Dr. Alyson Mahar, an epidemiologist and health services researcher, joined the Department of Community Health Sciences and the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy on January 2, 2018. She is a Research Scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Mahar completed a CIHR funded PhD in Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University, a CIHR fellowship at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research at King’s College London, and postdoctoral training at the Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Her work focuses on access and quality of healthcare for vulnerable populations, primarily using routinely collected healthcare data, and spans cancer, mental health, and veteran and military family health. This includes addressing gaps in the understanding of outcomes and issues for underfunded and high mortality cancers (e.g. stomach cancer), studying the cancer journey for individuals with a severe psychiatric illness, and leveraging provincial, administrative data to study the health of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and military families. She is interested in understanding missing data and causal inference as they relate to research using routinely collected healthcare data.
Dr. Mahar is a member of the American Joint Committee on Cancer- Precision Medicine Core, the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control network, and is a co-investigator on a number of cancer-specific grants from CIHR and Cancer Care Ontario. Dr. Mahar is also an active researcher with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a member of the Corrections team within the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment, and holds funding as a co-investigator with Veterans Affairs Canada and as a co-principal investigator from the True Patriot Love Foundation. She was the 2017 recipient of the Colonel Russell Mann Award in Military Family Health Research (Vanier Institute of the Family).
Dr. Mahar is currently accepting applications from undergraduate, medical (MD, residents, fellows), MSc, and MPH students interested in gaining experience using routinely collected healthcare data or national survey data to answer questions about cancer or veteran and military family health.