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Faculty Member

Lorraine E. Ferris Ph.D., C.Psych., LL.M (ADR); LLM (Admin Law).

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 946-3488
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, c/o McMurrich Building 2nd Floor, 12Queen's Park Cres Toronto, ON M5S 1S8
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status

Research Interests

  • medico-legal-ethics-policy issues, including confidentiality (and exceptions to it), professional regulation, clinical trials research, scientific integrity,and patient protection laws.
  • women's health and women's health services
  • effectiveness and efficiency of health services

Education & Training History

PhD., C.Psych., LL.M. (ADR), LL.M. (Admin Law)

Other Affiliations

Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Note: currently Associate Vice-Provost, Health Sciences Policy and Strategy and Special Advisor to the Vice-President Research and Innovation, University of Toronto

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

No teaching responsibilities because of secondment as Associate Vice-Provost (Health Sciences Policy and Strategy) and Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Professional Summary & Appointments

Vice-President/President Elect, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Chair, Ethics and Policy Committee, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Member, Editorial Board, The International J of Occupational and Environmental Health

Member, Editorial Board, Medicine and Law

Member, Editorial Board, Risk Management in Canadian Health Care

Chair, Toronto Academic Health Science Network's Research Ethics Committee (TREC)

Honours & Awards

Current Research Projects

  • Ethical and legal issues in public health activities in Canada

Representative Publications

Ferris LE. & Sass-Kortsak A. Sharing Research Findings with Research Participants and Communities. Int J of Occup and Envir Medicine 2011;2(3).

Peirson Leslea J, Boydell, Katherine M, Ferguson H. Bruce & Ferris LE. An Ecological Process Model of Systems Change. American J of Community Psychology 2011;47:307-321.

Rochon PA, Sekeres M, Hoey J, Lexchin J, Ferris LE, Moher D, Wu,W, Kalkar SR, Laethem MV, Gruneir A, Gold J, Maskalyk J, Streiner DL, Taback N, Chan, AW. Investigator Experiences with Financial Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Trials. Trials 2011;120:9..

Rochon PA, Sekeres M, Lexchin J, Moher D, Wu W, Kalkar SR, Laethem MV, Hoey, J, Chan AW, Gruneir A, Gold J, Maskalyk MJ, Streiner DL, Nathan Taback, Ferris LE. Institutional Financial Conflicts of Interest Policies at Canadian Academic Health Science Centres: A National Survey. Open Medicine 2010; 4(3): E134-E138.

Sheldon C, Ferris LE. A Case for a Charter of Patient Rights in Pre-market Drug Trials: Building on the International Conference on Harmonization’s Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. Medicine and Law, 2010; 29(2); 239 to 262 .

Ferris LE, Lemmens T. Goverance of conflicts of interest in postmarketing surveillance research and the Canadian Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN). Open Medicine; 2010:4(2): E123-E126

Ferris LE, Brumback, RA. Academic Merit, Promotion and Journal Peer Reviewing: The Role of Academic Institutions in Providing Recognition [Editorial]. Journal of Child Neurology 2010 May; 25(5);538-540.

Ferris LE, Fletcher RA. Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals: The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Position on a Challenging Problem. [Published in a number of medical and biomedical journals whose editors are members of WAME.

Rochon PA, Hoey J, Chan AW, Ferris LE, Lexchin J, Kalkar SR, Sekeres M, WU W, Lawthem MV, Gruneir A, Maskalyk MJ, Gold J, Taback N, Moher D. Financial Conflicts of Interest Checklist 2010 for clinical research studies. Open Medicine 2010 Jan-Mar; 4(1):E69-E91. [With an accompanying editorial: Murray S, Kendall C & Palepu A “Opening Pandora’s box: the public declaration of competing interests”. Open Medicine 2010 Jan-Mar; 4(1): 92-94.]

Lexchin J, Sekeres M, Gold J, Ferris LE, Kalkar S, Wu W, van Laethem M, Chan AW, Moher D, Maskalyk MJ, Taback N, Rochon PA. National Evaluation of Policies on Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest in Canadian Academic Health Science Centres. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23(11); 1896-903. Epub 2008 August 21.