Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
(416) 535-8501 ext. 6625
Dr. Brian Rush is a Scientist Emeritus and former Head of Health Systems Research in the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Dr. Rush's career spans 38 years in a research and evaluation capacity in the substance abuse/mental health fields. He has a background of research and program development related to addiction and community mental health services and systems; social /psychiatric epidemiology; evaluation and planning of community prevention, program and policy evaluation, and community needs assessment. His research interests have included: the longitudinal study of the addiction treatment system in Ontario; outcome assessment and performance measurement systems for substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services; and prevalence and impact of concurrent substance and mental disorders. His research findings have been applied many times, to needs-based planning and policy analysis for alcohol and drug treatment services in Canada and internationally.
Dr. Rush is known across Ontario, Canada and internationally as an expert evaluator and provider of quality training on program evaluation methods, with a particular expertise in translating technical design and methodological issues to a level appropriate to health and health promotion professionals and community volunteers. He has developed and published many of the current features and applications of program logic models and their effectiveness as a tool for evaluation planning. He has taught program and policy evaluation at University of Toronto (Public Health Sciences) and developed evaluation training materials for the World Health Organization for application internationally. He has developed and led many evaluation training and capacity building workshops in various sectors in Ontario, Canada and in other countries.