Ellen Balka

Professor & Senior Research Scientist
Degrees / Designations 

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar (through 2013)

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies (SFU)
MA, Women's Studies (SFU)
BA, Geography & Environmental Studies, U of Washington

Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation 828 W. 10th Ave. Vancouver BC


Academic Appointment 
Adjunct Professor
Other Areas of Research 
health informatics including electronic health records
development of administrative data
health indicators
change management and implementation sciences
health technology assessment
occupational health
genomics and society

Throughout my career my research focus has been human aspects of technological change, including technology assessment. Since the late 1990s, my research has been concerned with all aspects of health sector computerization, including the design and implementation of information technology in the health sector, assessment of health sector technology and governance of health sector technologies, including issues related to patient safety.

Current Projects 

2011-2012 Principal investigator, Genome B.C. Strategic Opportunities Fund (Competition #4)
Project title: Using Science, Technology, and Society Studies Research to Move Genomics Discoveries from Bench to Bedside: Identification of Data Integration and Socio-technical Issues Arising in Personalized Medicine & Translational Bioinformatics. ($108,238 from Genome BC, $35,000 cash from other sources in addition to in-kind).
2011-2014 Principal investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Small Grants Program
Project title: The technology of art and the art of technology. ($106,000).

Recipient, Senior Scholar Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. (Health Services Adjudication Committee).
Project title: Health Innovation Design and Evaluation. ($100,000 / year for 5 years).