Abi Sriharan

D.Phil (University of Oxford)
MSc (University of Oxford)
BSc (Hons) (University of Toronto)

Research Interests

Dr. Sriharan’s research focuses on human capital strategy and innovation dissemination in health sector, with a specific focus on system and individual level factors such as rewards, trust, motivation, diversity, resiliency and awareness in promoting engagement and organizational performance. She is currently working on research projects are related to stress and burnout and leadership competencies for health systems leadership.

Professional Interests

Dr. Sriharan is passionate about teaching and coaching.  She is a seasoned faculty developer. She enjoys innovating educational processes and assessment strategies. She is a tech-junkie. She is also a board-certified coach and accredited as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation. She coaches individuals on leadership, civility and wellness.


Dr. Abi Sriharan has over fifteen years of experience in health care and higher education as an award-winning health care organizational behavior researcher, professor, senior executive, certified leadership coach and educator. Her research has informed and influenced health systems and higher education transformation initiatives in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Israel, Dubai, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and Argentina.

She has designed and led several award-winning leadership training programs locally and internationally.

Dr Sriharan’s research on trust, motivation, cooperation and leadership development has been published in such journals as Academic Medicine, Journal of Continuing Education in the health Professions, Health Systems and Reform, Medical Teacher, and, Conflict and Health.

Visiting Professorships/ Scholar

  • The University of Toronto
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oxford
  • McMaster University
  • University of Sheffield
  • York University
  • Queens University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • The President’s Award of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement of the University of Oxford
  • Innovation in Medical Education Research Award from the Global Alliance for Medical Education