Team

ECHO Team

The ECHO team is made up of our various staff and trainees, and we are lead by our investigator, Dr. Shannon Scott.


Shannon Scott,
 RN, BN, MN, PhD 
Scott2015  I am a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. I currently hold a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair for knowledge translation in child health and an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Population Health Investigator award.

My research program, Translating Evidence in Child Health to enhance Outcomes (or ECHO), aims to improve the health outcomes of children in Alberta and Canada through application of the best research evidence, as well as exploring factors that shape research implementation. My research is in the field of knowledge translation (KT) — a field focused on decreasing the gap between what the best available evidence advises that clinicians do and what clinicians actually do in clinical practice.

I completed both a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction (1994), and a Master of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba (1998). I completed a PhD (2006) in Nursing and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2008) at Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) in the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, both funded by CIHR and AHFMR. I am the author of over 90 peer-reviewed papers and have given more than 200 presentations at international, national, and local meetings.

Little known fact: I almost did not go into nursing at all! But my desire to help sick children brought me to this profession and I am very passionate about nursing and nursing research.

 

Staff


Xuan Wu
, BSc, MSc 
  Role @ ECHO: Research Manager

I started working with ECHO in September, 2015, as a Research Manager. I have a Master degree in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. In 2012-2015, I coordinated a research project funded by CIHR on promoting Pap test to Chinese immigrants in Edmonton using innovative web-based KT tools. I enjoy conducting research that is engaging, impactful, innovative, and collaborative.

Little known fact: I didn’t know how to ride a bicycle until I conducted my field work (for my master’s thesis) in Chiang Rai-- a small rural town in Thailand. I got motivated to learn because this was the only transportation I could use to get to my favorite Zumba class across town! 

Lauren Albrecht , BEd, MEd, PhD Student
  Role @ ECHO: Research Coordinator

I am a PhD Student (2014 to present) with a research focus on knowledge translation science and knowledge translation for patients and caregivers in pediatric emergency care. With a background in Education (B.Ed. 2005, M.Ed. 2012), I bring a unique perspective to identifying and meeting information needs and communicating best research evidence on a variety of topics to lay audiences. In my spare time, I am the organizer and host of Nerd Nite Edmonton, a monthly speaker series with the tagline ‘Like Discovery Channel® with beer!’ I have also been honing my radio production and hosting skills since my 2016 Media Fellowship with CBC Radio.

Current Awards:

  • AIHS Graduate Studentship (2015-2019)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2015-2017)
  • ECHO/CIHR Knowledge to Action Grant Graduate Studentship (2014-2017)
  • AlHS Media Fellowship with CBC Radio (2016)
  • First prize, WCHRI Research Day Poster Presentation for Graduate Students (2016)
  • WCHRI Trainee Travel Grant (2016)
  • Graduate Students’ Association Academic Travel Award (2016)
  • TREKK Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)

Little known fact: I played cornerback on an all-boys football team in my youth!


Anne Le
, BHSc
  Role @ ECHO: Project Coordinator

I began working with ECHO in March of 2017 as a Project Coordinator. I have a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from the University of Calgary, in which my honours thesis focused on assessing the prevalence and accuracy of depression screening tools in Parkinson's disease patients. From 2015-2017, I worked as a research associate with the Calgary Stroke Program, coordinating and assisting on several clinical trials. 

Little known fact: I am a HUGE klutz; when I was 8, I broke my arm by tripping over my shoe laces.

Tony Ahn
, BSc, MEd (student) 
 

Role @ ECHO: Research Assistant

I have been involved with ECHO since Fall of 2016 as a research assistant. I did my bachelor's degree in psychology, and am currently pursuing my graduate studies in educational psychology here at University of Alberta. At ECHO, I bring User Experience design skills to the table to create graphic assets, prototype digital products, and to do the occasional programming and animating.

Little known fact: One of my hobbies include reading undergraduate course listings from Canadian universities (did you know U of A's psychology course codes are really organized relative to other universities?).

Trainees

Undergraduate Students


Dominique Lefebvre,
 BScN (Honors) Student 
  I am an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Alberta. I started working with ECHO May of 2017, and will be completing my honors research project during the next two years. I am passionate about providing patient care, involving families into patient recovery as well as studying the dynamics of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. My future career goals include working in a pediatric emergency department, pursuing my healthcare studies beyond the undergraduate level as well as taking my nursing practice abroad. 

Current Awards:

  • University of Alberta Undergraduate Scholarship, (2017)
  • Jean I Lee Memorial Scholarship, (2017)
  • Valerie Greentree Memorial Award, (2017)
  • Jason Lang Scholarship, (2017)
  • Faculty of Nursing Academic Excellence Scholarship, (2015)
  • University Hospital Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship in Nursing, (2015)
  • Brett Binder Leadership Award, (2015)
  • 21st Century Learner Award, (2015)
Little known Fact: I am one of very few people born and raised as a francophone in western Canada!

Sarah Walton
, BScN (Honors) Student 
  September 2017 marks the beginning of my fourth year in the University of Alberta nursing program. Last summer, I participated in a research project with the ECHO team doing usability evaluation of arts-based digital tools for parents with acutely ill children.  My next research project is looking at the different ways researchers can engage patients and families in child health research.   I am passionate about leadership, education, and anything health-related and hope to continue on with further education after finishing my undergraduate degree.

Current Awards:

  • Margaret Dell Scholarship (2016)
  • Margaret Olivia Cogswell Memorial Nursing Scholarship (2016)
  • Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship (2016)
  • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Summer Studentship Grant (2016)
  • Alberta Innovates- Health Solutions (AIHS) Summer Studentship Award (2016)
  • Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Student Summer Research Award (2016)
  • Helen McArthur Scholarship in Nursing (2015)
  • Valerie Greentree Memorial Award (2015)
  • Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship (2015)
  • University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship (2014)
  • Elnora Lorraine (Sandham) Riddle Nursing Entrance Scholarship (2014)

 Little Known Fact: I am half Italian and have grown up spending a lot of time visiting my family in Italy.   With this comes a love of food and travel- there is nothing I love better than sitting down to my Nonna’s cooking in the Italian countryside! 


Graduate Students


Alison Thompson
, BN, MN, PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant at ECHO 
  I am a Nurse Practitioner and have worked with children and families in many diverse settings.  In 2016, I started my PhD program, supervised by Dr Shannon Scott. My patient-oriented research aims to understand the experiences and information needs of parents caring for a child with functional constipation. My work builds on the knowledge of narrative-based interventions, while patient engagement will shape the development of a relevant, accessible, and evidence-based knowledge translation tool for parents with a child with functional constipation. My work as a research assistant has allowed me to participate in a variety of projects with the ECHO team. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to expand and practice my research skills while collaborating with such a wonderful team of people. 

Current Awards:

  • Women & Children’s Health Research Institute (2017-2019)
  • Isobel Secord Graduate Scholarship (2016)
  • Dr. Shirley Stinson Scholarship in Nursing History (2016)
  • Huronia Nurse Practitioner Network Bursary (2016)
  • University of Alberta PhD Recruitment Scholarship (2016)
  • Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship (2005)
  • Jill E. Schneuker Fellowship in Nursing Sciences (2005)
  • Don Mazankowski Graduate Scholarship (2004)

Little known fact: My favourite summer activity is having a hot sauna then jumping off the dock with my kids.


Alyson Campbell
, RN, BScN, PhD student, Graduate Research Assistant at ECHO Research 
  I began working with ECHO in the fall of 2016, as a Master's of Nursing student at the University of Alberta, under the advisement of Dr. Shannon Scott. Beginning in fall 2017, I will embark on my PhD studies. My future research focus will be aimed at developing and evaluating knowledge translation tools for parents and families within paediatric settings. My clinical background includes maternal-child care nursing on Prince Edward Island, and paediatric medicine at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. I am committed to involving myself in research practices aimed at improving health outcomes for children and families, and am excited for my future involvement here at ECHO!

Current Awards:

  • Canadian Nurse's Foundation Dr. Helen Preston Glass Fellowship (2017)
  • University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (2017)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (Stipend from Drs. Scott&Hartling CIHR Foundation Grant) (2017-2018)
  • WCHRI Trainee Travel Grant (2017)
  • University of Alberta Master's Recruitment Scholarship (2016)
  • Don Mazankowski Graduate Scholarship in Nursing (2016)
Little known fact: I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada (Prince Edward Island).  Beaches, potatoes and Anne of Green Gables will always be close to my heart!

Rachel Flynn
, BScN, MScN, PhD Student at ECHO Research 
  I began my doctoral studies at the Faculty of Nursing in Fall 2013. For my doctoral research I am conducting a realist investigation of Lean (a quality improvement management system) sustinability in pediatric healthcare. My research areas of interest are improvement science and implementation science. I am specifically interested in evaluating the sustainability of processes and interventions used to improve the quality of healthcare systems, using realist methodology. I have also worked as a research assistant at ECHO since 2012, gaining research experience on several nationally funded qualitative and mixed methods research grants.

Current Awards: 

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Scholarship for Leadership & Organizing Change course (Aug. 2017)
  • AIHS Clinician Fellowship (2015-2018)
  • KT Canada STIHR Fellowship (2014-2015)
  • Women & Children's Health Research Institute Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET) (2014) Kathleen Cahill Memorial Scholarship
  • Faculty of Nursing Don Mazankowski Award (2014)
  • Mike McDonnell Scholarship (2013)
  • Stipend from Dr. Scott's Canada Research Chair, funded through the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta (2013-2014)

Little known fact: I was the 2013 Western Canada Rose ambassador for the Rose of Tralee International festival hosted in Ireland.


Salima Meherali
, RN, BScN, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow 
  I started working with ECHO in January 2016, as Research assistant to further my research knowledge and experience in knowledge translation research. I completed my doctoral degree in June 2016. In September 2016 I started my postdoctoral training, co-supervised by Drs. Shannon Scott and Lisa Hartling. For my postdoctoral research project I am developing and evaluating the usability of innovative KT tools (white board video/infographics). Second, and significantly, I will also explore, document and evaluate a process of cultural adaptation of these tools, utilizing a health care site in Pakistan. I am specifically interested in to understand and evaluate the global impact of KT tools and to develop rigorous guidance for adapting KT tools for new cultures, countries and contexts.

Current Awards:

  • Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)
  • Graduate Tuition Remission, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta (2014)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Sigma Chapter Research Award (2014)
  • International Student Scholarship, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta (2013)
  • Alice R Thomas & Bryan Campbell-Hope International Graduate Scholarship (2013)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (2011)
  • Aga Khan Foundation Award( 2011)
Little known fact: I can play the flute. 

Lauren Albrecht , BEd, MEd, PhD Student 

Role @ ECHO: Research Coordinator

I am a PhD Student (2014 to present) with a research focus on knowledge translation science and knowledge translation for patients and caregivers in pediatric emergency care. With a background in Education (B.Ed. 2005, M.Ed. 2012), I bring a unique perspective to identifying and meeting information needs and communicating best research evidence on a variety of topics to lay audiences. In my spare time, I am the organizer and host of Nerd Nite Edmonton, a monthly speaker series with the tagline ‘Like Discovery Channel® with beer!’ I have also been honing my radio production and hosting skills since my 2016 Media Fellowship with CBC Radio.


Awards:


  • AIHS Graduate Studentship (2015-2019)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2015-2017)
  • ECHO/CIHR Knowledge to Action Grant Graduate Studentship (2014-2017)
  • AlHS Media Fellowship with CBC Radio (2016)
  • First prize, WCHRI Research Day Poster Presentation for Graduate Students (2016)
  • WCHRI Trainee Travel Grant (2016)
  • Graduate Students’ Association Academic Travel Award (2016)
  • TREKK Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)


Little known fact: I played cornerback on an all-boys football team in my youth!


Lauren Albrecht , BEd, MEd, PhD Student 

Role @ ECHO: Research Coordinator

I am a PhD Student (2014 to present) with a research focus on knowledge translation science and knowledge translation for patients and caregivers in pediatric emergency care. With a background in Education (B.Ed. 2005, M.Ed. 2012), I bring a unique perspective to identifying and meeting information needs and communicating best research evidence on a variety of topics to lay audiences. In my spare time, I am the organizer and host of Nerd Nite Edmonton, a monthly speaker series with the tagline ‘Like Discovery Channel® with beer!’ I have also been honing my radio production and hosting skills since my 2016 Media Fellowship with CBC Radio.


Awards:


  • AIHS Graduate Studentship (2015-2019)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2015-2017)
  • ECHO/CIHR Knowledge to Action Grant Graduate Studentship (2014-2017)
  • AlHS Media Fellowship with CBC Radio (2016)
  • First prize, WCHRI Research Day Poster Presentation for Graduate Students (2016)
  • WCHRI Trainee Travel Grant (2016)
  • Graduate Students’ Association Academic Travel Award (2016)
  • TREKK Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)


Little known fact: I played cornerback on an all-boys football team in my youth!