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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Laura Beaune, MSW, Res. Dip. SW

The Hospital for Sick Children
Research Coordinator
Palliative and Bereavement Care

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research
Research Project Manager


Phone: 416-813-8332
Email: laura.beaune@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Laura Beaune has been an employee of The Hospital for Sick Children since 1991 where she has held clinical, teaching, strategic planning and research positions. Laura joins the project following a two year secondment to a Sick Kid's restructuring project where she provided leadership to teams in identifying and implementing patient care improvements. In addition to her new position as a Research Project Manager for the SSHRC Project, Laura is in a new position with the Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research where she will develop therapeutic interventions, support program development and participate in psychosocial and interdisciplinary research.

Clinical Care Activities

Quality of life/well being of children with craniofacial conditions and their families

Intervention and evaluation of programs aimed at improving the social and school experiences of children with physical differences

Examination of the role of social work on a craniofacial team

Research Interests

Development of a post graduate field placement in applied social work research

Research Activities 

Evaluating the effectiveness of a social skills group for pre-adolescents with cleft lip and palate (externally funded study, Smile Train, $10,000.00 US) - co-investigator

Evaluating the effectiveness of the Embracing Differences program on improving attitudes, knowledge and empathy towards children with facial differences (internally funded study, $13,000.00) - primary investigator

Examining Cross-Cultural Patient Care from the Perspectives of Families and Health Care Providers: Neonatal Intensive Care" - proposal in progress

Living with Treacher Collins Syndrome: Perspectives from Teenagers - study in progress - co-investigator

Implementing interdisciplinary documentation at HSC - Task Force Co-chair (1999 to present)