Team Members

Faculty

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Charlotte Waddell
MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
778-782-7775
charlotte_waddell@nullsfu.ca
Charlotte is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy and is Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she is also Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations communities across BC before going on to complete her MD followed by residencies and research training at McMaster University. She held faculty appointments at McMaster and UBC before joining SFU in 2006. Charlotte’s research focuses on improving social and emotional wellbeing for all children, and on the public policies needed to reach this goal. With academic and policy partners, she co-leads the BC Healthy Connections Project – a randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which aims to improve child mental health and developmental outcomes starting very early in the lifespan. She also leads the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly project – an ongoing series of systematic reviews on effective prevention and treatment interventions for children, aimed at informing policy and practice. In addition to her research, Charlotte teaches at SFU and consults with policymakers at the regional, provincial and federal levels. She also continues to work as a psychiatrist with disadvantaged children and youth – who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching.

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


Nicole is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU and Mowafaghian University Research Associate as well as 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. She also has more than 10 years of experience leading randomized controlled trials. 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

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Caitlyn Andres
BSc, MPH
778-782-7773
candres@nullsfu.ca
Caitlyn Andres is a Senior Research Assistant with 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. Since completing her BSc in Biology at the University of Alberta and contributing to a handful of field-based research projects in ecology, she developed an interest in population health. She recently obtained a Masters of Public Health at SFU, with a focus on biostatistics and epidemiology, which she is keen to apply to the area of Children’s mental health.
Jen Barican
BA, MPH
778-782-7774
jenny_barican@nullsfu.ca
Jen is the Research Manager 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. Since obtaining a BA in psychology at UBC, Jen has been involved in various research projects focused on improving the well-being of children and youth. She recently obtained a Masters of Public Health at SFU, with a focus on integrating research and policy while promoting population and public health. This interest formed the basis of her capstone, in which she determined an approach for assessing the quality of observational studies that examine risk factors for Children’s mental disorders, with the aim of informing policy-making. This approach expanded the methods for assessing evidence of the Quarterly.
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Galya Chatterton
BA, MA
gchatter@nullsfu.ca
778-782-9960
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.
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Jennifer Lam
BHK, MPH
 778-782-9684
jennifer_lam_3@nullsfu.ca
Jennifer is a Data Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She developed an interest in child development during her studies at the University of British Columbia, where she received her BHK in Kinesiology and Health Science. She then worked in autism support, and gained an appreciation for evidence-informed healthcare service planning and provision. This led Jennifer to pursue her Master’s degree in Public Health at Simon Fraser University, where she culminated her degree by conducting a systematic review on cognitive and language measures for use in child health research.
Emily Lao
Emily Lao
BA
778-782-9959
Emily Lao <elao@nullsfu.ca>
Emily is a Research Administrative Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She completed her BA in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate of Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University. During her undergraduate studies, Emily has worked with organizations that promote literacy among young, inner-city children and assisted with developing a database of resources for vulnerable populations. These experiences have lead Emily to develop a strong interest in health policy and social programs that aim to improve overall health and well-being.
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Kaitlyn Hougham
BSc (Hon), MSc
kaitlyn_hougham@nullsfu.ca
Kaitlyn is a Research Consultant 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 Lam
Stephanie Lam (on leave)
BSc (Honours)
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.
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Rosemary Lever
BSc (Hon), MA
778-782-9743
rosemary_lever@nullsfu.ca
Rosemary is a Senior Research Coordinator 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.
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Tracy Luong
BSc
778-782-9740
tluong@nullsfu.ca
Tracy is a Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She completed a BSc in Health Sciences and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to work in a protein biochemistry lab and a drug development organization. Her interests in population health and public policy led her to the CHPC however, where she is keen to work towards improving maternal and child health.
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Tiffany Reeve
BA
778-782-9958
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.
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Sarah Thompson
BA
778-782-9551
svthomps@nullsfu.ca
Sarah is a Senior Research 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.
Patricia Wallis
Patricia Wallis,MA,
778-782-9570
pwallis@nullsfu.ca
Patricia 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 the University of Victoria, where she became interested in research methods and data analysis. She then completed her MA in quantitative psychology at Simon Fraser University, where her research focused on features that affect responses to electronic questionnaires. Prior to joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre, Patricia worked in the Measurement Lab at Simon Fraser University.

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 interperson clearfixal 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
778-782-7771 (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, CPA
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.