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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Karen Sappleton, MSEd, MSW, RSW

University of Toronto
Adjunct Lecturer
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work


Email: karen.sappleton@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Karen Sappleton, MSED, MSW, RSW  is the Manager of Child and Family-Centred Care & Health Equity in the Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child and Family Centred Care at SickKids.  In this capacity, she manages the Interpreter Services department, the Family Centre, and Child and Family Relations.  

Karen has been a member of the SickKids community for the last 9.5 years, first as a clinical social worker in the Clinical and Metabolic Genetics Program as well as the Good 2 Go Transition Program in Adolescent Medicine, and as a Clinical Research Project Manager for the Department of Social Work. Karen was also an Inter-Professional Education Specialist as a member of the New Immigrant Support Network, supporting the development and implementation of the Cultural Competence workshops at SickKids and running the Train-the-Trainer workshops throughout the province of Ontario. 

Prior to her career with SickKids, Karen was an educator and administrator in New York City, working predominantly with children and youth with learning disabilities and special needs. 

Karen has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a masters’ degree in education and in social work.  Karen is passionate about health equity, social justice, education, and supporting all of our children and families to have the best healthcare experience possible.