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Director, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Karen Leslie is a staff paediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Leslie received her MD from McMaster University, completed a residency in Paediatrics at Queens' University in Kingston, and then completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She obtained an MEd at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 2008. Dr. Leslie was named as the Associate Director of the CFD in 2006, and in 2009 became the Director of the Centre. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, career development and mentoring, and academic identity.
Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development
Sameena received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and joined the Centre for Faculty Development as an Administrative Coordinator in 2017. Sameena holds ample experience working in a senior administrative role with faculty and senior management in the academic and healthcare context. Prior to becoming a part of the CFD team, Sameena was an Administrative Assistant in the Learning, Innovation & Research portfolio at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN and a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, Department of Sociology.
Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Cross-Appointed Researcher, The Wilson Centre
Lindsay joined the CFD after working in the local and international science education community as a program developer and educator. As the CFD’s Lead, Educator-Researcher, Lindsay draws from her practice experience as a teacher, and her research expertise gained through her Masters in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Through her work at CFD, Lindsay has established a reputation as an innovative qualitative methodologist and dynamic teacher, and developed a growing publication and funding record in health professions education. She combines her education and qualitative research expertise by teaching in CFD programs, delivering invited educational workshops, and offering consulting and support services within and beyond the local health professions education research community.
Lindsay’s main research interest is in using a critical approach to examine the boundaries and relations between disciplines, professions, and knowledge communities.
Education Program Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development
Camille joined the CFD in 2015 and coordinates the Education Scholars Program, Best Practice in Education Rounds and Teaching for Leaning and Collaboration Program. She comes from a communications and public relations background, with a Bachelor of Arts from York University and has completed her post graduate studies at Ryerson University.
Executive Manager, Academic Development & Operations, Centre for Faculty Development
Amy was hired as the Centre's first employee and has played a significant role in creating and shaping the unit's success. As Manager, Amy provides leadership in strategic planning, development and implementation of strategies to ensure the delivery of high quality programs and services, personnel management, financial planning, and fostering and maintaining the Centre's many local, national and international professional relationships.
Amy's national and international faculty development work has included: initiating and chairing a national AFMC (Association for Faculties of Medicine of Canada) working group charged with developing a national faculty development forum; serving as an adjudicator for the AFMC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada; and working with renowned leaders in faculty development – Ivan Silver and Yvonne Steinert – in instituting a recurring international conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions.
Amy received her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Education Knowledge Broker and Program Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development
Farah received her Master of Information (Library & Information Science) degree from the University of Toronto and joined the Centre for Faculty Development as a Research Coordinator in 2014. In her new position as Education Knowledge Broker and Program Coordinator, Farah works to bridge CFD research and programs to encourage effective knowledge sharing that avoids replicating ideas of one-way information flow and focuses on multiway exchanges of information. Equal consideration is given to how practice informs research and how to make research accessible, understandable and applicable. Aiming to ensure that knowledge is used and useful in meaningful ways affects how we conceptualize research and education impact.
Farah’s main research interest is in critically examining traditional academic performance indicators, encouraging alternative perspectives on metrics, and working towards a broader (re)definition of educational impact.
Integrated Senior Scholar – PostMD Education / CFD, Centre for Faculty Development
Director of Education, Innovation & Research, Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Dr. Glover Takahashi has both a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Education – with a focus on curriculum planning and performance assessment.
Sue is the Director of Education, Innovation & Research in the Postgraduate Medical Education office at the University of Toronto, providing support and oversight to curriculum development and program accreditation for almost 80 residency programs. She is the Lead for the implementation of Competency By Design at the University of Toronto and the Integrated Senior Scholar for the Centre for Faculty Development and PostMD Education at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Glover Takahashi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is also cross-appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies.
Her areas of research and practice include studying performance and competence in health and medical professionals; designing curriculum programs and systems to support competence; competency assessment, online learning and program evaluation.
Research Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development
Emilia has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki and she joined the CFD in the beginning of 2016. Previously she has held administrative positions in institutions such as the Finnish Embassy in Japan and the Finnish Institute in Japan.
Assistant Director, Educational Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Debbie is a primary care pharmacist in the Family Health Team at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. She also provides group education and medication consultations in the Falls Prevention Program at the Toronto Western Hospital. She is co-coordinator for the Primary Care Pharmacy Residency Program at the Toronto Western Hospital. Debbie is cross- appointed to the Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor and teaches in the undergraduate, Doctor of Pharmacy and International Pharmacy Graduates programs. Debbie is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development.
Integrated Senior Scholar – MD Education / CFD, Centre for Faculty Development
Director of Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Development, MD Program
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Jana Lazor is a pharmacist and healthcare educator. She has completed a Bachelors Science of Pharmacy, Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, and Doctor of Education in Higher Education, with a specialization in healthcare education and sub-specialty in patient education.
She is the Director of Faculty Development for the MD Program at the University of Toronto, overseeing the Office of Faculty Development that offers a wide range of faculty development resources and activities that are designed specifically to support faculty members across the St. George and Mississauga Campuses to help them to navigate their undergraduate teaching responsibilities.
Jana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is also cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies.
Dr. Lazor has held different roles relating to Health Professions Educations across the education continuum from Entry to Practice, Advanced Practice, Professional Development and Faculty Development. Her current practice and scholarship focuses on the design and evaluation of learning-centered faculty development programs that support curriculum change, renewal, and innovation.
Director of Academic Leadership Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Susan Lieff is a Professor and the Vice-Chair, Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UofT). She is currently the Director of Academic Leadership Development for the Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital and the founding Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program. Previously she was the founding director of the award winning Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development. She completed her Masters of Education in higher education of health professionals at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, UT in 2002 and her International Masters in Health Leadership at McGill University in 2008.
She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and innovative program development by the University of Toronto, the UofT Faculty of Medicine (twice), the Associations of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Association of Academic Psychiatry, and the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations. Dr. Lieff’s scholarship focuses on the design and evaluation of leadership development programs for health professional educators, academics and practitioners. She has been a faculty member for the leadership programs of the Canadian Leadership Institute in Medical Education, the Harvard Macy Institute on Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, the Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, the Rotman School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.
Project Manager, Centre for Faculty Development
Jackie manages the New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) program along with many of our special events and special projects. Currently, Jackie is working hard to develop and launch the CFD’s first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) which ties in nicely to her interest in the use of technology in education. Jackie is also responsible for our marketing portfolio including the electronic newsletter 'CFDnews' and our social media channels.
Jackie has an extensive background in the performing arts and is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
Associate Director, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Barbara-Ann Millar graduated from Medical School at the University of Sheffield in 1991. Her internal medicine and oncology training was completed in United Kingdom and came to Canada in 2001 for a one year Fellowship, subsequently taking a Staff Radiation Oncology position at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 2004.
Barbara-Ann was a graduate of the second cohort of the Education Scholars Program (2006-2008) and at the same time was appointed Director of Residency Training for Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto in July 2007, and a role which she held until August 2016. She has been member of a several post graduate residency program committees and also is a member of the University of Toronto Post Graduate Medical Education Internal Review Committee, Post Graduate Medical Advisory Committee and Board of Examiners for Medical Radiation Science. She has undertaken residency program reviews within and outside University of Toronto.
She was delighted to return to the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development at St Michael’s Hospital in the role of Associate Director in February 2011. She has enjoyed being part of the broader Faculty Development community across Toronto and the greater Toronto area. In addition to this role, she has enjoyed opportunities to teach on CFD workshops, facilitate and co-lead BPER sessions.
In July 2016, she was appointed as Chair Elect for the Specialty Committee in Radiation Oncology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been actively involved in the development of competency based training for the specialty. She has also been appointed as the Co-Director for Faculty Development and Continuing Professional Development in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto and is a member of the Faculty Development Leads Group, hosted within the Centre for Faculty Development.
Director, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Mori is the Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and leads the clinical education curriculum for the Entry level MScPT degree program. She graduated from University of Toronto with a BScPT degree and an MSc and PhD degree with the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. She is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program (ESP) at the Centre for Faculty Development and is currently the Director of the ESP. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, learner assessment and learning in the clinical environment. Brenda recently completed PhD studies where she led the development of the new Canadian measure to assess physiotherapy students in the clinical education setting.
Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching
Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development
Education Scientist, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education
Cross-Appointed Scientist, The Wilson Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital
When faced with a situation for which there is no technical or research-based solution, or when inevitable health system gaps appear, health professionals must still provide competent and compassionate care. How do they manage to do so, and how can they be better prepared and supported? Stella’s research to date has explored how and what health professionals know, innovate, and learn in value-conflicted, uncertain, and unstable zones of practice like school-based healthcare and chronic pain care. Informed by the findings of this research, she applies and studies education approaches intended to foster reflective practice and critically reflective change agency.
As an educator, Stella leads and develops curricula, for clinicians and faculty, from local-level to massive open online courses. Currently she sits on a provincial practice advisory committee to set standards, partners with several health professions associations to mobilize knowledge, and consults internationally to inform a clinical teacher education program. Stella is a registered audiologist, earned a PhD in Health Professional Education, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical education and health policy.
Stella's research, service, and education work is committed to enabling compassionate, ethical, and creative health care practice that responds to dynamic challenges in people's lives, and in the health and social care systems.
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Evaluation Research Scientist, Centre for Faculty Development
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Betty Onyura holds a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is an Evaluation Research Scientist at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) and is the Evaluation Science lead for the Office of Education Scholarship within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has research interests in in evaluation theory and practice as well as in late career development within the health professions.