Working with: Dr. Pat O’Campo
Dr. Virginia Gunn’s program of research investigates (i) the population and public health impacts of non-standard work arrangements on workers’ health and well-being and the most effective interventions to address them and (ii) the impact of systemic factors on health human resources and patient outcomes. Dr. Gunn’s PhD thesis measured the impact of public policies — such as health, education, family, labor market, and gender equality — on nurses, the largest group of health human resources, to support the identification of policy solutions that could increase health system sustainability.
Dr. Gunn completed both her doctoral and master studies at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and a Collaborative Doctoral Specialization in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her multidisciplinary education, along with training in advanced quantitative research and systematic data synthesis methods, prepared her well to conduct public policy analysis and study the impact of complex structural and systemic factors on population health and health inequities.
In addition to being an emerging independent scientist, Dr. Gunn has close ties to the health system as a Registered Nurse, with expertise in public health, acute, and long-term care. She has extended professional experiences as a health practitioner, including in diverse leadership roles such as project lead, committee chair, board director, finance officer, and interest group co-founder. In these roles, Dr. Gunn led the development of several local, provincial, and international health and social initiatives to support health system improvement, increase the use of evidence, and actively involve users when designing and testing solutions.