Scientific and Executive Director

Brief Bio:

Dr. Rourke is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario Ministry of Health AIDS Bureau-funded Ontario HIV Treatment Network, a leading research and policy organization in Canada. He is also the Director of three national centres funded by CIHR, the CIHR Centre for Reach on HIV/AIDS (for population health and health services), CBR Collaboration Centre for HIV, and Universities Without Walls (a CIHR STIHR that is training the next generation of HIV researchers in Canada). Dr. Rourke is transforming how population health and community-based research is done to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. With his novel effective approach to community stakeholder engagement, partnership development across disciplines and sectors, and innovative KTE and research-to-action strategies, he is having a major influence in getting us closer to ending the HIV epidemic in Canada.

Research Interests:

Subject Area Themes: neuropsychological and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, alcoholism, severe and persistent mental illness, cognitive rehabilitation in HIV/AIDS, housing and health


Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)


"What drew me to this program was that it’s unique in offering a customizable learning scheme and keeping the patient in mind when addressing problems in healthcare.”

 - Paige Gilbank, Cohort 2017