Dr. Katie Dainty is a qualitative and mixed methods scientist. She graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2010 and, in addition to her appointment at St. Michael’s, is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). She is also an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She brings an extensive background in both clinical and implementation research and has designed and evaluated several innovative projects, with an emphasis on health care quality, knowledge translation and health systems improvement. She has published over 35 peer reviewed articles which have more than 750 citations (h-index 12) and has been involved in more than $3.5 million dollars in research funding (over $750,000 as a primary investigator) in her short career.
Her main research interests are studying how organizational sociocultural variables shape knowledge translation and quality improvement. Dr. Dainty’s work involves studying issues related to organizational behaviour, implementation science, collaborative quality improvement, prehospital care and quality improvement in community health care environments. Her current research focuses on the use of qualitative and mixed methods research to critically interrogate held assumptions about behaviour and culture and their impact on quality improvement and knowledge translation at the front lines of health care.
She has lectured in several courses within IHPME including HAD7001H (Mixed Methods for Health Research), HAD3040Y (QUIPS) and she directs the Knowledge Translation Module for the Institute of Medical Science.
Current major research projects:
1. Developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for the Emergency Department
2. Understanding E.P.I.C.: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Expanding Paramedicine in the Community Initiative
3. The Quality Advantage: Exploring Quality Improvement in Ontario’s Community Support Sector
4. Understanding the role of Middle Management in Hospital Quality Improvement