Maureen J. Dobbins, PhD, RN

Dr. Dobbins is Associate Professor at McMaster University. Dr. Dobbins’s research efforts have sought to understand knowledge translation and exchange and evidence-informed decision making among public health decision makers. Her studies have included: the uptake of effective cancer prevention approaches (tobacco, physical activity), identification of barriers and facilitators to research use; understanding the information needs of public health decision makers at the local, provincial and federal level; evaluating the use of systematic reviews in provincial policies; exploring where research evidence fits into the decision-making process; evaluating the impact of knowledge translation strategies, and exploring knowledge brokering in public health. Dr. Dobbins brings important experiences from Canada, where she has been a leader in knowledge translation (the Canadian terminology for D&I research).