Alberta Team


Greta Cummings

Greta Cummings (Provincial Co-Lead) is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her areas of focus are leadership science, health services research, policy development, organizational decision making, and structural equation modeling. Go to to learn more about Dr. Cummings research program.

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc (Provincial Co-Lead) is the Scientific Director of the AHS Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), responsible for the SCN research strategy and for championing a broader provincial health research agenda for seniors within Alberta. She also possesses substantial clinical expertise working with Elders.
Adrian Wagg Adrian Wagg was appointed as Professor of Healthy Ageing and Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 2010. He has an academic and clinical interest in urinary incontinence, quality improvement and clinical effectiveness and has published widely on many aspects of incontinence in older people nationally and internationally. His interests are in incontinence in the elderly, the effects of medication and co-morbidity on continence status and the epidemiology and aetiology of incontinence in the elderly. He was the Chairman of the International Consultation on Incontinence committee on management of incontinence in frail older people, ran the National Clinical Audits of Continence Care in England and Wales and is General Secretary Elect of the International Continence Society.

Les Hayduk

Leslie Hayduk is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He has published two books and several methodological/statistical articles related to structural equation modeling. He is interested in, and teaches, social psychology from a physiological perspective. He is an active participant on SEMNET and he is on the editorial board of Structural Equation Modeling.


Jennifer Knopp-Sihota

Jennifer Knopp-Sihota is an Assistant Professor at Athabasca University. She is a licensed nurse practitioner (NP) and practices clinically in acute care at the University of Alberta Hospital and in primary care with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in Alberta. Her research interests are in health services and comparative effectiveness research. Her current research focuses on pain assessment in older adults with dementia in long term care.


Peter Norton
Peter Norton is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary. He serves as a board member of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and is a member of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Joanne Profetto-McGrath

Joanne Profetto-McGrath is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, as well as the first Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Knowledge Transfer. She has had a wide variety of roles in the clinical and educational setting. Her doctoral thesis focused on the critical thinking skills and dispositions of baccalaureate nursing students. Some of her special achievements and awards include the CHSRF/CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship Award (2002-2004), the AHFMR Health Research Career Renewal Award (2002-2004), and a Faculty of Nursing Nominee for the AARN Award for Nursing Excellence in Education (2002).

Sentil Senthilselvan is a Professor in the School of Public Health. He is interested in biostatistics, epidemiology of respiratory diseases including asthma and genetic epidemiology including gene-environment interaction. His methodological expertise includes analysis of survival data, clustered data, longitudinal data and multilevel data, random effects modeling and latent class modeling.
Andrea Gruneir
Andrea Gruneir is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. Her research focuses on understanding the health services needs of vulnerable older adults, in particular those who require long term care. She specializes in observational research using administrative and other secondary data sources.
Fiona Clement
Fiona Clement is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Health Technology Assessment Unit within the O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include drug and non-drug technology reimbursement and cost containment policy, evidence in decision-making, and evidence in health policy development.
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Simon Palfreyman moved to the University of Alberta in 2015 from the UK, where he worked as as a clinical academic, splitting his time between being a researcher and a wound care specialist nurse. Simon's particular research interests are in the areas of wound care, nursing outcomes, evidence-based practice and Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). His doctoral research focused on the development and validation of a condition-specific PRO (the SPVU-5D) to measure the impact of venous ulcers on quality of life. His post-doctoral research expanded on the techniques used in his doctoral research but focused on measuring the impact of pressure ulcers from both the patient and clinician perspective. Both projects used quantitative and qualitative research methods to validate quality of life questionnaires for use in economic evaluation of treatment interventions. His current focus is on the impact of wounds on vulnerable populations such as older adults and people who are obese.
Zahra Goodarzi
Zahra Goodarzi is an academic geriatrician. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Calgary. Most recently Dr. Goodarzi completed her Master of Science in Community Health Sciences specializing in Health Services Research. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatrics within the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her major research interests involve knowledge translation and qualitative methods to improve the lives of older adults. Her specific methodological expertise is in synthesis and qualitative methods. Specifically focused on the cross section of mental illness and neurologic diseases. Her work has focused on depression and anxiety in those experiencing dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Goodarzi recently completed a fellowship in Advanced Synthesis Methods at the University of Toronto in the winter of 2016. Her current research is focused on how we identify anxiety in neurologic disorders as well as how we can effectively implement best practices clinically.


Carol Anderson is the Executive Director of Continuing Care at Alberta Health Services. She has 20 years of experience working with older adults in Alberta in a variety of practice settings including home care, geriatric assessment and rehabilitation, long term care and geriatric psychiatry as a case manager, educator and manager. Carol has a background in policy at a provincial and operation level, as well as quality improvement and safety in a community setting.
Corinne Schalm Corinne Schalm is the Director of Access and Innovation, Continuing Care at Alberta Health. She has over 25 years of experience working in both the service and government sector with a focus on caring for vulnerable populations, and in particular, the elderly. She has been involved in research partnerships with the goal of ensuring policies and practices are evidence-driven. Her expertise is as a leader in evidence-informed policy development and management practices and in creating organizations of excellent. In addition to her history as a policy maker engaged in long-term care research, Corinne brings to the TREC team the perspective of her formal training in Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) alumnus.
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Charlotte Berendonk
Charlotte Berendonk is TREC Managing Director.
Fran Russell
Fran Russell is TREC Administrator.
Robert Evans
Robert Evans is Manager for the TREC Measurement System project.
Alvina Ng
Alvina Ng is Project Coordinator for the TREC Measurement System and System Projects.
Judith Palfreyman
Judith Palfreyman is Project Coordinator for the SCOPE Project.

Kirstie McDermott is Regional Project Coordinator for Edmonton Zone.

Fiona Mackenzie is Regional Project Coordinator for Calgary Zone.
Joseph Akinlawon
Joseph Akinlawon is Data Manager.
Melba Andrea Baylon
Melba Andrea Baylon is Data Technician.
Jing Wang
Jing Wang is Data Analyst.
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Linda Niehaus is Research Assistant.
Kyle Corbett
Kyle Corbett is Administrative Assistant.