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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Gillian Mulvale

Gillian Mulvale

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

T: (905) 525-9140 ext. 24707 (Office)

McMaster University
DeGroote School of Business Rm 426
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M4

Gillian Mulvale is an assistant professor of health policy and management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business and a member of CHEPA. She received an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2014. She holds a PhD in health research methodology from McMaster University, an MA in economics from Western University and a post-graduate diploma in health services and policy research. Mulvale’s research seeks to develop policy and management frameworks to improve care coordination across health professions, sectors, and stages of the lifespan, with a particular interest in mental health and primary health care. Mulvale derives theoretical approaches from interdisciplinary training in health policy analysis, health economics and health research methods. Mulvale’s research frequently adopts participatory approaches to involve policy-advisors, health system managers, service providers, patients and families to facilitate knowledge exchange, build common ground and support implementation. In a previous role with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Mulvale co-authored and helped develop the stakeholder and public engagement process for Toward Recovery and Well-being, which laid out the foundational goals upon which the Mental Health Strategy for Canada is based. She teaches health policy analysis and health care funding and resource allocation.


  • health policy
  • health service delivery
  • mental health
  • integration of mental health care with broader health and social service delivery
  • health human resources
  • recovery approaches
  • personal engagement in healthcare  


Mulvale G, Chodos H, Bartram M, MacKinnon M-P, Abud, M. Engaging civil society through deliberative dialogue to create the first Mental Health Strategy for Canada: Changing Directions, Changing Lives. Social Science and Medicine. 2014. 123, 262-268.

McCusker J, Yaffe M, Sussman T, Kates N, Mulvale G, Jayabarathan A, Law S, Haggerty J. Developing an Evaluation Framework for Consumer-Centred Collaborative Care of Depression Using Input From Stakeholders. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2013. 58(3), 160–168. 

Chodos H, Mulvale G, Bartram M. Towards Recovery and Well-Being: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2009.

Arnold IM, Mulvale G, GermAnn K, Baynton M. Opportunities Abound to Improve Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Workplace. HealthcarePapers. 2011. Vol. 11(Sp):85-90.

Mulvale G, Bartram M.  Recovery in the Canadian Context: Feedback on the Framework for Mental Health Strategy Development. Canadian Journal of Community 7 Mental Health. 2009. Vol. 28 (2), Fall.

Mulvale G, Hurley J.  Insurance Coverage and the Treatment of Mental Illness: Effect on Medication and Provider Use. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2008. Vol. 11(4), 177-199.

Mulvale G, Danner U, Pasic D. Advancing Community-Based Collaborative Mental Health Care through Interdisciplinary Family Health Teams in Ontario. Journal of Community Mental Health. 2008. Vol. 27(2), Fall.

Mulvale G, Abelson J, Goering P. Mental health service delivery in Ontario Canada: how do policy legacies shape prospects for reform? Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2007. Vol. 2(4), 363–389.

Mulvale G, Bourgeault I. Finding the Right Mix: How Do Contextual Factors Affect Collaborative Mental Health Care in Ontario? Canadian Public Policy, Vol. (XXXIII), Special Supplement on Health Human Resources Policy in the 21st Century. 2007. 49-64. 


  • health policy analysis
  • health systems
  • population health
  • knowledge transfer and exchange


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