Rachelle Ashcroft

Title(s): 
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Wilfrid Laurier University; M.S.W, University of Manitoba; B.S.W, University of Manitoba
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Research Interests: 
  • Health equity
  • Primary health care
  • Interprofessional collaborative care
  • Primary mental health care
  • Social work practice in health care
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Intersections of practice and policy in health care
  • Qualitative research
Biography: 

Rachelle Ashcroft is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Dr. Ashcroft’s research focuses on a broad range of health care issues with particular interest in the integration of social work in primary health care settings. Dr. Ashcroft’s research also centres on improving quality of community-based mental health care, with emphasis on interprofessional primary health care models. As principal investigator, Dr. Ashcroft is conducting a qualitative investigation on the conditions that help support quality mental health care in Ontario Family Health Teams.

Dr. Ashcroft has more than 12 years of social work practice experience in various health care environments. She began her social work practice working in community HIV organizations and a residential community mental health setting. She then practiced as a social worker in Winnipeg’s Health Science Centre for ten years in areas including trauma, psychiatry, bone marrow transplant, nephrology, and neurosurgery.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Toronto, she was a faculty member in the School of Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo.

Dr. Ashcroft also completed the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) training program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) program through Western University. Dr. Ashcroft is a mentor of TUTOR-PHC.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Ashcroft, R., Kourgiantakis, T., & Brown, J. (2017). Social work’s scope of practice in the provision of primary mental health care: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open, 7, e019384.

Ashcroft, R., McMillan, C., Ambrose-Miller, W., McGee, R., & Brown, J. The emerging role of social work in primary health care: A survey of social workers in Ontario Family Health Teams. Health & Social Work. (in press)

Ashcroft, R., Van Katwyk, T., & Hogarth, K. An examination of the holism paradigm: A view of social work. Social Work in Public Health. Published online on August 17, 2017 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19371918.2017.1360818

Kennedy, L. & Ashcroft, R. (2017). Establishing optimal mental health care for common mental disorders in primary health care. Journal of Student Research, 6(1), 40-46.

Ashcroft, R., Menear, M., Silveira, J., Dahrouge, S., McKenzie, K. (2016). Incentives and disincentives for treating of depression and anxiety in Ontario Family Health Teams: protocol for a grounded theory study. BMJ Open, 6:e014623. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/11/e014623.full.pdf+html

Ashcroft, R., Silveira, J., & McKenzie, K. (2016). A qualitative study on incentives and disincentives for care of common mental disorders in Ontario Family Health Teams. Healthcare Policy, 12(1), 84-96.  http://www.longwoods.com/content/24778

Van Katwyk, T., & Ashcroft, R. (2016). Using participatory action research to access social work voices: acknowledging the fit. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 27(3), 191-204.

Ashcroft, R., & Van Katwyk, T. (2016). Joining the global conversation: social workers defining health using a participatory action research approach. British Journal of Social Work, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcw005

Ashcroft, R., & Van Katwyk, T. (2016). An examination of the biomedical paradigm: a view of social work. Social Work in Public Health, 31(3), 140-152.

Ambrose-Miller, W. & Ashcroft, R. (2016). Challenges faced by social workers as members of collaborative health care teams. Health & Social Work, doi:10.1093/hsw/hlw006

Ashcroft, R. (2015). Ontario’s Family Health Teams: politics within the model. Canadian Social Work Review, 32(2), 117-132.

Ashcroft, R., Seko, Y., Chan, L.F., Dere, J., Kim, J., & McKenzie, K. (2015). The mental health impact of bed bug infestations: a scoping review. International Journal of Public Health, 60(7), 827-837.

Ashcroft, R. (2015). Health promotion and primary health care: examining the discourse. Social Work in Public Health, 30(2), 107-116.

Ashcroft, R. (2014). Inadequate performance measures affecting practices, organizations, and outcomes of Ontario’s Family Health Teams. Healthcare Policy, 10(1), 86-96.

Ashcroft, R., Silveira, J., Rush, B., & McKenzie, K. (2014). Incentives and disincentives for the treatment of depression and anxiety: a scoping review. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59(7), 385-392.

Ashcroft, R. (2014). An evaluation of the public health paradigm: a view of social work. Social Work in Public Health, 29(6), 606-615.

Hogarth, K. & Ashcroft, R. (2013). In critical demand or crisis: exploring the identity and relevance of Canadian social work. Perspectives on Social Work, 9(2), 31-42.

Ashcroft, R. (2011). Health and wellbeing: starting with a critical pedagogical model. Social Work Education, 30(6), 610-622.

Ashcroft, R. (2010). Health inequities: an evaluation of two paradigms. Health & Social Work, 35(4), 249-256.

Ashcroft, R. (2009). Organ donor policy in Canada: valuing inclusion. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 62, 55-71.

External Research Grants: 

2015-2018
Principal Investigator – Rachelle Ashcroft (PI), Simone Dahrouge, Kwame McKenzie, Matthew Menear, Jose Silveira. Incentives and disincentives for treating depression and anxiety in Ontario Family Health Teams. CIHR Operating Grant.

2014
Principal Investigator – Rachelle Ashcroft (PI). Incentives and disincentives for treating depression and anxiety in Ontario Family Health Teams. CIHR Travel Grant.

2012
Co-Investigator – Moira Stewart (PI), Rachelle Ashcroft (Co-I), Bridget Ryan, Mary Forhan, Amanda Terry, Ruth Martin-Misener, Rowan Thomas, Julie Matthews. Catalyzing, Synergizing, and Mobilizing Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) Knowledge Translation Symposium. CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant.

2012-2013
Social Aetiology of Mental Health (SAMI) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, ON. CIHR STIHR.

2010-2011
Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR – PHC) Doctoral Fellowship, Western University, London, ON. CIHR STIHR.