MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Charlotte is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and 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 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 her MD followed by residencies and post-graduate research training at McMaster University. She held faculty appointments at McMaster and UBC before joining SFU in 2006. Charlotte’s research focuses on reducing mental health disparities, starting in childhood, by improving the links between research and policy. She is currently co-leading the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership program at reducing child maltreatment and improving children’s mental health and development in Canadian settings. In addition to her research, Charlotte teaches at SFU and consults with policy-makers 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.
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.
MA, PhD, RPsych
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.
Caitlyn Andres is a 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 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.
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.
BSc (Hon), MSc
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 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.
BSc (Hon), MA
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.
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 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 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.
Miki Talebi (on leave)
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 is a 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.
SCIENTIFIC FIELD INTERVIEWERS
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.
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 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.
BCom, CGA, CPA
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.