Renee Lyons holds the first Bridgepoint Chair in Complex Chronic Disease (University of Toronto and Bridgepoint Health) and is the TD Scientific Director of the Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Bridgepoint Health. The focus of the Bridgepoint Chair in Complex Chronic Disease (CCD) is the development of a leading-edge research program in CCD and support of its multi-institutional collaborations on research development and use. She is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Dr. Lyons is also an adjunct faculty member at Dalhousie University where she held a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and was the Senior Scientist at the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre.
Dr. Lyons' research has focused on chronic disease prevention, health systems improvement and knowledge translation. She also spent over 20 years studying social relationships and health problems. As principal investigator, she has received over $25M in health research funding for both research and knowledge translation projects related to rural health, mental health, stroke and health systems reform, public health, oral health of seniors, and chronic disease prevention in midlife and youth, settings and health, and human relationships and chronic illness.
Dr. Lyons received her university education at Dalhousie University (BA in psychology and sociology), Xavier University, Cincinnati (M.Ed in counseling psychology), and the University of Oregon, Eugene (Ph.D. in health studies' coping and adaptation in chronic disease).