Dr. Heather Gainforth is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, and an International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) principal investigator.
Gainforth completed her master of science and doctoral degrees in health promotion at Queen’s University and her post-doctoral research at the United Kingdom’s University College London in the Centre for Behaviour Change. Her academic training in health promotion, knowledge translation, behavioural science and implementation science has fostered her belief research is not complete until it has real-world impact. Her research aims to close the gap between research and practice by using and investigating integrated knowledge translation approaches in which researchers and research users work together throughout the entire research process. Grounded in behaviour change theory and techniques, her systems-based approach to research is guided by strong collaborations between researchers and communities.
An up-to-date list of publications by Dr. Gainforth is available here.