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McShane, Kelly

McShane, Kelly


Associate Professor


PhD, CPsych, CE


TRS 3-081


416-979-5000 ext 3417

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Kelly McShane

Kelly McShane, PhD, CPsych, CE, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 2007, and completed her post-doctoral training at the Centre for Reseach in Inner City Health, at St. Michael’s Hospital. She joined Department of Psychology at Ryerson University in 2008, and just recently transferred to the School of Health Services Management in 2018. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a credentialed evaluator, and presently serves as the Clinical Psychologist at Renascent. She has worked with a variety of community health organizations and hospitals, and undertakes research and evaluation work focused on clinical outcomes and evidence-based service implementation. Kelly employs a community-engaged approach to projects and relies heavily on qualitative techniques to identify barriers to change and implementation, and quantitative measures to assess program and service impact.

Her initial research program focused on clinical outcomes for clients, and with her training during her sabbatical she has gone on to expand this work to examine organization willingness, capacity and best practices in evidence-based service delivery, particularly among networked community-based organizations. She is leader in the field of theory-based evaluation for health interventions and has undertaken a number of realist reviews of health services and programs in the areas of mental health and addictions. Her emerging research focuses on the development of a sobriety-informed app for the hospitality sector. She is also committed to effective, outcome-drive experiential learning for students and has undertaken a number of research and consulting roles to assess and provide recommendations on how best to support experiential learning in curricular contexts.  

Research Interests

Community health management; implementation and training; clinical outcomes; realist evaluation and reviews.

Selected Research and Contributions
(*Denotes student     +Denotes community partner)
*Mutschler, C., *Rouse, J., McShane, K., +Habal-Brosek, C. (In Press). Developing a Realist Theory of Psychosocial Rehabilitation: The clubhouse model. BMC Health Services Research. 
*Mutschler, C., *Naccarato, E., *Davey, C., *Rouse, J., & McShane, K. (In Press). Realist review of motivational interviewing for adolescent health behaviours. Systematic Reviews.
*Rouse, J., *Mutschler, C., McShane, K., & +Habal-Brosek, C. (2017). Qualitative participatory evaluation of a psychosocial rehabilitation program for individuals with severe mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health, 46(2), 139-156. doi:
*Meixner, T., Milligan, K., Urbanoski, K., & McShane, K. (2016). Conceptualizing integrated service delivery for pregnant and parenting women with addiction: Defining key factors and processes. Canadian Journal of Addiction, 7(3), 49-57. Retrieved from
*Usher, A.M. & McShane, K.E. (2016). Supporting children of substance using families: Preliminary outcomes of the Renascent Children's Program.  Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 11(4), 282-295. doi:
McShane, K., *Usher, A., +Steel, J.  & Tandon, R. (2015). Charting the trajectory of a flexible community-university collaboration in an applied learning ecosystem. Engaged Scholar Journal, 1 (2), 149-165. doi:

Peter Armstrong Community Award of Excellence, Renascent (2014)

Experiential Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts (2012)

Research Funding
McShane, K. (PI) (2017-2018). Addressing the Burden of Addictions on the Workforce with e-tool Solutions. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Catalyst Grant: Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon. Funded for $75,000.
McShane, K. (PI). (2016-2017). Disseminating Practice-Based Evidence on the Implementation of an Addictions Treatment Court. Law Foundation of Ontario, Small Grant. Funded for $15,000.
McShane, K. (2018). Effectiveness of a community based therapeutic writing intervention to improve community sense of self. MITACS Accelerate. Supervised Intern: Annabelle Torsein. Partner Organization: Toronto Writers Collective. Funded for $15,000.
McShane, K. (2017). Evaluating the impact of an educational arts program on adolescent socio-emotional and academic growth among inner-city, high needs schools. MITACS Accelerate. Supervised Intern: Sofia Puente Duran. Partner Organization: Lakeshore Arts. Funded for $15,000.
McShane, K. (2016). Effectiveness of Progress Place: Evaluation of Service Delivery and Support for Individuals with Mental Illness. MITACS Accelerate. Supervised Intern: Christina Mutschler. Partner Organization: Progress Place. Funded for $15,000.
McShane, K. (2016). Critical Synthesis and Application of Youth Wellbeing Indices to Guide Philanthropic Work. MITACS Accelerate. Supervised Intern Sofia Puente Duran. Partner Organization: Laidlaw Foundation. Funded for $15,000.

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