Co-Directors

Shannon L. Sibbald, PhD, MSc is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Studies, Department of Family Medicine, and Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health at Western University. Dr. Sibbald’s interests and field of research are within interdisciplinary health and health systems research as well as implementation science. Dr. Sibbald’s research involves issues of health equity in patients with chronic disease, with a focus on the process, evaluation and outcomes associated with team-based forms of care. Dr. Sibbald’s experience and research with health systems and policy contribute greatly to the development of the HELP Lab.

Maxwell J. Smith, PhD, MSc is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University. At Western, he is also cross-appointed in the Department of Philosophy, and is an Associate Faculty Member in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and Faculty Member with the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI). He is also a Consulting Ethicist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a Consulting Ethicist (Contractor) with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH). Dr. Smith’s principal programme of research bridges philosophical scholarship in ethical theory with social science research methods to investigate central values in public health policy and practice, including ‘health equity’ and ‘social justice’.

Jacob Shelley, MTS, LLB, LLM, SJD is an Assistant Professor at Western University with joint appointments in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Shelley’s expertise revolves around the role of law in public and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Shelley’s research involves the ways in which health ethics and law shape how health systems operate and his unique experience aids in informing the perspective of the HELP Lab.