Dr. Shannon Scott, Principal Investigator

Dr. Shannon ScottI am a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. I currently hold a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair for knowledge translation in child health.

My research program, translating Evidence in Child Health to enhance Outcomes (or ECHO), aims to improve the health outcomes of children in Alberta and Canada through application of the best research evidence, as well as exploring factors that shape research implementation. My research is in the field of knowledge translation (KT) — a field focused on decreasing the gap between what the best available evidence advises that clinicians do and what clinicians actually do in clinical practice.

I completed both a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction (1994), and a Master of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba (1998). I completed a PhD (2006) in Nursing and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2008) at Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) in the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, both funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). I am the author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and have given more than 300 presentations at international, national, and local meetings.

Little known fact: I almost did not go into nursing at all! But my desire to help sick children brought me to this profession and I am very passionate about nursing and nursing research.

Hannah Brooks, Research Manager



I started working with ECHO in April of 2018 as Research Manager. In this role I engage in research, financial management, website and social media management, and work with a variety of stakeholders and research collaborators. I bring with me a background in infectious diseases (MSc in Global Health) and basic sciences (BSc in Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology), and an enthusiasm for improving the health of maternal and child populations.





Little known fact: I once had two turtles named Fluffy and Norbert.

Michelle Chan, Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator 




I started working with ECHO in October 2019 as a Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator. I have a PhD in Psychology and have previously worked at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic and Alberta Health Services in research and knowledge translation-related roles.





Little known fact: I love music and have over 70 GB of music on my computer. Every week I will try to seek out a new artist.

Anne Le, Project Coordinator 




I began working with ECHO in March of 2017 as a Project Coordinator. I have a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc Honours) from the University of Calgary. From 2015-2017, I worked as a research associate with the Calgary Stroke Program, coordinating and assisting on several clinical trials.





Little known fact: I am a HUGE klutz; when I was 8, I broke my arm by tripping over my shoe laces.

Tabatha Plesuk, RN, BScN, MLIS, Research Assistant

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at MacEwan University in 2015. After graduation I began working in two community hospitals outside of Edmonton. In Fall of 2017 I entered in to the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. I have focused my graduate studies on the information practices and processes of the health sciences (mainly relating to the ways health care providers find and use information). During the first year of my graduate studies I have completed projects for Alberta Health Services’ Knowledge Resource Service, on critical appraisal and incentive based digital learning; and have worked with health sciences students from many disciplines at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library. I have also had the opportunity to co-teach workshops including Systematic Review Searching for the Health Sciences, Introduction to ProQuest RefWorks, and Effective Searching in the Health Sciences. I am interested in health sciences research that intersects with any level of the knowledge cycle and I am excited for my current involvement with ECHO.


Little known fact:  I have been dancing since I was four years old, and have been a ballet and jazz instructor since 2011




Arjun Bains, BScN Honours Student, Summer Research Assistant


I began my work with ECHO in the spring of 2019 assisting with an integrative review as a research trainee. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and I am excited to see where my future with ECHO and nursing research takes me.



  • Rutherford Scholarship (2018)





Little known fact: I love baking! My go-to recipe is Almond Florentines by Duchess bakery.

Alyson Campbell, RN, BScN, PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant 

I began working with ECHO in the fall of 2016, as a Master’s of Nursing student at the University of Alberta, under the advisement of Dr. Shannon Scott. Beginning in fall 2017, I by-passed into the PhD (Nursing) program. My doctoral research focuses on knowledge translation in relation to pediatric concussions. My clinical background includes maternal-child care nursing on Prince Edward Island, and pediatric medicine at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. I am committed to involving myself in research practices aimed at improving health outcomes for children and families, and am excited for my future involvement here at ECHO!


  • WCHRI Patient and Community Engagement Training Funding (2018)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2018-2019)
  • AbSPORU KT Platform Travel Support (2018)
  • University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (2017)
  • Canadian Nurse’s Foundation Dr. Helen Preston Glass Fellowship (2017)
  • WCHRI Trainee Travel Grant (2017)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (Stipend from Drs. Scott& Hartling CIHR Foundation Grant) (2017-2018)
  • Don Mazankowski Graduate Scholarship in Nursing (2016)
  • University of Alberta Master’s Recruitment Scholarship (2016)

Little known fact: I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada (Prince Edward Island).  Beaches, potatoes and Anne of Green Gables will always be close to my heart!

Rebecca Campbell, BScN Student, Nursing Leadership Intern



I began working with ECHO in the winter of 2020 as part of a leadership fieldwork placement in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing After Degree program. In 2018, I completed my Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree, but quickly decided to change course and pursue my nursing degree. During my time with ECHO, I have learned first-hand about nurses’ abilities to improve health outcomes using their knowledge, expertise, and unique roles in the healthcare field. Working with the ECHO team has been an amazing experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity to develop my leadership skills here



Little known fact: I love to garden! It’s awesome to be able to use fruits, veggies, and herbs that were grown in your own backyard in your cooking.

Chentel Cunningham, RN, BScN, MN, NP, PhD Student 

I am a pediatric nurse practitioner who graduated with my Masters of Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2011. My Master’s project involved the quantitative analysis identifying factors that shaped a pediatric gastroenteritis pathway. Since graduating, my clinical area of expertise involves pediatric heart failure and I have been involved in co-developing the first heart failure service and home inotrope program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. My hopes in my doctoral studies are to advance nursing knowledge, mostly concentrating on the area of qualitative pediatric heart failure knowledge and pediatric advanced nursing practice.



  • Alice Thomas Award in Nursing (2019)
  • Ludmyla Zujewsky Memorial Scholarship (2019)
  • Gary McPherson Scholarship (2019)
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust Academic Scholarship (2019)
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Education Trust (ARNET) Scholarship (2011)

Little known fact: I road bike and completed a 100 km race!

Rachel Flynn, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow

I recently completed my PhD at the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing in Fall 2018. My doctoral research included a multi-phase realist investigation of Lean sustainability in pediatric healthcare. I will begin my post doctoral fellowship in October, 2018 on the development and evaluation of a tool to measure the sustainability of complex health interventions. My research areas of interest are improvement science and implementation science. I am specifically interested in evaluating complex interventions used to improve the quality of healthcare systems using realist methodology. I have also worked as a research assistant at ECHO since 2012, gaining research experience on several nationally funded qualitative and mixed methods research grants.


  • WCHRI Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant (2019)
  • Faculty of Nursing Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Alberta (2018-2019)
  • AIHS Clinician Fellowship (2015-2018)
  • KT Canada STIHR Fellowship (2014-2015)
  • Women & Children’s Health Research Institute Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET) (2014) Kathleen Cahill Memorial Scholarship
  • Faculty of Nursing Don Mazankowski Award (2014)
  • Mike McDonnell Scholarship (2013)
  • Stipend from Dr. Scott’s Canada Research Chair, funded through the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta (2013-2014)

Highlighted publications:

  1. Rotter, T., PlishkaC., Lawal, A., Harrison, L., Sari, N., Goodridge, D., Flynn, R.,Chan, J., Fiander, M., Pokinska, B., Willoughby, K. & Kinsman L. (2018). What is Lean management in healthcare? Development of an operational definition for a Cochrane systematic review.Evaluation & the Health Professions 1-25 DOI: 10.1177/0163278718756992
  2. Flynn, R., Albrecht, L., Scott, S.D.(2018). Two approaches to focus group data collection for qualitative health research: Maximizing resources and data quality. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 17:1-9.
  3. Rotter, T., Plishka, C.T., Adegboyega, L., Fiander, M., Harrison, E.L., Flynn, R., Chan, J.G. & Kinsman, L. (2017). Lean management in health care: effects on patient outcomes, professional practice, and healthcare systems. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD012831. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012831.
  4. Samuel, S., Flynn, R., Zappitelli, M., Dart, A., Pinsk, M., Mammen, C., Wade, A. & Scott, S.D. (2017). Factors influencing practice variation for the management of nephrotic syndrome: A qualitative study of pediatric nephrology care providers. CMAJ Open5(2), 424-430.

Little known fact: I love adventure and travel… a skydive in Australia, a glacier climb in New Zealand, an elephant trek in Thailand, white water rafting in America, surfing in Ireland, and horseback riding in the Rockies these are some of the travels and adventures I have had!

Rachel Joffe, BScN Student, Nursing Leadership Intern




I am a nursing leadership student who is working with ECHO for the Winter 2020 semester. I am currently in my second and final year of the Nursing After Degree program at the University of Alberta. My previous degree was a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Sociology from the University of Alberta in 2018. I have a strong interest in both pediatrics and research so I am excited to be part of the ECHO team!



Little known fact: I love doing artsy hobbies like painting, coloring, and embroidery.

Lisa Knisley, BN, MA, PhD Student

 In September 2018, I started the PhD in Nursing program with Dr. Scott as my supervisor. I work at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba as the Executive Director for a national knowledge mobilization network called, Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK). TREKK aims to improve pediatric emergency care by accelerating the speed at which the latest evidence is put into practice within general emergency departments – rural, urban and remote. I completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba and a Master’s in Arts in Journalism from the University of Westminster. My research interests include health communication and improving health literacy within child health.


  • SPOR Evidence Alliance Seed Grant (2019)
  • Alice Thomas Award in Nursing (2019)
  • Isobel Secord Award (2018)
  • University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (2018)

Little known fact: A love of travel led me to work as a nurse in Canada, USA and the UK.

Samantha Louie-Poon, RN, BScN, MN Student, Graduate Research Assistant


I am a Registered Nurse who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2016. My clinical background is in the area of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology and Pediatric Medicine at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. I first began with ECHO as a Research Assistant in the Fall of 2017. Currently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing a Master of Nursing (Fall 2019). The focus of my graduate studies will aim to bridge the gap between pediatric knowledge translation and health equity. Having a passion for pediatric nursing research, I am excited to expand my involvement with ECHO!



Little known fact: In 2017 I trekked 11 days around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416m), known as the highest mountain pass in the world!

Alison Thompson, BN, MN, NP, PhD Candidate

I am a Nurse Practitioner living and working in Thunder Bay, ON. I have worked in a variety of different practice environments and enjoy working with children and families. My dissertation research is focused on supporting parents of children with functional constipation. My work will create an arts-based knowledge translation tool and evaluate the processes of patient engagement in research. I enjoy working on diverse research projects to develop my research skills.


  • Dr. EW Gauk-Westfield Award (2020)
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust Scholarship (2018)
  • Ludmyla Zujewsky Memorial Scholarship (2018)
  • Margaret Baxter Memorial Scholarship in Nursing (2017)
  • Women & Children’s Health Research Institute Graduate Studentship (2017 / 2018)
  • Isobel Secord Graduate Scholarship (2016)
  • Dr. Shirley Stinson Scholarship in Nursing History (2016)
  • NPAO Huronia Nurse Practitioner Network Bursary (2016)
  • University of Alberta PhD Recruitment Scholarship (2016)
  • Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship (2005)
  • Jill E. Schneuker Fellowship in Nursing Sciences (2005)
  • Don Mazankowski Graduate Scholarship (2004)
  • Paediatric Excellence Scholarship (2000)

Little known fact: My favorite summer activity is having a hot sauna then jumping off the dock with my kids.

Eugini Ann Tolentino, BScN Student, Nursing Leadership Intern




I completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2018. Currently, I am a BScN After Degree student in my last year and I am working with ECHO as a part of my leadership fieldwork for Winter term 2020. I’m happy to be a part of the ECHO team and am excited to learn more about nursing research and knowledge translation!




Little known fact: I love sports & staying active! You can find me snowboarding in the winter, jogging in the river valley in the summer, and climbing all year-round!

Rabail Shahid, BScN Student, Nursing Leadership Intern




I began my work with ECHO in the winter for 2020 as a part of my leadership clinical. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in Nursing After Degree and interested in taking part in any new experiences. I am excited to learn from this experience and am hoping to further pursue my career in nursing and clinical epidemiology.




Little known fact: I love to paint and try out new art media. I once made a tree sculpture using a glue gun.

Hyelin Sung, BScN Honours Student, Summer Research Assistant


I began working with ECHO in the summer of 2019 as a summer research trainee assisting in conducting usability evaluations of parent tools. Presently, I am a BScN student with an interest in pediatrics. I am excited to learn from this experience and am hoping to further pursue research in the future.



  • Academic Excellence to the Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation (2019)
  • Margaret Baxter Memorial Scholarship in Nursing (2019)
  • Faculty of Nursing Academic Excellence Scholarship (2019)
  • University Hospital foundation James Yi and Wei Chiwei Leadership Scholarship in Nursing (2018)
  • Ivy and William Thomson Scholarship (2018)

Little known fact: I have a cat that does not have a tail.

Former team members

We would like to acknowledge and thank our former ECHO staff and trainees for their engagement and contribution to our past and current research. Although these former ECHO members no longer actively work with us, they contributed to our research and the development of our knowledge translation tools.

Byunghoon (Tony) Ahn, BEd, MEd

Lauren Albrecht, BEd, MEd

Mandy Archibald, RN, BScN, PhD

Katherine Bannar-Martin, BSc, MSc, PhD

Kelli Buckreus, BA, MA(Ed), MLIS Student

Kimberly Hodge, RN, BScN, MN, NP

Mary Klute, BSc, MSc, BScN (after-degree)

Dominique Lefebvre, BScN

Anna Mann, MEd

Salima Meherali, RN, BScN, PhD

Allison Norris, BA, BScN

Stephanie Powley-Unrau, BSc, MD student

Heather Sharpe, MN, PhD

Sarah Walton, BScN (Honours)

Xuan Wu, BSc, MSc

Amy Zhang, BScN (Honours)

Yihao Zhang, BAS