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 120 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.

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.

Anna Mann, Advisory Group Engagement Coordinator


I joined ECHO in November 2018 as the Advisory Group Engagement Coordinator. In this role I’ll be working with parents and youth to bring their perspectives and knowledge the ECHO research program. I bring a background of, and passion for, community development and engagement. From 2009 to 2016 I worked at Caregivers Alberta, an organization that was founded by family caregivers who felt that their experiences and needs were not being recognized in the care systems. Working there taught me a lot about the importance of including and centering the experiences of patients and their families when developing supports – I really came to appreciate how different resources and programs looked when they were created by the people who they are intended to benefit!

In 2016, I moved to Toronto to do my Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development, where I was interested in the process of increasing self-determination and the implementation of participatory democracy in workplaces and other civic organizations.


Little known fact: I can say the alphabet backwards, almost as fast as saying it forward.

Byunghoon (Tony) Ahn, Research Assistant




I have been involved with ECHO since Fall of 2016 as a research assistant. I did my bachelor’s degree in psychology, and am currently pursuing my graduate studies in educational psychology here at the University of Alberta. At ECHO, I bring UX design skills to the table to create graphic assets, prototype digital products, and to do the occasional programming and animating.





Little known fact: My first vivid memory of trying to learn English was through playing StarCraft when I was about six

Tabatha Plesuk, 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



Lauren Albrecht, BEd, MEd, PhD Student 

I began working with ECHO in 2009 and have had the opportunity to work on numerous research projects. I started doctoral studies in Fall 2014 in the Department of Pediatrics, supervised by Drs. Shannon Scott & Lisa Hartling. As part of my PhD  studies, I am coordinating a CIHR Knowledge to Action Grant (S.Scott & L.Hartling, PIs) to develop and pilot test 2 digital knowledge translation tools for caregivers about  croup and gastroenteritis. My doctoral research will extend this project to evaluate the KT tools for gastroenteritis.


  • AIHS Graduate Studentship (2015-2019)
  • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2015-2017)
  • TREKK Graduate Studentship (2014-2015)
  • ECHO/CIHR Knowledge to Action Grant Graduate Studentship (2014-2016)

Little known fact: I played cornerback on an all-boys football team in my youth!

Alyson Campbell, RN, BScN, PhD Student, 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!


  • 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!

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.



  • 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

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.


  • 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!

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.


  • 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.

Alison Thompson, BN, MN, PhD Student

I am entering the third year of my PhD program working with Dr Scott. 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.


  • 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.

Dominique Lefebvre, BScN (Honours) Student

I am an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Alberta and I started working with ECHO during May of 2017. I am currently working on my honors research project, which is exploring the needs of parents with children who have chronic pain. I am passionate about student engagement in global citizenship and mentorship, as well as with providing patient centered care. My future career goals include working in a pediatric and family focused environment, pursuing my studies beyond the undergraduate level as well as taking my nursing practice abroad.


  • Harold and Florence Mosley Memorial Award in Nursing (2018)
  • Undergraduate Student Summer Research Award (2018)
  • Margaret Baxter Memorial Scholarship in Nursing (2018)
  • Cristal Mar Memorial Award (2017)
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship (2017)
  • Undergraduate Academic Scholarship (2017)
  • Valerie Greentree Memorial Award, (2017)
  • Jean I Lee Memorial Award (2017)
  • Jason Lang Scholarship, (2016, 2017)
  • Faculty of Nursing Academic Excellence Scholarship, (2015)
  • University Hospital Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship in Nursing, (2015)
  • The Brett Binder Leadership Award, (2015)
  • 21st Century Learner Award, (2015)

Little known fact: I am a francophone, a musician and a dancer!

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 were crucial to the development of our research and knowledge translation tools.

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)

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)