Worthington, Dr. Catherine
Dr. Catherine Worthington
- Post-doctorate in Public Health Sciences (University of Toronto)
- PhD in Social Work (University of Toronto)
- MSc (University of Toronto)
- BAS (Trent University)
Interests: Health/mental health, HIV/AIDS, research and evaluation, social policy.
Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Worthington is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator (2005-2010) and an Alberta Heritage for Medical Research (AHFMR) Population Health Investigator (2005-2008).
Worthington particularly enjoys working with graduate students, and primarily teaches graduate-level research methods courses. She has acted as liaison for the PhD program [http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/main.htm?page=ss_phd.shtml], and currently serves as the secretary of GADE (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work) (2005-2008).
Worthington’s research background is in health services research and program evaluation. She has been involved with a variety of health and mental health services and service systems studies, large and small, over the past 20 years. For the last 10 years, she has focused on quality and access concerns for HIV prevention and care services.
Worthington is the Social Sciences representative on the Council of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) for 2004-2008, is a member of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee (CHARAC) and several of its sub-committees, and sits on grant and studentship review committees for CIHR and AHFMR. She is also a member of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation’s Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee (PREAC).
- Worthington’s research activities include: A study of health and HIV issues of Calgary street-involved youth;
- A national study of HIV testing and care issues of Aboriginal youth;
- A multi-method study of the experiences of those who participate in clinical HIV research; a project to increase knowledge about clinical trials among Aboriginal people living with HIV; and
- Studies to develop HIV services in Calgary for immigrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa.
These studies are all collaborative (interdisciplinary and/or community-based) in nature, and combine quantitative and qualitative methods.
Cathy Worthington’s research was profiled in the Faculty’s 2006 publication, Connecting The Dots
Worthington, C. (Co-PI). Rehabilitation Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS: A National Survey of Selected Health Care Provider Groups. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2003-2005).
Worthington, C. (Co-I). The Diagnosis and Care of HIV Infection in Canadian Aboriginal Youth. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2003-2005).
Worthington, C. (Co-I). Community Solutions Workshop: HIV Testing and Care Services for Aboriginal Youth. (CIHR Aboriginal community-based research grant; 2005-2006).
Worthington, C. (PI). Participation in Clinical HIV Research: Experiences, Influencing Factors and Impacts. (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; 2003-2006).
Worthington, C. (PI). Advancing HIV Services Research: Expanding Andersen's Health Service Utilization Framework. (Population Health Investigator - Establishment Grant; 2005-2007).
Worthington, C. (PI). CIHR New Investigator Award: Advancing HIV Services Research. (CIHR; - salary award; 2005-2010).
Worthington, C. (PI). AHFMR Population Health Fellowship: Advancing HIV Services Research. (Population Health Investigator - salary award; 2005-2008).
Worthington, C. (Co-PI). The Spectrum of Calgary Street-Involved Youth: A Community Prevention Planning Initiative of Youth and HIV Service Organizations. (CIHR, HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Grants; 2004-2006).
Worthington, C. (Co-I). Seed Grant: Triage Assessment for Families of Children with Disabilities. (Alberta Centre for Child Family and Community Research; 2006-2006).