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Gillian Mulvale

Gillian Mulvale

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
Director, Health Services Management (MBA), DeGroote School of Business
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


T: (905) 525-9140 ext. 28190 (Office)

Ron Joyce Centre
DeGroote School of Business, Rm 421
4350 South Service Rd
Burlington, ON
L7L 5R8

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, Roussakis C, Canning C, Papadodoulos D, Knoops F. Knowledge Mobilization and Mental Health Policy: Lessons from the Canadian Consensus Conference on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 36 (Special Issue), 19-59.

Mulvale G, McRae SA, Milicic S. Teasing apart “the tangled web” of influence of policy dialogues: lessons from a case study of dialogues about healthcare reform options for CanadaImplementation Science. 2017. 12: 96.

Barr NG, Vania DK, Randall GE, Mulvale GM. The impact of information and communication technology on interprofessional collaboration for chronic disease management: a systematic review. Journal of Health Services, Research & Policy. 2017. June 6. 

Mulvale G, Embrett M, Razavi SD. ‘Gearing Up’ to improve interprofessional collaboration in primary care: a systematic review and conceptual framework. BMC Family Practice. 2017. 17:83.

Barr NG, Longo CJ, Embrett J, Mulvale G, Nguyen T, Randall GE. The transition from youth to adult mental health services and the economic impact on youth and their families. Healthcare Management Forum. 2017. 30(6) 283-288.

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.

Mulvale G, Kutcher S, Winkup J.  A child and youth mental health and addictions framework for the Yukon - Final Research Report. McMaster University. Hamilton. 2014.

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

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.

Mulvale G, Bartram M.  Recovery in the Canadian Context: Feedback on the Framework for Mental Health Strategy DevelopmentCanadian 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 UseJournal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2008. Vol. 11(4), 177-199.



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


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