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Heather Munroe-Blum, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Research & International Relations, University of Toronto

Professor Heather Munroe-Blum has served the University of Toronto as Vice-President, Research & International Relations since 1994. She is also a member of the University’s Governing Council.

As Vice-President, Professor Munroe-Blum holds overall responsibility for the direction of research and international activities at the University, as well as for related resources, personnel, relationships, policies and practices. To these ends, the Vice-President’s priority activities include the promotion of public support for research across all academic disciplines, domestic and international relations with public and private sector organizations to foster research and international activity, and support for the creation, dissemination and commercialization of knowledge generated at the University of Toronto.

During Professor Munroe-Blum’s six years as Vice-President, the University has established a wide variety of innovative research and international initiatives, including the Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, the R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for health research and education, the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, the DAAD Joint Program in German and European Studies, and the Bell University Labs at the University of Toronto, among many others.

An epidemiologist, Professor Munroe-Blum specializes in psychiatric epidemiology. She is a Professor in the University’s Faculty of Social Work, and in the Faculty of Medicine’s Departments of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry. She also holds a part-time appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and an associate appointment in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University.

Professor Munroe-Blum’s research centres on epidemiological investigations of the distribution, prevention, course and treatment of major psychiatric disorders, and the development of effective mental health policies and practices. As a principal investigator, she has received major support from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the Canadian National Health Research and Development Program, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Professor Munroe-Blum is the author or co-author of over 60 scholarly publications, including four books.

Over the past two years, Professor Munroe-Blum has been increasingly active in the development of effective public policy in support of research and science. In 1999 she was the principal author of a highly-regarded report on this subject, Growing Ontario’s Innovation System: The Strategic Role of University Research, commissioned by the Government of Ontario.

Prior to her appointment as Vice-President, Research and International Relations, Professor Munroe-Blum was, from 1989 to 1994, Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work. She previously served as a full-time faculty member of York University and McMaster University.

Active in community affairs, Professor Munroe-Blum, is currently a member of the University Health Network Board of Directors, Chair of its Joint Hospital-University Relations Committee, and a member of its Oncology Committee; member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the Board of the Institute for Work and Health; member of the Nestlé Canada Advisory Board; Chair, Industry Canada University Advisory Group; Vice-Chair of the Board of Genome Canada; member of the Board of the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Awards Program, the Women’s Health Council (Ontario), and Executive Member of the Ontario Council on University Research.

She has also been a member of: the Expert Panel on Canada’s Role in International Science and Technology (1999-2000); the Board of Directors of the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research); the Premier’s Council on Health, Well Being and Social Justice (Ontario), the Treatment Assessment Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.), and the Executive Committee of the American Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research. In 1999, Professor Munroe-Blum served on the German Academic Exchange Service’s international team reviewing the Max Weber Chair at New York University. In 2000, she was a member of a National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel.

Born in Montreal, Professor Munroe-Blum earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from McMaster University. She completed a Master of Social Work degree in 1975 at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1983, she graduated with distinction, obtaining a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Munroe-Blum and her husband, Leonard Solomon Blum, a screenwriter, newspaper columnist and graduate of McMaster University, have a daughter, Sydney Rebecca Munroe Blum.

Published 09/09/00

Updated September 09, 2000