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Dr. Beth Payne

Research Associate

School of Population and Public Health

Faculty of Medicine


Beth Payne is a research associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC) 's School of Populaiton and Public Health. Her qualifications are a PhD from UBC (supervised by P vonDadelszen) and BSc (honours) from the University of Waterloo. Beth’s doctoral research was in the area of reproductive biology and epidemiology and included development, validation and pilot testing of the miniPIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk) model and conversion of this model into a mobile health decision aid for use by community health workers in low-resourced settings.

Throughout her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship, Beth has worked as a research manager in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology coordinating multiple studies of diverse methodology, most notably the CLIP (Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia) cluster randomized controlled trial in Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan and India funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the PIERS on the Move study funded by Saving Lives and Birth. As a graduate student she received several awards including the Women’s Health Research Foundation doctoral award for best poster at the Canadian Health Sciences Student Foundation annual poster competition; the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) award for excellence in research methodology and the CFRI award for outstanding achievement as a Masters student. Her most notable achievement last year was the birth of her daughter Zoe, which has resulted in a break in her research career over the past six months.

Beth’s research focus as she moves into the final phase of her training will be development of methods for updating decision support tools after their implementation and evaluating the process of successful implementation and sustainability of mobile health tools in low-resourced settings. Beth was awarded a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship to support her ongoing research in this area. Beth has published 41 peer-reviewed papers since beginning graduate school at UBC 6 years ago.