Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych, is a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program of the Research Institute, and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) in the Department of Psychiatry at SickKids (The Hospital for Sick Children). She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute where she conducts professional development in knowledge translation, and with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, as a scientist and member of the leadership.
At the University of Toronto, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She chairs the Creative Professional Activity Committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and is a member of the Departmental Promotions Committee.
She is an Executive Board Member for the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CCYC) Network Centre of Excellence and the Global Implementation Initiative (GII), and an Associate Editor for the journal, Evidence & Policy. Dr. Barwick consults to government and service providers in the child and youth mental health, health and education sectors, and extends her impact via a varied social media presence.
Dr. 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 brings practical field experience in implementation, as lead technical assistance supporting outcome measurement for 120 Ontario CYMH provider organizations (2000-2015). She developed and provides professional development in knowledge translation internationally through the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners); the latter has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and has 192 graduates worldwide (Brazil, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, United States, and United Arab Emirates). Since 2004, SKTT has trained over 2000 individuals internationally, and is the go-to KT training resource for many Canadian health funders and organizations.
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