Carolyn Dewa


Key Appointments

  • Professor, Associate SGS Member, Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit,
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Heads the Work and Well-being Research and Evaluation Program
  • Senior Scientist in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit in the Social and Epidemiological Research Department.
  • Dr. Dewa currently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair to develop effective interventions for mental illness and mental health in the working population.


  • Doctoral degree in health economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • MPH in health services administration from San Diego State University School of Public Health
  • She did a fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Policy and Management

Areas of expertise

Since joining CAMH in 1998, Dr. Dewa has become a national leader in workplace mental health research, particularly in disability related to mental illness among workers, the effects of mental illness on productivity and interventions to improve disability outcomes. Her awards include a Canadian Institutes of Health Research /Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair for her research in mental illness in the working population.  She has also received a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Research Activities

  • Dr. Dewa has developed a program of research on three major themes: (1) workplace disability associated with mental illness (2) access and use of pharmacotherapeutics and (3) the provision of mental health services and support to individuals with severe mental illness.
  • Evaluation of community mental health services in Ontario.
  • Development of methods to assess the cost effectiveness of mental health services.
  • Depression in the workplace: Adequacy of treatment and predicting worker disability.
  • Factors affecting the demand for mental health services in the United States and Canada.
  • Prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States and their effects on aspects of daily life.
  • Financing and organization of mental health services.


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