Liz Darling has a BArtsSc Hons (McMaster University, 1994), a BHSc in Midwifery (McMaster, 1997), a MSc in Health Research Methodology (McMaster, 2007), and a PhD in Population Health (University of Ottawa, 2014). During her doctoral studies, she held a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR), and was awarded (but declined) a CIHR Health Professional Fellowship.
Liz was a part-time Lecturer (2005-08) and then Assistant Professor (2008-16) in the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University prior to joining the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster as a full-time Associate Professor in 2017. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and holds an Associate appointment in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University.
Liz has been an active representative of the midwifery profession at the provincial and national level, including serving as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System. From 2008-15 she chaired the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee at the Association of Ontario Midwives. She currently is a member of the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives.
Her research focuses on maternal-newborn health services. Areas of interest include: midwifery services, health disparities, access to care, health policy, and perinatal health surveillance. She has particular expertise in the midwifery data collected in Ontario’s perinatal registry (BORN-Ontario).