Pierre-Gerlier Forest

Pierre-Gerlier Forest

  • Director, Institute for Health and Social Policy

  • Departmental Affiliation(s):

    Health Policy and Management (Primary)

    Contact Information

    624 N. Broadway
    Hampton House 380A
    Baltimore , Maryland   21205



    MA, Universite Laval, 1984
    PhD, Universite de Montreal, 1990


    Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest, PhD is the director of Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, PG Forest was the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian institution supporting policy innovation and the dissemination of actionable research results. After his appointment in 2006, he has drawn on his wide network of senior-level contacts in the public and private sector and within the academic community for fundraising and to support the Foundation’s engagement in such diverse areas as social policy, immigration, democratic reform, and Canada’s energy future. In 2003, PG Forest was appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair with Health Canada, the federal department of health, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006). As the principal scientific advisor to the Minister of Health, PG Forest was accountable for the quality and integrity of the scientific and regulatory research conducted by the department. PG Forest was also one of the architects of the Public Health Agency of Canada, established in 2004 to provide a national focal point for public health leadership, policy and planning at the national level. In 2001, PG Forest was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. As Director of Research, Dr. Forest was responsible for the evidence produced and used by the Commission and contributed directly to its publications, including the final report and recommendations. PG Forest started his academic career in 1986 at Universite de Montreal, as a lecturer with the Department of Health Administration. In 1990, he joined the Department of Political Science of Universite Laval, where he taught public management and social policy. Dr. Forest is author or co-author of more than a hundred and fifty scientific papers and books; among others, notably: Changing Health Care in Canada (Toronto, 2004) and Paradigm Freeze (Toronto, 2013). PG Forest holds adjunct professorships with the Faculty of Medicine, Universite de Montreal and the National School for Public Administration (Quebec). He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008.

    Honors and Awards

    Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2008 G.D.W. Cameron Chair. Health Canada, 2003-2005 Postdoctoral fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1989-1990 Doctoral fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1985-1987 Doctoral fellowship. Fonds F.C.A.C. (Quebec), 1984-1985 Merit Award (Italian). Societa Dante Alighieri (Italy), 1977

    Research Interests

    Policy capacity Health reform Public engagement Rights and democracy Climate and environmental issues


    • Pierre-Gerlier Forest. “’Citizens As Analysts’ Redux: Revisiting Aaron Wildavsky on Public Participation.” Journal of Public Deliberation 9, no 1 (2013), art. 7.
    • Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Jean-Louis Denis. “Real Reform in Health Systems: An Introduction.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 37, no 4 (2012), 575-586.
    • Julia Abelson, Mark E. Warren, and Pierre-Gerlier Forest. “The Future of Public Deliberation on Health Issues,” Hastings Center Report 42, no 2 (2012), 27-29.
    • Tom McIntosh and Pierre-Gerlier Forest. “Talking To and With Canadians: Citizen Engagement and the Politics of the Romanow Commission,” Southern Journal of Canadian Studies 3, no 1 (2010), 28-50.
    • Marie-Pascale Pomey, Steve Morgan, John Church, Pierre-Gerlier Forest, John N. Lavis, Tom McIntosh, Neale Smith, Jennifer Petrela, Elisabeth Martin and Sarah Dobson. “Do Provincial Drug Benefit Initiatives Create An Effective Policy Lab? The Evidence From Canada,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 35, no 5 (2010), 705-742. >Marie-Pascale Pomey, Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Claudia Sanmartin, Carolyn DeCoster, and Madeleine Drew. “Wait Time Management Strategies for Scheduled Care: What Makes Them Succeed?” Healthcare Policy 5, no 3 (2010), 66–81.