I am an occupational therapist and Knowledge Broker/Facilitator with the Child Development & Rehabilitation Evidence Centre at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, a Clinical Investigator with the Child & Family Research Institute, and a clinical faculty member with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. I coordinate the Knowledge Broker Initiative and the Student Evidence Informed Practice Initiative through the Evidence Centre, whose mandate is to facilitate evidence informed health care within the health centre as well as with our provincial community partners.
My research interests stem from my clinical experience as a pediatric occupational therapist implementing new technologies and interventions into practice, and my appreciation for the needs of clinicians with respect to supporting practice change and the integration of evidence into clinical decision-making.
I have been involved in the development, testing and implementation of virtual reality & gaming systems for neurorehabilitation, as well as in the development of resources and tools to support the technology’s clinical implementation, in both my clinical and research roles. I have also been heavily involved in the development of online resources, learning opportunities and processes for clinicians across the health professions to facilitate evidence informed practice.
My goal is to support clinicians in accessing clinically relevant evidence, information and tools to enhance the efficiency of their learning and to enable them to make informed decisions about their treatment programs. As the rehabilitation landscape continues to rapidly evolve, these supports are becoming more critical to bridge the gap between research and practice.