Dr. Ginny Brunton

Cluster Member

Associate Professor

Dr. Ginny Brunton is a tenure-track Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario. A trained nurse and midwife specializing in community, public health and health promotion, Dr. Brunton’s clinically-related research interests focus on health policy and service provision for childbearing people at low risk of poor health outcomes. She is also a research methodologist with over 25 years of experience in the design and conduct of systematic reviews, previously working at the EPPI-Centre, University College London. Here, she pioneered the development of innovative methods of research synthesis in systematic reviews, including those integrating quantitative and qualitative research and those synthesizing qualitative research on the public’s views of their care. These research synthesis methods include the use of framework synthesis and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

Dr. Brunton’s research interests have resulted in multiple publications examining community-focused parent-infant issues, including reviews of teenage pregnancy and parenthood, maternal-infant outcomes and stakeholder perspectives of planned home birth, women’s experiences of becoming a mother, the impact of father’s involvement on family mental health outcomes, and core outcome set development for neonatal ICU care.

She is also interested in methods of community engagement, having conducted systematic reviews of community engagement in health. These include reviews supported by the UK National Institute of Health Research to develop knowledge of the theory and effectiveness of community engagement, the National Institute of Health and Care excellence (NICE) to inform national community engagement guidance, and the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia, to investigate the integration of traditional Indigenous healing practices in primary health care.

Dr. Brunton is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre, McMaster University; and an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, and at Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University. She holds UK registration as a midwife and Ontario registration as a nurse. Dr. Brunton is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Qualitative Methods and Implementation Group (CQMIG). She is also a member of the Registered Nurses’ Association Community Health Nurses’ Interest Group and the Canadian Midwives’ Association.

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