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, and 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.

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 probably about six



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!

Rachel Flynn, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD Candidate

I began my doctoral studies at the Faculty of Nursing in Fall 2013. For my doctoral research I conducted a realist review and realist evaluation of Lean (a quality improvement management system) in pediatric healthcare. 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. I will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in October 2018 on the development and evaluation of a tool to measure the sustainability of complex health interventions.


  • 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.
  5. Flynn, R., Scott, S.D., Rotter, T. & Hartfield, D. (2017). The potential for nursing to contribute to and lead improvement science in healthcare. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73 (1), 97-107.
  6. 6. Flynn, R. & Hartfield D. (2016). An Evaluation of a Frontline Led Quality Improvement Initiative: Barriers and Facilitators to its Success as Part of a New Quality Management Framework. Leadership in Health Services 29(4), 402-414.

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!

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!

Stephanie Powley Unrau, BSc, MD Student, WHCRI Summer Research Student

I started working with ECHO as a summer research student May 2018, in the interim summer between my first and second year of medical school at the University of Alberta. Prior to this, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2017), and participated in the systematic review used to update the Canadian physical activity guidelines for young children (2017). My interest in continuing knowledge translation research brought me to ECHO and their cutting-edge, research-based tools, produced by a brilliant and passionate team. In joining this team, I am eager to partner in developing tools that improve pediatric health outcomes, and to benefit from world class tutelage in my ambition to become an excellent clinician-researcher.


  • WCHRI Summer Studentship Award (2018; 2016)
  • Dr. Erwin and Gerda Bako Memorial Undergraduate Award (2016)
  • Thirst 4 Knowledge Scholarship (2016)
  • Jason Lang Scholarship (2016; 2015; 2014)
  • University of Alberta Undergraduate Academic Scholarships (2015; 2014)
  • University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship (2013)
  • Faculty of Science Academic Excellence Scholarship (2013)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Scholarship (2013)

Little Known Fact: When studying for exams, I have the power to devour an entire box of “After Eight” chocolates in a single sitting.

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

Heather Sharpe, MN, PhD

Sarah Walton, BScN (Honours)

Xuan Wu, BSc, MSc

Amy Zhang, BScN (Honours)