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 am a public health practitioner working with ECHO as Research Manager. In this role I engage in research, financial management, website and social media management, and work with a variety of incredible stakeholders and research collaborators. I bring with me a background in childhood infectious diseases (MSc in Global Health) and basic sciences (BSc in Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology).

My research interests are centered around providing children and their families with relatable and easily understandable information to support their health decisions and help children thrive. Working with the team at ECHO Research and our collaborators, I feel very privileged to work with researchers, clinical experts, and parents to develop accessible resources that can help parents make informed decisions about their child’s health care needs.


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

Deanna Joyce Neri, Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator 



I completed my MA in Anthropology at the University of Alberta where I focused on friendship formation and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and immigrant disability support workers. After graduating, I worked for a non-profit organization supporting the vulnerable populations in Edmonton.

I recently joined the ECHO and ARCHE research programs as the Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator. I have always been interested in bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice.



Little known fact: I can take a nap anywhere and at any time.

Kathy Reid, Project Coordinator 



I am a registered nurse, with 37 years of experience in pediatrics, including 12 years as an NP in chronic pain. I received my BScN from Queen’s University in 1983, and my MN from University of Alberta in 2008. I worked with ECHO to develop the e-book “Learning to live with chronic pain: one family’s story” and am very excited to now be on the team as project coordinator developing KT tools for families.




Little known fact: I am an avid knitter!

Una Mehrotra, Research Assistant 


I graduated with a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Alberta in Spring 2021 and I joined the ECHO program as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2021. I hope to translate the knowledge gained from this position into a career rooted in supporting the needs of younger individuals and their families by providing easily accessible, evidence-based care and offering personalized treatments that include the voices of patients in their design. I am happy to be working with such a warm and welcoming team of professionals who all share a passion for improving the lives of children with acute health conditions and their support systems.


Little known fact: I speak fluent Japanese and have lived in Tokyo twice.



Arjun Bains, BScN Honours Student


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.

James Benoit, Post-doctoral Fellow 

I recently joined the ECHO and ARCHE research groups as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2020. My research centers on using machine learning to improve health outcomes for acutely ill children through improved delivery of knowledge translation tools to parents.  We are developing a mHealth app that uses machine learning for facilitating parents’ access to high quality health decision tools, and tracing subsequent health decisions made for their child.

Before joining the team, I completed undergraduate and graduate training in neuroscience and ethics at UBC, taking a year off to work in sustainability technology. I moved to the University of Alberta for my doctorate in computational psychiatry and postdoctoral training in pediatric neurology, and then to Boston for postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. I am looking forward to working as part of ECHO and ARCHE towards better health outcomes for families.


Little known fact: I started my doctorate in imaging research, and know how to operate an MRI scanner.

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.


            • Nursing Research Endowment Award (2020)
            • Dr Shirley Stinson Scholarship in Nursing History (2020)
            • Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (2020)
            • WCHRI Graduate Studentship (2019)
            • 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!

Tamara Dorfman, RN, BSc, BScN, NP, MN, PhD Student 

I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who graduated from my Master of Nursing program in November 2012. My Master’s thesis was a systemic review on instruments for scoring pain, non-pain related distress, analgesia, and sedation in pediatric mechanically ventilated patients and their efficacy and effectiveness in practice. Currently, I work as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Cardiology at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. In September 2021, I started my PhD in Nursing with Dr. Scott as my supervisor. The focus of my graduate studies is on improving the quality of life of children with complex congenital heart defects and their families/caregivers. I am excited to be a member of the ECHO team and look forward to being involved in research that will improve the health outcomes of children and their families.


            • South Edmonton Lioness Club Scholarship in Nursing (2021)
            • Alberta Heritage Graduate Scholarship for exceptional academic achievement, The Government of Alberta (2012)
            • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship Recipient for Masters Level, University of Alberta (2011)
            • Canadian Nurses Foundation, Rx & D Nurse Practitioner Award (2011)
            • ARNET Professional Development Bursary (2011)
            • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship Recipient for Master’s Level, University of Alberta (2010)

Little known fact: I play girl’s hockey and am a huge Edmonton Oilers fan!

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, PhD 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 Doctor of Philosophy degree under Dr. Shannon Scott. The focus of my graduate studies aims to integrate anti-racism as a key commitment in the development of child mental health resources for Asian parents. Having a passion for pediatric nursing research, I am excited to expand my involvement with ECHO!


            • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Graduate Studentship
            • Nursing Research Endowment Award (2021)
            • Myer Horowitz Graduate Students’ Association Graduate Scholarship (2021)
            • Isobel Secord Graduate Scholarship (2020)
            • Maternal Newborn Child & Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical Network (SCN)
              Graduate Studentship (2020)
            • Calgary Health Trust – Florence and Lloyd Cooper Scholarship for Nursing
              Leadership and Research Award (2020)
            • ARNET Academic Scholarship (2020)
            • Dr Shirley Stinson Scholarship in Nursing History (2020)

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!

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.


            • WCHRI Undergraduate Summer Studentship (2020)
            • Faculty of Nursing Summer Studentship Award (2020)
            • 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.

Ahmed Saeed, BScN (Hons)

Aimee Gonzalez de Armas, BScN(Hons), MScN

Byunghoon (Tony) Ahn, BEd, MEd

Lauren Albrecht, BEd, MEd

Sarah Amsbaugh, RN, MN

Mandy Archibald, RN, BScN, PhD

Danielle Arseneau, BScN

Taylor Bailey, RN, MN

Katherine Bannar-Martin, BSc, MSc, PhD

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

Alyson Campbell, RN, BScN, PhD

Rebecca Campbell, BScN student, nursing leadership intern

Michelle Chan, PhD

Mikelle Djkowich, RN, BScN, MN

Joud Nour Eddin, BSc, MPH

Gwen Erdmann, RN, MN

Rachel Flynn, RN, BScN, PhD

Jane Fryer, RN, MN

Janice Gillis, RN, MN student

Kimberly Hodge, RN, BScN, MN, NP

Leigh Irvine, RN, MN

Rachel Joffe, BScN student, nursing leadership intern

Krystal Johnson, RN, MN

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

Shauna Langenberger, RN, MN

Anne Le, BSc, MSc

Dominique Lefebvre, BScN

Leeann Lukenchuk, RN, MN

Anna Mann, MEd

Jolene Medynski, RN, MN

Salima Meherali, RN, BScN, PhD

Allison Norris, BA, BScN

Lilian Ohene, PDF, Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholar

Deb Olmstead, RN, MN

Renee Paul, RN, MN

Annie Pentney, BScN

Tabatha Plesuk, RN, BScN, MLIS

Stephanie Powley-Unrau, BSc, MD student

Misty Reis, NP

Rabail Shahid, BScN student, nursing leadership intern

Heather Sharpe, MN, PhD

Alison Thompson, BN, MN, NP, PhD

Eugini Ann Tolentino, BScN student, nursing leadership intern

Brenda VandenBeld, RN, MN

Christina Vogel, RN, MN

Sarah Walton, BScN (Honours)

Tammy Wong, BScN (Honours)

Xuan Wu, BSc, MSc

Amy Zhang, BScN (Honours)

Yihao Zhang, BAS