Katie N. Dainty

PhD (University of Toronto)
MSc (University of Western Ontario)
BA Hons (University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests

Dr. Dainty’s research interests are studying how organizational sociocultural variables shape knowledge translation and quality improvement. Dr. Dainty’s work involves studying issues related to organizational behaviour, implementation science, collaborative quality improvement, prehospital care and quality improvement in community health care environments. Her current research focuses on the use of qualitative and mixed methods research to critically interrogate held assumptions about behaviour and culture and their impact on QI and KT at the front lines of health care.

She has lectured in several courses within IHPME including HAD7001H (Mixed Methods for Health Research), HAD3040Y (QUIPS) and she directs the Knowledge Translation Module for the Institute of Medical Science.

Dr. Dainty is available to supervise Master’s degree candidates and extends a warm invitation to anyone interested in her work to contact her at dainty@smh.ca.

Current Major Research Projects
• Developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for the Emergency Department
• Understanding E.P.I.C.: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Expanding Paramedicine in the Community Initiative
• The Quality Advantage: Exploring Quality Improvement in Ontario’s Community Support Sector
• Understanding the role of Middle Management in Hospital Quality Improvement

Professional Interests

Dr. Dainty is a qualitative and mixed methods scientist situated at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto). She graduated with her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2010 and in addition to her appointment at St. Michael’s, is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at University of Toronto. She brings an extensive background in both clinical and implementation research and has designed and evaluated several innovative projects, with an emphasis on health care quality, knowledge translation and health systems improvement.


She has published over 30 peer reviewed articles which have over 750 citations (h-index 11) and has been involved in more than $3.5 million dollars in research funding (over $750,000 as a Primary Investigator) in her short career. Dr. Dainty was the recipient of the inaugral CIHR Rising Star Award for Knowledge Translation and was awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She has also spent 2 years in a secondment position with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care leading the Performance Improvement Collaborative in Critical Care which has given her a unique perspective on the larger health system and researcher-decision maker-clinician relationship. She has sat on the scientific program planning committee for the Canadian Academy of Health Services and Policy Researchers and Resuscitation in Motion, as a reviewer for CIHR and several academic publications and has been invited to present nationally and internationally on her work in healthcare quality improvement.