MEET THE TEAM

Do you have an inquiry? If so, please refer to our team listing below for the appropriate individual with whom to connect. If you are unable to determine the most appropriate individual with whom connect or if your inquiry is of a general nature, please email cfd@smh.ca or call (416) 864-6060 x77420

Latika Nirula, PhD

Email Latika | (416) 864-6060 x77412

Director, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Latika leads the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD), providing academic and operational leadership across its initiatives to advance faculty development across the health system locally, nationally and internationally. She effectively applies her academic, teaching, and curriculum design expertise to innovative faculty development utilizing adult learning principles, simulation, and digital learning. Latika is building a research program focused on work-based faculty development.

Latika holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has a PhD from the University of Toronto in Developmental Psychology and Education, and is a graduate of the CFD’s New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) program. Latika is also a recipient of the 2020 Helen Batty Award for Sustained Excellence in Faculty Development Teaching.

Sameena Ahmed

Email Sameena | (416) 864-6060 x76215

Education Program Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development

Sameena coordinates Stepping Stones: A Foundational Faculty Development Program, the Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER), and the Foundations of Anti-Oppression Education for Health Professions program. She provides program coordination and ensures CFD’s programs meet departmental and organizational strategic goals. She has extensive experience working in healthcare and academia and is a key collaborator in the development, implementation, and evaluation of education initiatives.

Sameena holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto (UofT) and an Advanced Project Management Certificate through UofT’s School of Continuing Studies. She is in the process of completing her post graduate studies in Adult Learning and Development through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, UofT.

Lindsay Baker BEd, MEd

Email Lindsay | (416) 864-6060 x77417 | Publications

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 is Lead Educator-Researcher at the Centre for Faculty Development. She has over a decade of experience in health professions education research in the context of faculty development. Lindsay brings this researcher-practitioner lens to her role as program director (Stepping Stones, Best Practices in Education Rounds, Online Supplements for Education) and program developer (Summer Education Institute) and plays an integral role bridging education and research across all of CFD’s programs.

Through her work at CFD, Lindsay has established a reputation as an innovative qualitative methodologist and an award-winning educator. Her research uses constructivist and critical approaches to examine the boundaries and relations between disciplines, professions, and knowledge communities. Lindsay also integrates constructivist, transformative, and critical pedagogical approaches to education in her faculty development practice.

Camille Borromeo Denbigh B.A. (Hons), CE

Email Camille | (416) 864-6060 x77419

Education Program Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development

Camille coordinates a number of programs at the Centre for Faculty Development including the Education Scholars Program (ESP), Teaching for Leaning and Collaboration Program (TLC) and the Helen P. Batty awards. She comes from a communications and public relations background and leads a number the communications initiatives at the Centre. In her work, she finds innovative ways to engage the community at the Centre and throughout her programs. Camille is inspired to use her expertise to help integrate and connect the healthcare community through education, research and scholarship. Camille holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from York University and has completed her post graduate studies in Public Relations at Ryerson University.

Susan Glover Takahashi MA(ed), PhD

Email Susan | (416) 946-3844

Integrated Senior Scholar – Centre for Faculty Development & PostMD Education
Lead, Faculty Development - CBME
Director of Education, Innovation & Research, PostMD Education, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Sue is the Director of Education, Innovation and Research in the PostMD office at the University of Toronto and the Lead for Faculty Development for the implementation of competency based education and the Integrated Senior Scholar for the Centre for Faculty Development and PostMD Education at the University of Toronto.

Sue 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.

Sue’s areas of research and practice include studying performance, competence and faculty development in health and medical professionals; designing curriculum programs and systems to support competence; competency assessment, online learning and program evaluation.

Laura Hayos BAH, BPHE, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Email Laura | 416-864-6060 x77418

Project Manager – Centre for Faculty Development
Sessional Instructor and Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Educator Member, University of Toronto's Centre for Interprofessional Education

Laura is involved with strategically developing and implementing new faculty development initiatives with local and international partners at the Centre for Faculty Development. She works with faculty leads and program committees to plan, implement and deliver CFD programs including the New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program. Laura brings a decade of experience working in health care to the CFD as both a registered occupational therapist and educator in remote Northern communities as well as urban hospitals. Laura has a special interest in clinical education, in particular simulation-based education and faculty development. Laura is a sessional course instructor in the MScOT program at the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her Master of Education (Health Professions Education) at the University of Ottawa.

Emilia Kangasjarvi MSSc

Email Emilia | (416) 864-6060 x77414

Research Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development

Emilia is a Research and Education Coordinator at the Centre for Faculty Development whose role is funded by the Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching; thus apart from her work with core team at the CFD, she is also heavily involved with the Applied Education Research Operatives (AERO). Emilia currently coordinates the CFD’s Education Research Community and Summer Education Institute. Emilia joined the CFD team after working in international relations in Finland and Japan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki.

Emilia brings her knowledge of cultural anthropology and experience in social scientific thinking to qualitative research and program coordination at CFD. In her work, she strives to apply diverse ways of knowing to challenge embedded structural power dynamics and the ways in which they influence health care education and health care in general. Emilia is committed to enabling compassionate, ethical, and creative health professions education.

Michelle Kassis BComm

Email Michelle | (416) 864-6060 x77420

Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development

Michelle provides essential administrative, financial, and organizational support at the Centre for Faculty Development. She is currently completing her Masters of Education in the Curriculum and Pedagogy program at OISE. Previously, she was the Educational Planning and Support Administrator in the Postgraduate Medical Education office at the University of Toronto.

Debbie Kwan B.Sc.Phm., M.Sc., FCSHP

Email Debbie | (416) 864-6060 x77347 | Publications

Assistant Director, Educational Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Preceptor Engagement Coordinator, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Debbie is the Educational Lead for the Teaching for Learning and Collaboration (TLC) program at the Centre for Faculty Development. She is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program (ESP). Debbie is lecturer and academic lead for the Preceptor Development Program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and is a pharmacist with the University Health Network. She developed and coordinated the first primary care pharmacy residency program in Canada. Debbie is cross- appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Jana Lazor B.Sc.Phm., M.Sc.Phm., EdD, FCSHP

Email Jana | (416) 978-7178

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

Jana is a pharmacist, healthcare educator and is an Integrated Scholar at the Centre for Faculty Development. 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.

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. She has held different roles relating to Health Professions Educations across the education continuum, her current practice and scholarship focuses on the design and evaluation of learning-centered faculty development programs that support curriculum change, renewal, and innovation.

Susan Lieff MD, MEd, FRCP(C)

Email Susan | (416) 864-6060 x77413 | Publications

Director of Academic Leadership Development, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Susan is the Director of Academic Leadership Development for the Centre for Faculty Development and the founding Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL). Previously she was the founding director of the award winning Education Scholars Program at the CFD. Susan is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UofT). 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.

Susan has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and innovative program development through numerous awards. Susan’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.

Hollie Mullins B.A. (Hons), MEd

Email Hollie | (416) 864-6060 x77556

Program Coordinator, Centre for Faculty Development

Hollie coordinates several projects at the Centre for Faculty Development, including the evaluation strategy. She brings a strong knowledge of the academic health sciences system. Her recent roles include research assistant and managing projects within the University of Toronto system. Hollie has a special interest in program evaluation theory and practice, as well as quality improvement and collaborative education. She holds a Masters of Education in Higher Education (Health Professional Education) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Barbara Ann Millar MBChB (Hons), MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC

Email Barbara | (416) 864-6060 x77425 | Publications

Associate Director, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Barbara-Ann is the Associate Director of the Education Scholars’ Program (ESP) at the Centre for Faculty Development. Having had an active interest in medical education at all levels throughout her career, she enthusiastically enrolled for the second cohort of ESP 2006-2008 and took on her current role in 2011. She is a staff radiation oncologist based at Princess Margaret Hospital and graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School. She came to Toronto in 2001 for a Fellowship in Radiation Oncology and assumed a staff position in 2004. After over nine years as Program Director, in Radiation Oncology, she has stepped down from this position to lead the transition to Competency by Design as the Chair of the Specialty Committee for Radiation Oncology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and involved in Faculty Development within her own department, nationally and internationally.

Brenda Mori BSc (PT), MSc, PhD

Email Brenda | (416) 864-6060 x77415 | Publications

Director, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Brenda is the Director of the Education Scholars Program (ESP) at the Centre for Faculty Development. Also a graduate of the ESP, she enjoys leading the ESP to help change the world in the education of health professional learners. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, learner assessment and learning in the clinical environment. In addition to her role at the CFD, Brenda is also a physiotherapist and the Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto where she leads the clinical education curriculum for the Entry level MScPT degree program.

Stella Ng PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Email Stella | (416) 864-6060 x77363 | Publications

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
Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital

Stella is the director of research at the Centre for Faculty Development and holds the Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching. She is a program developer for the CFD’s Summer Education Institute, the Education Research Community and the Online Supplements for Education. She became a registered audiologist in 2006; and while practicing, earned her PhD in Health Professional Education.

Stella was motivated by her clinical experiences to study how health professionals learn to practice well in response to value-conflicted, uncertain, and unstable zones of practice. Stella’s extensive program of research advances interdisciplinary theories of reflective practice and critical reflection. Informed by this research, Stella studies and advances critical pedagogy and knowledge mobilization approaches to support the development of compassionate, ethical, and reflective practitioners.

Betty Onyura PhD, CE

Email Betty | (416) 864-6060 x77146 | Publications

Evaluation Research Scientist, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor & Evaluation Science Lead, Office of Education Scholarship (OES) Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Betty is an evaluation scientist-practitioner at the Centre for Faculty Development. Her program of research is in Evaluation Science. She advances research on the practice of program evaluation, drawing on intersecting theories of evaluation, education, and organizational behaviour (given her PhD in Organizational Psychology). Betty is a committed Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society and she boasts an ever-expanding portfolio of multi-method evaluation projects across the spectrum of health professions education.

Betty’s scientific work explores questions of evaluation utilization, evaluation ethics, and the cultural and political environments that shape how evaluation is practiced and used. She is continually developing and evolving conceptual frameworks and other methodological tools to support comprehensive program evaluations. Betty is passionate about developing evaluation science within faculty development including building capacity for high quality evaluation practice.