Dr. Janet Durbin is a scientist with the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at CAMH. She is also an associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and an adjunct in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She received her PhD at the University of Toronto at the Institute for Medical Science. She worked in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at CAMH which bridged the consulting and academic worlds through applied and relevant health services research across Canada. In 2004, she was appointed to independent scientist and in 2012 she moved to PSSP at CAMH, where she continued her research with a focus on application of implementation science methods.
Areas of Research
Dr. Durbin’s career has focused on developing valid and reliable measures and strategies for monitoring program and system performance. Most recently this has included applying evidence-based approaches from the implementation science field to support program and system practice change. Since 2012, she has been working with the Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Network of Ontario to monitor and improve care delivery in relation to 2011 provincial EPI program standards. She is currently co-PI on a provincial study to implement a structured model for delivery of EPI in Ontario programs and Co-I on a related study assessing the effectiveness of a COVID-related virtual pivot of model delivery in a large EPI program. Her work on a national study assessing implementation fidelity and impact of strengths-based case management in community mental health is concluding. In the developmental disability area, Dr. Durbin is studying practice improvement using evidence based staged change processes. This work has involved the developmental services sector and primary health care.