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Technology Assessment at SickKids

TASK Force

Wendy Ungar, M.Sc., PhD
Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids); Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto

As Director of TASK, Ungar's primary research interests include health economic methods research, medication cost-sharing and health outcomes in children with asthma and health technology assessment of interventions and programs for children.

For more information, please visit Dr. Ungar's profile.

Kate Tsiplova, M.Sc.

Research Manager, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids

Tsiplova joined TASK in June 2015. She will be responsible for next generation sequencing costing and economic evaluations as well as knowledge synthesis initiatives including updates to the PEDE database. Prior to arriving at TASK Tsiplova obtained her Master of Science degree in biostatistics with additional expertise in health economics and environmental sciences.  She previously worked at Cancer Care Ontario designing and implementing evaluations of provincial cancer screening programs.

Dean Regier, PhD, was a previous TASK Research Associate and currently collaborates on discrete choice experiments.


  • Tracy Yuen, M.Sc., PhD candidate
    Thesis title: Cost effectiveness of alternative genome-based diagnostic strategies in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Naaz Bashir, M.Sc., MBA, PMP, PhD candidate
    Thesis title: Health technology assessment of personalized disease management strategies in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
  • Melanie Penner, MD, FRCPC, M.Sc., 2016
    Thesis title: Cost-effectiveness of alternative clinical diagnostic approaches in autism spectrum disorder
  • Maarten Blanken, MD, M.Sc., PhD(C), Visiting Research Fellow (2012-2013)
    Project title: The cost-effectiveness of a diagnostic prediction rule and Respiratory Syncytial Virus prophylaxis in preterm infants
  • Eon Ting, MBA, M.Sc., 2016
    Thesis title: A health technology assessment of influenza vaccination programs in Canada
  • Elaine Goh, MD, M.Sc. Candidate
    Thesis title: Genetic counsellors’ preferences for preimplantation genetic diagnosis: a discrete choice experiment
  • Myla Moretti, PhD, 2014
    Thesis title: A cost-effectiveness analysis of maternal genotyping to guide treatment for postpartum pain and avert infant adverse events
  • Seija K. Kromm MA, PhD(C), Jennifer Bethell M.Sc., Ferne Kraglund DDS, M.Sc., FRCD(C), Sarah A. Edwards MH.Sc.,
    Project title: Characteristics and quality of pediatric cost-utility analyses
  • Heather Burnett, M.Sc., 2011
    Thesis title: Parents’ preferences for drug treatments in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a discrete choice experiment
  • Cindy Gauvreau, PhD, 2011
    Thesis title: The application of cost-effectiveness analysis in developing countries
  • Rebecca Hancock, PhD, 2010
    Thesis title: An economic evaluation of teratology information services
  • Jennifer Donnan, M.Sc., 2009
    Thesis title: Health technology assessment of thiopurine methyltransferase testing for guiding 6-mercaptopurine doses in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia