Seminar Series – December 2022


Dr. Ghazal Fazli

Nothing About Us, Without Us: The need for trauma-informed intersectional analysis of diabetes risk during COVID-19 through patient and public engagement



Andrea Tricco holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology and PhD in Population Health. She is a Scientist and Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Publ

Ghazal Fazli is teaching as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Department of Health and Society at the University of Toronto, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Network for Healthy Populations. As an epidemiologist, Ghazal has deep interests for research and policy initiatives that promote action on the social determinants of health to improve wellbeing and quality of life across the lifespan. In her current research, she is examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prediabetes and diabetes risk via population-based databases and patient and community engagement initiatives.


Learning objectives:
-Understand key concepts in patient and community engagement research
-Identify meaningful ways to engage with community members and patient partners in health research
-Understand how trauma-informed intersectionality analysis can be applied in health research involving patient partners and community members

ic Health & Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She is also a Co-Director and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Centre of Excellence at Queen’s University. Dr. Tricco has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis.


Nicole George

Community partnerships for equity-oriented chronic pain care



Nicole George is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Science within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University. She is a member of the Person-Centered Health Informatics lab under the supervision of Dr. Sara Ahmed, in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation. For her doctoral thesis, Nicole is examining integrated, community-based approaches to chronic pain management that address the biopsychosocial nature of pain for person-centered care. Her work is supported by CIHR, Richard and Edith Strauss Canada Foundation, Quebec SPOR Support Unit, and SPOR Evidence Alliance.


Learning objectives:

-Describe the knowledge to action gap for linkages between clinical pain management and community resources to support the multidimensional experience of living with chronic pain
-Reflect on inclusive, equitable strategies for public and patient engagement in research
-Identify knowledge exchange methods to be used for the co-design of community linkages to reduce care fragmentations and health inequities related to chronic pain


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