Cristina Mattison

Cristina Mattison

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, hiss 1, plan 9 Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K6 Kvinnors och barns hälsa, K6 NOGRH Klingberg-Allvin, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I hold a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, an
    M.Sc. in Global Health from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy
    from McMaster University.
    I defended my thesis, /The Roles of Midwives in Health Systems/ [1], in
    November of 2017. I have worked in monitoring and evaluation in obstetric
    fistula and later held a position where I oversaw the scientific aspects of
    and led the execution of evidence syntheses, facilitated citizens panels,
    supported stakeholder dialogues, and engaged in activities to mobilize
    research evidence to inform pressing health system policy issues.
    I currently lead research and policy work at global, national, and local
    levels broadly focused on supporting the integration of midwifery into health
    systems to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    I actively root my work in intersectional feminist, anti-colonial and
    collaborative perspectives, recognizing that research in sexual and
    reproductive health and rights must first begin by understanding privilege in
    order to dismantle systems of oppression.
    Association of Ontario Midwives Excellence in Midwifery Research Award (2021)
    Recipient of International Policy Ideas Challenge [2], Global Affairs Canada
    and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Government of
    Canada (2020)
    Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Excellence Award, McMaster
    University (2017, 2018)


  • I am a Research Affiliate at Karolinska Institutet and a health systems and
    policy researcher that applies this lens to sexual and reproductive health
    and rights. Specifically, my work focuses on understanding the roles of
    midwives in health systems, which includes midwifery association
    strengthening. My collaborative work has been published in BMJ Global Health
    [1], Birth [2], BMC Health Services Research [3], and Health Research Policy
    and Systems [4], among others.
    I have the pleasure to work in an interdisciplinary sexual and reproductive
    health and rights research team with expertise in health economics, health
    services delivery, political science, health care quality, and clinical


  • Sexual, Reproductive and Perinatal Health ASR25T, Healthcare System Research
    in Low-, Middle-, and High-Income Countries (Master's Programme in Global and
    Sexual and Reproductive Health, University of Dalarna) [2023]
    Qualitative and Conceptual Methods (Health Policy PhD Program [1], McMaster
    University) [2021-2023]
    Doctoral Seminar in Health Policy (Health Policy PhD Program [2], McMaster
    University) [2017-2023]
    Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Bachelor of Health Sciences
    (Honours) Program [3], McMaster University) [2022]
    Health Systems and Health Policy (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
    Program [4], McMaster University) [2018-2019]
    Health Forum Practicum (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program
    [5], McMaster University) [2018-2019]


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