PhD, CPsych

Psychologist and Health Systems Research Scientist

Brief Bio:

Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych is a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program of the SickKids’ Research Institute, and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) in the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute where she conducts professional development in knowledge translation, and with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, as a scientist and member of the leadership. At the University of Toronto, she is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation. She is a Governing Board Director for the Wisdom to Action Network Centre of Excellence and AMREF Health Africa. She is an Associate Editor for the journal, Evidence & Policy. Dr. Barwick consults to government and service providers in the child and youth mental health, health and education sectors, and extends her impact via a varied social media presence. Dr. Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in implementation science and knowledge translation, and has a program of health services research that spans health, mental health, education, and global health sectors. Her research aims to improve the implementation of evidence into practice and to broaden the reach of evidence more generally to support decision making, policy, knowledge and awareness. She has extensive practical field experience in implementation, as lead technical assistance supporting outcome measurement for Ontario child and youth mental health provider organizations (2000-2015). She developed and provides professional development in knowledge translation internationally through the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners) ( KTPC has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and has over 300 graduates worldwide from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States). Since 2004, SKTT has trained over 3000 individuals internationally, and is the go-to KT training resource for many Canadian health funders and organizations.

Research Interests:


The Hospital for Sick Children


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