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I became interested in studying the use of research evidence in practice (knowledge translation) through extensive work in occupational biomechanics (ergonomics) and third party assessments for those injured in motor vehicle collisions and in the work place. Having a background in ergonomics (Masters of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor) and chiropractic (Doctor of Chiropractic, CMCC), I am fascinated with how organizations and health care practitioners may or may not use research evidence, innovation and/or guidelines in practice. The reasons for impaired knowledge flows within and among groups are multi-faceted, and may be related to individual knowledge and/or philosophies, organizational supports and culture, physical design of the work space, and socio-political climate. With prior research experience in the basic sciences (biomechanics) as well as extensive field work in ergonomics (consultant), third party assessments (Director, Allied Health), and clinical practice (Clinic Owner), I view knowledge translation from a variety of angles. My current work is qualitative and mixed methods in nature and focuses on the social and cognitive boundaries that impede knowledge flows within and among groups and/or professions. Dedicated to educating health care practitioners and the public about complementary and alternative medicine, I hold advisory positions for the chiropractic profession nationally to enhance our understanding regarding the use of research evidence in practice. I am currently and assistant professor at CMCC, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and PhD Candidate in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
A list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.