Stephanie Frisbee


Associate Professor
Cross Appointment, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

BSc, MSc University of Guelph
MA, PhD West Virginia University

Office: Dental Sciences Building, Room 4041
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext. 87977

Research Activities

Keywords: Cardiovascular health and disease, stroke, depression, CVD risk factors, social determinants of health, population health and epidemiology, health outcomes, health policy, health system, clinical and translational sciences.

Dr. Frisbee completed her BSc at the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences, followed by an MSc in Consumer Policy and Affairs with a focus on applied economics.  Dr. Frisbee completed an MA in Political Science (American Politics and Policy) and a PhD in Public Policy Analysis, with a specialization in Health Policy, from the West Virginia University.

Following completion of her MSc, Dr. Frisbee worked as a research manager at the University of Washington in the Department of Bioengineering.  In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Frisbee’s career developed in a clinical setting, starting in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department and continuing in the Quality and Outcomes division at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Rapid interest in and need for quantitative evaluation of the quality and outcomes of health care resulted in brisk expansion of this division, and Dr. Frisbee rising to the level of manager of the Outcomes Department at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and also the National Outcomes Center, then part of Children’s Hospital and Health System.  Following a relocation to the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in 2004, Dr. Frisbee’s career continued to evolve and she became a member of faculty in the Department of Health Policy, Leadership and Management in the newly formed School of Public Health, contributing extensively to the programmatic and curricular design and implementation that ultimately resulted in full CEPH accreditation for the new School.  In addition to developing curricula and courses for the School of Public Health, Dr. Frisbee contributed substantially to the creation of a novel PhD program in Clinical and Translational Sciences.  At WVU, Dr. Frisbee was also a core member of faculty in the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences Center, and was a researcher associated with the C8 Health Project. 

Since 2016, Dr. Frisbee has been a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.  She is deeply invested in educational program development and delivery, serving as a core member of the One Health program and as the creator of the new Clinical and Translational Sciences Graduate Program at Western.  Dr. Frisbee’s research program, which has extensive participation with undergraduate trainees, focusses on the determinants of cardiovascular health and disease, working across the translational research spectrum with collaborators including basic, clinical, and population scientists on projects ranging from animal models of metabolic-induced cardiovascular disease and depression, cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention, stroke and dementia, assessments and quantitative evaluation of vascular function, cardiovascular health, cardio-oncology, and the social determinants of cardiovascular health and disease.  Dr. Frisbee has served on a variety of peer review groups, highlighted by her service as the Statistical Review Editor for Hematology Journals for Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, and on multiple study sections for the American Heart Association and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Dr. Frisbee’s expertise and projects include:

  • Population health, health policy analysis, complex statistical and epidemiologic analysis, clinical and translational science
  • Assessing the prevalence, distribution and factors associated with cardiovascular health in Canadians, including the development of the Canadian Cardiovascular Health Index (CCVHI), an adaptation of the Cardiovascular Health Index originally developed by the American Heart Association
  • The impact of health care quality and health systems on population health and health outcomes
  • Quality and outcomes in cardiovascular rehabilitation programs
  • The prevalence and burden of poor cardiovascular health combined with stroke, dementia, and depression in Canadians
  • Assessing vascular function and the vascular determinants of cardiovascular disease in patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Complex statistical modeling of determinants of cardiovascular health in basic science research