Sean B. Rourke


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Sean B. Rourke, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is an international expert in the neurobehavioural complications of HIV. He is also the Director of two national centres funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS, and the CIHR Community-Based Research (CBR) Collaboration Centre for HIV, which support pragmatic solutions to address the HIV epidemics across Canada. Sean is also the Director of Universities Without Walls 2.0 which is training the next generation of HIV researchers in Canada.

Sean is transforming how program and implementation science can be used to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. With his novel and effective approach to community stakeholder engagement, partnership development across disciplines and sectors, and innovative knowledge transfer and exchange and research-to-action strategies, Sean is having a major influence in getting us closer to ending the HIV epidemic in Canada.

Please note: Dr. Rourke is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Rachlis, B, Light, L, Gardner, S, Burchell, AN, Raboud, J, Kendall, C et al.. The impact of drug coverage on viral suppression among people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2018; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0104-z. PubMed PMID:30140981 .
  2. Wardell, JD, Shuper, PA, Rourke, SB, Hendershot, CS. Stigma, Coping, and Alcohol Use Severity Among People Living With HIV: A Prospective Analysis of Bidirectional and Mediated Associations. Ann Behav Med. 2018;52 (9):762-772. doi: 10.1093/abm/kax050. PubMed PMID:30124756 PubMed Central PMC6128374.
  3. Kendall, CE, Shoemaker, ES, Boucher, L, Rolfe, DE, Crowe, L, Becker, M et al.. The organizational attributes of HIV care delivery models in Canada: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (6):e0199395. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199395. PubMed PMID:29924865 PubMed Central PMC6010295.
  4. Sok, P, Gardner, S, Bekele, T, Globerman, J, Seeman, MV, Greene, S et al.. Unmet basic needs negatively affect health-related quality of life in people aging with HIV: results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places study. BMC Public Health. 2018;18 (1):644. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5391-z. PubMed PMID:29783965 PubMed Central PMC5963101.
  5. Bekele, T, Collins, EJ, Maunder, RG, Gardner, S, Rueda, S, Globerman, J et al.. Childhood Adversities and Physical and Mental Health Outcomes in Adults Living with HIV: Findings from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study. AIDS Res Treat. 2018;2018 :2187232. doi: 10.1155/2018/2187232. PubMed PMID:29686897 PubMed Central PMC5852860.
  6. Almeida-Brasil, CC, Moodie, EEM, McLinden, T, Hamelin, AM, Walmsley, SL, Rourke, SB et al.. Medication nonadherence, multitablet regimens, and food insecurity are key experiences in the pathway to incomplete HIV suppression. AIDS. 2018;32 (10):1323-1332. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001822. PubMed PMID:29683846 .
  7. Terpstra, AR, Worthington, C, Ibáñez-Carrasco, F, O'Brien, KK, Yamamoto, A, Chan Carusone, S et al.. "I'm Just Forgetting and I Don't Know Why": Exploring How People Living With HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder View, Manage, and Obtain Support for Their Cognitive Difficulties. Qual Health Res. 2018;28 (6):859-872. doi: 10.1177/1049732318761364. PubMed PMID:29676675 .
  8. Lau, C, Kendall, CE, Burchell, AN, Bayoumi, AM, Loutfy, M, Rourke, SB et al.. Outcomes Among Persons with HIV Following a Mental Health Admission: A Population-Based Study. AIDS Res. Hum. Retroviruses. 2018;34 (7):590-597. doi: 10.1089/AID.2017.0275. PubMed PMID:29661003 .
  9. Choi, SKY, Boyle, E, Cairney, J, Grootendorst, P, Gardner, S, Collins, EJ et al.. Impact of depression and recreational drug use on emergency department encounters and hospital admissions among people living with HIV in Ontario: A secondary analysis using the OHTN cohort study. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (4):e0195185. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195185. PubMed PMID:29630615 PubMed Central PMC5891004.
  10. Bekele, T, Globerman, J, Watson, J, Hwang, SW, Hambly, K, Koornstra, J et al.. Elevated Mortality and Associated Social Determinants of Health in a Community-Based Sample of People Living with HIV in Ontario, Canada: Findings from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places (PSHP) Study. AIDS Behav. 2018;22 (7):2214-2223. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2040-6. PubMed PMID:29557541 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Scientific and Executive Director, Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • Director, CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS
  • Director, CIHR CBR Collaborative Centre
  • Director, Universities Without Walls