Elise Paradis PhD

Scientist - The Wilson Centre
Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Elise Paradis, PhD, is an award-wining researcher, mentor and speaker who studies collaborative healthcare practices and discourses. Her research – inspired by sociological theory on the professions, Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice and neo-institutional theory – aims to transform how teams work together to improve patient outcomes. She uses a range of methods in her research, from content analysis to ethnography, interviews, bibliometrics and scoping reviews.

Dr. Paradis obtained her Honours BA from the University of Toronto in 2006, before going to Stanford, where she obtained a Masters in Sociology (2010) and a PhD in Sociology of Education (2011). She then pursued her postdoctoral training in health professions education at the Wilson Centre. She was funded by a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership (2002-6), a SSHRC doctoral fellowship (2006-10) and the Currie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2).

Before joining the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and with the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where she is holds a cross appointment.

Her most recent ethnographic study, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, investigated the factors that impact interprofessional collaboration in the intensive care unit. This comparative team project has been highly successful, both academically and in changing local practices. Details can be found on Dr. Paradis’ website: http://eliseparadis.com.

Current Fellow(s): Arija Birze, Madison Brydges, Leigh ChapmanJamie Kellar, Patti Leake