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Faculty Member

Fiona Webster PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street, 6th Floor Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

Fiona Webster is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She holds a status appointment with the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and is a cross-appointed Scientist with the Wilson Centre for Medical Education and an Academic Fellow with the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ). She holds a PhD in sociology in equity studies from the University of Toronto and has trained in critical qualitative and ethnographic approaches to health research including institutional ethnography. She is currently leading a CIHR funded study to explore ethnographically the social organization of primary care for patients with complex chronic pain and also holds a CIHR New Investigator Award for this program of research.

Education & Training History

Other Affiliations

  • Interim Division Head, Social & Behavioural Health Sciences (2016-17)
  • Member, Health Science Research (HSR) Committee, Faculty of Medicine (2014-present)
  • Lead, Qualitative Research Committee, BRIDGES (2013 to 2016)
  • Member, Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, Depart of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, U of T (2012 – 2016)
  • Member, Research Executive Committee, Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), University of Toronto (UofT) (2011 – 2016)
  • Member, Institute for Medical Sciences Curriculum Committee (2011 -2013)
  • Member, Office of Educational Scholarship Management Committee (2012 – 2016)
  • Member, Clinician Scholar Program Committee, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto (2012 to 2016)
  • Member, UTOPIAN Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto (2013 to 2016)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  1. HAD 5740H Course Director: Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research, IHPME, University of Toronto
  1. HSR1001H Co-instructor with Dr. Joanna Sale. Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research, IHPME, University of Toronto
  1. Module on Knowledge Translation (for MSC1010/11Y), Course Director, IMS, University of Toronto

Professional Summary & Appointments

Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Scientist, Wilson Centre, University of Toronto
Academic Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto

Affiliate Member, Ambulatory Primary Care Innovations Group, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Full Member, School of Graduate Studies

Honours & Awards

2014  Research Ambassadors Knowledge Translation Award, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA).

2014  Excellence in Research (Junior), Department of Family and Community Medicine.

2013 Helen P. Batty Faculty Development Award – Innovation in Program Development and Design. The Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto.

2012 Excellence in Research in Professional Development, Professional Development Program Award, Professional Development Program.

2014-2019 CIHR New Investigator Award.

Current Research Projects

2014 Mar – 2017 Feb Principal Applicant. Finding the patient in patient-centered care: an institutional ethnography of chronic pain management in family medicine. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) operating grant.

2014 Feb – 2018 Jan Co-Investigator. The ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Operating Grant. PI: Weijer, Charles

2013 Mar – 2014 Co-Investigator. Competence Development in Nursing Students and Newly Graduated Nurses: A Scoping Review. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Award. PI: Peterson J.

2012 Jul – 2013 Jun Co-Principal Investigator. Laying the groundwork to improve communication between surgeons and radiologic technologists in the trauma operating room: an ethnographic approach. Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

2012 Jul – 2017 Jun Co-Investigator. Improving community-based cancer care coordination along the continuum of care (IMPACT). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Innovation Team Grants in Community-Based Primary Healthcare. PI: Grunfeld E

2011 Jun – 2014 Co-Principal Investigator. Instrumental activities of daily living and social roles following hip and knee replacement: Understanding why people’s engagement doesn’t change. Arthritis Society. Co-PI’s A Davis and Webster F.

Representative Publications