Geil Astorga

Brief Bio

Geil is interested in using communication and multimedia strategies to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice. As a Communications Associate at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, she develops knowledge translation initiatives to improve the lives of children with disabilities and their families. She also supports the implementation of a five-year strategic plan that envisions CanChild as an internationally recognized centre for innovative child health research and for an environment that cultivates inclusion and collaboration. Geil completed her Communications degree with Provost Honour and Distinction at McMaster University. During her undergraduate studies, she received a prestigious award to conduct an independent research project on the affordances of social media in knowledge translation. She is also a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Geil enjoys lay language writing and has contributed to articles geared towards empowering stakeholders. Her work and career journey have also been featured in national newspapers. Geil aims to apply what she will learn in the TRP to improve research partnerships for patients and families, increase research impact, and ensure that future research projects are relevant to patient needs.