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Dr. Susan Phillips BSc, MD, CCFP, MSc (epid)
Dr. Susan Phillips
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Program Director/Coordinator Past Research Director, Queen's Family Medicine, and Past Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC); Walter Rosser Research Chair; and Director Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) Program
Roles: Professor, researcher (social epidemiology/ gender/ ACE/ resilience/ aging) and, I hope, mentor to a new generation of caring, compassionate and competent family physicians
Key Responsibilities: Past Research Director, Queen's Family Medicine, and Past Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC)
Education:  MD, CCFP, MSc (epid), MD(HC)Umea, Sweden
Expertise:  Research methodology, epidemiology, gender, equity and health, women's health
Research Interests:  I study how the external world, including the environment, socioeconomic factors, gender, connectedness or marginalization get "under the skin" to affect individual health.
Awards and Accomplishments: College of Family Physicians of Canada 2018, Lifetime achievement in research award (national)

Federation of Medical Women of Canada 2016, National Honorary Member Award (1 given annually, national)

Umea University Faculty of Medicine, Umea Sweden 2014, Honorary Doctor

PAIRO Teaching award 2011, Nomination for this provincial award

GENDER-NET Plus Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals (funder – CIHR, European Union, Swedish Research Council): Jan. 2019-Mar. 2022: Evolving gender differences in health & care across cohorts: Principal investigator. 745,950 Euro.

CIHR: Apr. 2019-Feb. 2023: Gender-based inequalities in adolescent health in Canada, Co-I ($500,000.00)

BMBF (Fed. Min. of Ed. And Research, Germany) 2018. Effects of interventions on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a gender-sensitive systematic review (co-I), (~$900,000).

MOHLTC (Ontario Government), AHRQ Jan. 2018: Are e Consults patient-centred? (PI $41,000.00)

Ontario Health Services Research Fund Nov. 2017: Inspire 2: Innovations Supporting Primary Health Care Through Research (co-PI $2,047,547.00 over 2.5 years)

Principal’s Development Fund Queen’s University Mar. 2016: Symposium of Aging and Health (PI $3000.00)

CIHR Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017: Setting the Agenda for Recovery Research in Older Adults with Hip Fractures: Considering the Bigger Picture (co-I, $20,000.00)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Jan 2015 – Apr. 2016: Predictors of Canadian Certification Success among International Medical Graduates (co PI, $24060.00)

MOHLTC (Ontario Government) Apr. 2015 – Oct 2015: Review of services Ontario’s seniors’ associations offer to support healthy aging in the home (Principal investigator, $40,075) 

Centre for Studies in Primary Care (Queen’s U) Oct. 2014 – Dec. 2015: Assessing resilience among children and youth in primary care (PI, $8,200.)

Phoenix Project (AMS) Oct. 2013-Oct. 2014: Developing a Call to Care: Understanding How Family Medicine Residents’ Values Shape their Practice of Patient-Centred Care (co-investigator, $20,000.) 

MOHLTC (Ontario Government) Aug 2013 – Feb 2015: A systematic review of literature on healthcare case management and community care (PI, $35,750.)

Public Health Preventive Medicine, Queen’s U June 2015 – Dec. 2017: Fostering resilience in children (PI, $30,118.)

Centre for Studies in Primary Care (Queen’s U) Apr. 2013 – July. 2018: Screening for youth at risk: a feasibility study (PI, $24,000.)

Inspire: Health System Research Fund (Ontario Government) April 2013 – March 2016: Primary Health Care Program, Stewart, M. (Principal Investigator), Co-PIs: Bhattacharyya, O; Dahrouge, S; Dolovich, L; Glazier, RH; Green, M; Hogg, W; Liddy, C. Phillips, S; Regan, S; Terry, A; Zwarenstein, M. ($3,720,000).

 Umea University 2012-2014: Visiting Professor Centre for Gender Studies

World Bank Sept. 2011-June 2012: Quality and equality of medical education and care in Albania, Georgia and Tajikistan

1. Geeta Gupta Equity and Diversity Award: 2009, national award, College of Family Physicians of Canada 2. PAIRO reaching award nominee 2011, 2001 3. May Cohen Gender Equity Award: 2006, national award, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada CIHR: Oct. 2010-16 - New Emerging Team: Gender differences in mobility: what we can learn to improve mobility in old age (PI, $1,500,000.00) CIHR: Oct. 2009-2013  Emerging Team Grant: CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health: development of new methodologies (co-investigator) ($1,000,000.00) Umea University: 2012-2014: Visiting Professor Institute of Gender Studies (6 weeks/ year) World Bank: Sept. 2011-June 2012: Quality of medical education and care in Albania, Georgia and Tajikistan, Honorary Doctor, Umea University, 2014, Federation of Medical Women of Canada National Honorary Member Award, 2016, Principal’s Development Fund Queen’s University 2016: Symposium of Aging and Health, CIHR January 2016-January 2017: Setting the Agenda for Recovery Research in Older Adults with Hip Fractures: Considering the Bigger Picture, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2015 -2017: Predictors of Canadian Certification Success among International Medical Graduates


Peer reviewed: Phillips SP, Reipas K, Zelek B. Stresses, strengths and resilience in adolescents: a qualitative study. Journal of Primary prevention 2019, in press. Aburub, AS, Phillips SP, Curcio C-L, Guerra, RO, Auais M. Fear of Falling in community-dwelling older adults diagnosed with Cancer: A brief report from the International Mobility in Aging Study (IMIAS). Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2019, Harding B, Webber C, Ruhland L, Dalgarno N, Armour C, Birtwhistle R, Brown G, Carroll JC, Flavin M, Phillips SP, MacKenzie J. Bridging the gap in genetics: a progressive model for primary to specialist care. BMC Medical Education 2019; Purkey E, Patel R Phillips SP. Trauma-Informed Care: better care for everyone. Canadian Family Physician accepted 2017 Phillips SP, Swift SA, Reipas K, Zelek B. Adolescent Resilience Assessment in Person-centered Medical Care. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine 2016;6289-97. Published in 2017 Phillips SP, Dalgarno N. Professionalism, professionalization, expertise and compassion: a qualitative study of medical residents. BMC Med Ed 2017;17;21 DOI 10.1186/s12909-017-0864-9. Phillips S, Auais M, Belanger E, Alvarado B, Zunzunegui MV. Early and current social and economic circumstances and resilience in older adults: findings from the longitudinal International Mobility in Aging Study (IMIAS). SSM Population Health 2016 Ahmed T, Vafaei A, Belanger E, Phillips SP, Zunzunegui MV. Bem sex role inventory validation in the International Mobility in Aging Study. Canadian Journal on Aging 2016;35:1-13. Belanger E, Ahmed T, Vafaei A, Curcio CL, Phillips SP, Zunzunegui MV. Sources of social support associated with health and quality of life: a cross-sectional study among Canadian and Latin American older adults. BMJ Open 2016;6:e011503. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011503. Miszkurka M, Steensma C, Phillips SP. Correlates of partner and family violence among older Canadians: a lifecourse approach. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada 2016;36(3):45-53. Pérez-Zepeda MU, Belanger E, Zunzunegui MV, Phillips SP, Ylli A, Guralnik J. Assessing the Validity of Self-Rated Health with the Short Physical Performance Battery: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the International Mobility in Aging Study. PLoS One DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0153855 April 18, 2016 Ylli A, Miszkurka M, Phillips SP, et al. Clinically relevant depression in old age: an international study with populations from Canada, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Psychiatry Research 2016;241:236-41. Phillips SP, Swift SA. Therapeutic abortion counselling and provision: are Canadian educational institutions opting out? Can Fam Physician 2016;62:297-8. Phillips SP, Hamberg K. Doubly blind: a systematic review of gender in randomized controlled trials. Global Health Action 2016;9:29597 ( Sousa AC, Zunzunegui MV, Li, A, Phillips SP, Guralnik J, Guerra R. Association between C-reactive protein and physical performance in older populations: Results from the International Mobility in Aging Study (IMIAS). Age and Ageing 2016;doi: 10.1093/ageing/afv202. Ahmed TI, Belanger E, Vafaei A, Phillips SP, Zunzunegui M. Psychometric properties and confirmatory factor analysis of Bem sex role inventory in an international sample of older adults: the IMIAS study. The Gerontologist 2016:55; (Suppl 2): 251. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv567.08. Phillips SP, Hamberg K. Women’s relative immunity to the socio-economic health gradient: artifact or real? Global Health Action [S.l.], v. 8, May. 2015. ISSN 1654-9880. Available at: <;. Phillips SP, Carver L. Early Parental Loss and Self-Rated Health of Older Women and Men: A Population-Based, Multi-Country Study. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(4): e0120762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120762. Guedes DT, Alvarado, BE, Phillips, SP, Curcio CL, Zunzunegui MV, Guerra RO. Socioeconomic status, social relations and domestic violence against elderly people in Canada, Albania, Colombia and Brazil. Archives of Gerotonlogy and Geriatrics 2015 Sousa AC, Guerra RO, Thanh Tu M, Phillips SP, Guralnik JM, Zunzunegui M-V. (2014) Lifecourse adversity and physical performance across countries among men and women aged 65-74. PLOS ONE 9(8): e102299.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102299. Phillips SP, Kotecha J, Martin M. (2014). Case Management and Care Coordination in Canada: Leading Evidence and Best Practices. Ontario Government MHLTC. Phillips SP. The growing number of female physicians: meanings, values and outcomes. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013;2:47. Carver LF, Vafaei A, Guerra R, Freire A, Phillips SP. Gender differences: Examination of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI-12) in an older Brazilian population. PLoS One 2013;8:e76356. Phillips SP. Blinded by belonging: revealing the hidden curriculum. Med Educ 2013;47:124-5. Hammarstrom A, Phillips SP. Gender inequity needs to be regarded as a social determinant of depressive symptoms – results from the Northern Swedish Cohort. Scand J Public Health 2012:40;746-52. Phillips SP, Clarke, M. More than an education: the hidden curriculum, professional attitudes and career choice. Med Educ 2012;46:887-893. Siddique S, Xian Q, Abdelouahab N, Tasker L, Phillips S, Fenq Y, Wang B, Zhu J. Levels of dechlorane plus and polybrominated diphenylethers in human milk in two Canadian cities. Environment International 2012; 39(1):50-55. Phillips SP, Hammarstrom A. Relative Health Effects of Education, Socioeconomic Status and Domestic Gender Inequity in Sweden: a Cohort Study. PLoS ONE 2012;6(6): e21722. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021722 Coles J, Clearihan L, Phillips SP, Feldman K. Through the looking glass: Gendered images reflected through cover art of two family medicine journals, 2003-2007. Australian Family Physician 2011;40:1-6. Phillips SP. Including gender in public health research Public Health Rep. 2011;126S3:16-21. Phillips SP. Does hands-on CME in gynaecologic procedures alter patient care? Medical Teacher 2010;32:259-61. Phillips SP, Austin EB. The feminization of medicine and population health. JAMA 2009;301:863-4. Phillips SP. Models of medical education in Australia, Europe and North America. Medical Teacher 2008;30:705-9. Phillips SP. Measuring the health effects of gender. J Epidemiol Community Health 2008;62:368-71. Phillips SP. Sex, gender and condom use. Asia Pacific J Public Health 2007;19:1-2. Qi V, Phillips SP, Hopman WM. Determinants of a healthy lifestyle and use of preventive screening in Canada. BMC Public Health 2006;6:275. Zhu J, Phillips SP, Feng Y, Yang X. Phthalate esters in human milk: Concentration variations over a six-month postpartum time. Environ Sci Technol 2006:40;5276-81. Phillips SP. Risky business: Explaining the gender gap in longevity. Journal of Men’s Health and Gender 2006:3;43-46. Phillips SP. Defining and measuring gender: A social determinant of health whose time has come. International Journal for Equity in Health 2005;4:11(13 July 2005) Phillips SP. Violence and abortions: What’s a doctor to do? Can Med Assoc J. 2005;172:653-4. Zelek B, Phillips SP. Gender and power: nurses and doctors in Canada. International Journal for Equity in Health 2003;2:1 (11 Feb 2003) Phillips SP. Evaluating women’s health and gender in medical education. AJOG 2002;187:S22-4. Lent B, Phillips SP, Richardson B. Parental leave: Policy versus reality at Ontario’s faculties of medicine. Can Med Assoc J 2000;162:1575-6. Phillips SP. Puppies parenting and practice: Juggling and gender in medicine. Can Med Assoc J 2000;162:663-4. Phillips SP, Richardson B, Lent B. Medical faculty’s views and experiences of parental leave. J Am Med Women’s Assoc. 2000;55:23-6. Phillips S.P., Ferguson, K. Attitudes towards women: Do they change during medical school? Can. Med. Assoc. J. 1999;160:357-61. Schneider M, Phillips S. A qualitative study of sexual harassment of physicians by patients Soc. Sci. Med. 1997;45:669-676. Zelek, B, Phillips, S., Lefebvre, Y. Gender sensitivity in medical curricula. Can. Med. Assoc. J. 1997;156(9):1297-1300. Phillips S. Problem based learning in medicine: New curriculum, old stereotypes. Soc. Sci. Med. 1997;45:497-499. Phillips S. Physician-patient relationships: patients as friends and patients who harass. CMAJ 1996; 154(8):1149-1150. (letter to editor) Phillips S. Sexual harassment of female physicians: What is to be done? Can Fam Physician 1996; 42:73-78. Phillips S. The social context of women’s health: Goals and objectives for medical education. Can. Med. Assoc. J., 1995; 152: 507-511. Phillips, S., Schneider, M. Sexual harassment of female doctors by patients. N Engl J Med 1993;329:1936-1939. Phillips S. More to the apple sauce. Can Fam Physician 1991;37:1100 (letter to editor) Phillips S. Culture and disability. Can Fam Physician 1989;35:197-198. Phillips, S. Health promotion, community development, and participation: An approach to native health education. Can Fam Physician 1988;34:1625-1627. Wagner C. Huehn L. Phillips S. A profile of female physicians. Can Fam Physician 1986;32:493-500. Phillips S. Interesting study of GP/midwife care. Can Fam Physician 1985;31:1995 (book review) Phillips S., Lyon, K. Issues at the edge of life. Can Fam Physician 1985;31:633-636. Phillips S. Viewpoints on childbirth: the family doctor. Can Fam Physician 1985;31:25-26. (letter to editor) Phillips S. Life after residency, or go north young doctor. Can Fam Physician 1982;28:2239. Phillips S. Children’s perceptions of health and disease. Can Fam Physician 1980;26:1171-1174. PUBLICATIONS: Books/ Chapters/ Reports Phillips SP. Defining and measuring sex and gender in medical research. In Les sciences et le genre. Déjouer l'androcentrisme" (Science and gender. Foiling androcentrism) Devreux AM (editor). French Research Council (CNRS), 2016 CIHI. Continuity of care with family physicians: why it matters. Canadian Institute of Health Information, Ottawa, 2015 (contributor). Phillips SP. Developing gender and cultural awareness for rural practice. In Chater AB, Rourke J, Couper ID, Strasser RP, Reid S (eds.) WONCA Developing gender and cultural awareness for rural practice. World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA): WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice, 2014.