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Elise Paradis, PhD

Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Scientist, the Wilson Centre

University of Toronto
144 College Street
Toronto, ON 
M5S 3M2
Phone: 416-946-7022


Prof. Elise Paradis holds a Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Healthcare Practice. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and in the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Anesthesia, a Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Health Professions Education Research, and a Fellow of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research.

Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the PSI Foundation (among others), and documents the impact of what she calls the “collaborative ideal” on interprofessional care delivery practices in order to improve them. By turning collaboration into an object of study – rather than an ideal to achieve –, Prof. Paradis is showing the work of construction behind the rise of collaboration as a solution in healthcare, how clinicians relate to this solution, and how it is enacted in practice. This research will allow us to redefine what collaboration might look like, and help with the training of future health professionals.

Dr. Paradis is an Associate Editor for Perspectives on Medical Education, and has published in many journals, including Medical Education, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Perspectives, Critical Care Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, and Body & Society. She is increasingly recognized as an expert in qualitative research methods, and teaches internationally every year.

Before coming to Toronto, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where she worked on a $2.3 million dollar grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Titled “Understanding the Nature of Team-Based Care & Patient & Family Involvement in Intensive Care Settings,” this project has been immensely successful. You can find all project-related publications on her website,, by clicking “Moore Teams”.

Dr. Paradis obtained her PhD in Sociology of Education from Stanford University in 2011. She is a former Wilson Centre Currie Postdoctoral Fellow, SSHRC Doctoral Scholar, and TD Canada Trust Scholar for Outstanding Community Leadership.

CQ Teaching

Currently Dr. Paradis teaches one course in CQ’s Essentials of Qualitative Research series:

PMH1137 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Health Sciences