KT Connects – Integrated knowledge translation with children and families: from innovation to sustainable implementation


28 April 2023


12 - 1 p.m. PT




Integrated knowledge translation (iKT) is a collaborative research model that aims to make research more useful and usable by engaging people who use research evidence, such as patients or policy makers, throughout the research process. For many researchers interested in exploring iKT, knowing who, when and how to engage can be daunting and the benefits not always apparent.

Sarah Macoun PhD, registered psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria, studies clinical interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Using the lifecycle of an intervention (Dino Island) as a case example, Sarah will talk through how researchers can use iKT to implement sustainable and accessible solutions in partnership with communities.


After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • Define integrated knowledge translation and how it works.
  • Understand key considerations for successfully partnering with knowledge users (e.g. patients, policy makers and health care providers) on research projects.
  • Describe examples of implementation tools.



Dr. Sarah Macoun PhD is a registered psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria. Sarah led the development, piloting, and validation of a cognitive intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, called Dino Island. Dino Island is innovative — combining the appeal of tablet-based gaming with the effectiveness of an in-person, interventionist-child structure. A core aspect of Sarah’s research is its translation into outputs that positively and directly impact children and their families. Many of Sarah’s projects have involved coordination across multiple local and international sites; working with a variety of research teams and community partners.