I completed my occupational therapy degree at UBC, and found my calling in pediatrics at Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children’s Hospital as a fieldwork student in assistive technology and autism assessment. After a short time working in acute care, I returned to Sunny Hill and spent 18 years in the Acute Rehabilitation, Positioning & Mobility, and Complex Developmental & Behavioural Conditions programs. My passion for evidence-informed practice led me to Sunny Hill’s Evidence Centre, where I facilitated the use of evidence among interprofessional clinicians, leaders, and students as a knowledge translation (KT) practitioner (i.e., knowledge broker).
My MSc examined the factors influencing therapists’ adoption of interactive technologies for rehabilitation, which forged my path as an implementation scientist. My PhD research used social network analysis to examine the social drivers of KT at the organizational level. My postdoctoral research in the field of substance use examined the implementation of addiction treatment and harm reduction services, and policy change in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I joined the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as a faculty member in 2022. I co-lead the Knowledge Mobilization Program for the CHILD-BRIGHT SPOR Network to help move knowledge into action in child health at a national level. I am also an Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Outside of work, I spend my time with family (including our dog Rolo), and enjoy baking, making music, and playing sports.
My research program in implementation science focuses on examining the barriers and enablers of health care innovation and best practice implementation, and on testing the effectiveness of different implementation strategies to support their use in a range of contexts (e.g., health care organizations, community, policy). My research aim is to move knowledge into action to generate impact: to improve health services delivery and policy, to enhance health outcomes, and to advance the science of knowledge translation/implementation science.
I partner on my research with people with lived/living experience, clients/patients, health care providers, community partners, policy makers, industry developers, and/or others who will benefit from or be impacted by the research, and/or whose expertise can strengthen the work. I also value interdisciplinary research, where diverse perspectives come together to co-develop innovative solutions to wicked problems. I have a passion for theory, learning, and technology.
In recent years I have aligned more of my work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action to work toward reconciliation. As a person from settler ancestry, I partner with Indigenous research team members (e.g., family members/caregivers, Wisdom Translators) and Indigenous community organizations to address shared goals. Their collective teachings and guidance have been invaluable in my ongoing journey to learn how to decolonize my work.
Evidence-informed practice, needs assessment, program development and evaluation, theory, research methods.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Opportunities
Postdoctoral Fellow: Funding is available for a postdoctoral fellow to join our national team with the CHILD-BRIGHT SPOR Network’s Knowledge Mobilization Program. Experience or interest in knowledge translation, implementation science, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and/or social network analysis are an asset. Details can be found here: https://www.child-bright.ca/postdoctoral-researcher-opportunity
Master’s Student: Funding is available for a MSc student, to start in the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program in September 2023, to join a national team of researchers, health care providers, families, and knowledge translation (KT) practitioners. We are studying the social factors involved in moving knowledge into action – our goal is to generate a set of recommendations for improving KT in the field of child development and rehabilitation. Learn more here: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/ad/57004
I welcome inquiries from other prospective MSc and PhD students – please include your research interests, CV, and unofficial undergraduate or graduate transcripts. Visit the Rehabilitation Sciences Research Graduate Programs Website for more information.
Please contact me to discuss training opportunities at email@example.com.
- Investigator, Evidence to Innovation (E2i) Theme, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR)
- Co-Lead, Knowledge Mobilization Program, CHILD-BRIGHT SPOR Network
- Member, Executive Committee, CHILD-BRIGHT SPOR Network
- Editorial Board Member, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics Journal
- Member, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
- Registrant, College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC)
Glegg S, McCrae K,Kolla G, Touesnard N, Turnbull J, Brothers T, Brar R, Sutherland C, Le Foll B, Sereda A, Goyer M, Rai N, Bernstein S, Fairbairn N.“COVID just kind of opened a can of whoop-ass”: The rapid growth of pandemic safer supply prescribing documented through an environmental scan of addiction and harm reduction services in Canada. Int J Drug Policy Res. 2022;106: 103742.
Eydt E, Glegg S, Sutherland C, Meador K, Trew M, Perreautt M, Goyer M, Le Foll B, Turnbull J, Fairbairn N. Service delivery models for injectable opioid agonist treatment in Canada: An environmental scan. CMAJ Open. 2021;9(1):e1115-e1124.
Glegg SMN, Ryce A, Miller K, Nimmon L, Kothari A, Holsti L. Organizational supports for knowledge translation in paediatric health centres and research institutes: A Canadian environmental scan. Implement Sci Comm. 2021;2:49.
Glegg SMN, Jenkins E, Kothari A. How the study of networks informs knowledge translation and implementation: A scoping review. Implement Sci. 2019;14(1):34.
Glegg SMN. Facilitating interviews in qualitative research with visual tools: A typology. Qual Health Res. 2019;29(2):301-310.
Glegg SMN, Levac DE. Barriers, facilitators and interventions to support virtual reality implementation in rehabilitation: A scoping review. Phys Med Rehabil. 2018;10(11):1237-1251.e1.
Mallidou AA, Atherton P, Chan L, Frisch N, Glegg S, Scarrow G. Core knowledge translation competencies: A scoping review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18:502.
Glegg SMN, Livingstone R, Montgomery I. Facilitating interprofessional evidence-based practice in paediatric rehabilitation: Development, implementation and evaluation of an online toolkit for health professionals. Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(4):391-99.
Glegg SMN, Holsti L, Stanton S, et al. Evaluating change in virtual reality adoption for brain injury rehabilitation following knowledge translation. Disabil Rehabil: Assist Technol. 2016;12(3):217-26.
Glegg SMN, Hoens A. Role domains of knowledge brokering: A model for the healthcare setting. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2016;40(2):115-23.
Levac D, Glegg S, Camden C, et al. Best practice recommendations for the development, implementation, and evaluation of online knowledge translation resources in rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2015; 95(4):648-62.
Glegg SMN, Holsti L, Velikonja D, et al. Factors influencing therapists’ adoption of virtual reality for brain injury rehabilitation. Cyberpsychol, Behav Soc Networking. 2013;16(5):385-401.