Jennifer Hensel, MD, MSc
Dr. Hensel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Psychiatry. She joined the faculty in April 2017, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She obtained her medical degree in 2008 and completed residency training in Psychiatry in 2013, both at the University of Toronto. During residency, she completed the Clinician Scientist Program and a Masters degree in Health Services Research from the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. After residency, she completed a 1-year research fellowship in Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems. Before coming to Manitoba, she worked for 3 years in outpatient general psychiatry, and was the mental health lead for the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care.

Dr. Hensel is an general adult psychiatrist with interests in emergency, outpatient care, health systems solutions and innovative care delivery. Her experience includes work with administrative data, program design and implementation, use of innovative design and evaluation methods, quality improvement, and clinical trials. Her clinical practice focusses on rapid access to assessment and treatment, and use of e-health tools, including telemedicine and e-consultation, to deliver and co-ordinate care. She is interested in the adoption of virtual care, including telehealth, eConsult and mobile applications to enhance mental health care.

Dr. Hensel currently holds the Department of Psychiatry Frank J Clancy Memorial Research Fund, and the University of Manitoba Gerry McDole Professorship in Improved Healthcare Delivery to Rural, Remote and Underserved Populations of Manitoba.

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Selected publications:


Hensel JM, Shaw J, Jeffs L, et al. (2016) A pragmatic randomized control trial and realist evaluation on the implementation and effectiveness of an internet application to support self-management among individuals seeking specialized mental health care: a study protocol. BMC Psychiatry. 2016; 16:350.


Hensel, J.M., Taylor, V.H., Fung, K., Vigod, S. (2016) Rates of Mental Illness and Addiction among High-Cost Users of Medical Services in Ontario, Can J Psychiatry, 61(6):358-366.


Rai M, Vigod SN, Hensel JM. (2016) Barriers to office-based mental health care and interest in e-communication with providers. JMIR Mental Health, 3(3):e35.


Durbin, A., Durbin, J., Hensel, J. M., Deber, R. (2016) Barriers and enablers to integrating mental health and addictions in primary care settings: A policy analysis, J Behav Health Serv Res, 2016 Jan;43(1):127-39 doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9359-6.


Bhattacharrya, O., Hayden, L., Hensel, J. (2015) Health Services and Designing for Uncertainty: How a “lean startup” approach can help create an effective community-based program, Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 2015. Available at:


University Rank: Assistant Professor

Clinical/Academic/Administrative Responsibilities
HSC Emergency Department and Crisis Response Centre
Psychiatry Urgent Referral Clinic
Medical Director, Adult Telemental Health
Health Services Research/Innovation

Contact Information

PZ407 PsycHealth Centre
771 Bannatyne Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB.,R3E 3N4
Phone: (204)787-7431
Fax: 204-787-4879