Centre for IPE Team


Maria Tassone, MSc, BScPT

Maria Tassone is the inaugural Director of the Centre for IPE, a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto (UT), the University Health Network (UHN) and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN). She is also the Senior Director, Collaborative and Transformative Learning at UHN. Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UT. Maria was the UHN project lead for the coaching arm of the Catalyzing and Sustaining Communities of Collaboration around Interprofessional Care, which was awarded the Ontario Hospital Association Ted Freedman Award for Education Innovation in 2009. Her graduate work and scholarly interests focus on continuing education, professional development and knowledge translation in the health professions. She is the former co-chair of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative Education Committee, and is currently the UHN lead and Co-Director of the Collaborative Change Leadership program. Throughout her career, Maria has held a variety of clinical, education, research and leadership positions, both within physical therapy and across a multitude of professions. She is most passionate about the interface between research, education, and practice and leading change in complex systems.


Mandy Lowe, MSc, BScOT
Strategic Advisor

Mandy Lowe is the Strategic Advisor, Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (UT) and Senior Director of Clinical Education at the University Health Network (UHN). Mandy holds a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UT and has been recognized for excellence in teaching by colleagues and students. She was awarded the Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development  from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2015. Mandy is strongly committed to interprofessional education, collaboration and knowledge translation and has been involved in all phases of IPE including undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education. Mandy is also an investigator in a range of research projects that address learning from an interprofessional perspective.


Belinda Vilhena, MEd, BSc

Belinda Vilhena is the Manager for the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE) at the University of Toronto. Within her role, Belinda manages business operations, educational event planning, external communications and liaison with education centres across the globe. Belinda is also the Program Manager for professional development programs offered by the Centre for IPE. Belinda holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Belinda has over eighteen years of experience working in healthcare in the community and at the University Health Network, in the Emergency Department and in Patient Relations mediating patient and family concerns.

Fatima Mimoso
Administrative Coordinator

Fatima has worked with University Health Network for 20 years. She started out as an Administrative Assistant at Toronto Western Hospital working with Rehabilitation Services. She then moved on to work with the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Toronto General Hospital, where she later became the Administrative Coordinator for Allied Health. Fatima joined the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) in February 2014. Fatima is the Administrative Coordinator to the Centre for IPE Director.

Lynne Sinclair, MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT)
Innovative Program and External Development Lead

Lynne Sinclair is a Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant and the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (UT). She holds an Assistant Professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at UT and has 24 years of experience on the Faculty of Medicine. Lynne was appointed in 2015 as the first Interprofessional Education Scholar-in-Residence at The School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College. Lynne has been invited faculty for UT’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Master of Science (Quality Improvement & Patient Safety) and for Ontario’s Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) Foundation and Advanced programs.

Lynne is widely invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses. She has taught across Canada, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. She has been a principle investigator or investigator on numerous education initiatives and research projects totaling over $5 million. Before venturing out as a Consultant, Lynne was the Associate Director at the Centre for IPE at UT and also served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at UT. Her passion for physical therapy and IPE was ignited during her seven years at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she was the Director of Education for twelve health disciplines. Lynne has received numerous awards including: 2008 UT Faculty of Medicine - Helen P. Batty Award in Faculty Development for Teaching Excellence; June 2013 Honourary Bachelor Degree in Applied Studies by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; and a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. 

Kathryn Parker, MA, Ph.D
Evaluation Advisor

Dr. Kathryn Parker currently serves as Director, Academic Affairs at Holland Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital and is Evaluation Advisor to the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (UT). She received her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at UT in 2006. Her doctoral work focused on the development of an enhanced model for program evaluation which examines the value of measuring cognitive "readiness" when determining the merit of a continuing education program. She received her Master of Arts in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE in 1999. Dr. Parker has presented her work at various national and international conferences. She has also conducted numerous workshops on statistical techniques, research methodologies, needs assessment in continuing education, outcome measurement, measuring readiness to change and program evaluation. Dr. Parker began consulting in the practice of theory-based program evaluation in 2002. She has worked with numerous academic groups to facilitate and direct program evaluation efforts. These groups include the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT, Centennial College, Women's College Hospital, George Brown College, and the Michener Institute where she served for seven years as the Senior Director, Scholarship, Assessment and Evaluation. Her primary interests include the cognitive/affective determinants of change, innovative methods of program evaluation and impact assessment of continuing education in the applied health professions.

Paula Rowland, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Research Scientist

Paula Rowland began her career as an occupational therapist, working primarily with children and adults with brain injuries. Her clinical experience spans acute care, long term care, inpatient rehabilitation, and community based care. Following an interest in how health systems work, Paula pursued a Master’s of Arts in Leadership Studies (in health care), a Master’s of Arts in Human and Organizational Development, and a PhD in Organizational Systems. Her doctoral dissertation examined discourses of patient safety and quality, particularly how the ways we think about, talk about, and know about patient safety create the conditions of possibility for the ways clinicians work with one another and with patients.

Paula maintains an enduring research interest in how professional practice actually works in health care organizations. This includes an examination of how aspirations for change are translated into policies, enter into organizations, intersect with existing professional and institutional practices, and to what effect.  Paula explores these questions using theories from organizational studies, sociology and philosophy. As a Fellow with the AMS Phoenix Project, Paula is currently exploring practices of patient engagement. As a Scientist at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, Paula brings her interests in interprofessional practice, patient engagement, and organizational change into a single research program.

In addition to her own research, Paula has a role as a Research Leader at University Health Network. In this role, Paula works with an interprofessional team to build capacity for practice based research across 15 different health professions. Finally, Paula is an Affiliated Scholar with The Wilson Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. 



Sabrina Bartlett, MEd
Process Lead, Curriculum

Sabrina Bartlett is the Process Lead, Curriculum at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE), University of Toronto. Sabrina is a member of the IPE Curriculum portfolio in multiple capacities including educational process management, advisory support and special projects. Her scope focuses on IPE Curriculum development, integration and expansion. Sabrina leads curriculum implementations and provides support to partners ensuring successful deliverables. Sabrina’s passions lie within teaching and learning, curriculum development and design, and student engagement. She holds both a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education and is able to continue her love for teaching through her active participation as an interprofessional facilitator within the IPE curriculum.



Sylvia Langlois, MScOT,
Faculty Lead, IPE Curriculum and Scholarship

Sylvia is the Faculty Lead, IPE Curriculum and Scholarship. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Sylvia has a long history of involvement and leadership in IPE at the University, starting in 1996 when she began her IPE journey as an Academy Associate for the FitzGerald Academy. Sylvia later added the Wightman-Berris Academy to her portfolio. She was part of the early IPE development for students in Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology which has now grown to a longitudinal, competency-based curriculum involving eleven professional programs and approximately 4000 students. Sylvia has been instrumental in leading and collaborating on the development of many IPE learning activities over the years. As well, Sylvia has explored a variety of pedagogical methods, including the use of case studies, simulation, on-line learning, videos of team interactions, theatre, and client and family interactions. Sylvia's scholarly and innovative work has been presented at local, national and international conferences.



Dean Lising, BSc Biology, BScPT, MHSc,
Strategy Lead, IPE Curriculum and Collaborative Practice Lead


Dean Lising is the Strategy Lead, Interprofessional Education (IPE) Curriculum and Collaborative Practice Lead at the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto (UT), Faculty Advisor for the University of Toronto (UT) Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Student Chapter and Co-Chair of the Interprofessional Care Community of Practice.   Dean holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, a Masters of Health Administration degree, UT and a status appointment as Lecturer at Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UT.  Dean has led interprofessional teams in leadership and management roles in professional practice, academic affairs, interprofessional education and redevelopment in academic and community hospitals.   He has led and implemented collaborative practice, quality and safety projects including discharge bullet rounds, process mapping in alternate level of care access and flow, interprofessional documentation and order sets, hand hygiene, safe mobility, falls and pressure ulcer improvement across hospital and community care.   Dean developed and leads the UT Interprofessional Quality and Safety Certificate program with teaching/facilitation of IHI Seminars, QUIPS Conference workshops, IHI Open School online discussion forums and electives.   Dean was Project co-Lead for the development of the Neuro-Musculoskeletal modular curriculum for Canadian and Internationally Educated Physical Therapists and Faculty in the Canadian Health System Course for the Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Bridging Program, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UT.   He is a widely invited keynote speaker and facilitator with interprofessional teams, organizations and networks in hospital, community, university and college settings.  He is a passionate advocate of patient-partnered care, education and research, collaborating with patient/family leaders in development of the Holland Bloorview Interprofessional Home Visiting Program, UT Health Mentor program, and scholarly conference presentations/workshops.  Dean continues to work as a clinical physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in inpatient, critical care, emergency and ambulatory clinic settings.



Elizabeth Cadavid
Education Coordinator, IPE Curriculum


Elizabeth Cadavid is the Education Coordinator at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE). Elizabeth assists in the coordination of various projects and in the development of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum at the UofT with particular reference to curriculum development and delivery, placements, assessment and evaluation. In addition, she is responsible for the IPE curriculum calendar and coordination of IP learning activities; facilitates recruitment and curriculum working group meetings; prepares stakeholder reports; manages curricular communications, and the online IPE curriculum registration system. Elizabeth is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and goal-oriented individual with proven abilities in coordinating and prioritizing managerial tasks. She is an excellent communicator, a team player, and proficient in time management.