Catherine Yu


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute



My research interests lie in the role of patient and clinician behaviour change in knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative strategies for continuing professional development and patient education in chronic disease management, specifically diabetes care. My projects include the role of interactive self-management websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Yu, CH, Ke, C, Jovicic, A, Hall, S, Straus, SE, IP-SDM Team; et al.. Beyond pros and cons - developing a patient decision aid to cultivate dialog to build relationships: insights from a qualitative study and decision aid development. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0898-5. PubMed PMID:31533828 .
  2. Shah, S, McCann, M, Yu, C. Developing a National Competency-Based Diabetes Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Delphi Study. Can J Diabetes. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.04.019. PubMed PMID:31399366 .
  3. Bruno, BA, Choi, D, Thorpe, KE, Yu, CH. Relationship Among Diabetes Distress, Decisional Conflict, Quality of Life, and Patient Perception of Chronic Illness Care in a Cohort of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Other Comorbidities. Diabetes Care. 2019;42 (7):1170-1177. doi: 10.2337/dc18-1256. PubMed PMID:31048410 .
  4. Ivers, NM, Jiang, M, Alloo, J, Singer, A, Ngui, D, Casey, CG et al.. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):e8-e18. . PubMed PMID:30674524 PubMed Central PMC6347322.
  5. Ivers, NM, Jiang, M, Alloo, J, Singer, A, Ngui, D, Casey, CG et al.. Diabetes Canada 2018 clinical practice guidelines: Key messages for family physicians caring for patients living with type 2 diabetes. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):14-24. . PubMed PMID:30674509 PubMed Central PMC6347316.
  6. Yu, CH, Gall Casey, C, Ke, C, Lebovic, G, Straus, SE. Process Evaluation of the Diabetes Canada Guidelines Dissemination Strategy Using the Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) Framework. Can J Diabetes. 2019;43 (4):263-270.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2018.08.189. PubMed PMID:30415910 .
  7. Rigobon, AV, Kalia, S, Nichols, J, Aliarzadeh, B, Greiver, M, Moineddin, R et al.. Impact of the Diabetes Canada Guideline Dissemination Strategy on the Prescription of Vascular Protective Medications: A Retrospective Cohort Study, 2010-2015. Diabetes Care. 2019;42 (1):148-156. doi: 10.2337/dc18-0935. PubMed PMID:30389671 .
  8. Yu, CH, Lillie, E, Mascarenhas-Johnson, A, Gall Casey, C, Straus, SE. Impact of the Canadian Diabetes Association guideline dissemination strategy on clinician knowledge and behaviour change outcomes. Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract. 2018;140 :314-323. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.02.041. PubMed PMID:29626591 .
  9. Nichols, J, Vallis, M, Boutette, S, Gall Casey, C, Yu, CH. A Canadian Cross-Sectional Survey on Psychosocial Supports for Adults Living With Type 1 or 2 Diabetes: Health-Care Providers' Awareness, Capacity and Motivation. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42 (4):389-394.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2017.09.004. PubMed PMID:29129456 .
  10. Coons, MJ, Greiver, M, Aliarzadeh, B, Meaney, C, Moineddin, R, Williamson, T et al.. Is glycemia control in Canadians with diabetes individualized? A cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017;5 (1):e000316. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000316. PubMed PMID:28761645 PubMed Central PMC5530242.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (cross-appointment)
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto