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Dr. Karen Spalding, Associate Professor, Health Services Management

Dr. Karen Spalding

Associate Professor
DepartmentHealth Services Management
EducationPhD, RN
OfficeTRS 3-100B
Phone416-979-5000 Ext 3567


Karen Spalding RN, PhD received her B.A. in Economics from Carleton University (1985), her B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of Ottawa (1989), her M.Sc. from the University of Toronto (1993) and her PhD from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto (2005). After working in a variety of advanced nursing practice roles at SickKids Hospital, Karen joined Ryerson University as Associate Professor in the School of Nursing in 2003. Before joining the School of Health Services Management in 2016, while in Nursing, Karen lead the development of the graduate programs and held several academic leadership positions including Director of the School and Graduate Program Director.

With a PhD focusing on Health Policy, the main focus of Karen’s research program is examining the role of government in health care, how it is shaped by the interests and actions of key political actors; and the consequences of health system changes for health care organizations, providers, consumers and governments themselves. Karen utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods to study the delivery and organization of home and community care for children with disabilities and/or complex care needs. Karen is recognized nationally and locally by both policy makers and health care organizations for her expertise.  She was asked by the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) to be the consultant on the first ever Pan-Canadian Environmental Scan of Paediatric Home Care Programs that was commissioned jointly by CHCA and Health Canada and has also given invited presentations to policy makers at Health Canada and MOHLTC (ON).   Karen was part of the team commissioned by SickKids to evaluate the LHIN funded project to support family caregivers of children with complex care needs.

Karen has published on a wide range of topics including health care policy; health services research; patient outcomes, and higher education.   Karen is past recipient of the Yeates School of Graduates Studies Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award (2014). She is Full Member of YSGS, Ryerson University and also is an Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies U of T and Associate Professor (Status-Only) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, U of T. Karen is certified as a career planning coach and her teaching interests include health systems, health policy, research methodsand home and community care delivery.