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 Coordinator, Curriculum and Programs, 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

Associate Director, Curriculum Integration and Partnerships, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Lindsay is Associate Director, Curriculum Integration and Partnership 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 Coordinator, Communications and Community, 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.

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

Email Laura | 416-864-6060 x77418

Project Manager of Education Development & Innovation, 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.

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.

Susan Lieff MD, MEd, FRCP(C)

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

Program Lead, New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Susan is the Program Lead 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

Education Coordinator, Evaluation and Strategy, 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 Program Lead, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Barbara-Ann is the Associate Program Lead 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

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

Brenda is the Program Lead 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.

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.