Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Melanie Barwick

Melanie Barwick Melanie Barwick is a Registered Psychologist with a primary role as a Health Systems Scientist in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is an Associate Scientist and inaugural Director of Knowledge Translation in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of SickKids’ Research Institute, and holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Since joining SickKids in 2001 she has led Ontario’s outcome measurement initiative to implement an outcome measure in 117 children’s mental health service provider organizations across the province, requiring the reliability and clinical training of over 5,000 practitioners.  Her team supports training, implementation, and data analysis for the province and service providers.

In this practice context she studies innovative health knowledge translation strategies and has developed the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training program. Melanie is the lead author of the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (SKTT) course and Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (KTPC). Her program of research is in implementation science. She is now funded to lead a 5-year CIHR Emerging Team in Knowledge Translation for Child and Youth Mental Health that will develop and evaluate an innovative implementation model to bring evidence based practices into both the children’s mental health and education sectors.  Her program of research is in the areas of knowledge transfer, implementation science, and organizational change, with a particular focus on the transfer of evidence-based interventions and research to mental health practice and the development of innovative knowledge translation approaches.

Melanie consults to the child and youth mental health sector and is a regular contributor to the CBC Health Weekly Check Up, and is also actively involved as a member of the steering committee of the Ontario Knowledge Transfer & Exchange Community of Practice (KTE CoP).

Melanie Barwick is an experienced researcher and leader in Knowledge Mobilization, and I’m pleased to present her as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.

3 responses to “Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Melanie Barwick

  1. researchimpact March 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    It’s great to see Melanie featured among your mobilizers. I have worked with Melanie on the KTE CoP and the KT Professional Certificate. Her leadership in KMb training has created a unique role for her skills and talent in Canada. Her professionalism matched (outmatched) by her energy and fun outside of the KMb experience.

  2. KMbeing March 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Melanie is always a great example of one of the professionals driving the field of knowledge mobilization forward. I agree that her energy, intelligence and dedication to her work makes her an outstanding KMb leader.

  3. Pingback: Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: Jane Brenneman Gibson « KMbeing

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