Sean B. Rourke




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

Sean B. Rourke, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist with MAP 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.


Recent Publications

  1. Mayo, SJ, Rourke, SB, Atenafu, EG, Vitorino, R, Chen, C, Kuruvilla, J et al.. Computerized cognitive training in post-treatment hematological cancer survivors: a feasibility study. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2021;7 (1):36. doi: 10.1186/s40814-021-00778-3. PubMed PMID:33514444 PubMed Central PMC7847007.
  2. Zhabokritsky, A, Szadkowski, L, Cooper, C, Loutfy, M, Wong, A, McClean, A et al.. Increased CD4 : CD8 ratio normalization with implementation of current ART management guidelines. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2021;76 (3):729-737. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkaa484. PubMed PMID:33249444 PubMed Central PMC7879150.
  3. Scheim, AI, Bouck, Z, Tookey, P, Hopkins, S, Sniderman, R, McLean, E et al.. Supervised consumption service use and recent non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs in Toronto, Canada. Int J Drug Policy. 2020;87 :102993. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102993. PubMed PMID:33160158 .
  4. Rourke, SB, Bekele, T, Rachlis, A, Kovacs, C, Brunetta, J, Gill, MJ et al.. Asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment is a risk for symptomatic decline over a 3-year study period. AIDS. 2021;35 (1):63-72. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002709. PubMed PMID:33048883 .
  5. Mayo, SJ, Wozniczka, I, Brennenstuhl, S, Rourke, SB, Howell, D, Metcalfe, KA et al.. Late cognitive outcomes among allogeneic stem cell transplant survivors: follow-up data from a 6-year longitudinal study. Support Care Cancer. 2020; :. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05761-x. PubMed PMID:32965579 .
  6. Rachlis, B, Nam, S, Rosenes, R, Santoni, T, Peck, R, Betts, A et al.. Using concept mapping to explore the challenges associated with affording and accessing medications among people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Care. 2020; :1-6. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1770182. PubMed PMID:32490685 .
  7. Benoit, AC, Burchell, AN, O'Brien, KK, Raboud, J, Gardner, S, Light, L et al.. Examining the association between stress and antiretroviral therapy adherence among women living with HIV in Toronto, Ontario. HIV Res Clin Pract. ;21 (2-3):45-55. doi: 10.1080/25787489.2020.1763711. PubMed PMID:32419657 .
  8. Krentz, HB, McPhee, P, Arbess, G, Jackson, L, Stewart, AM, Bois, D et al.. Reporting on patients living with HIV "disengaging from care". Who is actually "lost to follow-up"?. AIDS Care. 2021;33 (1):114-120. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1761516. PubMed PMID:32408758 .
  9. Yudin, MH, Kennedy, VL, Bekele, T, Watson, J, Globerman, J, McGee, A et al.. An exploration of the fertility desires and intentions of men living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Care. 2021;33 (2):262-272. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1734175. PubMed PMID:32164422 .
  10. Stergiopoulos, V, Naidu, A, Schuler, A, Bekele, T, Nisenbaum, R, Jbilou, J et al.. Housing Stability and Neurocognitive Functioning in Homeless Adults With Mental Illness: A Subgroup Analysis of the At Home/Chez Soi Study. Front Psychiatry. 2019;10 :865. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00865. PubMed PMID:31849725 PubMed Central PMC6889850.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Director, CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS
  • Director, CIHR CBR Collaborative Centre
  • Director, Universities Without Walls