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Child Health Evaluative Sciences

About Us

The EnRICH Team, from left to right: Cara Murphy, Andrea Chiaramida, Emma Mew, Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow, Andrea Monsour, Leena Saeed, Nancy Butcher, Martin Offringa

Current Staff

Martin Offringa, MD, PhD

Senior Scientist, Program Head Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Nancy Butcher, PhD, MSc

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Butcher is a researcher in clinical trial methods with expertise in neuropsychiatric and rare diseases. Her current line of research focuses on clinical trial methodology with the aim of developing and disseminating tools that improve the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials, particularly in mental health and complex populations. Dr. Butcher is co-chair of the InsPECT Group, an international team that is developing a standard for reporting trial outcomes (InsPECT - Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials), and she is leading and participating in the development of several pediatric core outcome sets. Dr. Butcher has published widely on the neuropsychiatric expression of a multisystem genomic disorder, the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and identified the 22q11.2 deletion as a genetic risk factor for early-onset Parkinson’s disease. She holds a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Toronto.

Cara Murphy, MSc, PMP

Clinical Research Project Manager

Cara Murphy is a Master of Science graduate in health services research with a background in mental health. Her previous research projects involved the study of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and access to health care services for youth diagnosed with mental health disorders. As a project manager, Cara is responsible for managing the Methods Core team that is part of a collaborative multi-site CIHR-funded research project on Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Trials. 

Emma Mew, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager

Emma is an epidemiologist with a background in mental health and health equity research. She has worked in a variety of research and applied public health settings in Canada and abroad. Emma manages various clinical research projects at EnRICH, including the Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials (InsPECT) project.

Andrea Monsour, MPH

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Andrea is a recent Master of Public Health in Epidemiology graduate from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Prior to her graduate degree, she worked on a variety of research projects surrounding sleep-related disorders in paediatric populations. Andrea’s primary role at EnRICH is coordinating the Delphi study and consensus meeting phase of the Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials (InsPECT) project.

Leena Saeed, BSc

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Leena is a clinical research project assistant at the EnRICH lab. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto where she completed a double major in immunology and health and disease. During her undergraduate degree, she was a research assistant at IHPME in the University of Toronto, where she assisted with projects on colorectal cancer screening policies and creating a guideline for using Google in systematic reviews.

Andrea Chiaramida, BA

Administrative Assistant

Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow, MPH

Research Student

Sagar Patel

Research Student

Lucia Santos

Research Student

Former Staff


The team in 2015. From top left to bottom right: Martin Offringa, April Clyburne-Sherin, Lauren Kelly, Mufiza Kapadia, Pravheen Thurairajah, Winnie Chan, Allison Needham, Andrea Verdugo

Lauren Kelly, PhD, M.Sc.

Clinical Research Project Manager

Lauren is a pharmacologist whose expertise is in pharmacogenomics and paediatric clinical trials. Her previous research investigated genetic and clinical risk factors for opioid morbidity and mortality in children. Her current research objectives include developing standards for paediatric drug monographs and empirically assessing the choice of comparators in paediatric clinical trials.

Winnie Chan, MPH (2013-2015)

Clinical Research Project Manager

Winnie is an epidemiologist with a background in chronic diseases, human nutrition and global health. She has extensive research experience using many different research methodologies and data types, including survey and administrative databases. As the Project Manager Winnie is responsible for several of the team’s initiatives including TORCH, GRiP, SPIRIT-C and CONSORT-C.

Allison Needham, MSc (2013-2016)

Clinical Research Project Manager

Allison is a Masters of Science graduate with a background in adult and pediatric psychiatry. Previous research projects have included preclinical models of disease, clinical trials and programs for psychosocial support. Allison is responsible for research ethics harmonization activities, coordination of the Innovative Trial Design course and coordination of grassroots methodological group StaR Child Health.

Mufiza Kapadia, PhD, MSc, MBBS (2014-2016)

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Mufiza is a physician with a PhD in Public Health. She has extensive experience in systematic reviews in the field of perinatal epidemiology, public health program monitoring and evaluation, teaching epidemiology and biostatistics and managing health development and research projects in Canada, United Kingdom and Pakistan. Her research interests include core outcome set development, maternal obesity, paediatric outcomes, disparities in treatment access, data linkage, surveillance, survey design, and methodological research in paediatric clinical trials. At CHES, she is involved in a series of research studies under TORCH (Toronto Outcome Research in Child Health), paediatric clinical trial guideline development, and Star Child Health.

Pravheen Thurairajah,  M.Sc (2014-2016)

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Pravheen is Masters of Science graduate in epidemiology. His previous work involved the study of  traumatic brain injury, focusing on topics such as return to work, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric disturbances. Pravheen is currently involved in the synthesis of evidence for CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C projects.

April Clyburne-Sherin, BSc, M.Sc. (candidate) (2015-2016)

Clinical Research Project Assistant

April is a Master of Science candidate in epidemiology with a background in geographical epidemiology, ecohealth and aboriginal health. April has a strong foundation in statistical and epidemiological methodologies, including systematic review and meta-analyses. As a Clinical Research Project Assistant, April is responsible for synthesizing evidence to inform CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C guidelines.

Andrea Verdugo (2013-2016)

Administrative Assistant