Some Fall dates to save on your calendar…

The next City Symposium is Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:40 PM – 8:30 PM at Aeolian Hall. Register.

Our first CRHESI Community Research Incubator session is Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at the Fox and Fiddle. Register.

Our next CRHESI Lightning Talks and Reception event is November 21, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in the Solutions Lab at Innovation Works. Register.

Please note that the calendar of CRHESI events for 2019-2022 is now available for advanced planning.

Video: Arthur Frank on Suffering, Dialogue, and Research

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Dr. Arthur Frank presented Suffering, Dialogue and Narrative Research at Western University.

This lecture updates two previous journal articles: “Can We Research Suffering?” published in 2001, and “What is Dialogical Research, and Why Should We Do It?” published in 2005. Each questions and implicates the other. The Idea of dialogue offers the best opening Dr. Frank has found to doing research on suffering, or put the other way around, the problem of researching requires a conception of and commitment to dialogue as both an ethic and a method of research. The lecture explores how those ideas develop in narrative research specifically.

Public policy advocacy: Evidence-based competencies for educating health care and social service providers

On April 30, 2019, Amy Lewis delivered a poster presentation at Lawson Health Research Day, providing an update concerning on-going research examining how the health sector advocates for public policy change.

Although health care and social service providers have intimate knowledge of the structural forces that impact health, it is usually political forces outside of the health sector that exert the most significant influence over health care and health outcomes. One way that providers can address systemic barriers impeding health outcomes influence is by engaging in public policy advocacy.

View full poster PDF

This study is currently in the early stage of implementation and is being undertaken as part of the SSHRC-funded Mobilizing Narratives for Policy and Social Change Partnership Development Grant.

For more information about the project, email Amy Lewis at

Lewis, A., Oudshoorn, A., & Berman, H. (2019, April). Public policy advocacy: Evidence-based competencies for educating health care and social service providers. Poster session presented at Lawson Health Research Day 2019, London, Ontario.

Research Associate Position

CRHESI member Dr. Javeed Sukhera is looking for a Research Associate. This is a part-time position averaging 20 hours per week for a 2-year term. We are specifically looking for someone with expertise in qualitative approaches (constructivist grounded theory, ethnography, critical theory, etc.,).

The primary activities for this position are to support a research study that explores the process of care for people who inject drugs (PWID) in acute care settings. This includes coordinating a research study using constructivist grounded theory, coordinating a community advisory council, and supporting knowledge translation/dissemination. Specific activities would include but may not be limited to: recruitment of research participants, maintaining research files including informed consent documentation, collecting research data from observations, interviews, and focus groups, and providing support for data analysis, literature searches and manuscript writing.

The Research Associate will be a critical facilitator of the research program of the Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Sukhera’s Program of research. There is also a direct relationship with the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) at Western. This research program addresses key areas of teaching and learning in clinical settings, with a specific focus on implicit bias, stigma, and equity.

To apply, please use the UWO careers website and look for posting #16704. For more information, please contact Dr. Sukhera directly at