Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Infection Prevention & Control at Provincial Health Services Authority
Short Bio:

Dr Jocelyn Srigley is the corporate director of infection control for the Provincial Health Services Authority, and a medical microbiologist at BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests include hand hygiene, behaviour change and organisational culture.

Academic background

  • University of Toronto. MSc, Health Services Research. 2014
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Specialty certificate, Medical Microbiology. 2012
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Subspecialty certificate, Infectious Diseases. 2012
  • American Board of Internal Medicine. Board certification, Infectious Diseases. 2012
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Specialty certificate, Internal Medicine. 2010
  • American Board of Internal Medicine. Board certification, Internal Medicine. 2010
  • University of Toronto. MD (Honours). 2006
  • University of Waterloo. BA (Honours), Social Development Studies. 2002

Awards and Recognition

  • Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto. Thomas & Edna Naylor Award. 2014.
  • Community and Hospital Infection Control Association – Canada Annual Conference, Ottawa. Best First Time Abstract. 2013.
  • McMaster University Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology Residency Training Programs. Barry McTaggart Award. 2012.
  • McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education. Quality Assurance Award. 2012.
  • McMaster University Internal Medicine Program. Chief Medical Resident Teaching Award, Hamilton General Hospital. 2009.

Research Interest

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Hand hygiene
  • Behaviour change
  • Organizational culture


The field of infection prevention and control aims to prevent patients from getting infections in the hospital. We use interventions such as hand hygiene, isolation precautions, and environmental cleaning in order to accomplish this. In the past, much of our work has involved developing policies and educating healthcare workers, but we know that people do not always comply and infections continue to occur. My research focuses on novel ways to change the behaviour of healthcare workers and patients and to change the culture of an organization in order to achieve the goal of reducing infections.

I am also interested in new technologies to monitor hand hygiene compliance. Currently we determine if healthcare workers are cleaning their hands appropriately by watching them, but this is not always accurate. Systems that monitor hand hygiene using technologies such as real-time locating systems and video monitoring may be more accurate and can potentially be used as tools for improvement. I am interested in carrying out evaluations of these systems to confirm their utility.

Current Projects

  • Systematic review of organizational culture change strategies to improve healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance. Culture change strategies, such as positive deviance and frontline ownership, are emerging as promising tools to bring about improvements in hand hygiene. We are reviewing the literature to find published and unpulished reports of these strategies in order to guide future research in this field.
  • Mixed methods study of hand hygiene attitudes, knowledge, and practices of hospital inpatients. We are conducting a quantitative survey and qualitative analysis of interviews in order to assess what patients understand about cleaning their own hands while in the hospital and what are the potential barriers that prevent them from doing so.

Teaching Interest

Teaching interests: infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship