Dr. Susan Law
Dr. Law is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Better Health. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London UK, a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. She holds an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto – Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
Dr. Law’s research career began in the UK at the University of Oxford where she participated in qualitative studies of the role of evidence in changing clinical practice. In Canada, she has been a senior scientist with the Quebec health technology assessment agency, Director of Research and scientist at St. Mary’s Research Centre, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Family Medicine, where she continues as an adjunct professor. She leads a research program – Health Experiences Research Canada – that focuses on developing collections of patient stories of personal experiences of illness, using qualitative methods and video recording, along with associated knowledge translation and applications for policy, education and patient and family-centered care. The results are shared on a dedicated website where others can learn from these lived experiences (see: www.healthexperiences.ca). Her team is part of an international collaboration amongst 15 countries (www.dipexinternational.org) using common methods to gather and share country-based narratives of illness.
She is currently leading research projects on experiences of perinatal mental health, long-COVID, women’s experiences of heart failure, medical cannabis, and Ukrainian refugees. She has expertise in researcher-patient partnerships and knowledge translation, and is involved in co-design projects to improve care processes.