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Shannon Scott, RN, PhD

Professor, Canada Research Chair for Knowledge Translation in Child Health, AHFMR Population Health Investigator


About Me

My ECHO (translating Evidence in Child Health to improve Outcomes) research program focuses on knowledge translation in pediatric health settings to improve outcomes for children, their families, and the health care system. The goal of knowledge translation activities is to increase the use of relevant knowledge, commonly research, among clinicians, managers, administrators, and policy makers. Knowledge translation problems are complex because they involve behavior change among providers working in complex and high velocity health care organizations. In my research program, I explore the reasons why research is used or not and what facilitates and hinders this process, with a particular focus on elements of the context or work environment.



Principal Investigator

Scott, S.D., Knisley, L., Klassen, T., Hartling, L., Archibald, M., & Hamm, M. (2014). Knowledge translation tools for parents with children with croup and gastroenteritis. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: Knowledge to Action ($191,351). 2014-2016. 

• Scott, S.D., Hartling, L., Reid, K. & Ali, S. (2014). Arts-based knowledge translation tools for pediatric chronic pain. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Innovation Grant ($49,131). 2014-2016.

• Scott, S.D. (2013). Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) for Knowledge Translation in Child Health. Canada Research Chair Program, Government of Canada ($500,000). 2013-2018.

• Scott, S.D., Rotter, T., Vandenbeld, B., Chambers, T. & Hartling, L. (2013). A systematic review of process evaluations in knowledge translation. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis Grant ($99,967). 2013-2016.

• Scott, S.D., Grimshaw, J., Johnson, D., Klassen, T. & Rotter, T. (2013). Upscaling data to develop knowledge translation theory for child healthcare contexts. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant ($122,492). 2013-2015.

• Scott, S. (2011). A program of research in knowledge translation in child health. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award ($300,000), 2011-2016.

• Scott, S. (2010). Alberta Innovates/AHFMR Population Health Investigator Research Personnel Award ($875,000), 2010-2017


Cave, A., Johnson, D., Drummond, N., Befus, D., Manca, D., Rowe, B., Green, L., Young, E., Sharpe, H. Currie, G. & Scott, S.D. (2014). Alberta primary care pathway for childhood asthma. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Grant ($750,000). 2015-2018.

• Ali, S., Hartling, L., Curtis, S., Scott, S.D., Beran, T. (2014). Distraction to reduce pain and distress: A randomized controlled trial of children undergoing intravenous placement in the pediatric emergency department. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Research Catalyst ($49,922). 2014-2015.

• Dew, A., Bundy, A., Iljadica, A., Lincoln, M., Boydell, K., Cox, S., Gallego, S & Scott, S.D. (2014). Translating rural disability research knowledge into policy and practice: An Australian Canadian collaboration. International Program Development Fund, University of Sydney ($25,041). 2014-2015.

• Rotter, T., Kinsman, L., Scott, S.D. & Duncan, I.V. (2013). The implementation and evaluation of clinical pathways in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant ($120,000). 2013-2016.

• Jabbour, M., Johnson, D., McNaughton-Filion L., Paprica A., Shafir M., Coyle D., Curran J., Ducharme F., Grimshaw J., Guttmann A., Klassen T., Lougheed D., Newton A., Rotter T., Scott S.D. & Taljaard M. (2012). Best strategies for implementation of clinical pathways in emergency department settings. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant ($786,866). 2012-2016.

• Klassen, T., Hartling, L., Jabour, M., Johnson, D., & Scott, S. [all co-investigators listed in alphabetical order] (2011). Translating emergency knowledge for kids (TREKK). Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada Knowledge Mobilization Grant ($1,600,000), 2012-2016.