Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych
The Hospital for Sick Children
Psychologist and Health Systems Research Scientist
Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit
Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit
Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Scientific Director, Knowledge Translation
Child Health Evaluative Sciences
University of Toronto
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child Psychiatry
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Creative Professional Activity Committee
Phone: 416-813-1085 ext. 301085
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Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry. She is affiliated with both the SickKids Learning Institute and SickKids Research Institute, acting as the Scientific Director of Knowledge Translation for the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program in the Research Institute. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Barwick also advises the SickKids Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee, chairs the University of Toronto Psychiatry Creative Professional Activity committee and is an executive member of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health.
Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in implementation science and knowledge translation, and has a program of 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 also brings practical field experience in implementation, as lead for a technical team supporting 70 to 120 service provider organizations for Ontario’s outcome measurement initiative for child and youth mental health, overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services (2000-2015). Barwick provides training in knowledge translation internationally through the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners); the former has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada. She provides expert advice to government and service providers in the child and youth mental health, health and education sectors and extends her impact via a prolific and varied social media presence (www.melaniebarwick.com, melaniebarwick.wordpress.com, twitter.com/MelanieBarwick, and www.youtube.com/user/MelanieBarwick/videos).
- Implementation science and knowledge translation
- Health organizational change
- Practice change
- Mental health systems
- Children's mental health (CMH)
- Outcome measurement
Dr. Barwick leads the province-wide outcome measurement initiative in child mental health (CMH) services. Her team oversees the training, implementation and data management of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS), mandated for use in over 100 CMH service provider organizations across Ontario. Over 6,000 CMH practitioners (social workers, psychologists, child and youth workers, psychiatrists) have been trained and were supported in practice to reliably apply the CAFAS to assess response to treatment and collect outcome data for their client populations.
In this practice context, Dr. Barwick studies innovative knowledge translation strategies and the implementation of evidence-based practices. She leads a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Emerging Team in Knowledge Translation for Child and Youth Mental Health (2008-2015) that is testing an innovative implementation model to bring evidence-based practices into both the children's mental health and education sectors. More recently, with colleague Dr. Stan Zlotkin, she has funding from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to explore key factors related to effective implementation of exclusive breast feeding in low- and middle-income countries (Mali, Ethiopia) related to maternal newborn child health programs funded by Canada's Muskoka Initiative.
Board and Committee Involvement and Academic Service
- Committee member, SickKids Child Health Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee (2014-present)
- Research Member, PREVNet NCE (2014-present)
- Chair, Creative Professional Activity Committee, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (2013-present
- Executive Member, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids (2013-present)
- Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) Steering Committee, CAMH (2011-present)
- Instrument Review Task Force, Comprehensive Review of Dissemination and Implementation Science Instruments (Indiana University) (2011-present)
- Co-Chair, Policy Subcommittee, Evidence-Based Practice Consortium (USA and Canada) (2009-present)
- Founder and Organizing Committee, Ontario Knowledge Translation and Exchange Community of Practice (www.ktecop.ca) (2007-present)
- Senior Management / Education Council, Learning Institute, SickKids (2007-present)
- CAFAS in ONTARIO Advisory Committee, Chair (2000-present)
- Process evaluation of School Mental Health ASSIST, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board / Ontario Ministry of Education (2013-present)
- InterRAI Canada, KT Consultation (2012-2013)
- Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
- Development of a curriculum for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Youth Mental Health (2011)
- U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention, Expert Panel (2000)
2015 -2017 It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: A Science-Media Partnership to Mobilize Evidence about Children’s Pain to Parents. Chambers, C.T., Ehm, E., Barwick, M., Bender, J., Campbell-Yeo, M., Collier, G., Goldman, R., Mogil, J., O’Hara, K., Stevens, B., Stinson, J., Taddio, A. & Witteman, H. CIHR Knowledge to Action.
2014 - 2015 Improving Access to Standardized Fertility Preservation in Pediatric Oncology. PI: Lorenzo, Armando; Barwick, Melanie. Collaborator(s): Armando Lorenzo, Abha Gupta, Melanie Barwick; CIs: Lisa Allen, Sina Hadipour-Lamehshari, Kirk Lo. Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).
2013-2015 Perceptions and experiences of adolescent mothers accessing antenatal care services in Ghana and Tanzania. Muskoka Initiative. PI: Zlotkin, Stanley. Collaborator(s): CIs: Sellen, D., Barwick, M., Ndeki, S. (Tanzania). Collaborators: Lenters, L., Hackett, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada)
2013-2015 The Role of Child Health Workers and Other Factors Related to Successful Implementation of Exclusive Breastfeeding Across Consortium Projects. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada).
2012 - 2015 Maternal Newborn Child Health Knowledge Management Strategy. PI: Barwick, Melanie and Zlotkin, Stanley. Collaborator(s): Diego Bassani, Daniel Roth, Shawn Martin (Co-Investigators). CIDA with CARE Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Vision Canada (The Coalition)
2014 – 2015 It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Extending our reach to help parents of children undergoing painful procedures. PIs: Chambers, CT; Campbell-Yeo, M. Collaborators: J. Chorney, P. McGrath, M. Barwick, H. Witteman.
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Knowledge Sharing Support Awards.
2014 - 2017 Before, during and after: Service use in the mental health and health sectors within Ontario for children and youth with mental health problems. PI: Reid, Graham. Collaborator(s): Reid, G. J., Barwick, M., Cairney, Carter, J. R., , Kurdyak, P., Neufeld, R., W. J., Schraeder, K. E., St. Pierre, J., Stewart, S. L., Tobon, J. I., Vingilis,E.R. & Zaric, G. S
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Open Grant
2013 - 2015 Implementing Highly Specialized and Evidence-Based Pediatric Eating Disorder Treatment in Ontario. Collaborator(s): Nominated PA: Jennifer Couturier, Nominated Knowledge User: Marlene Boettcher (Sudbury ON), CIs: Melissa Kimber (McMaster U), Alison Niccols (McMaster U), Sheri Findlay (McMaster U), Sherry Van Blyderveen (McMaster U), Cheryl Webb (McMaster U), Melanie Barwick (SickKids).
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Knowledge to Action
2012 - 2017 Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR). PI: Westbrook, John (SEDL, Austin Texas USA). Collaborator(s): Consultant – Barwick.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
2011 - 2015 Sustainability of a Multidimensional Knowledge Translation Intervention to Improve Paediatric Pain Practices and Outcomes. PI: Stevens, Bonnie (NPI). Collaborator(s): Barwick, Melanie, Campbell, Fiona, Chambers, Christine, Cohen, Janice, Cummings, Greta, Estabrooks, Carole, Finley, G. Allen, Harrison, Denise, Holsti, Liisa; Latimer, Margot; Lee, Shoo; LeMay, Sylvie; McGrath, Patrick; Rashotte, Judith; Rosmus, Christina; Sawatzky-Dickinson, Doris; Scott, Shannon; Sidani, Souraya; Squires, Janet; Stinson; Jennifer; Taddio, Anna; Warnock, Fay; Willan, Andy; Yamada, Janet (Co-Investigators).
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
2010 - 2015 Better Nights/Better Days: Improving Psychosocial Health Outcomes in Children with Behavioural Insomnia. PI: Corkum, Penny (NPI). Collaborator(s): Pantelis Andreou (DAL), Melanie Barwick (SickKids), Christine Chambers (DAL), Roger Godbout (U MTL), Reut Gruber (Douglas H Research Ctr), Wendy Hall (U Hospital UBC), Patrick McGrath (IWK Health Centre), Graham Reid (Western), Benjamin Rusak (DAL), Robyn Stremler (Toronto), Terrance Wade (Brock), Carolyn Watters (DAL), Shelly Weiss (SickKids), Manisha Williams (U of Alberta Hospital) (Co-Applicants).
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Sleep and Circadian Rhythms: Team Grant
- Healthway Visiting Scholar, Perth, Western Australia (2014)
- Yorktown Family Services Community Award (2006)
- Best Poster, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (2006)
- Minister's Award for Knowledge Transfer Research, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2002)
Getting to Uptake: Leveraging Social Innovation for Practice Change (2009). Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Yamada J, Shorkey A, Barwick M, Widger K & Stevens B. (2015). The effectiveness of toolkits as knowledge translation strategies for integrating evidence into clinical care: A Systematic review. BMJ Open. Accepted March 11th 2015.
Couturier J, Kimber M, Lock J, Barwick M, McVey G, Findlay S, Webb C, Boettcher M, Niccols A & Woodford T. (2015). Implementing highly specialized and evidence-based pediatric eating disorder treatment: Protocol for a mixed methods evaluation. Implementation Science. Accepted March 9th 2015.
Lewis CC, Stanick C, Martinez R, Weiner BJ, Kim M, Barwick M & Comtois KA. (2015). The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Instrument Review Project: A Methodology to Promote Rigorous Evaluation. Implementation Science, 10:2 doi:10.1186/s13012-014-0193.
Barac R, Stein S, Bruce B, & Barwick M. (2014). Scoping Review of Toolkits as a Knowledge Translation Strategy in Health. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14:121.
Barwick M, Barac R, Akrong LM, Johnson S & Chaban P. (2014). Bringing evidence to the classroom: exploring educator notions of evidence and preferences for practice change. International Education Research, 2(4), 1-15. doi: 10.12735/ier.v2i4p01.
Barwick M, Phipps D, Myers G, Johnny M, Coriandoli R. (2014). Knowledge Translation and Strategic Communications: Unpacking Differences and Similarities for Scholarly and Research Communications. Scholarly and Research Communication, 5 (3) 1-14.
Stevens, B, Yamada, J, Promislow, S, Stinson, J, Harrison, D, Victor JC, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2014). Implementation of multidimensional knowledge translation strategies to improve procedural pain in hospitalized children. Implementation Science, 9:120 doi:10.1186/s13012-014-0120-1
Reid G, Stewart S, Zaric G, Carter J, Neufeld R, Tobon J, Barwick M, Vingilis E. (2014). Defining episodes of care in children's mental health using administrative data. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Published online 18 Nov 2014.
Cunningham, C.E., Barwick, M.A., Short, K., Chen, Y., Ratcliffe, J., Rimas, H., & Mielko, S. (2014). Modeling the mental health practice change preferences of educators: a discrete–choice conjoint experiment. School Mental Health, 6:1-14.
Stevens BJ, Yamada J, Estabrooks CA, Stinson J, Campbell F, Scott SD, Cummings G; CIHR Team in Children’s Pain: Barwick M, Chambers C, Cohen J, Finley GA, Harrison D, Johnston C, Latimer M, Lee S, Le May S, McGrath P, Rashotte J, Rosmus C, Sawatzky-Dickson D, Sidani S, Stremler R, Synnes A, Taddio A, Victor JC, Villeneuve E, Warnock F, Willan AR. (2014). Pain in hospitalized children: Effect of a multidimensional knowledge translation strategy on pain process and clinical outcomes. Pain, 155(1):60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.09.007.
Fearing G, Barwick MA & Kimber M. (2013). Clinical transformation: implementation of evidence-based practices from the management perspective. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41(4):455-68. doi: 10.1007/s10488-013-0481-9.
Rashotte J, Harrison D, Coburn G, Yamada J, Stevens BJ; CIHR Team in Children’s Pain: Barwick M, Campbell F, Chambers C, Cohen J, Cummings G, Estabrooks CA, Finley GA, Johnston C, Latimer M, Lee S, McGrath P, Sawatzky-Dickson D, Scott SD, Sidani S, Stremler R, Synnes A, Taddio A, Victor JC, Villeneuve E, Warnock F, Willan AR. (2013). Health care professionals’ pain narratives in hospitalized children’s medical records. Part 2: structure and content. Pain Research and Management,18(5):75-83.
Rashotte J, Coburn G, Harrison D, Stevens BJ, Yamada J, Abbott LK; CIHR Team in Children’s Pain: Barwick M, Campbell F, Chambers C, Cohen J, Cummings G, Estabrooks CA, Finley GA, Johnston C, Latimer M, Lee S, McGrath P, Sawatzky-Dickson D, Scott SD, Sidani S, Stremler R, Synnes A, Taddio A, Victor JC, Villeneuve E, Warnock F, Willan AR. Health care professionals’ pain narratives in hospitalized children’s medical records. Part 1: pain descriptors. Pain Research and Management,18(5):84-93.
Barwick MA, Urajnik D, & Moore JE. (2012) Training and Maintaining System-Wide Reliability in Outcome Management. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9694-x (Online First).
Stevens BJ, Harrison D, Rashotte J, Yamada J, Abbott LK, Coburn G, Stinson J, Le May S., CIHR Team in Children’s Pain: Barwick M, Campbell F, Chambers C, Cohen J, Cummings G, Estabrooks CA, Finley GA, Johnston C, Latimer M, Lee S, McGrath P, Sawatzky-Dickson D, Scott SD, Sidani S, Stremler R, Synnes A, Taddio A, Victor JC, Villeneuve E, Warnock F, Willan AR. (2012). Pain assessment and intensity in hospitalized children in Canada. Journal of Pain, 13(9):857-865. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.05.010.
Widger, K., Stevens, B., & Barwick, M. (CPA (Eds.). (2013). Stories from the floor: a knowledge translation casebook on improving pediatric pain practices. Toronto, ON: CIHR Team in Children’s Pain.
Barwick,M. (SRA), Bovaird, S., & McMillen, K. (2010). Building Capacity in Knowledge Translation: Developing a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate Program for Knowledge Translation Professionals. Ontario: Hospital for Sick Children.
Barwick, M. (SRA), Butterill, D., Lockett, D.M., Buckley, L., & Goering, P. (2005). Scientist knowledge translation training manual (SKTT). Toronto, ON: The Hospital for Sick Children / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Barwick, M. A., (SRA), Boydell, K. M., Stasiulis, E., Ferguson, H. B., Blase, K., & Fixsen, D. (2005). Knowledge transfer and evidence-based practice in children’s mental health. Toronto, ON: Children’s Mental Health Ontario.
Barwick, M.A. (SRA), Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services & Hodges, K. (2004). Culturally competent evaluation: Clinical considerations for rating the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale with aboriginal children and youth. Toronto, ON: The Hospital for Sick Children.
Barwick, M. A. (SRA), Boydell, K. M., & Omrin, C. (2002). A knowledge transfer infrastructure for children’s mental health in Ontario: Building capacity for research and practice. Toronto, ON: The Hospital for Sick Children.