Curriculum Vitae



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PhD Candidate, Health Services Research, Health Policy Stream

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto (expected 2017)

Supervisor: Fiona Webster, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

  • Fellow, Wilson Centre for Education Research Fellow, January 2016-present;
  • Dissertation project involves critical discourse analysis of contemporary and historical policy visions for mental health system reform;
  • Courses in advanced health policy analysis, policy case studies, qualitative and quantitative research methods (including biostatistics, econometrics and critical appraisal of scientific literature), and knowledge translation.


Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law

York University, Toronto, 2009

  • Courses in policy analysis, public administration, constitutional law and public sector finance;
  • Major research paper analyzed media accounts of the social and political impacts of privatization of service delivery in Ontario’s hospital sector.


Graduate Diploma, Corporate Communications and Public Relations

Centre for Creative Communications, Centennial College, Toronto, 2006

  • Courses in writing for the public and specialized audiences, copy editing, graphic design and communications strategy.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science

Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 2005

  • Dean’s list citation in all eligible years;
  • Honours thesis project involved key informant interviewing to explore perspectives of participants in small (“fringe”) political parties on Canada’s electoral laws and party system.




Research Associate for Dr. Fiona Webster, Associate Professor and Education Scientist
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, 2013 and 2015-present;

  • Research associate on a number of past and ongoing projects;
  • Contributions include scoping reviews, data analysis and manuscript preparation.


Research Associate for Dr. A Paul Williams, Professor

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation University of Toronto, 2013-2014

  • Research associate on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded project comparing primary care reform in Ontario and New Zealand;
  • Contributed to development of a conceptual framework and background research for an historical institutional analysis of reform in the primary care and social care sectors in Ontario.


Research Communications, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative

University of Toronto, 2013-2014

  • Wrote mission and vision statements;
  • Created, edited and managed website content.


Communications Officer, Ontario Health Study

Toronto, September 2010-2012

  • Analyzed recruitment data for trends corresponding to various communications activities, and compared the effectiveness of recruitment efforts in communities throughout Ontario;
  • Created reports for funders, affiliated researchers, community leaders and other stakeholders, drawing on skills in data analysis, writing and graphic design;
  • Designed communications research strategies to evaluate the relative effectiveness of messages for promoting participant retention.


Communications Officer (full-time), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)

Toronto, 2006-2010

  • Founding editor and designer of a newsletter explaining the Institute’s strategies and scientific achievements to several thousand international and Canadian stakeholders in government, academia and industry;
  • Researched and wrote feature articles about scientific research, research funding and policy for newsletters and national trade publications;
  • Wrote news releases, public service announcements, advertisements and news bulletins, and pitched stories to local and national media;
  • Coordinated public lectures (arranging venues, promotions, etc.) by a number of high-profile speakers including Human Genome Project leaders;
  • Designed print, web and e-mail advertisements for a range of audiences including researchers, funders, the media and the general public.


Writer/Editor, Nepean Community Resource Centre

Ottawa, 2004

  • Researched and wrote funding proposals and other documents;
  • Wrote features on social issues for publication in a local newspaper.







Webster F, Rice K, Dainty KN, Zwarenstein M, Durant S, Kuper A. Failure to cope: the hidden curriculum of emergency department wait times and the implications for clinical training. Acad Med. 2015 Jan;90(1):56-62.





Richard K. Reznick Research Day

The Wilson Centre, Toronto, 2015

 "Visions, Shadows and Asylums of the 21st Century."

  • Presentation of ongoing dissertation research involving critical analysis of institutional discourse surrounding mental health reform.


Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Research Day

University of Toronto, 2014

  • Poster on research design for a study of mental health service policy in Ontario.


Health Technology Assessment for Decision Makers

Toronto Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, University of Toronto, 2012

  • Participated in intensive three-day course for decision-makers and researchers in medicine and government.


Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Research Day

University of Toronto, 2012

  • Poster on research design for qualitative study of psychosocial impacts on patients of personalized medicine technologies in oncology.


Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Annual Scientific Meeting

Alliston, Ontario, 2012

  • Poster on exploratory research on ethical, legal and social issues related to the introduction of genomic and other molecular technologies to clinical settings.


Guest lecture on public expenditures on health

York University, Toronto, December 2009

  • Invited by Thaddeus Hwong, PhD, Assistant Professor, to present to his undergraduate taxation policy class.


Guest lectures, “Comparing Health Systems in Lay and Academic Terms”

York University, Toronto, November 2009

  • Invited by Dr. Thaddeus Hwong to present to his undergraduate social policy class.




Steve Durant

October 6, 2016