Scientific Director, Knowledge Translation Program, SickKids Learning Institute
Dr. Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in implementation science and knowledge translation and has a health services research program 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 has extensive practical experience in implementation. She developed several dissemination and implementation tools, and provides professional development in knowledge translation (dissemination and implementation) internationally through the Specialist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers), the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners), and Planning for Implementation Practice (PIP) for foundational training in implementation planning. The KTPC has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and has over 480 graduates worldwide from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Since 2004, SKTT has trained over 3000 individuals internationally and is the go-to KT training resource for many Canadian health funders and organizations.
Dr. Barwick focuses on implementation science, studying innovative dissemination and implementation methods to facilitate the efficacy and effectiveness of research evidence applied in practice across various contexts, including health, mental health, and global health. Her research program explores empirically supported approaches, measures, and tools to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practices across these multiple contexts.
Education and experience
- 1994–1996 Postdoctorate, Infant Mental Health, Research (Psychiatry), Hincks Institute (U Toronto), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Cohen
- 1992–1994 Post Doctorate, Developmental Psychopathology, Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Cohen
- 1989–1993 PhD, Educational Psychology, Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Eisemon
- 1987–1989 MA, Special Education, OISE/UT, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Linda Siegel
- 1983-1986 BA, Psychology, Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- 2018–Present Professor (Primary appointment), Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
- 2018–Present Professor, Status-Only, Social and Behavioural Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
- 2018–Present Professor, Status-Only, Institute of Health Policy, Measurement and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
- 2018–Present Visiting Professor, None in Three Research Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK
- 2015–Present Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario, Canada (Primary)
- 2013–Present Full Member, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 2013 - present Executive Member and Senior Scientist, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children
- 2007–Present Member, Education Council, Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children
- 2022: Awarded, The John Westbrook Award for Knowledge Translation, The Campbell Collaboration
- 2021: Nominated, Child Healthcare Canada, Individual Leadership Award
- 2020: Visiting Scholar, Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia. The Black Dog Institute is affiliated with the University of New South Wales.
- 2020: Visiting Scholar - Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture, Everymind, Newcastle, Australia. Everymind is affiliated with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
- 2019: Winner, Emerald Publisher Impact Award – Driving the Impact Agenda Category. Knowledge Translation Team at Melbourne Children’s Centre for Community Child Health, based within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital
- 2019: Shortlisted, Emerald Publisher Impact Award – Driving the Impact Agenda Category. SickKids Knowledge Translation Program
- 2018: Visiting Scholar, University of Western Australia – Western Australia Health Translation Network
- 2018: Visiting Scholar, Murdoch Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
- Barwick M (SRA), Brown J, Petricca K, Stevens B, Powell B, Jaouich A, Shakespeare J, Seto E. (2023). The Implementation Playbook: study protocol for the development and feasibility evaluation of a digital tool for effective implementation of evidence-based innovations. Published Mar 7, 2023, Implementation Science Communications. 4, 21 (2023). Senior Responsible Author.
- Templaar W, Kozloff N, Crawford A, Voineskos A, Addington D, Alexandar T, Baluyut C, Bromley S, Brooks S, de Freitas L, Jindani S, Kirvan A, Morizio A, Polillo A, Roby R, Sosnowski A, Villanueva V, Durbin J, Barwick M. (2023). The Quick Pivot: Capturing real-world modifications for the re-implementation of an early psychosis program transitioning to virtual delivery. Frontiers in Health Services, 2. Senior Responsible Author.
- Sharratt K, Nanfuka E, Ochen E, Turyomurugyendo F, Barwick M (CA), Pearson J, Royston H, Wager N. (2022). Evaluation of a serious gaming intervention to prevent child marriage in Uganda. Computers in Human Behavior. Available online 20 December 2022, 107627. Co-author.
- Barwick M. (2022). KT: Why it should be ‘hotter’ than it is. Invited Editorial. Evidence-Based Nursing, 25(4). Senior Responsible Author.
- Bollegala N (co-SRA); Barwick M (co-SRA); Fu N; Griffiths AM; Keefer L; Kohut SA; Kroeker KI; Lawrence S; Lee K; Mack DR; Walters TD; de Guzman J; Tersigni C; BenchimolEI (co-SRA). Multimodal intervention to improve the transition of patients with inflammatory bowel disease from pediatric to adult care: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Gastroenterol 22, 251 (2022). Co-Senior Responsible Author.
- 2023–2026: Optimizing mental health outcomes for SickKids children and their families: Building a clinical pathway for I-InTERACT-North (IN) SickKids. Co-applicant. GH-CBMH Program Development Grant. $450,000
- 2023–2025: iParent2Parent Peer Support Program in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation: A Feasibility Study. Co-applicant. Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation – Research Grant. $50,000
- 2023–2024: Fidelity and Skill Use in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adolescents with Depression. Co-applicant. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services. $177,092
- 2023–2024: Do mental health organizations in Alberta, and British Columbia have the need, fit and capacity to deliver an Integrate Care Pathway for the treatment of depression in adolescents? Co-applicant. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services. $191,380
- 2023–2027: "The isolation I feel is profound”: The iParent2Parent Online Peer Support Program for parents of pediatric solid organ transplantation recipients. CIHR Project Grant, Fall 2022, CAD 180,000
- 2023–2025: Neonate PK-Model Informed Precision Dosing: Feasibility Trial. NIH Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics (MPRNT) Knowledge & Research Coordination (KRCC) P30 Pilot & Feasibility Application. USD 149,227.
- 2022–2027: An adapted early warning signs and symptoms (EWSS) intervention to improve early recognition and referral of childhood cancers in Kenya and Cameroon: An Effectiveness Implementation Study. Principal Applicant. CIHR Project Grant. $1,250,776.
- 2022–2025: ImplemeNting a Sudden cardiac dEath Risk assessment Tool in childhood hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (INSERT-HCM). Principal Applicant. CIHR Project Grant, Spring 2022. CAD 631,126.
- 2022–2026: Evaluating a virtual stepped care portal in youth awaiting tertiary chronic pain care: An Implementation-Effectiveness Hybrid Type III study. Co-applicant. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Project Grant. CAD 546,209.
- 2022–2023: Création, développement et dissémination de modules de formation sur la littéracie et le langage clair pour toutes les parties prenantes des systèmes de santé apprenant. Co-Applicant. CIHR Meeting, Planning, and Dissemination Grant, January 2022. CAD 20,000.
- 2022–2027: Co-Applicant. CIHR Team Grant: Sleep Research Consortium. Better Nights and Better Days for Canadians: An Innovative National Strategy to Prevent and Improve Insomnia Across the Lifespan Using Digital Approaches for Sleep Promotion, Intervention, and Provider Training. Partners: Canadian Sleep Society/Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network., Dalhousie University Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement., Health Canada., & Velsoft Inc. CAD$1,375,000
- 2020–2024: Evaluating a virtual stepped care portal in youth awaiting tertiary chronic pain care: An Implementation-Effectiveness Hybrid Type III study. Co-applicant. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant: Fall 2021 - Bridge Funding. CAD 411,188.
- 2022–2025: A randomized sham-controlled trial of accelerated intermittent theta burst stimulation in depression. Co-applicant. Brain Canada, Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health. CAD $949,852.51
- 2021–2025: The Implementation Playbook: e-health technology for effective implementation of evidence-based interventions. Nominated Principal Applicant. CIHR Program Grant Spring 2021. CAD 673,200.
- 2021–2024: Implementing a standardized intervention to improve the transition of patients with Crohn’s disease from pediatric to adult care. Principal Applicant. Helmsley Charitable Trust – Crohn’s Disease Program. CAD $1,667,601.
- 2021–2024: Use of an automated prospective clinical surveillance tool to drive screening for unmet palliative needs among patients in the final year of life. Co-applicant. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Project Grant Fall 2020. CAD 719,101.
- 2020–2023: Implementation of a youth suicide prevention intervention: Learning how to export nationally. Co-applicant. Canadian Children’s Hospital Foundation, Sobey’s Inc. and Sobey’s Foundation. CAD 1,173,875.
- 2020–2025: Intervening in the Acute Management for Suicidal Adolescents and Families in the Emergency department (I AM SAFE): A Multi-Centre Randomized Controlled Trial. Co-applicant. CIHR Project Grant RCT Spring 2020. CAD 1,629,450.
- 2020–2024: Effectiveness of an integrated care pathway for adolescent depression: a pilot multi-site cluster randomized controlled trial. Principal Applicant. CIHR RCT Project Grant Spring 2020. CAD $745,875.
- 2019–2023: RECOVER Program: a care continuum after CRitica Illness. Co-applicant. CIHR Team Grant. Transitions in Care, Spring. CAD $932,280.
- 2019–2023: Community-based integrated collaborative care teams to enhance service delivery to youth with mental health and substance use challenges: A multi-site pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Co-applicant. CIHR, $711,452.
- 2019–2023: Integrated digital diabetes self-management and support in primary and community care: identifying challenges and opportunities. Co-applicant. CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant. CAD $14,473.
- 2018–2026: Optimizing outcomes in survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer. Program Expert. CIHR Foundation Grant. CAD $2,729,448
- 2016–2023: Effective knowledge translation strategies for enhancing impact and improving outcomes in infant pain. Program Expert. CIHR Foundation Scheme. $3,823,346 CAD