Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
200-1285 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3X8
phone: 6047146600

Bev Holmes, PhD

As Interim President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Bev draws upon a wealth of experience in health research, practice and policy.

Her commitment to integrating these disciplines has seen her head up the Foundation’s research and impact initiatives whilst also serving as executive and interim lead of the BC Academic Health Science Network and the BC SUPPORT Unit, respectively.

Since joining MSFHR in 2010, Bev has helped establish MSFHR’s reputation as a leader in knowledge translation, facilitated efforts to establish a strategic direction for provincial health research and supported the Foundation through a period of organizational redesign and program expansion. Most recently, during her time as vice-president, research & impact, she was responsible for funding programs, knowledge translation, provincial projects, and impact analysis.

Before joining MSFHR, Bev spent 13 years as a health communications and knowledge translation consultant, researcher and writer. She has held communications management positions in several not-for-profit organizations including The Arthritis Society and United Way of the Lower Mainland, and remains an active member of the health research community.

Bev received both her MA and PhD from SFU’s School of Communication and currently holds adjunct appointments at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interests include knowledge translation, discourse analysis, health communication, risk communication, and public involvement in health research. She is increasingly called on to publish and present internationally on how best to support the translation of research evidence into policy and practice, especially from a funder’s perspective

2009 Emergency Preparedness Conference Scholarship in Emergency Communication, Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Scarrow, G., Angus, D., Holmes, B.J. (2017) Reviewer training to assess knowledge translation in funding applications is long overdue. Research Integrity and Peer Review. 2:13. doi:10.1186/s41073-017-0037-8

Holmes, B.J., Best, A., Davies, H., Hunter, D.J., Kelly, M., Marshall, M., Rycroft-Malone, J. (2016) Mobilizing knowledge in complex health systems: A call to action. Evidence & Policy. doi:10.1332/174426416X14712553750311

Henrich, N., Holmes, B.J., Isaac-Renton, J., and Prystajecky, N. (2016) Exploring readiness for the adoption of new molecular water quality tests: Insights from interviews with policy makers, laboratory managers and watershed managers. Environment International, 12-20. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2016.01.001

Henrich, N., Holmes, B.J., and Prystajecky, N. (2015) Looking Upstream: Findings from Focus Groups on Public Perceptions of Source Water Quality in British Columbia, Canada. PLoS ONE, 10(11). doi:10.1371.journal.pone 0141533

Holmes, B.J., and Noel, K. (2015) Time to shift from systems thinking-talking to systems thinking-action. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, (4): 245-247. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2015.38
PMCID: PMC4380568

Barnes, R.O., Holmes, B.J., Lindstrom, R.R., Trytten, C., and Wale, M.C.J. (2015) Evidence-informed healthcare through integration of health research. Healthcare Management Forum, 28(2). doi:10.1177/0840470414562637

Holmes, B.J., Schellenberg, M., Schell, K., and Scarrow, G. (2014) How funding agencies can support research use in healthcare: an online province-wide survey to determine knowledge translation training needs. Implementation Science, 9:71. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-9-71

Dukeshire, S., Masakure, O., Mendoza, J., Holmes, B.J., and Murray, N. (2014) Understanding Consumer Choices for Local Ontario Produce. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 30(5): 439-449. doi:10.1017151742170514000234

Dunn, G., Henrich, N., Holmes, B.J., Harris, L., and Prystajecky, N. (2014) Microbial water quality communication: public and practitioner insights from British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Water and Health. doi:10.2166/wh.2014.126/JWH12.3

Henrich, N., and Holmes, B.J. (2012) Web news readers’ comments: Towards developing a methodology for using on-line comments in social inquiry. Journal of Media and Communication Studies, 5(1), 1-4. doi:10.5897/JMCS11.103

Holmes, B.J. (2012) A broader perspective on personalized medicine: Lessons from discourse analysis and knowledge translation. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 10(3): 179-181. doi:10.2174/187569212802510003

Holmes, B.J., Scarrow, G., and Schellenberg, M. (2012) Translating evidence into practice: the role of health research funders. Implementation Science, 7(39). doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-39

Henrich, N., and Holmes, B.J. (2011) What the public was saying about the H1N1 vaccine: Perceptions and issues discussed in on-line comments during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18479. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018479

Henrich, N., and Holmes, B.J. (2011) Communicating during a pandemic: Information the public wants about the disease and new vaccines and drugs. Health Promotion Practice, 12(4), 610-19.

Balka, E., Krueger, G., Holmes, B.J., and Stephen, J. (2010) Situating Internet use: Information-seeking among young women with breast cancer. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 15(3), 389-411.

Best, A., and Holmes, B.J. (2010) Systems thinking, knowledge and action: Towards better models and methods. Invited paper for special issue of Evidence and Policy, 6(2), 135-59.
Henrich, N., and Holmes, B.J. (2009) The public’s acceptance of novel vaccines during a pandemic: A focus group study and its application to influenza H1N1. Emerging Health Threats Journal, 2:e8. doi:10.3134/ehtj.09.008
Holmes, B.J. (2009) Canada’s obesity epidemic: Illustrating the subtleties of surveillance medicine. Critical Public Health, 19(2), 223-233.

Holmes, B.J., Henrich, N., Hancock, S., and Lestou, V. (2009) Communicating with the public during health crises: Experts’ experiences and opinions. Journal of Risk Research, 12(6), 793-807.

Holmes, B.J. (2008). Communicating about emerging infectious disease: The importance of research. Health, Risk & Society, 10,4, 349-360.

Best, A., Moor, G., Holmes, B.J., Clark, P.I., Bruce, T., Leischow, S., Buchholz, K., and Krajnak, J. (2003) Health promotion dissemination and systems thinking: Towards an integrative model. American Journal of Health Behavior, 27(3), S206-S216.

Best, A., Stokols, D., Green, L.W., Leischow, S., Holmes, B.J., and Buchholz, K. (2003) Health promotion and community partnering: translating theory into effective strategy. American Journal of Health Promotion, 18(2), 168-176.

Book Chapters

Riley, B., Willis, C.D., Holmes, B.J., Finegood, D., Best, A., and McIsaac, J.L.D. (2nd edition. 2018) Systems Thinking and Dissemination and Implementation Research. In Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Editors: R.C. Brownson, G.A. Colditz, E.K. Proctor. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dukeshire, S., Mendoza, J., Masakure, O., Holmes, B.J., Henson, S. (2016) Globavores, Localfors, and Locavores: How Canadians Perceive Local Food. Food Markets: Consumer Perceptions, Government Regulations and Health Impacts. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Holmes, B.J., Best, A., Finegood, D., and Riley, B. (2012) Systems Theory and Approaches to Dissemination and Implementation. In Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Editors: R.C. Brownson, G.A. Colditz, E.K. Proctor. (175-191). New York: Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

Paper presentation: Lead author “Knowledge-to-Action: Addressing Complex Problems in Health Systems”. Presented at Green paper stakeholder consultation, Health Foundation, London, UK – May 2015.

Opinion piece: “Stronger Voice for the Public Needed in Health Research” the Vancouver Sun – January 2014.

Book review: New Media & Society (2008): M. Murero, & R. Rice, (Eds.) (2006). The Internet and health care: Theory, research and practice. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

SPPH 581N Knowledge Translation in Population and Public Health

Risk communication
Health communication
Knowledge translation
Dissemination & implementation research
Discourse analysis
Qualitative research
Media studies
Strategic communication
Writing and editing
Public/Patient engagement