Engaging Stakeholders for Research Impact
About the Webcast
Stakeholder Engagement is a fundamental focus of knowledge translation as it builds active involvement of end-users into the research process. In this interview-style webcast, Drs. Toni Saia and Tamika Heiden focus on the importance of stakeholder engagement in disability-focused research and addresses why research projects should focus on engagement. This webcast complements KTDRR’s recently released information brief, Engaging Stakeholders for Research Impact.
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This webcast aired on YouTube on June 15 at https://youtu.be/5sZSI8Vpijw.
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About the Presenters
Tamika Heiden, PhD, is the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia Pty Ltd. She has more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research that began with a sports science degree and a PhD in biomechanics. She has a certification in knowledge translation from the University of Toronto, is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and has a formal partnership with SickKids Hospital in Toronto.
Tamika’s national and international work brings together researchers and research users to share, create and translate knowledge for the betterment of society. She has worked with many government and non-government organizations to facilitate high-level overviews and strategic thinking—particularly relevant to the Australian research funding landscape—where she gave evidence to the Senate Committee enquiry for the Medical Research Future Fund.
Tamika has shared her knowledge with a variety of audiences at conferences and symposiums, run workshops, been published in numerous professional and academic journals, and been involved in the development of knowledge translation strategies at the organizational and project levels.
Toni Saia, PhD, identifies as a disabled woman with a deep commitment to social justice, inclusion, and equity for all. She received her PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Arizona. Her experience has involved advocating for progressive understanding of disability. She is currently a Project Leader, Foundations of Inclusion and Accessibility: Building Organizational Capacity in Cultural Institutions with the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium. She is also adjunct faculty at University of Arizona, Hofstra University and San Diego State University. Her research interests include disability culture and disability identity in relation to intersectionality and diversity in higher education. In Fall of 2021, Toni will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University within the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education.
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