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 Centre 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.

Isabel Lee
BA (Hon), MA
778-782-9740
Isabel is a Senior Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She completed her BA Honours in Economics at SFU where she studied the obesity trends in the U.S. and policy options. She holds an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. During her graduate studies, she developed her research interests in human capital and early childhood/prenatal interventions. She worked with the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 79 dataset to find the effect of education on cognitive ability. Isabel is looking forward to seeing the effects of NFP on children.

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.

Nikolina Rikert
BA
778-239-5583
nrikert@nullsfu.ca
Nikolina is a Data Research Assistant with the BC Healthy Connections Project, a 10-year scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership prevention program. She earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Counselling and Human Development at Simon Fraser University. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Nikolina developed a great interest in children’s development and mental health, having worked with a preventative program for at-risk youth and the Children’s Memory Research Group at SFU. This led her to join the BCHCP during her studies and continue her work on such an impactful project.

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.