Team Members

Faculty

CW 15.01
Charlotte Waddell
MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
778-782-7775
charlotte_waddell@nullsfu.ca


Charlotte is a University Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, where she is also Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy from 2007 to 2018, she is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations communities across BC for eight years 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 children’s 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 and talks 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 Catherine is Mowafaghian University Research Associate with the Children’s Health Policy Center in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. She is also Scientific Director and Co-Principal Investigator for the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP), a randomized-controlled trial evaluating the Nurse-Family Partnership program (2011–2021). This trial is being led by the Children’s Health Policy Centre in partnership with McMaster University, the BC Government and five BC Health Authorities. (For more information on the BCHCP, please see childhealthpolicy.ca). Nicole completed her 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 then held a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellow in psychology at SFU, studying the neurobiology of adolescent development, prior to joining the Children’s Health Policy Centre in 2012.

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

Christine is Adjunct Professor with the Children’s Health Policy Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. She is the lead Scientific Writer for the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, an electronic publication designed to inform policymakers, practitioners and the public about new research in children’s mental health. She has also co-authored government-commissioned reports on the prevalence of childhood mental disorders and effective interventions for preventing and treating these disorders. Christine’s teaching contributions include supervising and mentoring graduate students and research trainees. She also teaches senior undergraduate and graduate classes on children’s mental health at SFU. In addition, Christine has a clinical psychology practice which focuses on providing evidence-based mental health services to adolescents who are in conflict with the law.

Research staff

Jen Barican
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 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.

Emily Lao
Emily Lao
BA
778-782-9959
elao@nullsfu.ca
Emily is a Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-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.

Rosemary Lever
BSc (Hon), MA
778-782-5679
rosemary_lever@nullsfu.ca
Rosemary is Research Manager for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-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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Caitlin Riebe
BSc
778-782-9550
criebe@nullsfu.ca
Caitlin is the Research Coordinator for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. While working on her BSc in psychology at the University of British Columbia, she was primarily interested in the effects of stress on the brain and the development of depression. During her work at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, she worked extensively with animal models of anxiety and PTSD. Caitlin has enjoyed volunteering for mental health programs for many years and is very excited to be part of a project investigating preventive health care measures at the Children’s Health Policy Centre.

Patricia Wallis
MA
778-782-9743
pwallis@nullsfu.ca
Patricia is the Data Coordinator for the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-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.

Donna Yung
Donna Yung
BSc, MPH
778-782-7773
donna_yung@nullsfu.ca
Donna is 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. She developed an interest in population health while completing her BSc in Health Sciences at SFU. She then obtained her Masters of Public Health from the University of Hong Kong and was involved in various research projects on child and adolescent health. Donna is eager to continue supporting initiatives and efforts promoting children’s health and wellbeing.

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 10-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
778-782-7771 (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.

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.