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Dr. Heather Bullock

Dr. Heather BullockDr. Heather Bullock, HBScH, MSc, PhD
Vice President, Partnerships & Chief Strategy Officer 

Heather has an extensive background in healthcare policy and knowledge mobilization, holding progressive leadership positions. She previously worked at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the McMaster Health Forum, and Rapid Improvement Supports and Exchange (RISE). Currently, Dr. Bullock is Vice President, Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and Assistant Professor at McMaster University.

In her work at CAMH, she developed and led a province-wide knowledge exchange network for mental health and addictions (
Evidence Exchange Network) that helps create and share evidence to build a better mental health and addictions system in Ontario. As part of her recently completed doctoral studies she was awarded the prestigious national Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her research interests lie in how large jurisdictions implement evidence-informed policy directions in mental health systems. She also serves in an advisory and governance capacity for several provincial, national, and international initiatives such as the International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health, Georgian College, Head2Core and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. Heather holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Queen's University, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy from McMaster University. 


Keywords: knowledge mobilization, evidence-informed healthcare policy, mental healthcare.

Research Interests

Knowledge mobilization; implementation science; health policy; mental health. 


Bullock, HL, Lavis, JN, Wilson, MG. et al. (2021). Understanding the implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices from a policy perspective: a critical interpretive synthesis. Implementation Sci, 16, 18.

Bullock, HL & Lavis, JN. (2019). Understanding the supports needed for policy implementation: a comparative analysis of the placement of intermediaries across three mental health systems, Health Research Policy & Systems, 17(82).

Bullock HL & Abelson J. (2019). A Fresh Approach to Reform? A Policy Analysis of the Development and Implementation of Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Healthcare Policy/Politiques de Sante. 14(3):29-42.

Bullock, HL, Wilson, MG, & Lavis, JN. (March 18, 2022). “Implementation Science in Policy.” Practical Implementation Science: Moving evidence into action, Bryan J Weiner, Cara C Lewis, Kenneth Sherr, Springer Publishing. DOI: 10.1891/9780826186935

Bullock, HL, Kouvonen, P, Dahlbert, G, & Lindencrona, F. (March 16, 2022). “The Framing of Harms to Children and Youth Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sweden, Finland and Ontario, Canada in Relation to School Lockdowns.” Governing Human Lives and Health in Pandemic Times: Social control policies Matilda Hellman, Tom Kettunen, Saara Salmivaara, Janne Stoneman, Routledge. ISBN 9781032147970

Student / Volunteer Opportunities

Heather welcomes students to contact her about opportunities. 


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