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Faculty Member

Maritt Kirst PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University St. West Waterloo, ON N2L3C5
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

evaluation of complex health interventions; integrated care for populations with complex care needs; health services research; home and community care; mental health and addictions; homelessness; tobacco control; health equity; social capital; program evaluation; transdisciplinary health research; mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research methods

Other Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Affiliate Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital

Co-Head, Population Research Initiative in Mental Health and Addictions (PRIMHA), Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, University of Toronto

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Current Research Projects

Principal Investigator: Achieving a Common Framework for Substance Use Interventions: A Planning Event”. University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine New Staff Grant. June 2013-May 2015

Co-investigator: Mental Health Commission of Canada Demonstration Project on Homelessness and Mental Health – Toronto Site, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital. (Co-PIs Drs. Stephen Hwang, Vicky Stergiopoulos, & Patricia O’Campo). April 2009 – April 2013.

Co-Investigator: Investigating Neighbourhood Effects on Mental Health” Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (P.I. Dr. Patricia O’Campo).

Representative Publications

Kirst, M., Zerger, S., Misir, V., Hwang, S.W. & Stergiopoulos, V. (2014). The impact of a Housing First randomized controlled trial on substance use problems among homeless individuals with mental illness. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146, 24-29.

Kirst, M., Zerger, S.,Wise Harris, D., Plenert, E., & Stergiopoulos, V. (2014). The promise of recovery: Narratives of hope among homeless individuals with mental illness participating in a Housing First randomized controlled trial in Toronto, Canada. BMJ Open, 4:e004379.

Yates, E., Dubray, J., Schwartz, R., Kirst, M., Lacombe-Duncan, A. et al. (in press). Patterns of cigarillo use among Canadian young adults in two urban settings. Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Lofters, A., Slater, M., Kirst, M., Shankardass, K. & Quiñonez, C. (2014). How do people attribute income-related inequalities in health? A cross-sectional study in Ontario, Canada. PLOS One, 9(1), e85286.

Webster, L., Chaiton, M. & Kirst, M. (2014). The co-use of tobacco and cannabis among adolescents over a thirty year period. Journal of School Health, 84(3), 151-159.

Kirst, M., Shankardass, K., Bomze, S., Lofters, A. & Quiñonez, C. (2013). Sociodemographic data collection for health equity monitoring: A mixed methods study of public opinions. International Journal for Equity in Health, 12, 75.

Kirst, M.J., Mecredy, G. & Chaiton, M. (2013). The prevalence of tobacco use co-morbidities in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104, 3.

Kirst, M.J. & Schwartz, R. (2013). Promoting a smokers’ quitline in Ontario, Canada: An evaluation of an academic detailing approach. Health Promotion International. Advance access June 13, 2013, 1-8.

Kirst, M., O’Campo, P., Marshall, A., Young, A., Zhang, Y.J., & Ahmad, F. (2012). Referral to health and social services post screening for intimate partner violence in health care settings: a realist-informed scoping review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 13(4), 198-208.

Frederick, T., Kirst, M.J., & Erickson, P.G. (2012). Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation among street-involved youth in Toronto. Advances in Mental Health, 11(1). 3-12

Kirst, M.J. & O’Campo, P. (2012). Realist review methods for complex health problems. In O’Campo, P. & Dunn, J. (eds.) Rethinking Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change. Pp.231-245. New York: Springer US.

Kirst, M.J., Frederick, T., & Erickson, P.G. (2011). Concurrent mental health and substance use problems among street-involved youth. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9, 543-553.

O’Campo, P., Kirst, M.J., Tsamis, C., Chambers, C., & Ahmad, F. (2011). Implementing successful intimate partner violence screening programs in healthcare settings: Evidence generated from a realist-informed systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 72(6), 855-866.

Kirst, M.J., Schaefer-McDaniel, N., Hwang, S. & O’Campo, P. (Editors) (2011). Converging Disciplines: A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems. New York: Springer.

Lofters, A, Shankardass, K., Kirst, M.J. & Quinonez, C. (2010). Sociodemographic data collection in Canadian healthcare settings: An examination of public opinion. Medical Care, 49(2), 193-199.

Snider, C.E., Kirst, M.J., Abubakar, S., Ahmad, F. & Nathens, A.B. (2010). Community Based Participatory Research: Development of a Hospital-Based Youth Violence Intervention using Concept Mapping. Academic Emergency Medicine,17(8), 877-885.

Kirst, M.J. (2009). Social capital and beyond: A qualitative analysis of social contextual and structural influences on drug use-related health behaviours. Journal of Drug Issues, 39(3), 653-676.