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. Lindsay Nettlefold, senior scientist with the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Sarah Munro, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of British Columbia; knowledge translation program head, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Science; co-director of the Contraception and Abortion Research team

Dr. Sonia Singh, hospitalist physician and osteoporosis consultant, Peace Arch Hospital


February 03, 2023

Implementation Science 101: What works in theory & practice for clinical interventions

Implementation science (IS) is the scientific study of methods and strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners and decision makers. This one-hour webinar will cover the ins and outs of IS, introducing theory and demonstrating practice with two case studies.

Dr. Lindsay Nettlefold will provide a brief introduction to IS, exploring what it is and why it is important. She will also define key terms and introduce important theories, models and frameworks that can be used to implement, scale-up and evaluate interventions.

Dr. Sarah Munro will present a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial that involved embedding contraception shared decision-making tools in clinical practice.

Dr. Sonia Singh will present a multiple case study of the implementation and spread of an evidence-based model of care to prevent recurrent fractures in BC.

These examples will demonstrate the importance of understanding the implementation context when translating evidence-based tools into clinical care and illustrate the practical strategies for designing implementation science trials.

Join us February 3, 2023 at 12 p.m.

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • Define implementation science and relevant terms.
  • Describe key theories, models and frameworks used to implement, scale and evaluate clinical interventions.
  • Illustrate the process through examples from two case studies.

The three presentations will run for 45 minutes with the final 15 minutes for questions.



Dr. Lindsay Nettlefold is a senior scientist with the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. With a background in exercise physiology, Lindsay aims to support individuals of all ages and abilities to improve and maintain their physical and social health through physical activity. Lindsay’s research applies and evaluates principles of implementation and scale-up science to health-promoting interventions across settings (e.g. schools, communities) to maximize outcomes and positively impact population-level health. Lindsay is currently supporting implementation, scale-up and evaluation of Choose to Move, a choice-based physical activity program for older adults being scaled-up across British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Sarah Munro is an assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, the knowledge translation program head with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences and co-director of the Contraception and Abortion Research team. Using qualitative and knowledge translation methods, she investigates the factors that influence implementation of evidence-based innovations in health services and systems. Her focus is on improving equity and access to sexual and reproductive health care for underserved populations. Her program of research is supported by a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Sonia Singh is a hospitalist physician and osteoporosis consultant based at Peace Arch Hospital (PAH) in White Rock, British Columbia. She worked for 25 years as an emergency room (ER) physician and frequently cared for patients presenting with repeat fractures related to osteoporosis. Her ER experience highlighted for her that patients were not receiving the appropriate fracture prevention interventions after they had sustained their first low trauma fracture (a fracture due to minimal trauma or occurring spontaneously). In 2007, she spearheaded the opening of Fraser Health’s multi-disciplinary Healthy Bones Clinic at PAH. She leads a knowledge translation research team that started the first Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) in BC at PAH in 2015. FLS is a well-researched model of care designed to prevent repeat osteoporosis related fractures. In 2019, her team was awarded an Implementation Science Team grant from Michael Smith Health Research BC to scale up and spread this BC adapted FLS model to other hospitals in BC. Sonia holds a research fellowship from the PAH Foundation and holds academic appointments at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Osteoporosis Canada, the co-chair of the International Fragility Fracture Network Special Interest Group in Secondary Fracture Prevention and the co-chair of the BC Coalition of Osteoporosis Physicians FLS Special Interest Group. Her awards include a Fraser Health Above and Beyond Award for Evidence Based Practice (2015) and an Osteoporosis Canada’s Community BackBone Award (2022).