Current Staff

Lauren Albrecht
, BEd, MEd, PhD Student

Role @ ECHO: Research Coordinator

I began working with ECHO in 2009 on a national, multi-site study examining pediatric pain practices at in-patient hospitals. From 2010-2014, I coordinated 3 systematic reviews as well as the TREKK Needs Assessment, a pan-Canadian study aimed at mobilizing the latest research in pediatric emergency medicine in general emergency departments. I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Pediatrics supervised by Drs. Shannon Scott & Lisa Hartling. The focus of my research is evaluating knowledge translation tools for health consumers.

"He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever"

- Chinese Proverb

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

Rachel Flynn
, BScN, MScN, PhD Student 

Role @ ECHO: Graduate Research Assistant at ECHO Research

I am currently in my second year of doctoral studies in the Faculty of Nursing. I have also worked as a research assistant in Dr. Scott’s program of research since June 2012. My research focus is knowledge translation and health systems quality improvement. I am specifically interested in exploring processes to improve the quality of health care systems and patient outcomes through knowledge translation. 

Little known fact: Little known fact: I love adventure and travel… a skydive in Australia, a glacier climb in New Zealand, an elephant trek in Thailand, white water rafting in America, surfing in Ireland, and horseback riding in the Rockies these are some of the travels and adventures I have had!

Allison Norris
, BA, BScN, PhD student, Pediatric Nurse at the Stollery Children's Hospital 

Role @ ECHO: Graduate Research Assistant at ECHO Research

I am currently in my second year of nursing graduate studies. I enjoy getting involved with research that will improve the lives of paediatric patients and their families. I am currently President of the Nursing Graduate Students' Association and the Executive Director of MENTOR US.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go” 

- Dr. Seuss

Little known fact: I play the celtic harp.

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. 

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!  

Salima Meherali, RN, BScN, PhD Candidate

Role @ ECHO: Graduate Research Assistant

I am currently in my final year of doctoral studies, co-supervised by Drs. Joanne Profetto-McGrath & Pauline Paul. I will be defending my PhD in April, 2016. My research areas of interest are Knowledge translation and implementation science. I have also worked as a research assistant at University of Alberta with different faculty since 2011, gaining research experience on several funded quantitative and qualitative research grants. Currently, I am a co-investigator on ACCFCR grants related to Social Determinants of Health, and Mental Health in Canadian Immigrants Across the Life Span.

Little known fact: I play Flute.


Former Staff

Kelli Buckreus, BA, MA(Ed), MLIS student
Role @ ECHO: Program Manager

I began working with ECHO Research in February 2016, and am excited for the opportunity to further my experience in health research knowledge translation. I previously worked in Aboriginal health research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, focusing on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, childhood obesity, and maternal and infant health outcomes. Travelling extensively to northern Alberta communities, the best part for me has been the lifelong friendships I have made and the chance to participate in many cultural events and activities such as round dances.

I have a Master’s degree specializing in Educational Studies (primarily on technology in learning), and I am currently a graduate student in the Master of Library & Information Studies program at the U of A. My undergraduate degree was in Bioethics.

I am passionate about integrating education and health research in developing knowledge translation strategies and tools, especially the potential offered by digital technologies.

My daughter is my greatest inspiration in everything I do.

Little known fact: At the age of 36, I became a mother and a grandmother within the span of three days! (I had my daughter on a Thursday, and my step-daughter had her daughter three days later on Sunday.)   


Katherine Bannar-Martin
, BSc, MSc, PhD

Previous Role @ ECHO: Research Manager

I started working with ECHO in 2013 on a systematic review of the efficacy of arts-based knowledge translation for the dissemination of health research. In 2014 I took on the role of research coordinator for a systematic review of process evaluations in health knowledge translation. I am now the Research Manager for the ECHO research program. In this challenging and invigorating role, I get to engage in research, financial management, website and social media management, and work with a variety of stakeholders and research collaborators. I am strongly committed to methodological advancement in all my research and thoroughly enjoy the methodological inclusivity favoured by the ECHO research program. As a research team focused on knowledge translation in pediatric health we are committed to promoting research excellence and disseminating our results to research collaborators, health care professionals, health care consumers and the general public. 

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”

- Khalil Gibran

Little known fact: I currently live in a log cabin off the grid on 76 acres, and am designing plans to build my own.


Heather Sharpe
, MN, PhD

Previous Role @ ECHO: Research Assistant

I began working with the ECHO team in the summer of 2014 focusing on projects related to the implementation of clinical guidelines and pathways.  My first project is conducting qualitative data analysis of the experiences of health care professionals with the implementation of a pathway for the management of pediatric gastroenteritis in the emergency department.  I completed by PhD at the University of Calgary in 2013 with support from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist program.  My mixed methods research considered the uptake of written asthma action plans in primary care.  I continue to be involved in pediatric research, focused on ways to improve outcomes for children. 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

- Sir Winston Churchill

Little known fact: We have five children, three of which were born during my PhD program.  Our youngest was born the night after I submitted the final version of my dissertation.  Her name is Piper Heather Dawn, her intials: PHD.