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Cristina Catallo

Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
EducationRN, PhD
OfficeDCC-580-C, Podium Building
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 552019
Areas of ExpertiseKnowledge brokering; Health policy; Systematic and scoping reviews; Social media research and methods (network analysis).

Cristina Catallo obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2001) and PhD in Nursing (2009) from McMaster University. Her postdoctoral fellowship was with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (World Health Organization) and the Program in Policy Decision-Making, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (McMaster University). Dr. Catallo’s nursing experience is in public health and health policy.  She worked as a senior nursing consultant and provided public health consultation for the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Children and Youth Services and Health Promotion.

Dr. Catallo’s program of research focuses on social media use and knowledge brokering practices among health care organizations whose goal is to target health policymakers and other health care decision makers. Through a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches, such as systematic and scoping reviews and social media network analysis, Dr. Catallo seeks to support health policymakers and decision makers access the best available evidence, in a format that they can utilize.

Dr. Catallo teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. She is a full member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.  She holds cross-appointments with Policy Studies (Faculty of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University), the School of Health Services and Management (Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University) and is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Politics (Faculty of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University).

Teaching responsibilities

  • MN8920 Health Policy: Comparative Analysis
  • MN8904/MN8905 Seminar and Practicum in Professional Nursing  Advancement
  • NUR600 Epidemiology: Major Health Problems
  • NUR700/800 Nursing Practice I and II

 Teaching interests

  • Health Policy
  • Knowledge translation including knowledge brokering
  • Mixed methods
  • Systematic and scoping review methods
  • Social media research methods
  • Health Care organizations use of social media for knowledge brokering
  • Social media use to disseminate evidence related to pandemic planning and response
  • Engaging health policymakers in evidence use for policy decision making

Selected Publications:

Refereed Books:

  • Lavis, J.N., Catallo, C., editors (2013). Bridging the Worlds of Research and Policy in European Health Systems. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.