Sonya Cressman

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Health Sciences

Sonya Cressman

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Health Sciences

Education

  • BSc, Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of British Columbia
  • MBA, Management of Technology, Simon Fraser University

Biography

Dr. Cressman studies the economic and equity impacts of healthcare decisions. She is a health economist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She specializes in the evaluation of risk models and complex healthcare decisions. She has gained international recognition as a leader in the economics of risk-based lung screening. She is currently leading the AIRWISE community-partnered lung risk project—a co-design study aimed at improving access to preventative lung health services. Dr. Cressman’s research at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation focuses on evaluating the societal costs of depression such as disparity in lost-income and productivity, labor force participation, and informal caregiving costs related to the treatment of depression. She is also member of a large international team of kidney transplant specialists working towards improving the efficiency of kidney allocation decisions and how such decisions affect access to and outcomes from kidney transplantation in Canada.

Research interests

Dr. Cressman’s research is driven by the need to understand how healthcare systems innovate to improve sustainability. Specifically, she investigates systems-level and societal impacts from innovation in cancer control including; targeted prevention, high-risk screening and risk-stratified diagnostics and treatments. She uses data from hospital, administrative, clinical trials and regulatory sources as well as patient experiences to build adoption and diffusion models for new cancer control technologies. Her quantitative methodology is rooted in health economics and operations management. She has a strong interest in the inclusion of adverse-risk subgroups in the assessment of new health technologies. Her research contributes to the academic fields of public-sector innovation and implementation sciences.

Teaching interests

Health informatics, social innovation, experiential learning, evidence synthesis, equitable access

Courses

Future courses may be subject to change.

Publications and activities

View Dr. Cressman's publications here.