Janessa Griffith

Janessa Griffith

BA (University of Toronto), MSc (UVic), PhD (UVic)

Dr. Janessa Griffith is Faculty in the Health Information Management program at Douglas College and Research Director at the Work Wellness Institute. She holds a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Toronto. Dr. Griffith teaches Health Information Systems and Technology, Research Methods and Epidemiology, and Data Analytics and Reporting to senior Health Information Management Students. As Research Director, she oversees all study activities at a not-for-profit aimed to improve the health and safety of Canadians in the workplace.

Dr. Griffith’s research focuses on bridging the gap between research and practice through knowledge translation initiatives. She recently conducted research on vaccine hesitancy in Canada which gained national and international media coverage. Dr. Griffith mobilized this research by creating an initiative to promote vaccine uptake in Canada which was recognized by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam.

Additionally, Dr. Griffith’s research focuses on health information systems evaluation, including decision support systems and mobile health apps. With expertise in mixed methods research, she completed a study to determine the impact of a decision support system to reduce unnecessary laboratory testing in the emergency department. The throughline in all of Dr. Griffith’s research is that it incorporates an equity lens, as evidenced through her work analyzing the representation of people experiencing myocardial infarctions in online images using Artificial Intelligence.