Maria Tassone, MSc, BScPT
Belinda Vilhena, MEd, BSc
Maria Tassone is the inaugural Director of the Centre for IPE, a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto (UT), the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University Health Network (UHN). She is also the Senior Director, Health Professions and Interprofessional Care & Integration at the University Health Network in Toronto. 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 recently awarded the Ontario Hospital Association Ted Freedman Award for Education Innovation. 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 faculty member on 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.
Belinda Vilhena joined the Centre for IPE in April 2007. She assists the Director of the Centre in building a solid administrative infrastructure to promote and implement the Interprofessional Care agenda across the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and the University of Toronto. Belinda's educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology and a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Belinda worked in healthcare for 18 years and prior to joining the Centre, she was the Senior Coordinator of Patient Relations at the University Health Network for nine years.
Rebecca Singer, MSc, BHSc
Rebecca Singer joined the Centre for IPE in September 2012. Rebecca brings a unique project-based background focused on planning and execution of events, process improvement initiatives and employee training and development. At the Centre, Rebecca is responsible for the coordination and execution of the IPE curriculum and also specializes in process development of the IPE curriculum. Rebecca is currently enrolled in Ryerson University’s Project Management Program.
Dante Morra, MD, MBA, FRCP(C)
Associate Director, Univesity Health Network (UHN)
Dr. Dante Morra is the Associate Director, UHN at the Centre for IPE. Dante completed his medical training in Toronto, and his MBA at the Rotman School of Management. He is an award winning teacher and serves as the manager theme director for the undergraduate medical curriculum in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dante is also the clinical site director of General Internal Medicine at Toronto General, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and an associate with the Rotman School of Management. He has been a leader in system re-design and improvement in hospital communication, and his work in system transformation has been recognized with numerous individual and team awards, including the 3M national quality award and the Goldie award for leadership. As co-founder and medical director of the Center for Innovation in Complex Care at UHN, Dante champions and pioneers new interprofessional models of care, with the goal of healthcare transformation. His research focus is in hospital process improvement, healthcare innovation, and effective allocation of resources.
Lynne Sinclair, MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT)
Innovative Program and External Development Lead
Lynne Sinclair is the Innovative Program and External Development Lead and the past Associate Director at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (U of T). She is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at U of T and a Clinical Lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing at U of T. Lynne also works as an Educational Consultant with the Canadian Working Group for HIV and Rehab and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is the past Associate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at U of T and the past Director of Education at Toronto Rehab and worked clinically as a physiotherapist. She has been actively leading interprofessional education initiatives and research projects locally, provincially and nationally. Lynne was awarded the 2008 U of T Faculty of Medicine - Helen P. Batty Award in Faculty Development for Teaching Excellence. Lynne is passionate about education for students, for faculty and for practicing health care professionals.
Mandy Lowe, MSc, BSc(OT)
Associate Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Mandy Lowe is the Director of Education and Professional Development at the University Health Network and the Associate Director for the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (UT). 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 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.
Kathryn Parker, MA, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathryn Parker currently serves as Director, Academic Affairs at Holland Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital and is Evaluation Consultant 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.
Sylvia Langlois, M.Sc. OT. Reg. (On)
Faculty Lead, Curriculum
Sylvia is the Faculty Lead, Curriculum and former Curriculum Associate for the Centre for IPE. 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 over 3700 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 is the Curriculum Associate at the Centre for IPE. Dean is currently enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program and is the Manager of Academic Affairs at St. Michael's Hospital. Dean was recently the Professional Practice Leader, Centre Coordinator of Education of Physiotherapy and the Interprofessional Education Leader at the William Osler Health System. Dean comes to the University of Toronto with extensive experience in collaborative practice, including development of the Collaboration Network for Excellence in Care Teams at the William Osler Health System. As well, Dean has been an active participant as a facilitator in a variety of learning activities at the University of Toronto, including the Pain Curriculum, Conflict in Interprofessional Life and the Year One Teamwork IPE session.
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- Maria Tassone, Director
- Belinda Vilhena, Manager
- Rebecca Singer, Education Coordinator
- Dante Morra, Associate Director UHN
- Mandy Lowe, Associate Director, Toronto Rehab
- Lynne Sinclair, Innovative Program & External Development Lead
- Kathryn Parker, Evaluation Advisor
- Sylvia Langlois, Faculty Lead, Curriculum
- Dean Lising, Curriculum Associate