Melissa Pirrie has worked in health research since 2005, starting as an undergraduate research assistant in the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She was inspired to continue in research and completed a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. She joined Cancer Care Ontario as a Research Associate on the Ontario Health Study (part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project) before returning to school, where she is currently completing a PhD in Population Health at the University of Waterloo. Melissa was a CIHR training fellow in Population Interventions for Chronic Disease Prevention (PICDP) from 2010 to 2012. Throughout her research career, Melissa has worked on many research projects from small interventions to large provincial cohort studies. Her specific research interests include population health, Comprehensive School Health, built environment, ecological models, vulnerable populations, and chronic disease prevention.
Melissa has been a Research Coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster since 2013. In that role she splits her time between the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) program, funded by DSEN/CIHR, and the Community Health Assessment Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS), a community paramedicine RCT funded by CIHR and HAHSO.