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Julia Abelson is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and Director of the Health Policy Program in the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University. Julia obtained her master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and her doctorate in social and policy sciences at the University of Bath, U.K. She is a past recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award, and an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist award. Her research interests are focused on older adult engagement (as citizens and patients) in health system decision making and research design, implementation and evaluation. Julia is also interested in the development of public and health policies related to ageing and older adults.


  • PhD, University of Bath
  • MASc., Harvard University


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