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Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi, Eng., Ph. D.


Tel.: (418) 663-5933


Twitter: @RahimiSamira



Postdoctoral Student

Research Advisor: Dr France Légaré, MD, PhD, Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval.


Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval



Professional affiliations

  • Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l’Université Laval (CERSSPL-UL)
  • Réseau 1 Québec
  • Québec SPOR SUPPORT unit
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec - Student member
  • Founder and President, IEEE Young Professionals, Quebec section (2017 - Present) 
  • Founder and President, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Quebec section (2014 - Present)  



  • PhD in Industrial and System Engineering - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Université Laval, Quebec, Quebec (2016)
  • BEng in Industrial and System Engineering - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan (2011)
  • Master certificate in Healthcare Leadership: Focus on Change Leadership certificate- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2016)
  • Diploma in Operational Research, The Canadian Operational Research Society, Université Laval, Quebec (2014)
  • Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario (2017)


·   Co-I and co-leader, Research Grant, CIHR Catalyst Grant: Personalized Health Catalyst Grants, (2018-2020, $200K)

·  Co-I and co-leader, Research Grant, CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants, (2018-2019, $20K)

· Co-PI and co-leaderResearch Grant, CERSSPL-UL Strategic Research Development Fund (2017-2018, $14,442)

·  Co-I, Research Grant, Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO)–FRQNT, (2018-2020)

·   Co-I, Research Grant, CIHR (2017-2018, $25K)

·  Travel Scholarship, North American Primary Care Research Group PBRN Conf. Travel Scholarship, (May 2017) 

  • Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Travel Grant, ( Jan. 2017)
  • Travel Grant, Quebec Population Health Research Network (RRSPQ), (Nov. 2016)
  • Doctoral Scholarship - Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabililation and Social Integration, IRDPQ, (2014-2016)
  • Travel Grant, Association of Graduate Students in Science and Engineering of Laval University, (Oct. 2016)
  •  Travel Grant, l’association des étudiantes et des étudiants de Laval inscrits aux études supérieures, (Sep. 2016)
  •  IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership Appreciation Award, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  •  Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  •  Graduate Student Funding, Canadian Operational Research Society, (May 2016)
  •  Appreciation Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers de Québec, (Mar. 2016)
  •  Exemption from differential tuition fee for international students (Extendible for 6 years) Université Laval, (2012- 2016)
  •  Women in Engineering Prize (IEEE Canada), (Apr. 2015)
  •  Innovation Prize (Provincial Competition), Tabriz University, (Oct. 2011)

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Research Interests

  • Shared Decision Making
  • Patient Decision Aids
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Health System Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Risk Management
  • eHealth and Artificial Intelligence

Research projects

  1.      PEGASUS  (Personalized genomics for prenatal aneuploidy screening using maternal blood): (i) Development/updating of KT tools (patient decision aid, educational videos). (ii) Development of a continuous professional training program for healthcare providers (physicians, gynecologists and midwives) in prenatal screening context with the aim of promoting shared decision making among them.

    2.    Acceptability and usability of a decision aid in the prenatal screening contextThe aim of this qualitative research is to:  (i) Evaluate acceptability and usability of the newly developed patient decision aid among pregnant women and their partners in Quebec. (ii) Identify the preferences and needs of couples in prenatal testing and factors that could improve the new patient decision aid.

    3.  APP4WE (Analytical mobile aPPlication to support shared decision making FOR pregnant WomEn): Overal objective of this project is to develop and evaluate an analytical app (using multiple criteria decision analysis and based on newly developed patient decision aid) which will empower women and their partners to engage in SDM with their healthcare providers, and to promote its implementation in the context of population-based prenatal screening programs in the province of Quebec.

    4.     INTELLIGENT-CARE: Artificial INTELLIGENce for efficient community based primary healTh CARE: Overall aim of this international project (Canada, United Sates, Iran and Spain) is to lay the groundwork for future studies on the use of artificial intelligence in community based primary health care.

    5. Annual Iranian Shared Decision Making training workshops:


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