Ontario Team

RESEARCHERS

Whitney Berta

Whitney Berta is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Her academic work to date has focused on three main areas: studies of factors that influence organizational learning capacity and knowledge transfer processes, studies that examine the relationship between organizational learning capacity and performance, and research activities that lead to enhanced system performance, organizational (practice) performance and leadership capacity.

Lisa Cranley is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Her program of research, Coaching Aides to use Research Evidence (CARE), aims to develop and implement facilitation interventions to support healthcare aides’ use of best practices in their daily care. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta with the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program where she was the co-lead on the SCOPE study: Safer Care for Older Persons [in residential] Environments. Lisa brings to the TREC Team training in knowledge translation and decision science, and experience working with healthcare aides.
Liane Ginsburg
Liane Ginsburg is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and an Ontario Ministry of Health Career Scientist. Liane teaches Applied Research Methods in Health to 4th year undergraduate students in the Honors Bachelor of Health Studies Program at York. Her research interests focus on patient safety culture and learning from patient safety events. She has published several recent peer reviewed papers in these areas, most recently in Health Services Research, Social Science and Medicine, Quality and Safety in Health Care and Implementation Science.  Liane is also interested in knowledge translation, specifically with respect to the utilization of research, data and other information by health system managers and she is the scientific officer of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Translation peer review committee.  Liane is currently principal investigator on CIHR and CPSI funded studies.
Janet Squires

Janet Squires is an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. Her research is primarily focused on improving knowledge translation by healthcare professionals. Her current research centers on the design, implementation, and evaluation of theory-informed and context-optimized interventions to increase healthcare professionals’ use of research and research-based behaviours as a strategy to contribute to improved patient and system outcomes. Her research program has four main foci: (1) exploring organizational context and its role in knowledge translation, (2) designing and testing theory-informed interventions to change healthcare professionals’ behaviours, (3) measurement and survey design/psychometrics, and (4) systematic reviews. She is currently involved in several nationally funded projects examining the role of context in knowledge translation and developing and testing interventions to change behaviour of healthcare professionals (e.g., increasing organ donation in adult hospitals, improving hand hygiene practice in adult hospitals, improving pain practices in pediatric hospitals, and improving resident outcomes in nursing homes).