role: Nominated Principal Applicant
Date of Award: July 2021

Area of research: Examining the patient experience with electronic cognitive behavioural therapy​
Granting Body: Mitacs Accelerate
Amount Awarded: $65,000
Role: Nominated Principal Applicant
Date of Award: November 2021​

Area of research: Comparative policy analysis of solutions to the long-term institutionalization of people with serious mental illness​
Granting Body: SSHRC PEG
Amount Awarded: $24,892
Role: Nominated Principal Applicant
Date of Award: December 2021

Area of research: Comparison of electronic cognitive behavioural therapy to other treatment modalities at a specialized mental health hospital
Granting Body: Mitacs Accelerate
Amount Awarded: $115,796
Role: Nominated Principal Applicant
Date of Award: April 2021​

Area of research: Making the most of Canada's "natural laboratory": advancing difference-in- differences methods for unpoolable data​
Granting Body: CIHR Project Grant​
Amount Awarded: $371,971
Role: Co-Investigator
Date of Award: March 2021

Area of research: Primary care for individuals with serious mental illness​
Granting Body: CIHR Project Grant​
Amount Awarded: $994,500
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Date of Award: October 2020 

Area of research: Primary care reform and medication appropriateness for seniors: A comparative study of two provinces.
Granting Body: CIHR Project Grant​
Amount Awarded: $501,075
Role: Nominated Principal Applicant
Date of Award: April 2018 

Area of research: Practice patterns among early-career primary care physicians and workforce planning implications: A mixed-methods study. ​
Granting Body: CIHR Project Grant​
Amount Awarded: $1.24 million
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Date of Award: April 2018 


Selected Recent Publications

Allin, Sara, Elisabeth Martin, David Rudoler, Michael Church Carson, Agnes Grudniewicz, Sydney Jopling, and Erin Strumpf. “Comparing Public Policies Impacting Prescribing and Medication Management in Primary Care in Two Canadian Provinces.” Health Policy, June 10, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2021.06.002.

Calver, Jen, Robert Balogh, and David Rudoler. “Incidence of Injury in Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disability.” Journal of Safety Research 77 (June 1, 2021): 56–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2021.02.003.

Zaheer, Juveria, Mark Olfson, Emilie Mallia, June S. H. Lam, Claire de Oliveira, David Rudoler, Andre F. Carvalho, Binu J. Jacob, Ari Juda, and Paul Kurdyak. “Predictors of Suicide at Time of Diagnosis in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: A 20-Year Total Population Study in Ontario, Canada.” Schizophrenia Research 222 (August 2020): 382–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2020.04.025.

Khan, Nagina, David Rudoler, Mary McDiarmid, and Stephen Peckham. “A Pay for Performance Scheme in Primary Care: Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies on the Provider Experiences of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in the UK.” BMC Family Practice 21, no. 1 (December 2020): 142. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-020-01208-8.

Rudoler, David, Claire de Oliveira, Juveria Zaheer, and Paul Kurdyak. “Closed for Business? Using a Mixture Model to Explore the Supply of Psychiatric Care for New Patients.” The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, February 25, 2019, 070674371982896. https://doi.org/10.1177/0706743719828963.

Rudoler, David, Allie Peckham, Agnes Grudniewicz, and Greg Marchildon. “Coordinating Primary Care Services: A Case of Policy Layering.” Health Policy 123, no. 2 (February 2019): 215–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.12.002.

Lavergne, M. Ruth, Ian Scott, Goldis Mitra, David Snadden, Doug Blackie, Laurie J. Goldsmith, David Rudoler, et al. “Regional Differences in Where and How Family Medicine Residents Intend to Practise: A Cross-Sectional Survey Analysis.” CMAJ Open 7, no. 1 (March 2019): E124–30. https://doi.org/10.9778/cmajo.20180152.

Zaheer, Juveria, Binu Jacob, Claire de Oliveira, David Rudoler, Ari Juda, and Paul Kurdyak. “Service Utilization and Suicide among People with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.” Schizophrenia Research 202 (December 1, 2018): 347–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2018.06.025.

Rudoler, David, Claire de Oliveira, Binu Jacob, Melonie Hopkins, and Paul Kurdyak. “Cost Analysis of a High Support Housing Initiative for Persons with Severe Mental Illness and Long-Term Psychiatric Hospitalization.” The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 63, no. 7 (July 2018): 492–500. https://doi.org/10.1177/0706743717752881.

Rudoler, David, Claire de Oliveira, Joyce Cheng, and Paul Kurdyak. “Payment Incentives for Community-Based Psychiatric Care in Ontario, Canada.” CMAJ 189, no. 49 (December 11, 2017): E1509–16. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.160816.

Allin, Sara, David Rudoler, and Audrey Laporte. “Does Increased Medication Use among Seniors Increase Risk of Hospitalization and Emergency Department Visits?” Health Serv. Res. 52, no. 4 (August 2017): 1550–69. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.12560.

Kurdyak, Paul, Juveria Zaheer, Joyce Cheng, David Rudoler, and Benoit H Mulsant. “Changes in Characteristics and Practice Patterns of Ontario Psychiatrists.” Can. J. Psychiatry 62, no. 1 (January 2017): 40–47. https://doi.org/10.1177/0706743716661325.