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Dr. Junqiang Zhao

Dr. Junqiang ZhaoDr. Junqiang Zhao, PhD
Research Implementation Scientist

Dr. Junqiang Zhao joined Waypoint Research Institute as a research scientist in early 2023. His research expertise is in implementation science and integrated knowledge translation (i.e., co-production). He approaches his work through a lens of behavioral science and complexity system approaches. His methodological expertise includes realist approaches, qualitative study, mixed methods, systematic reviews, and complex system approaches for intervention development and evaluation. 

Dr. Zhao holds a PhD in nursing at the University of Ottawa. He has over 55 academic publications, including in leading journals such as BMJ, The Lancet Regional Health-Western Pacific, BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, and Telemedicine and e-Health. During his PhD training, Dr. Zhao worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Implementation Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and the Global Implementation Science Lab, University of Toronto. As an expert panelist, he worked with implementation scientists from around the world to develop the "Leading Change Toolkit™" led by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario and Health Excellence Canada. He also organized quarterly consortiums among the Best Practice Spotlight Organizations in China as a resource person and coach for the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. Working with leading implementation scientists in China, Dr. Zhao co-translated the Handbook on Implementation Science, which will be released in 2023.

Keywords: implementation science, integrated knowledge translation, nursing, co-production. 

Research Interests

Implementation science; shared decision making; complexity science and its methods; critical realism; realist methodology. 


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