BA (Psychology), MA (Program Evaluation), PhD (Educational Psychology)
Rm 163, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048229251
fax: 6048223328

I am a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health and Founding Director, Evaluation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.  My primary areas of expertise are in health promotion, population health and program evaluation.  My research focuses on evaluating the impact of health programs and policies, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and health services.  I am also conducting studies to evaluate the impact of medical school initiatives implemented in response to health care professional shortages in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada



Rusticus S, Lovato CY. Impact of Sample Size and Variability on the Power and Type I Error Rates of Equivalence Test: A Simulation Study. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation. 2014:19 (11), 1-10

Lovato CY, Watts A, Brown S, Lee D, Sabiston C, Nykiforuk C, Eyles J, Manske S, Campbell S, Tompson M. School and Community Predictors of Smoking: A Longitudinal Study of Canadian High Schools. American Journal of Public Health. 2013:103 (2), 362-8.

Toomey T, Lovato CY, Hanlon N, Poole G, Bates J. Impact of a Regional Distributed Medical Education Program on an Underserved Community: Community Leader Perceptions.  Academic Medicine. 2013:88 1-8.

Peterson LN, Eva K, Rusticus S, Lovato CY. The Readiness for Clerkship Survey: Can Self-Assessment Data Be Used to Evaluate Program Effectiveness? Academic Medicine. 2012:87(10), 1355-60.

Toomey P, Hanlon N, Bates J, Poole G, Lovato CY. Exploring the role of social capital in supporting a regional medical education campus: Who benefits? Rural and Remote Health. 2011:11:1774. (Online)

Lovato C, Watts A, Stead LF. Impact of tobacco advertising and promotion on increasing adolescent smoking behaviours. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Oct 5;(10):CD003439.

Orzanco MG, Lovato C, Bates J, Slade S, Grand’Maison P, Vanasse A. Nature and nurture in the family physician’s choice of place of practice. Rural and Remote Health 2011:11:1849. (online journal)

Lovato CY. Needs assessment. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Public Health. Oxford Press, 2011.

Kling RN, Yassi A, Smailes E. Lovato CY, Koehoorn M. Evaluation of a violence risk assessment system (the Alert System) for reducing violence in an acute hospital: A before and after study. Int J Nurs Stud 2011;48(5):534-9.

Rusticus SA, Lovato CY. Applying tests of equivalence for multiple group comparisons: Demonstration of the confidence interval approach. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation. 2011:16(7). Available online:

Lovato CY, Zeisser C, Campbell HS, Watts AW, Halpin P, Thompson M, Eyles J, Adlaf E, Brown KS. Adolescent smoking: Effect of school and community characteristics. Am J Prev Med 2010;39(6):507-514.

Watts AW, Lovato CY, Card A, Manske S. Do students’ perceptions of school smoking policies influence where students smoke?: Canada’s Youth Smoking Survey. Cancer Causes & Control 2010:21(12),2085.

Lovato CY, Pullman AW, Halpin P, Zeisser C, Nykiforuk CIJ, Best F, Diener A, Manske S. The influence of school policies on smoking prevalence among student in grades 5-9, Canada, 2004-2005. Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(6).

Sabiston CM, Lovato CY, Ahmed R, Pullman AW, Hadd V, Campbell HS, Nykiforuk C, Brown KS. School smoking policy characteristics and individual perceptions of the school tobacco context: are they linked to students’ smoking status? J Youth and Adolesc. 2009 Nov;38 (10):1374-87.

Kling RN, Yassi, A, Smailes E, Lovato CY, Koehoorn M. Characterizing violence in health care in British Columbia. J Adv Nursing. 2009:65(8):1655-1663.

Lovato CY, Bates J, Hanlon N, Snadden D. Evaluating distributed medical education: what are the community’s expectations? Med Educ. 2009;43(5):457-461.

Lovato CY, Murphy CC. Comparability of student performance and experiences in UBC’s Distributed MD Undergraduate Program: The First Two Years of Implementation. Br Columbia Med J. 2008;50(7):378-381.

Bates J, Lovato CY, Buller-Taylor T. Minding the gap: Seven key issues in aligning medical education and health care policy. Healthcare Policy.2008;4(2):46-58.

Baillie LE, Lovato CY, Taylor E, Rutherford MB, Smith M. The pit and the pendulum: The impact on teen smokers of including a designated smoking area in school tobacco control policy. Health Educ Res. 2008;23(6):1008-1015.

SPPH 506 Program Planning and Evaluation
SPPH 540 Program Planning and Evaluation
SPPH 553 Program Planning and Evaluation