Laura Desveaux, MScPT, PhD

Scientific Lead, Trillium Health Partner’s Institute for Better Health
Learning Health Systems Program Lead, Trillium Health Partners
Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Innovation Fellow, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Executive Director, Women Who Lead

Laura is a scientist and physical therapist whose passion is in the application of behavioural science to close the gap between what is currently happening in the system with what science and experience tells us is possible. Her work draws on behavioural psychology and implementation science to design and evaluate interventions that aim to optimize care. To understand what makes an initiative successful and how to scale it, her team examines what drives behaviour, how and why things work, and the process, mechanisms of change and the contextual factors that characterize success (and failure). This approach provides insights into what works best, for whom, and in what circumstance and helps inform how to effect change at a system level. She collaborates with health system decision-makers to bridge the research to practice gap by helping them apply the principles of implementation science and behaviour change to their work. Laura is also the founder and Executive Director of Women Who Lead, an organization dedicated to support the career advancement and leadership development of women in the health sector. 

  • Education

    PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto

    Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

  • Select Awards
    • AMS Fellow in Artificial Intelligence and Compassionate Care (2020)
    • Digital Health Canada Women Leader in Digital Health (2020)
    • Diabetes Action Canada Mentorship Award (2017)
    • Accreditation Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2016)
  • Publications

Fully affiliated with

A member of

Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)