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I am a clinical psychologist by training. I was in the Departments of Psychiatry and of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster between 1968 and 1998. I then became the Vice President of Research and the founding director of the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit at Baycrest Hospital, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto for 10 years. At the current time, I work part-time at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto, and am the senior editor of Health Reports, published by Statistics Canada. I have written or edited 9 books and published approximately 400 articles, mostly in the areas of statistics, research methodology, scale development, and psychiatric epidemiology.

Featured Publications

  • Streiner, D. L. (2013). A guide to the statistically perplexed: Selected readings for clinical researchers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Norman, G. R., & Streiner, D. L. (2014). Biostatistics: The bare essentials (4th ed.). Shelton, CT: PMPH, USA.
  • Streiner, D. L., Norman, G. R., & Cairney, J. (2015). Health measurement scales: A practical guide to their development and use (5th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Streiner, D. L. (2013). Ethical issues in measurement studies. In G. M. Ronen & P. L. Rosenbaum (Eds.). Life quality outcomes in young people with neurological and developmental conditions (pp. 249-261). London: Mac Keith Press.
  • Streiner, D. L. (2014). Measures of frequency, effect, and outcome. In K. Bassil & D. Zabkiewicz (Eds.). Health research methods: A Canadian perspective (pp. 191-210). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • C. Psych., 1970
  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1968
  • M.S., Syracuse University, 1965
  • B.A., City College of New York, 1963

Research Areas

Scale construction, statistics, methodology, quality of life, housing the homeless mentally ill.

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