Centre for IPE Team

Leadership Structure At a Glance

UofT IPE Curriculum 

Sabrina Bartlett, Manager, Curriculum & Education Innovation
Eli Cadavid, Education Coordinator, Communications & Community
Gregory Collins, Education Coordinator
Sylvia Langlois, Associate Director, Curriculum & Faculty Relations
Dean Lising, Lead, Team-Based Practice & Education 

Partnerships, Communications, & Community 

Eli Cadavid, Education Coordinator, Communications & Community  
Dean Lising , Team-Based Practice & Education Lead
Lynne Sinclair , Senior Consultant, Partnerships & Innovation
To be Announced, Administrative Assistant

Professional Development 

Sabrina Bartlett (BOOST!)
Dean Lising (BOOST!, VITAL)
Kathryn Parker (CCL)
Lynne Sinclair (ehpic, VITAL, custom programs)
Belinda Vilhena (ehpic, CCL, VITAL, custom programs)

Research 

Gregory Collins, Education Coordinator
Farah Friesen, Research Associate
Stella Ng, Director & Education Scientist
Paula Rowland, Advisor

Directors

Sylvia Langlois, Associate Director, Curriculum & Faculty Relations
Elizabeth McLaney, Associate Director, 
Kathryn Parker, Associate Director, Student-Led Environments
Stella Ng, Director & Education Scientist
Belinda Vilhena, Director of Operations & Business Development

Advisors

Mandy Lowe, Strategic
Paula Rowland, Research
Maria Tassone, Health Systems & Policy

CIPE Roles & Relationships Representation

We are delighted to share our current CIPE Roles & Relationships Representation* (below, or download a PDF version here). We hope you will see this rendering as a dynamic project, always growing and shifting as our community evolves. This image is a current representation of our vibrant collaborative community. We thank all who contribute, and invite your feedback always.

*Developed in partnership with Parayelogram 

CIPE Roles & Relationships representation

For a directory of all team members and their contact information, please click here.

Get to know the CIPE Team 

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Sabrina Bartlett, Manager, Curriculum & Education Innovation

Sabrina Bartlett, MEd, BEd, OCT, is the Manager, Curriculum & Education Innovation 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.

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Eli Cadavid, Education Coordinator, Communications & Community

Elizabeth Cadavid is the Education Coordinator, Communications & Community 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.

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Gregory Collins, Education Coordinator

Gregory Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University and comes to us from Unity Health Toronto (St. Mikes), where he was a Trauma Education Coordinator. Currently, he is an Education Coordinator at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) and The Institute for Education Research (TIER). He assists with IPE Curriculum at the University of Toronto, including tasks such as managing the IPE curriculum calendar, addressing student inquiries, supporting practice IPE electives, overseeing the attendance database and communicating information back to faculty, and overall support in the development and delivery of educational IPE opportunities.
His interests include biking around the city, listening to a variety of podcasts, reading nonfiction, and testing out new recipes.

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Farah Friesen, Research Associate

Farah Friesen, MI, joined the Centre for IPE in a Research Associate role beginning September 13, 2021, on the heels of a whirlwind (pandemic-focused) year as the Coordinator, Office of the CEO, Women's College Hospital and a prior 6.5-year tenure at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). At the CFD, Farah played a number of pivotal roles including as a knowledge broker, research coordinator, and program coordinator. Trained as a librarian (Master of Information), Farah has a passion for facilitating collaboration and informed decision-making through access to information and knowledge mobilization.

Farah’s main research interest is in critically examining traditional academic performance indicators, encouraging alternative perspectives on metrics, and working towards a broader (re)definition of research and educational impact. Farah will extend these efforts into supporting the Centre for IPE's research and scholarship agenda.

In her spare time, Farah enjoys working out, thinking about mind-body dualism, following philosophy and psychology debates on free will/determinism, and attempting to watch all the movies from Roger Ebert’s Great Movies List (there are close to 500 films and so far she has watched about 300 of them).

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Sylvia Langlois, Associate Director, Curriculum & Faculty Relations

Sylvia Langlois, MScOT OT Reg. (Ont.), is the CIPE's Associate Director, Curriculum & Faculty Relations 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.

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Dean Lising, Team-Based Practice & Education Lead

Dean Lising, BSc, BScPT, MHSc, 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.

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Mandy Lowe, Strategic Advisor

Mandy Lowe, MSc, BScOT, 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.

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Elizabeth McLaney, Associate Director

Elizabeth McLaney, MEd, BScOT, BA ,  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.

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Stella Ng, Director & Scientist

Stella was honoured to begin working with the University of Toronto's (UofT) Centre for Interprofessional Education as Director in 2021 after joining as a Scientist in 2020. She spent the previous eight years with the UofT's Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael's Hospital where she served as Director of Research and co-developed the Teaching for Transformation program, which includes the popular Summer Education Institute. Stella is passionate about the transformative potential of health professions education, particularly critical pedagogies to enhance the collaborative, compassionate, and ethical aspects of health care practice. This passion was sparked by challenges experienced as a pediatric audiologist in the public-school system, which motivated her to study how people respond to value-conflicted, uncertain zones of interprofessional and collaborative practice.  Her tri-council-, ministry-, and foundation-funded research thus explores theories of reflective practice and optimizes educational approaches that foster critical reflection, which she mobilizes into her education and leadership work. Stella is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and Wilson Centre Scientist, UofT. She is also a currently an AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology and an Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Stella is registered with the College of Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and holds a PhD in Health Professional Education.

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Kathryn Parker, Associate Director, Student-Led Environments

Dr. Kathryn Parker, MA, PhD, currently serves as Director, Academic Affairs at Holland Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital and is Associate Director 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.

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Paula Rowland, Research Advisor

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.

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Lynne Sinclair, Senior Consultant, Partnerships & Innovation

Lynne Sinclair, MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT), is a Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant and Senior Consultant, Partnerships & Innovation 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.

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Maria Tassone, Health Systems & Policy Advisor

Maria Tassone, MSc, BScPT is currently Executive Director, Education at the University Health Network (UHN) and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Her work focuses on the interface between education and practice, with particular attention to health workforce needs, team-based learning and care, and continuing education and professional development for advanced practice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria was the Provincial Education Task Force Chair and Project Lead for COVIDcarelearning.ca, an online platform that supported over 15,000 health care workers for redeployment to hospital and long-term care settings. From 2009- 2021 Maria was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto and UHN. Maria was the co-lead of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative, one of four international innovation collaboratives awarded by the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Her experiences in collaborative leadership for health system change contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Collaborative Change Leadership™ program, for which Maria is currently Co-Director.

Over the course of her career, Maria has been recognized as a leader in innovation related to interprofessional education and care, with the 3M Team Innovation Award and the Ontario Hospital Ted Freeman Award for Education Innovation. She is also seen as a mentor for emerging leaders within and beyond her profession, and for this she was awarded the Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award. 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, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Throughout her career, Maria has held a variety of clinical, education, research and leadership positions across a multitude of professions. She is most passionate about the interface between research, education, and practice and leading change in complex systems.

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Belinda Vilhena, Director of Operations & Business Development

Belinda Vilhena, MEd, BSc, is the CIPE's Director of Operations & Business Development. She is also the Director of Business Development & Partnerships at the University Health Network/Michener Institute of Education. Within her CIPE role, Belinda leads business development and operations, educational and conference event planning, external communications and liaises 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.

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