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Faculty Member

Kate Mulligan

Email Address(es)
Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, LinkedIn, Twitter, Mastodon
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member

Research Interests

I am interested in the role of community-scale leadership and intervention in the production of health and wellbeing. I lead high-impact advocacy and research for healthier, more equitable and more sustainable policy and practice.

I am also the Senior Director of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing.

My interests include:

  • Advocacy, media, community and government relations
  • Health equity, healthy public policy and community wellbeing
  • Community leadership, resilience and self-determination
  • Community and public governance
  • Social prescribing & determinants of health
  • Political ecology & health geography

2023 headlines:

Education & Training History

  • PhD, Health Geography, McMaster University (2013)
  • M.A., Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto (2003)
  • B Arts Sc., Arts & Science Programme, McMaster University (2001)

Other Affiliations


  • Canadian Red Cross
  • National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health
  • Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Pan American Health Organization

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Doctoral Students

Masters Students

  • Lavania Jeganathan, IHPME, University of Toronto

Representative Publications

Mulligan, K., Hsiung, S., Park, G., Bloch, G., Elliott, T., Stebbins, L., Richter, A. Social Prescribing in Canada: A Tool for Integrating Health and Social Care for Underserved Communities. Healthcare Quarterly 25(4) January 2023 : 17-22. doi:10.12927/hcq.2023.27022.

Muhl, C., Mulligan, K., Bayoumi, I., Ashcroft, R., & Godfrey, C. (2023). Establishing Internationally Accepted Conceptual and Operational Definitions of Social Prescribing Through Expert Consensus: A Delphi Study Protocol. International Journal of Integrated Care, 23(1), 3. DOI:

Ashe, M; Grover, S; Sandhu, P; Nijjar, GS; Percival, A; Chudyk, AM; Liang, J; McArthur, C; Miller, WC; Mortenson, WB; Mulligan, K; Newton, C: Park, G; Pitman, B; Rush, KL; Sakakibara, B; Petrella, J. (2023). Older Adults and Social Prescribing Experience, Outcomes, and Processes: A Meta-Aggregation Systematic Review (accepted by Public Health Feb 2023).

Mulligan, K. 2022. Digital inclusion, online participation and health promotion: Promising practices from community-led participatory journalism. Global Health Promotion. Online First:

Madani, M.T., Madani, L., Ghogomu, E.T., Dahrouge, S., Hébert, P.C., Juando-Prats, C., Mulligan, K. & Welch, V. Is equity considered in systematic reviews of interventions for mitigating social isolation and loneliness in older adults?. BMC Public Health 22, 2241 (2022).

Percival A, Newton C, Mulligan K, Petrella R, Ashe M. Systematic review of social prescribing and older adults: where to from here?

Morse, DF; Sandhu, S; Mulligan, K; Tierney, S; Polley, P; Chivas, B; Slade, S; Dias, S; Mahtani, K; Wells, L; Wang, H; Zhao, B; de Figueiredo, C; Meijs, JJ; Nam, HK; Lee, KH; Wallace, C; Elliott, M; Mendive, JM; Robinson, D; Palo, M; Herrman, W; Nielsen, RØ; Husk, K. (2022). Global Developments in Social Prescribing. BMJ Global Health 2022;7:e008524.

Mulligan K. 2022. Strengthening community connections: the future of public health is at the neighbourhood scale. Report to the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Bhatti S, Rayner J, Pinto AD, Mulligan K, Cole DC. Using self-determination theory to understand the social prescribing process: a qualitative study.

Public Health Agency of Canada / Canadian Institutes for Health Research 2020. Best Brains Exchange proceedings report: Strengthening the structural determinants of health post-COVID-19.

Mulligan, K., Bhatti, S., Rayner, J., & Hsiung, S. 2019. Social Prescribing: Creating Pathways Towards Better Health and Wellness. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Rayner, J; Muldoon, L; Bayoumi, I; McMurchy, D; Mulligan, K; Tharao, W 2018. Delivering Primary Health Care as Envisioned – A Model of Health and Wellbeing Guiding Community-Governed Primary Care Organizations. Journal of Integrated Care.