Devon Greyson

Assistant Professor
N336 Integrative Learning Center
Spring 2019 office hours: Tue 2:30-4:00, W 1:00-2:30
413 545-6332

I study what people do with information and when this matters to health and social equity. My doctoral research focused on the population of young parents and my postdoctoral research studied the topic of vaccine hesitancy and confidence. Current work continues to explore the ways people and health systems negotiate contested knowledge in everyday life, and how information could be used more effectively to promote the health of populations. Primarily a qualitative methodologist, I also have an interest in arts-based methods and in knowledge translation and exchange.

Health-realated information practices (seeking, encountering, assessment, management, sharing, and use) of youth, parents, and families; Information interventions (surveillance and communication) for population and public health; Health information ethics; Information use and decision-making related to GLBTQ health, reproductive health, parenting, vaccination, cannabis


PhD (2015) University of British Columbia / Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis: population and public health, information behaviour, gender)

MLIS (2006) University of British Columbia / Library and Information Studies (emphasis: youth services, intellectual freedom, information policy)

BA (Hons.) (1997) Oberlin College / Women's Studies, Music

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Health Communication; Gender and Interpersonal Communication; Health Information Interventions. Graduate: Qualitative Research Methods



Greyson, D. (in press). Information triangulation: A complex and agentic everyday information practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology.

Greyson, D., Knight, R., & Shoveller, J. (in press). Ethics, effectiveness, and population health information interventions: A Canadian analysis. Health Promotion International.

Clark. B., Veale, J, Greyson, D., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Primary care access and foregone care: A survey of transgender adolescents and young adults. Family Practice, cmx112. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx112.

Greyson, D. (2017). Health information practices of young parents. Journal of Documentation, 73(5), 7778-802. doi:10/1108/JD-07-2016-0089.

Greyson, D., O’Brien, H., & Shoveller, J. (2017). Information world mapping: A participatory arts-based elicitation device for information behavior interviews. Library & Information Science Research, 39(2), 149-157. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2017.03.003.

Carson, A., Chabot, C., Greyson, D., Shannon, K., Duff, P., & Shoveller, J. A. (2017). A narrative analysis of the birth stories of early-age mothers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(6), 816-831. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12518

Greyson, D., & Johnson, J. L. (2016). The role of information in health behavior: A scoping study and discussion of major public health models. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(12), 2831-2841. doi:10.1002/asi.23392

Bettinger, J., Greyson D., & Money, D. (2016). Attitudes and beliefs of pregnant women regarding influenza vaccination in British Columbia. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 39(11), 1045–1052. doi:10.1016/j.jogc.2016.08.004

Shoveller, J. A., Viehbeck, S., Di Ruggiero, E., Greyson, D., Thomson, K., & Knight, R. (2016). A critical examination of representations of context within research on population health interventions.  Critical Public Health, 26(5), 487-500. doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1117577

Di Ruggiero, E., Viehbeck, S. M., & Greyson, D. (2014). Knowledge dissemination and utilization. Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0106

Knight, R., Shoveller, J., Greyson, D., Kerr, T., Gilbert, M., & Shannon, K. (2013). Advancing population and public health ethics regarding HIV testing: A scoping review. Critical Public Health, 23(3). doi:10.1080/09581596.2013.800188

Greyson, D., Surette, S., Dennett, L., & Chatterley, T. (2013). “You’re just one of the group when you’re embedded”: Report from a mixed-method investigation of the research-embedded health librarian experience. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(4), 287–297. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.010

Greyson, D., Cunningham, C., & Morgan, S. (2012). Information behaviour of Canadian pharmaceutical policy makers. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29(1), 16-27. doi:10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00969.x

Greyson, D., Becu, A., & Morgan, S. (2010). Sex, drugs and gender roles: Mapping the use of sex and gender based analysis in pharmaceutical policy research. International Journal of Equity in Health, 9(26).

Greyson, D. (2010). Non-biomedical sources for systematic reviews of pharmaceutical policy. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 98(1), 85-87.

Greyson, D., Vézina, K., Taylor, D., Morrison, H., & Black, C. (2009). University supports for open access: A Canadian national survey. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 39(3), 1-32.

Greyson, D. (2007). GLBTQ content in comics/graphic novels for teens. Collection Building, 26(4), 130-134.


O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2018). Diverse information needs. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services, 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2015, June). Information needs of diverse users. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 119-129.

Current Projects: 

Here is a closer look at some of my recent work.