CEPD Research is Growing!

Building on strategic directions to advance research, innovation and scholarship in Continuing Education, foster and imbed quality improvement (QI) and further develop Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE), CEPD’s Research division has embarked on a rapid expansion. Led by Director, Dr. Simon Kitto, CEPD Research has recruited five new members over the past academic year. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth, Rachel, Natasha, Eman and Sarah who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team along with existing members Joanne Goldman (Research Associate) and Laure Perrier (Information Specialist).

ElizabElizabeth Cadavid, Administrative Assistant to the Director of CEPD Researcheth Cadavid is an Administrative Assistant to Dr. Simon Kitto and also provides centralized administrative support to other members of the Research team. She is a graduate of CDI College’s Medical Office Administrator Program and was the Office Manager at Yonge Finch Chiropractic & Health Centre where she worked on business financial accounts, managed patient files, and processed functional abilities evaluations and workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accidents reports, before joining CEPD. Elizabeth’s responsibilities include scheduling and organizing meetings, making travel arrangements and compiling research information for accreditation and annual reports.


Rachel E. Grant, CEPD Research AssociateRachel E. Grant, RN, BScN, MN, is a Research Associate at CEPD. Upon graduating from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Rachel relocated to Toronto to commence graduate studies at Ryerson University. She is the recipient of Ryerson’s 2013 Master of Nursing Writing and Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Graduate Essay Writing awards for her paper on “Improving Healthcare through Social Media in Northern and Rural Communities.” Four years of experience in an educator role within undergraduate nursing programs and a Master of Nursing in Leadership in Education and Health Policy give her a theoretical and practical understanding of health sciences education. Additionally, Rachel’s experiences bring a clinician, family-centered care, and pan-Canadian perspective to the CEPD Research team. Her research interests include interprofessional education, professional power, and the history of nursing.

Natasha Kachan, CEPD Research CoordinatorNatasha Kachan, MEd, is a Research Coordinator at CEPD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education. Since 2000, Natasha has worked in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, coordinating research on topics ranging from interprofessional communication in the OR to integrating complementary and alternative medicine modalities into hospital settings. Natasha’s primary interests are qualitative research methods and design and innovation in qualitative data analysis. She is very excited to be working with the highly diverse, multidisciplinary group of researchers that make up the research arm of CEPD.


Dr. Eman Leung, Quality Improvement Scientist & Associate Director of CEPD ResearchEman Leung, PhD, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, IHI Improvement Advisor     Dr. Leung is a Quality Improvement Scientist and the Associate Director of Research at CEPD. He is an applied psychologist, with an advanced training in statistical modelling, psychometrics, social epidemiology, and naturalistic verbal and non-verbal behavioural observations. He developed an interest in integrating research and practices while he was a CIHR NET New Emerging Scientist, and since then has been working with acute care hospital, long-term care facilities, social services, mental health centres and not-for-profit organizations to improve care quality through knowledge translation. At CEPD, Dr. Leung has the dual role of advancing the scholarship of Continuing Education (CE), Quality Improvement (QI) and Knowledge Translation (KT), while improving the quality of services offered by CEPD and its clients with advances in CE, QI and KT research. His research focuses on 1) identifying the perceived and unperceived CE needs by triangulating quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources; and 2) examining the improvement of patient safety outcomes resulting from the implementation of a patient and family-centered interprofessional model of care at TGH, Sickkids and CAMH that integrates CE, QI and KT.

Sarah McMillan, CEPD Research AssociateSarah McMillan, BA (Hons.), MA, is a Research Associate at CEPD. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and holds a Master of Arts in Sociology with a background in the critical analyses of health, illness, medicine and disability. Some of her research interests include Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC), patient experience/satisfaction, the use of illness narratives in clinical practice, interprofessional collaboration and medical education. Her current projects centre on integrating the patient and family perspective into health research. Additionally, Sarah has experience with patient advocacy and education through her involvement with health related organizations in the community and her own lived experience.  She is passionate about incorporating this knowledge into her work.