Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Assistant Professor (Partner), School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Epidemiology Consultant, BC Centre for Disease Control
Dr. Joseph Puyat first joined CHÉOS in 2012 as a part-time Research Methodologist, providing support with research study designs and quantitative data analysis to clinicians and other researchers. In 2016, he completed his PhD at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, supported by a CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship and a UBC Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Puyat’s background includes training in social psychology, epidemiology, and health service research.
In previous studies, Dr. Puyat used linked health administrative data from the province of British Columbia to estimate gaps and disparities in depression care and to examine whether the introduction of physician incentives reduced the magnitude of existing care gaps and disparities. Currently, Dr. Puyat is exploring how the prevalence and burden of depression at the population level can be reduced over time by ensuring that treatment approaches are tailored to individuals’ characteristics; by reducing or eliminating disparities in access to mental health treatment and services; and, by identifying and promoting evidence-based activities that have therapeutic and preventive effects.