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.

James Reynolds
James Reynolds, PhD
Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Queen’s University

Dr. James Reynolds is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.Sc., 1982, Ph.D, 1987). His thesis research investigated the neurochemical mechanisms underlying heavy metal toxicity. Subsequently, he completed 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. He returned to Queen’s in 1995, where his research program has grown to encompass both basic and clinical investigations. 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 research interests over the past 20 years have centred around studies on the effects of alcohol on brain function. In particular, 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. The long term goal is to understand how prenatal exposure to alcohol alters brain neurochemistry and structure, and thus brain function, in offspring. 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 led a 7-member CIHR-funded New Emerging Team in FASD research, and served as the Interim Chief Scientific Officer and Project Lead for the FASD Demonstration Project with Kids Brain Health Network. On March 8, 2019, Dr. Reynolds was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of Kids Brain Health Network.

Désirée Maltais
Désirée Maltais, MSc, PhD, P.T.
Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation
Laval University

Désirée 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.

Lucy Osborne
Lucy Osborne, MSc PhD
Department of Medicine and Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto

Dr. Osborne received her PhD from The University of London, England (1993) and completed post-doctoral training in human genetics with Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. She was appointed at the University of Toronto in 1999 and is currently a Professor in the departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics. 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, as well as it’s reciprocal duplication disorder, and has helped elucidate the range of complex chromosomal rearrangements associated with this part of chromosome 7. Her team are currently using both human participants and animal models to probe the molecular and cellular bases of cognitive and behavioural aspects of these syndromes with the long term goal of developing targeted therapeutic options. Dr. Osborne is currently chair of the KBHN Research Training Committee.

Jake Burack
Jake Burack, MSc PhD
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
McGill University

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).

Laura Williams
Laura Williams, MSW, RSW, CHE
Director of Client & Family Integrated Care
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Laura Williams is the Director of Client and Family Integrated Care at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Laura has worked extensively in the field of health-care in adult and pediatric settings in both frontline and leadership roles. She has successfully implemented new programming in several health-care 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.

Vivien Symington
Vivien Symington, BA/BPHE
Founder CEO
Club Aviva Recreation and Empowering Steps Movement Therapy (ESMT) Program

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. Vivien has 40 years of gymnastics coaching experience and 26 years as a gymnastics business owner. 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.

Jean M. Clinton
Jean M. Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C)
Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
McMaster University

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She has cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, as well as a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014 – 2018. Dr. Clinton’s special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.

Laura Hillier
Laura Hillier, MSc. CE
Director Performance, Analytics and Evaluation
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Laura Hillier is the Director of Performance, Analytics and Evaluation at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). She leads a team responsible for monitoring corporate performance and assessing the outcomes and impacts of the investments in research infrastructure made by the CFI. Laura has a keen interest in methodologies for research impact assessment that provide relevant and useful information while not disadvantaging any type or area of research. She ensures that evaluation evidence is translated into useable products for uptake into program and policy design. Laura works collaboratively with others in the Science & Technology community to ensure the teams work meets the needs of the CFI and its stakeholders. Laura holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in epidemiology and the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation. She has worked in research evaluation at three different funding organizations over the past 10+ years. Laura brings to her work in research performance and impact assessment past experience working across the different areas of health research – basic biomedical research, clinical research, health services research as well as population health research.

Kathryn E. R. Graham
Kathryn E. R. Graham, PhD, FCAHS
Executive Director, Performance Management and Evaluation
Alberta Innovates

Kathryn is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, a publicly‐funded provincial health research and innovation organization. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), a co‐founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment, and Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She has over 25 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and health research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management, evaluation, impact strategies, and implementing assessment frameworks for complex systems and organizations. She successfully implemented the CAHS (2009) health research impact framework and was instrumental in its application nationally and internationally. Kathryn is a social scientist, bridge builder and advisor on numerous expert committees that focus on the assessment of research and innovation.

Julia E. Moore
Dr. Julia E. Moore
Senior Director
The Center for Implementation

Dr. Julia E. Moore is the Senior Director for the Center for Implementation. Dr. Moore has a PhD from Penn State, where she was trained as an implementation scientist, researching the best ways to implement evidence-based programs. She has worked on over 100 knowledge translation/implementation projects. During her time at Penn State, she worked at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter), an intermediary organization that promotes the use of effective programs for communities. There, she supported more than 120 communities that had implemented 10 evidence-based programs over 200 times. While at the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Moore grew the Team for Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability from 0 to 20 full-time employees managing over 50 knowledge translation projects. Dr. Moore is most passionate about supporting professionals how to use implementation science. She has delivered dozens workshops to over 2000 participants.

Marla Steinberg
Marla Steinberg, PhD. CE
Evaluation Consultant;
Adjunct Professor, Health Services and Policy
University of British Columbia

Marla Steinberg is a professional evaluator living and working in Vancouver British Columbia. For over twenty-five years she has been helping funders, foundations, governments, community-based organizations and practitioners measure their impact and find ways to improve their programming. She works primarily in the health and social service sectors and is an adjunct professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has developed and taught numerous university level and professional development courses on evaluation and KT and currently teaches evaluation online through the Population Health Data Analysis Certificate Program at the University of Victoria. She is the inaugural volunteer director for the Canadian Evaluation Society e-Institute, an online learning platform for evaluation.

Dawn Martin-Hill
Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill
Associate Professor and Paul R. MacPherson Chair
in Indigenous Studies
Department of Anthropology and Indigenous Studies Program
McMaster University

Dr. Martin-Hill is an expert on Indigenous knowledge in community-led research, knowledge translation, and capacity building and has had an integral role in the development of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program office at SN. Dr. Martin-Hill was inaugural Chair of the Secretariat of all 9 NEAHR centres. She is a CIHR College Chair, member of CIHR Indigenous Peer Review Committee. She was a recipient of a US-Canada Fulbright award, Outstanding Teaching Award from the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium. She has over 30 years of experience facilitating research projects between SN and McMaster University. She is most recently PI of a two Global Water Futures Grant ‘Co-creation of Indigenous Water Quality Tools’, and Ohneganous, CIHR-IIPH Ohero:kon ‘rites of passage’ and SSHRC grant for ‘Preserving Haudenosaunee language and ceremonies through the digitization and translation of the Hewitt Collection’.

Normand Carrey
Dr. Normand Carrey
Associate Professor, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Division of Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Carrey specializes in infant mental health, family therapy and attachment theory and practice. He has trained under Dr. Klaus Minde, a world authority on infant mental health and Dr. Ellen Moss, an international expert on attachment based interventions. His main research interest is knowledge translation in infant mental health including Best Models of Care for infants and preschoolers at risk for severe mental health disorders. He is also interested in the differential diagnosis of mental health difficulties in preschoolers. He also serves as consultant to the mental health teams for Montreal southwest region, including Verdun and LaSalle-Lachine and the Montreal Francophone School Board. Since 1996 he has served as Head of IWK Family Therapy Program, Dalhousie University, a program which he currently co-leads with Alan McLuckie, PhD. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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.