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Carolyn Byrne

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Carolyn Byrne is the founding dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a PhD from the University of Guelph's Department of Family Studies and Applied Nutrition in Ontario.

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Prior joining UOIT, Dr. Byrne was an associate professor at McMaster University. Throughout her nursing career she worked in the mental health sector. Her current research programs include UOIT's Health Education Technology Research Unit (HETRU) and System-Linked Research Unit at McMaster, where she explores better ways to serve disenfranchised individuals through community-based care. Dr. Byrne also is involved with research projects such as community-based research on HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness and mental illness. She currently has research grants from Health Force Ontario to research the complexities of interprofessional behaviours through evaluating a competency assessment tool and the AIDS Bureau of Ontario to explore the impact of an HIV/AIDS multidisciplinary team.


  • Selected publications
    • MacDermaid, L., Byrne, C. , (2006). Restraint Reduction Education: An examination of the changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of direct care staff following a restraint reduction intervention. Canadian Nursing Home 17(3) pp 10-14;
    • Ott, M., Browne, G., Byrne, C., Roberts, J., Gafni, A., Bateman, A., (2006). Recreation for children on social assistance, 4-17 years old, pays for itself in the same year. Journal of Public Health and Advance Access pp 1-6;
    • Byrne, C ., Browne, G., Roberts, J., Gafni, A., Jameson, E., Webb, M. (2005). Impact of Parents responding to treatment for Dysthymia on Children's Behaviour and Costs. Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
    • Byrne, C ., Browne, G., Roberts, J., Gafni, A., Bell, B., Chalklin, L., (2004); and Adolescent emotional/behavioural problems and risk behaviour in Ontario primary care: comorbidities and costs. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, International Journal of NPACE, Vol. 8 (3).