Meet Dr. Sara Guilcher
Dr. Sara Guilcher (BSc, MSc, MScPT, PhD) is the Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the Guilcher Lab. Sara is an Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She holds graduate appointments at the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Sara also has scientific appointments at ICES (ICES@UofT), the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, and West Park Healthcare Centre.
Sara currently holds a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Embedded Clinician Scientist Salary Award (2016-2020) working with Health Quality Ontario (HQO) on improving care transitions for populations with complex health and social needs. As a CIHR Embedded Scientist with HQO, Sara and her team work with key stakeholders (e.g. patients/families, clinicians, and decision-makers) using integrated knowledge translation approaches to understand how we can improve transitions for persons with complex needs in the health and social care systems. Sara’s overall research vision is to improve health service delivery across the continuum of care, specifically for marginalized populations with complex health and social needs.
Sara has a MSc in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto (2001-2003), MSc in Psychology (Clinical) from Western University (2004-2006) and PhD in Clinical Epidemiology - Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto (2006-2012). During her doctoral training, Dr. Guilcher completed two collaborative programs: (1) Ontario Training Collaborative Program in Health Services and Policy Research and (2) Collaborative Program in Women’s Health. Following Sara’s doctoral training, she completed two post-doctoral fellowships. The first post-doctoral fellowship (2012-2014) was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Training Action For Health Equity Interventions (ACHIEVE) program at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Sara’s second fellowship was funded by the Health System Performance Research Network (2015), where Sara currently remains as a co-investigator.