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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Robin Hayeems, PhD, ScM

Research Institute
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation

Other Positions
SickKids Centre for Genetic Medicine

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309259
Fax: 416-813-5979
Email: robin.hayeems@sickkids.ca

For more information, visit:

Hayeems Lab website


Brief Biography

Dr. Robin Hayeems is a Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hayeems is trained in genetic counselling (Sc.M., Johns Hopkins University), public health and bioethics (PhD, University of Toronto), health policy research (University of Toronto, IHPME Postdoctoral Fellowship), and health services research (University of Toronto, Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship).

Dr. Hayeems’ research focuses on the development and implementation of high-quality screening and diagnostic tools for the maternal-child health context. Using applied health services and policy research methods, her work focuses on the delivery, evaluation, and governance of genomic and other screening/diagnostic tools in the prenatal, newborn, and early childhood periods. As a member of the Ontario Maternal Child Screening Advisory Committee, her work informs and is informed by policy development in this area.

Research Interests

  • Evaluating genomic screening and diagnostic technologies in maternal-child health
  • Understanding delivery, financing, governance, and ethics arrangements implicated in the use of genomic technologies
  • Applied health services and policy research methods, mixed methods

External Funding

  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Foundation/CIHR Institute of Human Development - Child and Youth Health New Investigator Award
  • McLaughlin Centre, University of Toronto
  • Norm Saunders Complex Care Initiative, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)


New Investigator Funding:

  • The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Foundation/CIHR Institute of Human Development - Child and Youth Health New Investigator Award

Post-doctoral Funding:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) Capacity for Applied and Developmental Research and Evaluation (CADRE) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2010)


Hayeems RZ, Babul-Hirji R, Hoang N, Weksberg R, Shuman C. Parents' experience with pediatric microarray: transferrable lessons to the era of genomic counseling. Journal of Genetic Counseling 2015 Aug 12.

Miller FA, Hayeems RZ, Bombard Y, Cressman C, Barg CJ, Carroll JC, Wilson BJ, Little J, Allanson J, Chakraborty P, Giguère Y, Regier DA. Public Perceptions of the Benefits and Risks of Newborn Screening.  Pediatrics. 2015 Aug;136(2).

Hayeems RZ, Campitelli M, Ma X, Huang T, Walker M, Guttmann A. Rates of prenatal screening across health care regions in Ontario, Canada: a retrospective cohort study. Canadian Medical Association Journal Open 2015 Jun 11.

Miller FA, Cressman C, Hayeems RZ. Governing Expanded Newborn Screening: An International Comparison. Can J Public Health 2015 Jun; 106(4).

Bowdin S, Hayeems RZ, Monfared N, Cohn R, Meyn MS. The SickKids Genome Clinic: Developing and evaluating a pediatric model for individualized genomic medicine. Clinical Genetics 2015 Feb 25.  

Moore Hepburn C, Cohen E, Bhawra J, Weiser N, Hayeems RZ, Guttmann A. Health system strategies supporting transition to adult care. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2015 Feb 16.

Hayeems RZ, Hoang N, Chenier S, Stavropoulos J, Pu S, Wodak S, Weksberg R, Shuman C. Capturing the clinical utility of genomic testing: medical management following pediatric microarray. European Journal of Human Genetics 2014 Dec 10.

Nicholls SG, Tessier L, Etchegary H, Brehaut JC, Potter BK, Hayeems RZ, Chakraborty P, Marcadier J, Milburn J, Pullman D, Turner L, Wilson BJ. Stakeholder attitudes towards the role and application of informed consent for newborn bloodspot screening: a study protocol.  BMJ Open. 2014 Nov 24;4(11).

Anderson JA, Hayeems RZ, Shuman C Szego MJ1, Monfared N, Bowdin S, Shaul RZ.  Meyn MS. Predictive genetic testing for adult-onset disorders in minors: A critical analysis of the arguments for and against the 2013 ACMG guidelines.  Clinical Genetics 2014 Jul 21.

Szego MJ1, Meyn MS, Anderson JA, Hayeems RZ, Shuman C, Monfared N, Bowdin S, Shaul RZ. Predictive genomic testing of children for adult onset disorders: a Canadian perspective. American Journal Bioethics. 2014 Mar;14(3):19-21.