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, Continuing and Professional Development at UHN and the Co-Director of UHN's Collaborative Change Leadership program. From 2012-2015, Maria co-led the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative, an innovation collaborative of the Institute of Medicine, whose work focused on models and program of leadership necessary to transform health education and care systems. Maria was also the UHN project lead for the coaching arm of the Catalyzing and Sustaining Communities of Collaboration around Interprofessional Care, which was awarded the international Ontario Hospital Association Ted Freedman Award for Education Innovation in 2009. Her collaborative work and leadership has also been recognized through the 3M Quality Award and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award. Throughout her career, Maria has held a variety of clinical, academic practice, education, research and leadership positions, 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. Her scholarly interests focus on continuing education, professional development, leadership and knowledge translation in the health professions. 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.
Elizabeth McLaney, MEd, BScOT, BA
Elizabeth McLaney is an Associate Director at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) and the Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University, and a Master of Adult Education & Community Development from University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Secondary Education). Elizabeth’s work at the CIPE focuses on system level leadership, engagement, and innovation at the practice/education interface. Elizabeth’s work at Sunnybrook focuses on corporate IPE strategic planning, bringing collaborative learning into continuing education and faculty development, working with academic partners and internal leaders to support student education, and advancing education related infrastructure. Elizabeth holds a status appointment as Lecturer with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is an Educator Member of the Centre for Interprofessional Education and has facilitated numerous IPE activities in both hospital and academic settings. Elizabeth was awarded the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto’s 2012 ‘Ivy Oandasan Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education.’ Elizabeth has published and presented on topics such as: creating organizational core competencies for interprofessional team collaboration, leveraging intentionality to advance IPE, game-based learning and IPE, and implementing cross-organization interprofessional learning opportunities for students. She is passionate about advancing IPE as a form of culture change, about supporting team work by assisting professionals to work to their optimum scopes, and about championing teams as being broadly inclusive of clinical and support service professions, regulated and unregulated professions, and patients and their families.
Belinda Vilhena, MEd, BSc
Director, Business Development and Centre for IPE Operations
Belinda Vilhena is the Director, Business Development and Centre for IPE (CIPE) Operations and the Acting Director, UHN Conference Services & BMO Education and Conference Centre at UHN. Within her role, Belinda leads business development and operations, educational and conference event planning, external communications and liaison with education centres across the globe. Belinda is also the Co-Director of the ehpic™ program and Professional Development (PD) Lead and Program Manager for PD 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's prior experience includes over eighteen years 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.
Lynne Sinclair, MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT)
External Development Lead
Lynne Sinclair is a Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant and the 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 25 years of experience on the Faculty of Medicine. Since 2015, Lynne was appointed 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. In 2017, Lynne was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia. In 2018, Lynne joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).
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.
Mandy Lowe, MSc, BScOT
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.
Paula Rowland, PhD
Having completed her PhD in Organizational Studies in 2013, Paula explores processes of organizational change within clinical workplaces. This area of study is inspired by Paula’s 17 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and health care leader across multiple organizations within Canada. As the Research Advisor at the CIPE, Paula is interested in the various fields of study related to interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration. As a Scientist, Paula’s own program of research explores the relationships between organizational learning and professional learning, particularly during moments of substantive organizational change. To that end, Paula examines two major organizational change efforts: (1) programs related to patient safety and (2) patient engagement for quality improvement. Ultimately, Paula’s research aim is to elaborate our understanding of how we learn in workplaces: what do we learn, how do we learn, and who do we learn from? This program of research has implications for continuous professional development, organizational change, and workplace learning.
Kathryn Parker, MA, PhD
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.
Sylvia Langlois, MScOT OT Reg. (Ont.)
Faculty Lead, IPE Curriculum and Scholarship
Sylvia is the Faculty Lead, IPE Curriculum and Scholarship and is currently an Associate 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. She has been instrumental in evolving the IPE curriculum to its current longitudinal, competency-based format involving eleven professional programs and over 4000 students. As well, Sylvia chairs the InterFaculty Curriculum Committee that brings together representatives from each of the participating programs to guide IPE curriculum, assessment and evaluation. Sylvia has lead and collaborated on the development of many IPE learning activities over the years, exploring a variety of pedagogical methods, such as case studies, simulation, on-line learning, health, arts and humanities, and client/family interactions. Sylvia`s research interests focus on assessment of collaborative competencies, both on campus and in experiential settings, engagement of patients/clients in the IPE curriculum and resulting impact on student learning, promotion of leadership training and opportunities for students, and IPE curriculum evaluation.
Dean Lising, BSc Biology, BScPT, MHSc
Team-Based Practice and Education Lead
Dean Lising is the Team-Based Practice and Education Lead at the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto (UT). Dean holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (PT), 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, advancing professional practice, quality improvement and safety, education and redevelopment. As Co-Chair of IPC competency working groups, Dean has supporting the advancement of a common competency framework, team and organizational tools across TAHSN to integrate team assessment, reflection and integration of interprofessional competencies. Dean has been invited faculty for Ontario’s Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) Foundation programs, the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Certificate Course and the PT Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context Course, UT. He has also co-authored published research in international quality and safety literature, exploring quality improvement and team dynamics as a Research Officer for the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, UT. Dean is widely invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses in interprofessional education and practice. Dean leads professional and faculty development programs locally and internationally and is the co-creator and director of the BOOST! (Building Optimal Outcomes from Successful Teamwork) program, advancing collaborative practice for teams and providers. Dean continues to work as a clinical physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in inpatient, critical care, emergency and ambulatory clinic settings.
Sabrina Bartlett, MEd, BEd, OCT
Project Manager, Curriculum
Sabrina Bartlett is the Project Manager, 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 development and implementations as well as 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.
Elizabeth Cadavid (On Maternity Leave)
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.
Omobolanle (Bola) Alabi, BSc,. BioMed
Omobolanle Alabi is the Education Coordinator at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) and will be covering for Elizabeth while she’s away on maternity leave.
Omobolanle holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Waterloo and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an advanced certificate in Health Education. Omobolanle has worked in an administrative capacity at a family practice and more recently at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Fatima has worked with University Health Network for over 25 years. She began her career 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 transitioned to role as 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.
Adi Adetona, MA, BA
Adi Adetona is the Administrative Assistant III at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE), University of Toronto. In her current position, Adi works closely with the curriculum team and other members of the CIPE to provide administrative assistance. She assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, projects, workshops and other portfolios as required. Adi holds a Masters’ degree in Human Resources and a Bachelors in Philosophy. When Adi is not working, you will find her nosediving into a new book, exploring different genre of music or travelling.