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Melanie Barwick

TitleHead and Senior Scientist
InstitutionThe Hospital for Sick Children
DepartmentChild and Youth Mental Health Research Unit
Address555 University Avenue
Toronto ON M5G 1X8
Phone416-813-1500
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2478-604X Additional info
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    University of Toronto, TorontoPost Doc1996Infant Mental Health
    University of Toronto, TorontoPost Doc1994Developmental Psychopathology
    McGill University, MontrealPhD1993Educational Psychology
    OISE / U Toronto, TorontoMA1989Special Education
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    2018Visiting Scholar, Murdoch Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Melbourne Australia
    2017 - 2022Visiting Professor, Visiting Professor, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK
    2016Visiting Scholar, Murdoch Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Melbourne Australia
    2016Visiting Scholar, Western Australia Health Translation Network (WAHTN) and University of Western Australia
    2014Professional Profile, J Hunsley and CM Lee (2014). Introduction to clinical psychology: An evidence-based approach. Third

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    Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych is a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program of the SickKids’ Research Institute, and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) in the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute where she conducts professional development in knowledge translation, and with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, as a scientist and member of the leadership.
    At the University of Toronto, she is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation.
    She is a Governing Board Director for the Wisdom to Action Network Centre of Excellence and AMREF Health Africa. She is an Associate Editor for the journal, Evidence & Policy. Dr. Barwick consults to government and service providers in the child and youth mental health, health and education sectors, and extends her impact via a varied social media presence.
    Dr. Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in implementation science and knowledge translation, and has a program of health services research that spans health, mental health, education, and global health sectors. Her research aims to improve the implementation of evidence into practice and to broaden the reach of evidence more generally to support decision making, policy, knowledge and awareness. She has extensive practical field experience in implementation, as lead technical assistance supporting outcome measurement for Ontario child and youth mental health provider organizations (2000-2015). She developed and provides professional development in knowledge translation internationally through the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners) (http://tinyurl.com/p2p5du6).The KTPC has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and has over 300 graduates worldwide from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States). Since 2004, SKTT has trained over 3000 individuals internationally, and is the go-to KT training resource for many Canadian health funders and organizations.
    Blog: https://melaniebarwick.wordpress.com/
    Web: www.melaniebarwick.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelanieBarwick
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MelanieBarwick/videos


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         (Adele Jones)
    Global Challenges Research Fund, Research Council UK
    Research and Evaluation of Prosocial Games for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
    Role: Collaborator (CO), KT and Implementation Lead

         (Catherine Birken)
    Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU). IMPACT Child Health Award
    Addressing obesity in toddlers at risk: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial comparing usual care to group-based parenting and home visits in primary care
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Daphne Korczak, Yaron Finkelstein)
    CIHR Project Scheme
    A Focused Suicide Prevention Strategy for Youth Presenting to the Emergency Department with Suicide Related Behavior: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Yi Zhang)
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI USA)
    Enhancing dissemination and implementation of causal inference methods through partnerships with large health system
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Bonnie Stevens)
    CIHR Foundation Award
    Effective knowledge translation strategies for enhancing impact and improving outcomes in infant pain.
    Role: Program Expert

         (Paul Nathan)
    CIHR Foundation Award
    Optimizing outcomes in survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer
    Role: Program Expert

         (Pierre Pluye)
    CIHR Project Scheme
    Assessing and improving the use of online information about child development, health and well-being: Outcomes for low education low income parents and their children
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Christine Chambers)
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Knowledge to Action
    It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: A Science-Media Partnership to Mobilize Evidence about Children’s Pain to Parents.
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Peter Szatmari)
    Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU). IMPACT Child Health Award
    pragmatic randomized controlled trial of an Integrated Collaborative Care Team (ICCT) model for youth with mental health and addiction challenges
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Amna Husain, Melanie Barwick)
    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) Innovation to Impact Grant
    Building effective teams: The implementation of a web-based clinical collaboration system.

         (Christine Chambers)
    Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Knowledge Sharing Support Award
    A video case study: sharing evidence of the impact of “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” social media initiative by parents.
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Christine Chambers / Jennifer Stinson)
    Canadian Cancer Society
    Cancer Pain Management in Children: Using Social Media to Bridge the Gap
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Ian Manion and Stephen Mathias)
    CIHR, International Knowledge Translation Platform Networks of Centres of Excellence – International Research Platforms.
    Healthy Young People Everywhere (HYPE) IKT Platform (Rebranded as FRAYME)
    Role: Collaborator (CO), KT and Implementation Lead

         (Christine Chambers)
    Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Knowledge Sharing Support Award.
    A social media tool kit for health researchers.
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Rebecca Haines-Saah)
    CIHR Project Scheme
    Healthy public policy through engagement: Promoting the mental health of Canadian children
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Paul Nathan Yan Yuan)
    CIHR Project Scheme
    Risk prediction for ovarian failure in childhood cancer survivors
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Daphne Korczak, Yaron Finkelstein)
    Sick Kids Foundation
    A Focused Suicide Prevention Strategy for Youth Presenting to the Emergency Department with Suicide Related Behavior: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Christine Chambers, Marsha Campbell-Yeo)

    “It doesn’t have to hurt”: Extending our Reach to Help Parents of Children Undergoing Painful Procedures

         (Aristotlte Voineskos)
    CIHR SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial
    Enhancing evidence-based practice for youth and emerging adults with early psychosis: implementation and evaluation in diverse service settings
    Role: Co-Applicant

         (Cara Lewis)
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) (USA) R01MH
    Advancing implementation science through measure development and evaluation.
    Role: Collaborator and Advisory Board

         (Adele Jones)
    University Research Fund, University of Huddersfield
    None in Three (Ni3) - A Centre for the Development, Application, Research and Evaluation of Prosocial Games for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
    Role: Collaborator and Visiting Professor; Implementation Lead

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    1. Couturier J, Kimber M, Barwick M, Woodford T, McVey G, Findlay S, Webb C, Niccols A, Lock J. Themes arising during implementation consultation with teams applying family-based treatment: a qualitative study. J Eat Disord. 2018; 6:32. PMID: 30410759.
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    2. Higgins KS, Tutelman PR, Chambers CT, Witteman HO, Barwick M, Corkum P, Grant D, Stinson JN, Lalloo C, Robins S, Orji R, Jordan I. Availability of researcher-led eHealth tools for pain assessment and management: barriers, facilitators, costs, and design. Pain Rep. 2018 Sep; 3(Suppl 1):e686. PMID: 30324177.
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    3. Pluye P, Loignon C, Lagarde F, Doray G, El Sherif R, Granikov V, Bujold M, Grad R, Bartlett-Esquilant G, Barwick M, Schuster T, Turcotte E, & Bouthillier F. Assessing and Improving the Use of Online Information about Child Development, Education, Health and Well-Being in Low Education Low-Income Parents: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Multiphase Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2018.
    4. Wigle JM, Akseer N, Carbone S, Barac R, Barwick M, Zlotkin S. Developing a tool to measure the reciprocal benefits that accrue to health professionals involved in global health. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(4):e000792. PMID: 30167333.
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    5. Barac R, Als D, Radhakrishnan A, Gaffey MF, Bhutta ZA, Barwick M. Implementation of Interventions for the Control of Typhoid Fever in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018 Sep; 99(3_Suppl):79-88. PMID: 30047365.
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    6. Barac R, Kimber M, Johnson S, Barwick M. The effectiveness of consultation for clinicians learning to deliver motivational interviewing with fidelity. J Evid Inf Soc Work. 2018 Sep-Oct; 15(5):510-533. PMID: 29883279.
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    7. Li SA, Jeffs L, Barwick M, Stevens B. Organizational contextual features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings: a systematic integrative review. Syst Rev. 2018 May 05; 7(1):72. PMID: 29729669.
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    8. Tutelman PR, Chambers CT, Stinson JN, Parker JA, Fernandez CV, Witteman HO, Nathan PC, Barwick M, Campbell F, Jibb LA, Irwin K. Pain in Children With Cancer: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Parent Management. Clin J Pain. 2018 Mar; 34(3):198-206. PMID: 28678061.
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    9. Cunningham CE, Barwick M, Rimas H, Mielko S, Barac R. Modeling the Decision of Mental Health Providers to Implement Evidence-Based Children's Mental Health Services: A Discrete Choice Conjoint Experiment. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2018 Mar; 45(2):302-317. PMID: 28918498.
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    10. Powell BJ, Stanick CF, Halko HM, Dorsey CN, Weiner BJ, Barwick MA, Damschroder LJ, Wensing M, Wolfenden L, Lewis CC. Toward criteria for pragmatic measurement in implementation research and practice: a stakeholder-driven approach using concept mapping. Implement Sci. 2017 10 03; 12(1):118. PMID: 28974248.
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    11. Couturier J, Lock J, Kimber M, McVey G, Barwick M, Niccols A, Webb C, Findlay S, Woodford T. Themes arising in clinical consultation for therapists implementing family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: a qualitative study. J Eat Disord. 2017; 5:28. PMID: 28878927.
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    12. Carbone S, Wigle J, Akseer N, Barac R, Barwick M, Zlotkin S. Perceived reciprocal value of health professionals' participation in global child health-related work. Global Health. 2017 05 22; 13(1):27. PMID: 28532502.
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    13. Pinnock H, Barwick M, Carpenter CR, Eldridge S, Grandes G, Griffiths CJ, Rycroft-Malone J, Meissner P, Murray E, Patel A, Sheikh A, Taylor SJ. Standards for Reporting Implementation Studies (StaRI): explanation and elaboration document. BMJ Open. 2017 04 03; 7(4):e013318. PMID: 28373250.
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    14. Stevens BJ, Yamada J, Promislow S, Barwick M, Pinard M. Pain Assessment and Management After a Knowledge Translation Booster Intervention. Pediatrics. 2016 10; 138(4). PMID: 27587614.
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    15. Reid G, Stewart SL, Zaric GS, Carter JR, Neufeld RW, Tobon JI, Barwick M, Vingilis ER. Defining Episodes of Care in Children's Mental Health Using Administrative Data. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2015 Nov; 42(6):737-47. PMID: 25403258.
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    16. Pullenayegum EM, Platt RW, Barwick M, Feldman BM, Offringa M, Thabane L. Knowledge translation in biostatistics: a survey of current practices, preferences, and barriers to the dissemination and uptake of new statistical methods. Stat Med. 2016 Mar 15; 35(6):805-18. PMID: 26307183.
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    17. Yamada J, Shorkey A, Barwick M, Widger K, Stevens BJ. The effectiveness of toolkits as knowledge translation strategies for integrating evidence into clinical care: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 13; 5(4):e006808. PMID: 25869686; PMCID: PMC4401869.
    18. Couturier J, Kimber M, Lock J, Barwick M, McVey G, Findlay S, Webb C, Boettcher M, Niccols A, Woodford T. Implementing highly specialized and evidence-based pediatric eating disorder treatment: protocol for a mixed methods evaluation. Implement Sci. 2015 Mar 28; 10:40. PMID: 25888744; PMCID: PMC4381401.
    19. Lewis CC, Stanick CF, Martinez RG, Weiner BJ, Kim M, Barwick M, Comtois KA. The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Instrument Review Project: a methodology to promote rigorous evaluation. Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 08; 10:2. PMID: 25567126; PMCID: PMC4308900.
    20. Barac R, Stein S, Bruce B, Barwick M. Scoping review of toolkits as a knowledge translation strategy in health. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014 Dec 24; 14:121. PMID: 25539950; PMCID: PMC4308831.
    21. Fearing G, Barwick M, Kimber M. Clinical transformation: Manager's perspectives on implementation of evidence-based practice. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2014 Jul; 41(4):455-68. PMID: 23494388.
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    22. Barwick MA, Urajnik DJ, Moore JE. Training and Maintaining System-Wide Reliability in Outcome Management. J Child Fam Stud. 2014; 23(1):85-94. PMID: 24436627.
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    23. Cunningham CE, Barwick M, Short K, Chen Y, Rimas H, Ratcliffe J, Mielko S. Modeling the Mental Health Practice Change Preferences of Educators: A Discrete-Choice Conjoint Experiment. School Ment Health. 2014; 6(1):1-14. PMID: 24563679.
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    24. Barwick M, Urajnik D, Sumner L, Cohen S, Reid G, Engel K, Moore JE. Profiles and service utilization for children accessing a mental health walk-in clinic versus usual care. J Evid Based Soc Work. 2013; 10(4):338-52. PMID: 23879357.
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    25. Kimber M, Barwick M, Fearing G. Becoming an evidence-based service provider: staff perceptions and experiences of organizational change. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2012 Jul; 39(3):314-32. PMID: 22396047.
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    26. Barwick MA, Schachter HM, Bennett LM, McGowan J, Ly M, Wilson A, Bennett K, Buchanan DH, Fergusson D, Manion I. Knowledge translation efforts in child and youth mental health: a systematic review. J Evid Based Soc Work. 2012; 9(4):369-95. PMID: 22830938; PMCID: PMC3534353.
    27. Cunningham CE, Bruce BS, Snowdon AW, Chen Y, Kolga C, Piotrowski C, Warda L, Correale H, Clark E, Barwick M. Modeling improvements in booster seat use: a discrete choice conjoint experiment. Accid Anal Prev. 2011 Nov; 43(6):1999-2009. PMID: 21819828.
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    28. Stevens BJ, Abbott LK, Yamada J, Harrison D, Stinson J, Taddio A, Barwick M, Latimer M, Scott SD, Rashotte J, Campbell F, Finley GA. Epidemiology and management of painful procedures in children in Canadian hospitals. CMAJ. 2011 Apr 19; 183(7):E403-10. PMID: 21464171; PMCID: PMC3080557.
    29. Bruce BS, Snowdon AW, Cunningham C, Cramm CL, Whittle K, Correale H, Barwick M, Piotrowski C, Warda L, Harrold J. Predicting parents' use of booster seats. Inj Prev. 2011 Oct; 17(5):313-8. PMID: 21415070.
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    30. Barwick MA, Peters J, Boydell K. Getting to uptake: do communities of practice support the implementation of evidence-based practice? J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Feb; 18(1):16-29. PMID: 19270845; PMCID: PMC2651208.
    31. Barwick MA, Boydell KM, Stasiulis E, Ferguson HB, Blase K, Fixsen D. Research utilization among children's mental health providers. Implement Sci. 2008 Apr 09; 3:19. PMID: 18400090; PMCID: PMC2323017.
    32. Boydell KM, Barwick M, Ferguson HB, Haines R. A feasibility study to assess service providers' perspectives regarding the use of the child and adolescent functional assessment scale in Ontario. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2005 Jan-Mar; 32(1):105-9. PMID: 15632802.
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    33. Barwick M, Boydell KM, Cunningham CE, Ferguson HB. Overview of Ontario's Screening and Outcome Measurement Initiative in Children's Mental Health. Can Child Adolesc Psychiatr Rev. 2004 Nov; 13(4):105-9. PMID: 19030488; PMCID: PMC2538706.
    34. Cohen NJ, Vallance DD, Barwick M, Im N, Menna R, Horodezky NB, Isaacson L. The interface between ADHD and language impairment: an examination of language, achievement, and cognitive processing. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2000 Mar; 41(3):353-62. PMID: 10784082.
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    35. Cohen NJ, Menna R, Vallance DD, Barwick MA, Im N, Horodezky NB. Language, social cognitive processing, and behavioral characteristics of psychiatrically disturbed children with previously identified and unsuspected language impairments. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1998 Sep; 39(6):853-64. PMID: 9758194.
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    36. Cohen NJ, Barwick MA, Horodezky NB, Vallance DD, Im N. Language, achievement, and cognitive processing in psychiatrically disturbed children with previously identified and unsuspected language impairments. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1998 Sep; 39(6):865-77. PMID: 9758195.
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