Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Arlene Bierman
MD, MS

Professor

“My research focuses on improving access, quality and outcomes of care for older adults with chronic illness, with a special focus on socio-economically disadvantaged populations, inequities in health and health care, and the unique needs of older women.”

Dr. Arlene Bierman is a general internist, geriatrician, and the holder of the Ontario Women’s Health Council Chair in Women’s Health.

As the Principal Investigator of POWER (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report Card), Dr. Bierman led more than 60 investigators in providing data to help policy-makers and health care providers improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario. The POWER team developed a model for integrating gender and equity analysis into performance measurement and reporting, bridging population health and clinical practice, and using a community engaged research model in the context of a quantitative study.

Through the Patient-Centered Accelerated Improvement Teams for Heart Failure through Shared Care study, she is developing and testing a new model of care for complex patients with heart failure.

Dr. Bierman is a Founding Member and Board Member of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). This international network of researchers, practitioners and students is dedicated to improving the care of older adults.

She is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation as well as the Division of Geriatrics in the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Bierman is on the faculty of U of T’s Institute for Life Course and Aging, a Senior Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

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  • Academic Credentials
    1997 – MS (Master of Science), Dartmouth Medical School, Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, New Hampshire
    1981 – MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    1976 – BA, Queens College, City University of New York
  • Publications
    Dr. Bierman’s PubMed link is available here.

PhD Students / Trainees

Joanne Crawford

PhD Student - Joanne Crawford

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Behaviours of South Asian Immigrants in Canada: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study

Joanne Crawford’s thesis is exploring the CRC screening beliefs and attitudes of South Asian immigrants in Ontario. Informed by the scoping literature review findings and the Behavioural Reasoning Theory (Westaby, 2005), the overall purpose of this thesis is to: a) explore concepts of beliefs and values, attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control and reasons for decision-making for CRC screening in average-risk South Asian immigrants aged 50 to 74 in Ontario; b) develop an instrument that examines these concepts; and, c) pretest the instrument in average-risk South Asian immigrants aged 50 to 74 in Ontario.

Jennifer Innis

Jennifer Innis is a nurse practitioner with extensive acute care experience in the areas of pain management, critical care and neurosurgery. Her research experience has been with marginalized groups and most recently has been in the area of pain assessment with a focus on critically ill non-verbal patients. She is currently a PhD student in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research is examining the impact of factors that lead to sociodemographic inequities in health and health care in acute care settings.

Natasha Lane

PhD Student - Natasha Lane

Natasha Lane previously studied systems-level approaches to understanding youth smoking cessation tools while completing her Master's in Population Health at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Natasha is an MD/PhD student at the University of Toronto, where her PhD research is focused on patient factors and physician network characteristics that influence cancer screening behaviours.

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