Sean B. Rourke


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Sean B. Rourke, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – AIDS Bureau), a leading research and policy organization in Canada. 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. 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 population health and community-based research is done 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 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. 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 .
  2. 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; :. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2040-6. PubMed PMID:29557541 .
  3. McLinden, T, Moodie, EEM, Hamelin, AM, Harper, S, Rossi, C, Walmsley, SL et al.. Methadone treatment, severe food insecurity, and HIV-HCV co-infection: A propensity score matching analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018;185 :374-380. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.12.031. PubMed PMID:29544189 .
  4. Kendall, CE, Shoemaker, ES, Raboud, J, Mark, AE, Bayoumi, AM, Burchell, AN et al.. Assessing Timely Presentation to Care Among People Diagnosed with HIV During Hospital Admission: A Population-Based Study in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Behav. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2063-z. PubMed PMID:29536283 .
  5. Asghari, S, Hurd, J, Marshall, Z, Maybank, A, Hesselbarth, L, Hurley, O et al.. Challenges with access to healthcare from the perspective of patients living with HIV: a scoping review & framework synthesis. AIDS Care. 2018; :1-10. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1435848. PubMed PMID:29397762 .
  6. Globerman, J, Mitra, S, Gogolishvili, D, Rueda, S, Schoffel, L, Gangbar, K et al.. HIV/STI Prevention Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Open Med (Wars). 2017;12 :450-467. doi: 10.1515/med-2017-0064. PubMed PMID:29318192 PubMed Central PMC5758728.
  7. Masindi, KI, Jembere, N, Kendall, CE, Burchell, AN, Bayoumi, AM, Loutfy, M et al.. Co-morbid Non-communicable Diseases and Associated Health Service Use in African and Caribbean Immigrants with HIV. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0681-6. PubMed PMID:29209931 .
  8. Wong, C, Gange, SJ, Moore, RD, Justice, AC, Buchacz, K, Abraham, AG et al.. Multimorbidity Among Persons Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the United States. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2018;66 (8):1230-1238. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix998. PubMed PMID:29149237 PubMed Central PMC5889007.
  9. Bekele, T, Globerman, J, Watson, J, Jose-Boebridge, M, Kennedy, R, Hambly, K et al.. Prevalence and predictors of food insecurity among people living with HIV affiliated with AIDS service organizations in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Care. 2018;30 (5):663-671. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1394435. PubMed PMID:29082788 .
  10. Dhillon, HM, Tannock, IF, Pond, GR, Renton, C, Rourke, SB, Vardy, JL et al.. Perceived cognitive impairment in people with colorectal cancer who do and do not receive chemotherapy. J Cancer Surviv. 2018;12 (2):178-185. doi: 10.1007/s11764-017-0656-6. PubMed PMID:29080061 .
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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