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Jon Salsberg


Jon Salsberg, PhD - PRAM Associate Director - Family Medicine


Jon Salsberg MA PhD is Associate Director of Participatory Research at McGill University with fifteen years of experience working in community and academic participatory research and integrated knowledge translation. Jon is a qualitative researcher with a background in public health promotion and the anthropology of development, with research interests in understanding the theory and practice of multi-stakeholder engagement for co-creating new knowledge, products or procedures and their translation into action, principally in primary health care, community health and preventive medicine. He is co-author of CIHRs Guide to Researcher and Knowledge-User Collaboration in Health Research, was on the faculty of the 2008 CIHR Summer Institute for KT Science, and is co-author of the highly rated systematic realist review uncovering the benefits of participatory research in health (Milbank Q, 90(2) 2012). Jon has undertaken partnered research involving a broad range of stakeholders including patients, health practitioners, community members and organisations, policy makers and health service decision-makers, and has worked with both northern and southern Indigenous communities. Jon currently teaches advanced participatory research in health, in the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

Department of Family Medicine Faculty Listing

Participatory research; community-based research, integrated knowledge translation; Indigenous health; primary care research, evaluation in health promotion; realist synthesis; social network analysis; research informatics

FMED 504 - Family Medicine Research Seminars
FMED 505 - Basic Analysis for Health Data
FMED 509 - Foundations of Epidemiology in Family Medicine
FMED 603 - Introduction to Participatory Research in Health
FMED 604 - Advanced Participatory Research in Health

Recent Publications

*Khayyat Kholghi, M, Bartlett G, *Phillips M, Salsberg J, McComber A, Macaulay AC. Evaluating an Indigenous Health Education Program for Diabetes Prevention: using lessons learned through Community Talking Circles. Family Practice (in press). 2017

Salsberg J; Macridis S; Garcia Bengoechea E; Macaulay AC; Moore S. The Shifting Dynamics of Social Roles and Project Ownership over the Lifecycle of a Community-Based Participatory Research Project. Family Practice (2017) 34 (3): 305-312. 2017

Salsberg J; Macridis S; Garcia Bengoechea E; Macaulay AC; Moore S. Engagement Strategies that Foster Community Self-Determination in Participatory Research: Insider Ownership Through Outsider Championship. Family Practice (2017) 34 (3): 336-340. 2017

Ramsden V, Salsberg J, Herbert C, Westfall J, LeMaster J, Macaulay AC. Patient and community oriented research: How is authentic engagement identified in grant applications?. Canadian Family Physician. January 2017, vol.63 no.1 74-76. 2017

Salsberg J. and Macridis S. To do it, you've got to own it! Creating lasting community-based physical activity programs. Alberta Centre for Active Living. WellSpring, November 1, 2016. 2016

Allen ML, Salsberg J, Knot M, Lemaster J, Felzien M, Westfall JM, Herbert C, Vickery K, Culhane-Pera K, Ramsden V, Zittleman L, Martin R, Macaulay AC. Engaging with Communities, Engaging with Patients: Amendment to the NAPCRG 1998 Policy Statement on Ethical Research With Communities. Family Practice (Advance Access - First published online: August 19, 2016). 2016

Van Weel C, Turnbull D, Ramirez J, Bazemore A, Glazier RH, Jaen C, Phillips B, Salsberg J. Supporting Health Reform in Mexico: Experiences and suggestions from an international primary care conference. Annals of Family Medicine. May/June 2016 vol.14 no.3, 279-280. 2016

Jagosh J, Bush PL, Salsberg J, Macaulay AC, Greenhalgh T, Wong G, Cargo M, Green LW, Herbert CP, Pluye P. A Realist Evaluation of Community-Based Participatory Research: Partnership synergy, trust building and related ripple effects. BMC Public Health, 15:725. 2015

Salsberg J, Macridis S, Garcia Bengoechea E, Macaulay AC, Moore S, Members of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project - School Travel Planning Committee. Engaging Community Stakeholders for School-Based Physical Activity Intervention. Retos - Nuevas Tendencias en Educacion Fisica, Deporte y Recreacion, No. 28. 2015

Salsberg J, Parry D, Pluye P, Macridis S, Herbert S, and Macaulay AC. Successful Strategies to Engage Research Partners for Translating Evidence into Action in Community Health: A Critical Review. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2015

Salsberg J, Macaulay AC, Parry D. Guide to Integrated Knowledge Translation Research. In, Ian D. Graham, Jacqueline M. Tetroe, and Alan Pearson, Eds. Turning Knowledge into Action: Practical Guidance on How to Do Integrated Knowledge Translation Research. Book 21 in the Synthesis Science in Healthcare book series. Wolters Kluwer-Joanna Briggs Institute. 2014

Hogan L, Garcia-Bengoechea E, Salsberg J, Jacobs J, King M, Macaulay AC. Using a participatory approach to the development of a school-based physical activity policy in an Indigenous community. Journal of School Health, 2014 Dec. Vol. 84(12). 2014

Park MM, Zafran H, Stewart J, Salsberg J, Ells C, Rouleau S, Estein O, Valente TW. Transforming mental health services: a participatory mixed methods study to promote and evaluate the implementation of recovery-oriented services. Implement Sci. 2014 Sep 10;9(1):119. 2014

Macaulay AC and Salsberg J. Health Care. In David Coghlan and Mary Brydon-Miller, eds. SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research. 2014

Moore S, Salsberg J, Leroux J. Advancing social capital intervention research from a network and population health equity perspective. In Ichiro Kawachi, Soshi Takao; S.V. Subramanian, Eds. Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health. Springer. 2013

Macaulay AC, Jagosh J, Pluye P, Bush P, Salsberg J. Quantitative Methods in Participatory Research: Being sensitive to issues of scientific validity, community safety, and the academic-community relationship. La Revue Nouvelles Practiques Sociales, Vol.25(2), p.159-172. 2013

Jagosh J, Pluye P, Wong G, Cargo M, Salsberg J, Bush PL, Herbert CP, Green LW, Greenhalgh T, Macaulay AC. Critical Reflections on Realist Review: Insights From Customizing the Methodology to the Needs of Participatory Research Assessment. Research Synthesis Methods, Vol. 4(4). 2013

Salsberg J., Macaulay AC. Linkage and Exchange Interventions. Ch. 3.4.c in, Sharon Straus, Jacqueline Tetroe and Ian D. Graham (Eds.). Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell/BMJ Books. ISBN: 978-1-1184-1354-8. 2013

Jagosh J, Macaulay AC, Pluye P, Salsberg J, Bush PL, Henderson J, Sirett E, Wong G, Cargo M, Herbert CP, Seifer SD, Green LW, Greenhalgh T. Uncovering the Benefits of Participatory Research: Implications of a Realist Review for Health Research and Practice. Milbank Quarterly, 90(2). 2012

Salsberg J, Seller R, Shea L, Macaulay AC. A Needs Assessment Informs Development of a Participatory Research Faculty Development Workshop. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Volume 16(1), p. 183-93. 2012

Malus M, Shulha M, Granikov V, Johnson-Lafleur J, d'Souza V, Knot M, Holcroft C, Hung K, Periera I, Riccuto C, Salsberg J, Macaulay AC. A Participatory Approach to Understanding and Measuring Patient Satisfaction in a Primary Care Teaching Setting. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, Volume 5, Issue 4, Winter 2011 pp. 417-424. 2011

Pace R, Pluye P, Bartlett G, Macaulay AC, Salsberg J, Jagosh J, Seller R.. Testing the reliability and efficiency of the pilot Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool (MMAT) for systematic mixed studies review. Int J Nurs Stud [2011 Aug 9. Epub ahead of print]. 2011

Pelletier JF, Lesage A, Delorme A, Macaulay AC, Salsberg J, Vallee C, Davidson L. User-led Research: A Global and Person-Centered Initiative. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. Vol 13(1). 2011

J Jagosh, P Pluye, AC Macaulay, J Salsberg, J Henderson, E Sirett, PL Bush, R Seller, G Wong, T Greenhalgh, M Cargo, CP Herbert, SD Seifer, LW Green. Assessing the Outcomes of Participatory Research: Protocol for Identifying, Selecting and Appraising the Literature for Realist Review. Implementation Science, 6(24). 2011

AC Macaulay, J Jagosh, R Seller, J Henderson, M Cargo, T Greenhalgh, G Wong, J Salsberg, LW Green, C Herbert, P Pluye. Benefits of Participatory Research: A Rationale For a Realist Review. Global Health Promotion, 18(2); 45-48. 2011

D. Parry, J. Salsberg, AC. Macaulay. A Guide to Researcher and Knowledge-User Collaboration in Health Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 2009

Pluye P, Grad RM, Repchinsky C, Farrell B, Johnson-Lafleur J, Bambrick T, Dawes M, Bartlett G, Rodriguez C, Jovaisas B, Fortin K, Tufts-Conrad D, Salsberg J, Macaulay A, Legare; F & Loiselle C. IAM: A comprehensive and systematic information assessment method for electronic knowledge resources. In A. Dwivedi (Ed.), Handbook of Research on IT Management and Clinical Data Administration in Healthcare. Hershey: IGI Publishing. 2009

JM. Westfall, LJ. Fagnan, M. Handley, J. Salsberg, P. McGinnis, LK. Zittleman, AC. Macaulay. Practice-Based Research is Community Engagement. J of the American Board of Fam Med 22 (4): 423-427. 2009

J. Salsberg, AC. Macaulay. Building Capacity for Participatory Research at McGill University. Proceedings of the 3rd Community-University Exposition (CUExpo), Victoria BC, May 5-7 2008. 2008

AC. Macaulay, A. Ing, J. Salsberg, A. McGregor, C. Saad-Haddad, J. Rice, L. Montour, K. Gray-Donald. Community-based participatory research: sharing results with the community. An example of knowledge translation from the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action 1(2), 143-152. 2007. 2007

J. Salsberg, S. Louttit, AM. McComber, R. Fiddler, M. Naqshbandi, O. Receveur, SB. Harris, AC Macaulay. Knowledge, Capacity and Readiness: Translating Successful Experiences in CBPR for Health Promotion. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health 5(2) 2007. 2007

M. Cargo, J. Salsberg, T. Delormier, S. Desrosiers, AC Macaulay. Understanding the social context of school health promotion program implementation. Health Education. 106(2), 85-97. 2006

L. Lévesque, M. Cargo, J. Salsberg. Development of the Physical Activity Interactive Recall (PAIR) for Aboriginal Children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2004, 1:8. 2004

AC Macaulay, SB Harris, L. Lévesque, M. Cargo, E. Ford, J. Salsberg, et al. Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes: Experiences of two Aboriginal communities in Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 29(4) December 2003. 2003