Laura Desveaux, MSCPT, PHD

Laura Desveaux, seen from the shoulders up, wearing a black blazer, short brown hair, smiling

Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Hospital Research and Innovation Institute
Scientific Lead, Trillium Health Partner’s Institute for Better Health
Learning Health Systems Program Lead, Trillium Health Partners
Innovation Fellow, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Executive Director, Women Who Lead

Laura Desveaux, MSCPT, PHD's Twitter Handle: @lauradesveaux
Laura Desveaux, seen from the shoulders up, wearing a black blazer, short brown hair, smiling

Laura is a scientist and physical therapist whose passion is in the application of behavioural science to close the gap between what is currently happening in the system with what science and experience tells us is possible. Her work draws on behavioural psychology and implementation science to design and evaluate interventions that aim to optimize care. To understand what makes an initiative successful and how to scale it, her team examines what drives behaviour, how and why things work, and the process, mechanisms of change and the contextual factors that characterize success (and failure). This approach provides insights into what works best, for whom, and in what circumstance and helps inform how to effect change at a system level. She collaborates with health system decision-makers to bridge the research to practice gap by helping them apply the principles of implementation science and behaviour change to their work. Laura is also the founder and Executive Director of Women Who Lead, an organization dedicated to support the career advancement and leadership development of women in the health sector.

PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto

Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

  • AMS Fellow in Artificial Intelligence and Compassionate Care (2020)
  • Digital Health Canada Women Leader in Digital Health (2020)
  • Diabetes Action Canada Mentorship Award (2017)
  • Accreditation Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2016)

  • Behaviour change
  • Implementation science
  • Performance improvement
  • Process evaluation