Team Members

 

FACULTY

Charlotte Waddell
MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
778-782-7775
charlotte_waddell@nullsfu.ca

 

Charlotte is the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. A child psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health, she is also the Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations and Aboriginal communities across BC before going on to complete an MD, followed by residencies and research training at McMaster University. Charlotte’s research focuses on reducing mental health disparities, starting in childhood, by improving the links between research and policy. She leads several ongoing research projects that are completed or underway at the Children’s Health Policy Centre, including the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She also continues to work with disadvantaged children — who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching.

 

Nicole-2238-light-crop3Nicole Catherine
MSc, PhD
778-782-7669
nicole_catherine@nullsfu.ca

 

Nicole is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU and the Scientific Director for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. Nicole completed a BSc in pharmacology at Dundee University, Scotland, followed by an MSc in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in educational psychology at UBC, studying the neurobiology of social support and child behaviour. Before joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre, she was a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellow in psychology at SFU, studying the neurobiology of adolescent development.

 

Christine Schwartz
MA, PhD, RPsych
778-782-7775
christine_schwartz@nullsfu.ca

 

Christine is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU and the lead Scientific Writer for the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, our electronic publication designed to inform policy-makers and practitioners about new research in children’s mental health. She is a psychologist whose focus on assisting disadvantaged children has strongly influenced both her clinical practice and her research pursuits. During her graduate training at the University of Victoria, Christine’s studies centred on children’s exposure to maltreatment. Her doctoral dissertation on adolescent dating violence was awarded the Ken Bowers Student Research Award. Her clinical practice has long supported youth in conflict with the law. Christine’s work at the Children’s Health Policy Centre now focuses on disseminating high-quality research evidence on children’s mental health interventions to policy-makers and practitioners.

 

RESEARCH STAFF

Jen Barican
BA
778-782-7774
jenny_barican@nullsfu.ca

 

Jen is the Research Coordinator for the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, our electronic publication designed to inform policy-makers and practitioners about new research in children’s mental health. In this role, she oversees and conducts systematic reviews that form the backbone of the Quarterly. Jen is particularly interested in integrating research and policy while promoting population and public health. Since obtaining a BA in psychology at UBC, she has been involved in a variety of research projects focused on improving the well-being of children and youth. She is also currently pursuing a master’s of public health at SFU.

Galya Chatterton-smGalya Chatterton
BA, MA
gchatter@nullsfu.ca

 

 

Galya Chatterton is a Human Resources Recruiter and Trainer with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. Galya has more than 10 years experience in training, recruiting, and management. A registered clinical counsellor with an interest in education, development, and preventative health, Galya previously conducted research on couple relationships over the transition to parenthood. She completed a BA (Hons.) in Humanities, and an MA in Counselling Psychology. In her private practice Galya also continues to work with adult clients who suffered early life adversity — the source of her passion for improving child health and well-being.

STEPHANIE 100.124Stephanie Dickson
BHK, MPH
778-782-7771
stephanie_gatto@nullsfu.ca

 

Stephanie is a Research Analyst for the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, our electronic publication designed to inform policy-makers and practitioners about new research in children’s mental health. While working as a Research Coordinator in a physiology lab at UBC, she developed an interest in the political and economic dynamics of population health. She then went on to earn a master’s of public health at SFU, where her research focused on patent law and its impacts on the cost of medicines. Stephanie is particularly interested in research that examines how evidence can inform the development of policies that aim to reduce health disparities.

Kaitlyn-croppedFINALKaitlyn Hougham
BSc (Hon), MSc
778-782-7773
kaitlyn_hougham@nullsfu.ca

 

Kaitlyn is Research Manager with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. A kinesiologist with an interest in exercise physiology, health promotion and health policy, she studied human kinetics at the University of Guelph, where she received her BSc with distinction. She then completed her MSc at Queen’s University, where her research focused on obesity and related co-morbidities. Before joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre, Kaitlyn worked in an interdisciplinary team at a private health services company in Vancouver, treating people with chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and anxiety disorders.

Stephanie LamStephanie Lam
BSc (Honours)
778-782-9790
stephanie_lam_4@nullsfu.ca

Stephanie is a Research Coordinator with the Healthy Foundations Study, a five-year biological evaluation of the BC Healthy Connections Project. She completed her BSc in Social Anthropology and Human Biology at the University of Toronto, and started working in population health research as a research assistant at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital and for Corrections Canada. After moving to Vancouver, Stephanie worked  at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC, as a project coordinator of a four-year study on social epigenetics and neurodevelopment. Before joining the CHPC team, Stephanie spent fifteen months travelling around the world with her partner, a backpack, and a camera.

ROSEMARYRosemary Lever
BSc (Hon), MA
778-782-5679
rosemary_lever@nullsfu.ca

 

Rosemary is a Senior Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. While earning a BSc (Hon) in psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Rosemary developed an interest in the social factors that have an impact on children’s cognitive development. She then pursued her MA in developmental psychology at Carleton University, where she conducted a shared-reading intervention to improve pre-literacy skills in at-risk kindergarten children. Rosemary went on to manage the narrative-literacy research program under Dr. Monqiue Sénéchal in the Language and Literacy Lab at Carleton University, before joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre.

Larry Nightingale
LibTech
778-782-7771
larry_nightingale@nullsfu.ca

 

Larry is a library technician and a Research Assistant for the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, our electronic publication designed to inform policy-makers and practitioners about new research in children’s mental health, as well as Information Resources Assistant for other ongoing CHPC research projects. Larry has a particular interest in the mental health and well-being of children. He received his training in the library program at Langara College. He pursues his other main occupation — writing and publishing his poetry and prose — at a comfortably rewarding pace.

Duc Nguyen fix-smDuc Nguyen
MPH, PhD
778-782-9791
ducn@nullsfu.ca

Duc is Data Coordinator with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. Duc holds a Master of Public Health in Disease Control and a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. His graduate programs focused on research methodology and applied biostatistics. Before joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre, he worked as a statistical analyst and clinical research coordinator for multiple research projects with the UBC Department of Pediatrics’ Diabetes Research Program at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Tif-croppedTiffany Reeve
BA
778-782-7772
tiffany_reeve@nullsfu.ca

 

Tiffany is a Senior Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She completed her BA in psychology at Western University and a graduate-level diploma in art therapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. After moving to BC, Tiffany worked in the Social Cognitive Development Lab at UBC, where she became particularly interested in infant cognitive development and social learning. She is also keenly interested in research that aims to improve child health and well-being.

Debbie Sheehan
RN,CCHN(C), BScN,MSW
905-979-8800
dsheehan@nullsfu.ca

 

Debbie is the Senior Nursing Consultant for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She is also a co-principal investigator for this project. A public health nurse with longstanding interests in maternal and infant health and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at McMaster University, Debbie has participated in numerous research projects and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications. She was also formerly the Director of the Family Health Division with the City of Hamilton Public Health Department.

 

Cody Shepherd
BA (Hon)
778-782-7770
cody_shepherd@nullsfu.ca

 

Cody is a Research Associate with the Children’s Health Policy Centre and a Trainee Co-Investigator on the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. As a member of the Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Study Team, he is engaged in a qualitative study of the relationship between researchers, policy-makers and parents of children with ASD across Canada. Previously, he was responsible for a qualitative study of the contribution of researchers to the Canadian public policy debate over children’s antisocial behaviour. Cody has also published several papers with Charlotte Waddell on advancing population health ideas in children’s mental health. Their review of child psychiatric epidemiology, with Dan Offord, informed the BC Government’s 2003–08 Child and Youth Mental Health Plan, which included new prevention investments. Cody received a BA (Hon) in linguistics from UBC, followed by graduate studies and community program development in First Nations languages.

 

Danny-smDanny Sung
BSc, BA
778-782-9743
danny_sung@nullsfu.ca

 

Danny is a Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. Since completing a BSc in physiology at McGill University, he has been involved with health policy and advocacy work with Action Hepatitis Canada, a national coalition of organizations responding to hepatitis B & C. While earning a BA in Health Sciences at SFU, Danny developed an interest in public and population health, mental health and epidemiology.

 

Miki-cr-FINALMiki Talebi
MA, PhD
778-782-9551
miki_talebi@nullsfu.ca

 

Miki is a Research Coordinator with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. After earning a BA (Hon) in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Miki moved to Carleton University, where she earned her MA and PhD, both in psychology. Her doctoral research focused on investigating the transition from high school to university and the role that psychosocial factors play in the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues. Before joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre, Miki worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Carleton’s Stress, Coping and Well-Being Lab.

Sarah-100x124Sarah Thompson
BA
778-782-9740
svthomps@nullsfu.ca

 

Sarah is a Research Administrative Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. Sarah began her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan where she worked in a professor’s laboratory that conducted behavioural and electrophysiological neuroscience research. However, her strong interests in social issues and public policy prompted her to transfer to SFU where she completed a BA in International Studies, specializing in international development, economic and environmental issues.

SCIENTIFIC FIELD INTERVIEWERS
bchcp@nullsfu.ca

The Children’s Health Policy Centre also has a solid team of Scientific Field Interviewers based across the province. Their role? They support data collection for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. These interviewers have completed graduate degrees in health and social sciences, and have undergone rigorous scientific and interpersonal training. Their job is to conduct extensive, participant-centred interviews. Their ultimate aim is to inform policy on how to sustainably improve maternal and child well-being.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Brigitte Bennetsen
778-782-7775
chpc@nullsfu.ca

 

 

As Office Manager and with more than 17 years of administrative experience, Brigitte provides support to the Children’s Health Policy Centre team and its Director, Charlotte Waddell. She is the primary public contact for the centre and is central to the smooth management of all day-to-day financial and administrative activities. She also handles all external inquiries, oversees team members’ calendars, manages confidential communications, prepares annual reports and curriculum vitae, assists with course preparation, and arranges travel and meetings for the team.

 

Daphne Gray-Grant
BA (Hon)
604-228-8818
778-782-9570 (Weds.)
daphne_gray-grant@nullsfu.ca 

Daphne is the Editor of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, our electronic publication designed to inform policy-makers and practitioners about new research in children’s mental health. A former senior editor at a Canadian metropolitan daily newspaper, her primary focus is the Quarterly, but she also answers day-to-day media calls, manages the Mowafaghian Visiting Scholar program, and provides strategic communications counsel to the BC Healthy Connections Project and other projects for the Children’s Health Policy Centre. A longtime writing coach, Daphne also operates the popular website www.publicationcoach.com. As the mother of teenage triplets, she has a special interest in the health and well-being of children.

 

Tim Sucic
BCom, CGA
778-232-8673
tsucic@nullsfu.ca

 

Tim is a certified general accountant who manages the Children’s Health Policy Centre’s funding and strategic planning, and who oversees the centre’s financial, accounting and human resources systems. As well, he oversees all funding agreements to ensure that they comply with contractual terms and conditions. He has long valued working in the children’s mental health arena. In a separate capacity, he is also the Director of Finance and Administration for the Pacific Salmon Foundation of BC.