Christel Woodward joined CHEPA as an associate member in 1988, and became a member in 1997. She retired from CHEPA and McMaster University in 2005.
She is a professor emeritus in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a former associate member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.
She made substantial contributions to the goals of CHEPA, and was a key player in the development of the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research, which involves a consortium of six universities.
Her interests in health services research and evaluation produced information regarding a wide range of topics, including health provider behaviour, health human resource issues, primary care, home care and the education of health professionals.
During her lengthy career, Woodward was active in teaching and research undertakings, and has served on numerous boards, committees and task forces at the national and international levels. In addition to her affiliations at McMaster, she served as an adjunct professor at both the University of Guelph and the University of Ottawa. She was also a visiting professor at two Australian universities during 2004.
She co-ordinated McMaster’s Graduate Program in Health Research Methodology for six years during its expansion into a PhD program.