Curriculum Vitae
Consulting Services
Consulting Reports
Knowledge Translation Training and Tools
Implementation Tools
Social Media


  2011 Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Development of a Curriculum for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Youth Mental Heal
Expert Consultation  
  2011 U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention
Expert Panel
Expert Review  
  Ongoing (2007 -) Manilla Consulting Group Inc, Virgina USA
National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (SAMHSA),
review of implementation materials for evidence based practices and programs, http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/
  2006-2007 R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd
Evaluation off Mental Health Capacity Building Pilots for Children and Families
For the Alberta Mental Health Board
Facilitation / Project Management  
  2009 Eastern Region, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Central East Region Transfer Payment Residential
Strategy - a regional initiative to examine the best approach to providing residential services
for children and youth within the MCYS continuum of care.

2005-2007 Durham Region, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Centralized Intake for Children's Mental Health
Development of a framework for centralized intake among Durham region children's mental health service providers.

Professional Development


2008 Griffin Centre
Training in evidence-based mental health practice and research utilization
Research & Evaluation  
  2013 - present

School Mental Health ASSIST Process evaluation Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board / Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario, Canada. Collaborator(s): Katherine Boydell, Kathy Short, Gwendolyn Fearing.

  2007 - 2010 Kinark Child and Family Services
Process evaluation of organizational change for this organization - the largest CYMH service provider in Ontario, as it moves all of its service to evidence base.
  2010 Student Support Leadership Initiative, Toronto Cluster
Partnership Evaluation
  2010 Griffin Centre
Supporting Service Excellence and Continuous Quality Improvement through Evaluation, Evaluation Grant - Examining functional outcomes for dually diagnosed (DD) children and youth receiving mental health
services, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
  2008 ECHO: Improving Women's Health in Ontario
Current Research in Knowledge Translation and Women's Health: A Resource Report
  2008 Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC)
Literature review and survey development for community of practice
  2007 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
Literature review on knowledge translation for cardiovascular disease

Services aux enfants et adultes Prescott-Russell
Projet de rehaussement des services en sante mentale pour les enfants francophones de l'Ontario, The goal of this project was to improve the quality of French language services to Ontario's children and youth and their families, to increase practitioner satisfaction with service delivery, and to ensure a greater effectiveness in the services offered in French.
There were two phases to the project: Phase 1: survey of service delivery characteristics, research utilizations, and readiness for change; and Phase 2: a review of evidence-based practices available in French and/or proven reliable with French speaking children and youth.

  2006-2007 Cochrane Temiskaming Resource Centre
Qualitative analysis of day support client activity preferences and wishes to guide program development and service delivery for the population served by these organizations.

Child, Youth, and Family Coalition of Simcoe County
Environmental Scan of At-Risk Youth in Simcoe County.

Esteem / Pressley Ridge
Consultant for Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care Indicators

  2005 Resources for Exceptional Children / Durham Region
Literature Review, Acute Children's Mental Health Care
  2004 Central East Region, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Child and Youth Mental Health Fund


Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT)


A well-developed knowledge translation (KT) plan is often a proposal requirement for health research in Canada and abroad, and there is greater attention to research utilization and research impact. The SKTT™ training course was developed on the premise that scientists are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilization, and ensuring their research findings reach the appropriate audiences. There is a skill set surrounding KT practice, and it is these competencies that the training course was designed to impart.
The SKTT™ course is intended for researchers in health, mental health, education, and social sciences who have an interest in sharing research knowledge with (multiple) audiences beyond the traditional academic community, as appropriate, and in increasing the impact potential of their research.
Initially developed to help SickKids' Scientists develop their KT skills, the course is equally suited to KT professionals, practitioners, educators, and decision makers in community based organizations and government. The material is universally applicable across sectors, job roles, and geographic location.
As of May 2016, SKTT has trained 2000 individuals across Canada, the United States, and internationally since the program was developed in 2004. Our clients have come as far as Malaysia and Europe! Corporate clients include:

  • Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions/ Research Transfer Network of Alberta
  • Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health
  • Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
  • Centre for Disease Control, USA
  • Glenrose Hospital
  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research USA
  • The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • United States Department of Education USA
  • University of Edinburgh SCOT
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Western Australia, Perth AUS

SKTT is offered privately by Melanie Barwick Consulting upon request and through the Hospital for Sick Children Learning Institute in Spring and Fall. Individuals wishing to take the course in Toronto can register via Cvent for SKTT courses offered by the Learning Institute, twice per year: Spring and Fall ($700); http://www.sickkids.ca/Learning/AbouttheInstitute/Programs/Knowledge-Translation/index.html
Organizations interested in bringing training to their own group and location can contact Melanie directly to arrange training to discuss your needs and receive a cost estimate melanie.barwick@sickkids.ca; mobile 416-899-3901 or office 416-813-1085

Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC)

The Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC™) is a 5 day professional development course, held by The Hospital for Sick Children Learning Institute in Toronto, Canada, and the only course of its kind in North America. The curriculum, presented as a composite of didactic and interactive teaching, exemplars, and exercises, focuses on the core competencies of KT work in Canada, as identified by a survey of KT Practitioners (Barwick et al., 2010). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professional development and networking.

The KTPC course is aimed at developing the competencies of KT practitioners working across all disciplines - not limited to: health, education, prevention/promotion, and agriculture. Whether you call yourself a knowledge broker, KT specialist or work by some other name, this event is of great importance to helping us close the research to practice gap. However you identify yourself professionally, this course is for you if you serve an intermediary role between science and practice. We invite active participation of your employer to help build organizational culture for KT.

Completion of this professional development opportunity awards a certificate of completion from the University of Toronto Office of Continuing Education for Professional Development.

Please visit http://www.sickkids.ca/Learning/AbouttheInstitute/Programs/Knowledge-Translation/Knowledge-Translation-Professional-Certificate/index.html

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Melanie Barwick