Leah Steele

Leah Steele MD,PhD
Assistant Professor
Contact Info
St. Michael's Hospital
Methadone Works
277 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON, M5B 2L6
Graduate Students
Summer Students
Research Interests
Addiction Medicine, Health Policy, Health Service Delivery, Mental Health, Social Determinants, Administrative Databases, Systematic Reviews, Disadvantaged Populations, Mixed Methods, Survey Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis, Qualitative Data Analysis

Dr. Steele received her MD from McMaster University in 1996. She completed her family medicine training at the University of Toronto in 1998 and then completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology in the Health Policy, Management and Evaluation program at the University of Toronto in 2003.
She practices addiction medicine at the Methadone Works program of Toronto Public Health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Steele is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies.  She is cross-appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the School of Graduate Studies.    


Research Synopsis

My research interests relate to the equitable delivery of mental health services with particular attention to socially disadvantaged populations.  I also conduct research on the relationship between sexual orientation and barriers to health service delivery.  Finally,  I enjoy research related to my clinical focus which is the provision of care to individuals with severe addictions.


Steele LS. Kalpin A. Development of BEYONDD:  a role-playing game designed to increase the effectiveness of drug treatment programs for adolescents and young adults. 2015-2016 Daniel Glazier Research Grant in Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

Steele LS, Curling D, Daley A, Gibson M, Green D, Williams C, Ross LE.  LGBT Identity, untreated depression and unmet need for mental health services in Ontario. Under revision for Journal of Women’s Health. Feb  2016 [PA]

Steele LS, Macdonald EM, Gomes T, Hollands S, Paterson JM, Mamdani MM, Juurlink DN. Rates of Anomalous Bupropion Prescriptions in Ontario, Canada.  Annals of Family Medicine. 2015;13(4): 343-346 

Steele LS, Durbin A, Lin E, Charles Victor J, Klein-Geltink J, Glazier RH, Zagorski B, Kopp A.  Primary care reform and service use by people with serious mental illness in Ontario.  Healthcare Policy. 2014:10(1)31;45

Steele LS, Durbin A, Sibley L, Glazier RH.  Inclusion of persons with mental illness in patient-centered medical homes: Cross-sectional findings from Ontario, Canada. Open Medicine February 11, 2013. Vol. 7(1), pp.9-20

Honours and Awards

The Daniel Glazier Grant  in Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 2015
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Career Scientist Award    2005-2011
College of Family Physicians of Canada: Janus Research Award     2010, 2006
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Fellowship    Training Fellowship    1998-2000
College of Family Physicians of Canada    Graduate Study Grant    1998