Building careers in knowledge translation practice

November 05, 2021


Alison Hoens - Knowledge Broker & Clinical Professor, UBC; Affiliate Knowledge Broker, Arthritis Research Canada; Research Associate, CHEOS
Gayle Scarrow - Director of Knowledge Translation, Michael Smith Health Research BC
Kevin Sauvé - Head of Knowledge Translation, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Science Centre (unable to attend the session)
Kimberly Miller - Senior Leader of Clinical Education and Special Projects, Sunny Hill Health Centre

Are you interested in building a career in knowledge translation? Are you interested in learning more about the various roles for KT practitioners? Are you curious about tools and resources available to support your KT journey? Want to learn more about the competencies required for a KT career? We are here to help!


  • Alison Hoens is a physical therapy knowledge broker and clinical professor within the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, an affiliate knowledge broker for Arthritis Research Canada, and a research associate at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences. From 2017 to 2019, she was the KT specialist for the Methods Clusters at the BC SUPPORT Unit. She has facilitated partnerships in over 65 projects with more than 500 researchers, clinicians, decision maker and patients, associated with more than $17 million in research funding and development of 22 resources that have been accessed over ~ 600,000 times worldwide.
  • Gayle Scarrow is the director of knowledge translation at Michael Smith Health Research BC. She leads the development, implementation, evaluation and ongoing management of the organization’s knowledge translation plan for the purpose of fostering and accelerating the impact of health research in BC and beyond. She has held numerous roles in health care and health research for the past 30 years including a radiation technologist, research coordinator, research writer, KT manager and, through her work with Health Research BC, as a knowledge user on various research grants to both contribute to the academic KT literature and to inform Health Research BC’s KT work.
  • Kevin Sauvé is head of knowledge translation at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (​​GSC) at BC Cancer, where he manages a team in development and delivery of strategies and materials that help synthesize, exchange and disseminate GSC’s research. His expertise is in science communication consulting, writing and journalism. He has worked with the CBC and as a freelance science journalist, holds a Master of Journalism from UBC, concentrated on science, and a Bachelor’s in Biology, from the University of Guelph, focused on neuroscience. He is also the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Research Communications Award. (Note: Kevin Sauve was unable to attend the session) 
  • Dr. Kimberly Miller (PT, PhD) is senior leader, clinical education and special projects in Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, where she supports and advances practice-based knowledge translation and research for child development and rehabilitation services. She has worked as a physiotherapist, academic educator and clinical researcher in Canada and Australia, and it’s through those experiences that she became passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.  She’s committed to patient and family-oriented practice-based research and co-design of electronic resources that support patients and families in participating in preference-sensitive evidence-informed decision-making with their healthcare providers.


Upcoming webinar

Dr. Codie Primeau, postdoctoral fellow, Arthritis Research Canada and University of British Columbia


October 06, 2023

Citizen Science: An approach to engage the public and co-develop novel research questions

Health researchers typically rely on input from other researchers, clinicians and academic literature when designing their research. This traditional approach overlooks valuable contributions from patients and the wider public. The consequence of this is that people with lived experience, especially those from frequently underrepresented communities, have little say in what research questions are asked and prioritized. Enter Citizen Science: an approach to health research that promotes research co-creation to address community needs.

In this webinar, Dr. Codie Primeau will introduce Citizen Science, an innovative approach that actively involves members of the public through multiple stages of the research process. Codie will explain how the approach supports researchers and the public in co-designing novel research questions.

The primary focus of this webinar will center around Codie’s demonstration project, which uses an online Citizen Science platform to engage with the public and guide the co-development and co-prioritization of research questions and priorities meaningful to individuals from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities who experience chronic pain.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage in a conversation about making research more inclusive and community driven.

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • Understand how Citizen Science can enhance public engagement in health research.
  • Learn how Citizen Science can actively involve patients and the public in co-creating research questions that are important for the communities they impact.
  • Discuss how Citizen Science has the potential to revolutionize traditional research practices, break down barriers to inclusivity in research, and support participation from diverse populations that have often been underrepresented in research.


Dr. Codie Primeau (he/him) is a postdoctoral fellow at Arthritis Research Canada and the University of British Columbia, supported by a Michael Smith Health Research BC Research Trainee Award. He completed a combined MPT (clinical physiotherapy) and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University, with research interests spanning osteoarthritis, physiotherapy, orthopedics, health economics, and 2SLGBTQIA+ health. His graduate studies focused on clinical trials and observational research, evaluating interventions for knee osteoarthritis. He also completed work focused on evaluating health education and inclusion for physiotherapists when working with 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. His postdoctoral work uses an online platform rooted in principles of Citizen Science to engage with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and work collaboratively to co-develop research priorities related to pain. This work includes fostering collaborative research aligned with the needs and perspectives of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.