Maria Chiu is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and a Scientist in the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, where she leads groundbreaking research and analytics that inform Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in their mental health and addictions strategy and evaluation. Maria has expertise in the social determinants of health; in particular, she is interested in disease prevention in disadvantaged populations. Her current research is focused on the sociocultural determinants of mental health and addictions, including disparities in psychiatric illness severity, health service utilization, quality of care, and health outcomes.
Maria has led several landmark studies on ethnic disparities in chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and mental illness in Canada and has published in the Lancet Public Health, CMAJ, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of American College of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Diabetes Care, Environmental Health Perspectives and Circulation. Maria has received numerous awards and grants for her research, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Rising Star Award, the American Heart Association Young Researcher Award and top rankings in CIHR and Heart and Stroke Foundation grants. In recognition of her volunteerism and passion for social justice, Maria was named one of 25 leading professionals committed to creating social impact in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas through the CivicAction Leadership Foundation.
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