Alicia Polachek completed Bachelor of Arts (2010) and Master of Arts (2012) degrees in Sociology and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration, all through the University of Calgary. She has a strong background in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods, with her primary research interests focusing on professionals’ well-being and the intersection of gender, work, and health.
Alicia has been with W21C since 2011 and has worked on diverse research projects in the areas of physician wellness, program or policy evaluation and development, and socially vulnerable populations with high health system utilization. Her work has contributed to several papers, including high-impact publications such as a paper in the Lancet Planetary Health on antimicrobial resistance and an award-winning paper on patients’ perceptions of physician wellness. This paper received the 2018 Physician Well-Being Article Award from The WellMD Center at Stanford Medicine for the most impactful article of the year in the field of physician wellness.
Since joining the W21C team, Alicia has been in an evolving role with the centre, moving into project coordination, grant management, and staff mentorship. Alicia currently serves as the Program Manager for Well Doc Alberta, which is housed within the W21C. Alongside Dr. Jane Lemaire, Alicia co-leads the initiative which is focused on developing a collaborative, pan-provincial approach to physician wellness. She also continues to oversee the provider wellness research portfolio and the Connect 2 Care (C2C) research program, in addition to being a member of the W21C operations team.