Dr. Sean B. Rourke

Dr. Sean B. Rourke is a clinical neuropsychologist and international expert in the neurobehavioural complications of HIV. He is transforming how program and implementation science can be used to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Rourke’s research involves novel and effective approaches to community stakeholder engagement, partnership development across disciplines and sectors, and innovative research-to-action strategies. By reaching the undiagnosed and those not in treatment or in care, his work is getting us closer to ending the HIV epidemic in Canada.

Dr. Rourke is the director of two national centres funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS, and the CIHR Community-Based Research Collaboration Centre for HIV, which support pragmatic solutions to address the HIV epidemics across Canada. Dr. Rourke is also the director of Universities Without Walls 2.0 which is training the next generation of HIV researchers in Canada.

He is a scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.