Studying KT: Career paths for researchers and trainees

October 01, 2021

Speaker

Dr. Lupin Battersby – Knowledge Mobilization Officer, SFU
Dr. Lynne Feehan – Knowledge Translation Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Dr. Clayon Hamilton – Regional Practice Lead, Fraser Health; Adjunct Professor, SFU
Dr. Jasmin Ma – Assistant Professor, UBC

Are you a researcher or a trainee interested in building or advancing your career in KT research? Are you curious about tools and resources available to support your KT journey? Want to learn more about the competencies required for a KT career? We are here to help! Join us for a very special KT Connects panel series (part 1) on “Studying KT: Career paths for researchers and trainees” as our esteemed guests share their tips, experiences and resources to help build your career in KT research!

Speaker bios:

  • Dr. Lupin Battersby (PhD) is SFU’s knowledge mobilization (KM) officer. She is responsible for achieving the goals of the SFU KM Hub, including providing training, expert consultations, and recognition of KM work. Her KM fire was sparked almost 20 years ago when holding two contracts, one as a clinical counsellor, the other a research assistant, she noticed first-hand the gap between research and practice. Since that time, she has worked in roles in and out of academia in health services, mental health, housing, aging, and patient engagement with a primary focus on the challenges and opportunities to mobilize research.
  • Dr. Lynne Feehan (PhD, PT, CHT) is the knowledge translation lead at the BC SUPPORT Unit and clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. She is a licensed physical therapist with a specialization in upper extremity rehabilitation, with over 40 years of clinical experience. She has two post-doctoral fellowships; including a CIHR funded KT project and a MSFHR post-doctoral fellowship in implementation science. Her research focus is in arthritis, bringing expertise in implementation practice informed by implementation science, objective measurement of physical activity and sleep, and meaningful engagement of stakeholders/patients in health research.
  • Dr. Clayon Hamilton (PhD) is the regional practice lead in research and knowledge translation in long-term care at Fraser Health. He received post-doctoral training in health services and KT research at UBC after completing a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western University. His current work seeks to advance the integration of scientific evidence in practice and the engagement of key stakeholders to improve the quality of care, life, and work-life in the long-term care sector. While at UBC, he led the development of tools to advance meaningful engagement of patients and family caregivers in research. Passionate about meaningful partnerships, Hamilton continues to lead and collaborate on projects to advance patient and family engagement not only in research, but also in health system decision-making more broadly.
  • Dr. Jasmin Ma (PhD) is an assistant professor of teaching in the School of Kinesiology at UBC. Funded by CIHR, MSFHR and the Arthritis Society, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC and Arthritis Research Canada. She is focused on supporting strength training behaviour change and developing methods for tailored physical activity interventions among people with chronic disease and disability. Combining her research and role as a practicing kinesiologist (BCAK) and inclusive fitness trainer (ACSM), she works with clinicians and community members to provide physical activity participation opportunities for people with diverse physical abilities.

Upcoming webinar

Kevin Sauvé, Head of Knowledge Translation (Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre)

Date

January 28, 2022

Knowledge Translation and Communications: What’s the Difference?

Knowledge translation (KT) describes activities that move research from the lab and into society resulting in changes to behaviour, practice or policy, the development of further research, and its application. KT relies on good communication — a discipline in its own right — that effectively informs, persuades, builds trust and creates culture, value, and meaning. This webinar will go over the fundamentals of the fields of KT and Communications — what they are, how they are similar, how they are different, approaches used to develop good KT and communications plans, as well as some of skills and supports, tools and techniques needed to do them well.

 After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • define the terms “knowledge translation” and “communications” as used in the context of health care and health research and understand their similarities and differences
  • apply simple templates in the implementation of basic KT and communications plans
  • be familiar with basic tools and techniques needed to execute a KT or communications plan

Join us on Friday, January 28, 2022 at noon (PT) for this 45-minute webinar – Register now for the webinar. 

NEW for 2022: KT Connects invites trainees to stick around after each webinar for a chance to explore their goals in KT with our esteemed guest speaker. This post-webinar session is exclusively for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who want to increase their understanding of how to incorporate KT into their research or who may be considering a career in KT. It is also an opportunity to connect with other trainees interested in KT.

Register for the post-webinar trainee session with Kevin Sauvé (Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. PT).

Speaker:

Kevin Sauvé is head of knowledge translation at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (​​GSC) at BC Cancer, where he manages a team in development and delivery of strategies and materials that help synthesize, exchange and disseminate GSC’s research. His expertise is in science communication consulting, writing and journalism. He has worked with the CBC and as a freelance science journalist, holds a Master of Journalism from UBC, concentrated on science, and a Bachelor’s in Biology, from the University of Guelph, focused on neuroscience. He is also the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Research Communications Award.