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

Karen Leslie MD, MEd, FRCP(C)

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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.

Beata Pawlowska PhD

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Director, Programs, Projects & Partnerships, Centre for Faculty Development

Beata holds a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business and Education. Concurrent to completing her PhD program, Beata held posts as an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and as an associate researcher and educator at the LMU Center for Leadership and People Management in Munich, Germany. Subsequently, she joined the Michener Institute of Education at The University Health Network in Toronto where she partnered with academic and healthcare leaders to ensure the highest quality of patient care and safety through excellence in design research, education and simulation. Beata is a recipient of numerous awards of excellence and has been recognized as a highly skilled thought leader and agent of change. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of leadership, faculty development, collective competence and change management.

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

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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.

Susan Lieff MD, MEd, FRCP(C)

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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 Emerging 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.

Stella Ng PhD, Reg. CASLPO

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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

Stella earned her PhD in Health Professional Education from The University of Western Ontario (Western University). She completed a CIHR-STIHR post-doctoral fellowship in Health Care, Technology & Place, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at U of T, and with Lorelei Lingard at the Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Working with a nationwide team of clinicians, educators, families, policy-makers, and researchers, Stella is co-leading a CIHR operating grant-funded research program -- inspired by her practice as a pediatric educational audiologist -- entitled: Integrated Systems and Team Working for Children with Disabilities. Stella's research is influenced by theories of tacit knowledge and critical reflection. Primarily, she uses qualitative methodologies to gain understanding of health professionals' development, use, and mobilization of tacit knowledge, and to explicate hidden influences in systems of education and practice in order to enable change. In her roles at CFD and CACE, Stella draws upon her interdisciplinary background to provide guidance to faculty and trainees on a wide range of research questions in health professions education and practice.

Stella is passionate about education and has received awards for course instruction and research presentations. While she enjoys teaching in the interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning contexts of health professions education scholarship and faculty development, Stella also maintains a strong commitment to developing audiology's engagement in education scholarship and thus contributes through service, community leadership, targeted publications, and speaking engagements. Stella adopts a creative and critical orientation toward knowledge mobilization and looks forward to working with the recognized leaders at CFD to advance the field of health professions education through excellence and innovation in faculty development.

Brenda Mori BSc (PT), MSc, PhD

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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.

Barbara Ann Millar MBChB

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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 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 and subsequently took up a Staff 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. She is 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.

Susan Glover Takahashi MA (Ed), PhD

Email Susan | (416) 946-3844

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.

Dr. 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

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.

Amy Dionne MEd

Email Amy | (416) 864-5961

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.

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

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.

Betty Onyura PhD

Email Betty | (416) 864-6060 x17139 | Publications

Evaluation Research Scientist, Centre for Faculty Development

Betty joined the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) as a Research and Evaluation Consultant at the beginning of 2012. She brought with her a wealth of experience in using research as a tool for enabling organizations and programs to assess developmental needs, and mobilize the knowledge needed to create meaningful change. At the CFD, Betty is involved in research on evaluation theory and methods, identity and career development, and health literacy. She is also tasked with the scholarly evaluation of a broad range of programs in the health professions, and broader health systems. She is a scientist-practitioner at heart; her passion lies in application of research and evaluation expertise to produce knowledge that can be readily mobilized and utilized by learners, clients, and communities, as well as inform organizations’ strategic directions.

Jackie McCaffrey CNP, RNCP

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Project Manager, Centre for Faculty Development

Jackie manages the New and Emerging 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.

Farah Friesen MI

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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.

Camille Borromeo

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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.

Emilia Kangasjarvi

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Administrative Assistant, 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.