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Olga Heath

University Counseling Centre
BA (McGill), MSc (Memorial), PhD (Memorial)

Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Health Sciences Centre
St. John’s, NL Canada, A1B 3V6
Rm: UC5000
t: 709 864-3493

Olga Heath holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Community Health and Humanities and the Student Wellness and University Counselling Centre. 


  • Not currently teaching in CHH
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Psychology 6611 Ethics of Professional Practice

Research Interests:

  • Evaluation of impact of Interprofessional Education
  • Faculty training for Interprofessional Education
  • Teamwork in healthcare
  • Collaborative practice in managing eating disorders

Research Projects:
  • Engaging the Community in Health Professional Education:  Interprofessional Placements in Community Agencies. Funding Source: Memorial University: Public Engagement Accelerator Fund. Investigators: Heath, O. (PI) & Rowe, P. (Co-Applicant). Duration: 2016-2017
  • Disseminating Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder in Newfoundland and Labrador: A Randomized Controlled Study of a Guided Self-Help Intervention. Funding Source: NLCAHR: Project Grant. Investigators: Carter-Major, J. (PI); Safer, D. (Co-applicant); Heath, O. (Co-applicant); Yi, Y. (Co-applicant); Adler, S. (Co-applicant) Duration: 2015-2017
  • Enhancing Interprofessional Education in Pre- and Post-Licensure Health/Social Care Professional Education in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). Funding Source: Memorial University: Teaching and Learning Framework Fund. Investigators: Heath, O. (PI); Rourke, J. (Co-Applicant); Carnahan, H. (Co-Applicant); Gaudine, A. (Co-Applicant); Marra, C. (Co-Applicant); Hardy-Cox, D. (Co-Applicant); Cornish, P. (Co-Applicant)        Duration: 2015-2017
  • The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Physician-Patient Communication. Funding Source: NLCAHR: Enhancing Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador Grant. Investigators: Stacey, A.(PI); Whelan, E. (Co-Applicant); Heath, O. (Co-Applicant); MacLean, C. (Co-Applicant); & Snook, B. (Co-Applicant)      Duration: 2014-2017
  • Barriers and Facilitators in Access to Child/Youth Mental Health Services: A Mixed Methods, Inter-sectorial Study in Atlantic Canada. Funding Source: CIHR Team Grant; Community-Based Primary Healthcare. Investigators:  Audas, R.P. (PI); Ronis, S. (Applicant); Tilleczek, K.C.(Applicant) ; Zhang, M. (Applicant) ; Chafe, R.E. (Co-Applicant); Godwin, M. S. (Co-Applicant) ; Heath, O.J. (Nominated PI from 01/01/2015 to 01/01/2016: Co-Applicant); MacDonald, D. (Co-Applicant); Montelpare,W. J. (Co-Applicant); Yu, W. (Co-Applicant); Davies, B. (Co-Applicant); Simms, C. (Co-Applicant). Duration: 2013-2018

Select Publications:
  • Ward, P. Beausoleil, N, & Heath, O. (2016) Creating space for a critical examination of weight-centered approaches in health pedagogy and health professions. In E. Cameron & C. Russell (Eds.). The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression in Education. New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  •  Fleming, P. Heath, O., Goodridge, A., & Curran, V., (2015) Making medical student course evaluations meaningful: Implementation of an intensive course review protocol. BMC Medical Education, 15(1):99. DOI:10.1186/s12909-015-0387-1
  •  Heath, O., Church, E., Curran, V., Callanan, T., Cornish, Bethune, C., Younghusband, L. (2014). Interprofessional Mental Health Training in Rural Primary Care: Findings From a Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Interprofessional Care (Posted online October 7, 2014) doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.966808  .
  •  Heath, O., English, D. Ward, P., Simms, J., Hollett, A., Dominic, A.(2013). Improving Collaborative Care in Managing Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 33 (4);235-244.
  •  Curran, V., Heath, O., Adey, T., Callanan, T., Craig, D., Hearn, T., Hollett, A., & White, H. (2012). An Approach to Integrating Interprofessional Education in Collaborative Mental Health Care. Journal of Academic Psychiatry, 36 (2); 91-95. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.10030045
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