Anna Durbin

MPH, PhD

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Biography

Dr. Anna Durbin is a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions (C-UHS) in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Durbin earned her Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) and Doctorate (Health Services Research) from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, respectively.

Her policy focused research examines equity in use of mental health services with a focus on marginalized groups, such as newcomers, individuals with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, persons with limited income, individuals with HIV, and, individuals with limited English proficiency. Dr. Durbin has expertise working both with mature population-based administrative datasets and newer community datasets. Her post-doctoral work at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health focused on individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders and HIV. Her other recent work at Canadian Mental Health Association in Toronto focused on use of community mental health programs, particularly supportive housing. Engaging with decision makers, managers and providers of community programs, and people with lived experience with mental illness to enhance the relevance and use of her work is a priority. Dr. Durbin was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and a University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry Most Accomplished Fellow Award.

Selected Recent Publications

1. Durbin, A., Brown, H.K., Bansal, S., Antoniou, T., Jung, J., Lunsky, T. How HIV affects health and service use for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Accepted, March 2016.

2. Lunsky, Y., Durbin, A., Brown, H.K., Bansal, S., Heitfetz, M., Antoniou, T. Health profiles and associated service use among adults with HIV and intellectual and developmental disabilities. AIDS. 2017 Mar 13;31(5):697-705

3. Durbin, A., Sirotich, F., Lunsky, Y., Roesslein K., Antoniou T., Durbin, J.   Unmet needs among persons with human immunodeficiency virus in community mental health care: A cross-sectional study. A short report. Aids Care. AIDS Care. 2016 Jul;28(7):878-83.

4. Sirotich, F., Durbin, A., Durbin, J. Examining the need profiles of patients with multiple emergency department visits for mental health reasons: A cross-sectional study.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2016 May;51(5):777-86.

5. Durbin, A., Durbin, J., Hensel, J., Deber, R. Barriers and Enablers to Integrating Mental Health and Addictions into Primary Care: A Policy Analysis. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2016 Jan;43(1):127-39

6. Durbin, A., Sirotich, F., Durbin, J.  English language abilities and unmet needs in community mental health services: A Cross-sectional study. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 15:336.

7. Durbin, A., Moineddin, R., Lin, E., Steele, L.S., Glazier, R.H. Examining the relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and mental health service use for immigrants in Ontario, Canada. BMJ Open, 2015 Mar 13;5(3):e006690.

8. Durbin, A., Lin, E., Moineddin, R., Steele, L.S., Glazier, R.H. Mental health care use for non-psychotic conditions by immigrants in different admission classes and refugees in Ontario, Canada. Open Medicine. 2014 Oct 28; 8(4): e136–e146.

9. Steele, L.S., Durbin, A., Lin, E. et al. Primary care reform and service use by people with serious mental illness in Ontario. Healthcare Policy. 2014;10(1):31-45.

10. Durbin, A., Durbin, J. Sirotich, F. Predictors of Unmet Need for Medical Care Among Justice-involved Persons with Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services. 2014 Jun 1;65(6):826-9.

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