Research Management Committee

Kids Brain Health Network’s Research Management Committee is a standing advisory committee to the Board of Directors responsible for providing oversight and direction on the execution and progress of Network research programs and projects.

Désiréé is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration. Her research focuses on outcome measures related to mobility in children with Cerebral Palsy and on the determinants and effects of physical activity in individuals with motor impairment. She is also a licensed physical therapist with 20 years of clinical experience in pediatric rehabilitation.
Jake is a Professor of School Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. He is the founder and director of the McGill Youth Study Team (MYST) and a co-investigator on three past and current national networks funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research – the Autism Research Training Program, the National Network on Aboriginal Mental Health, and Roots of Resilience (co-funded by the Medical Research Council of New Zealand).
Mary has worked for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in a variety of roles since 1980, where she has supported the promotion of children’s health through the application of her skills in research and knowledge development. Since 2002, Mary has managed the FASD Initiative within the Public Health Agency of Canada, with a focus on prevention of future alcohol affected births, improvement of outcomes for those affected, and development of prevalence and cost data for Canada.
Lucy received her doctoral degree from The University of London, England and completed post-doctoral training in human genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. The major focus of Dr. Osborne’s research is chromosome rearrangements of human chromosome 7q11.23, with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of the resulting neurodevelopmental disorders. Her lab is at the forefront of research into the deletion disorder Williams syndrome, and has helped elucidate the range of complex chromosomal rearrangements associated with this part of chromosome 7.
Vivien obtained a BA/BPHE degree from Queen’s University and completed the course requirements for an MSc at Dalhousie Universities, specializing in adapted physical education and coaching science. She founded a community-based gymnastics centre in 1986 which offers a wide range of instructional, competitive and specialized programs in gymnastics. In 2002, she established a program for children living with autism and other NDD, known as Empowering Steps.  This reflects her philosophy of promoting optimal development of all children and youth, regardless of their level of ability or disability.
Laura Williams is Director, Patient Engagement University Health Network. Laura has worked extensively in the field of healthcare in adult and pediatric settings in both frontline and leadership roles. She has successfully implemented new programming in several healthcare settings, with a specialty in family supports and family-centered care integration. Laura is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Family Advisory Network and co-ordinates the annual symposium on family-centered care in pediatric health systems. Along with her professional knowledge, Laura brings the user experience to the table as the parent of a child with disabilities.
Nicky brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and executive leadership roles in public health and health research administration. Returning to Canada after three years in Australia driving research and innovation projects at Murdoch University and leading research development at the renowned Telethon Kids Institute, Nicky is uniquely and ideally positioned to guide KBHN, having served four years as the inaugural executive director of the Network from its inception as NeuroDevNet. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance leading the development of a national breast cancer research framework. Her past positions have also included Director of Research for Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada and Assistant Director to CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. A graduate of Dalhousie University, she holds an MSc in the health field, and was predominately educated in the UK.
Dr. James Reynolds is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.Sc., 1982, Ph.D., 1987). He completed his postdoctoral training at the Addiction Research Foundation and the University of Toronto. Dr. Reynolds’ first faculty position was at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dr. Reynolds is a Full Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University. His current research program is focused on understanding the mechanisms of brain injury, and the resulting behavioural and cognitive deficits, that are induced by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Dr. Reynolds has been funded by CIHR for interdisciplinary basic and clinical investigations into the cellular mechanisms and neurobehavioural consequences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He is the Project Lead for the FASD Demonstration Project in NeuroDevNet.