Sonya Cressman

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences


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


Dr. Cressman’s research focuses on innovation in healthcare sectors.  She leads research projects that assess the economic implications of risk-stratified cancer control. Her work has supported the translation of genomic tests developed at BC Cancer and she is part of an international consortium on the use of risk scores to select participants for lung cancer screening.  Her scientific and business expertise lies in biotechnology, including her doctoral research on nanomedicines with Dr. Pieter Cullis, in 2007.  She has advised on national lung cancer screening committees and publishes economic assessments of risk-based cancer control technologies. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2018 and is a Health Economist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, specializing in cancer screening. 

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

Publications and Activities

View Dr. Cressman's publications here.