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Faculty Member

Caroline W Bennett-​Abuayyash MSc, PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Ontario Brain Institute 1 Richmond Street, Suite 400 Toronto, ON
Ontario Brain Institute
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

I acknowledge my position as an Arab settler in Tkaronto (Toronto), the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Tkaronto is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work, live, and learn on this land.

My interests lie in knowledge sharing, capacity strengthening, and action on health inequities. Specific examples of my work include:

  • Implementing knowledge exchange practices rooted in community expertise and collaboration
  • Exploring opportunities and challenges in embedding equity principles in research, planning, and practice
  • Building organizational and system-level accountability on health equity and anti-racism action through data (performance measurement), evidence, and relationship building
*I am NOT accepting graduate students*

Other Affiliations

Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Public Health Ontario- Health Promotion, Chronic Disease, and Injury Prevention
Medical Advisory Board Member, National Collaborating Centre on the Determinants of Health

Education & Training History

PhD- Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2011)
MSc- Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2006)
BA- Political Science & Public Administration, American University of Beirut (2000)

Certificate– Disparities Leadership Program, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School (2015)

Representative Publications

Khorasheh T, Bennett-AbuAyyash C, Mallakin M, Sellen K, Corace K, Pauly B, et al. Supporting community overdose response planning in Ontario, Canada: Findings from a situational assessment. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):1–1390. Available from:

Abdi S, Bennett-AbuAyyash C, MacDonald L, Hohenadel K, Johnson KO, Leece P. Provincial implementation supports for socio-demographic data collection during COVID-19 in Ontario’s public health system. Can J Public Health. 2021;112(5):853–61. Available from:

Tuck A, Oda A, Hynie M, Bennett-AbuAyyash C, Roche B, Agic B, et al. Unmet Health Care Needs for Syrian Refugees in Canada. J Immigrant Minority Health. 2019;21(6):1306–12. Available from:

Tan-McGrory A, Bennett-AbuAyyash C, Gee S, Dabney K, Cowden JD, Williams L, et al. A patient and family data domain collection framework for identifying disparities in pediatrics: results from the pediatric health equity collaborative. BMC Pediatrics. 2018;18(1):18. Available from: