Our Team

With expertise in injury epidemiology, health promotion and education, psychology, kinesiology, preventive medicine, and public health, BCIRPU provides a breadth of knowledge and applied injury research, development, and leadership to support government, health authorities, and injury prevention stakeholders.

  • Ian Pike, PhD
    Director

    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

    Ian Pike is the Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC, Associate Scientist at the Child and family Research Institute, and Co-executive Director and Spokesperson for The Community Against Preventable Injuries – an injury prevention social marketing organization. His academic training is in kinesiology, health promotion and injury prevention, with particular emphasis on population health and the workplace. He has some 30 years experience in injury prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion, and has worked in the private, not-for-profit and academic sectors. For his leadership and work in developing a province-wide health promotion and injury prevention program for the healthcare sector, he was recognized with an international award of excellence by the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

    Dr. Pike has been an invited speaker and expert participant at numerous health, wellness and injury prevention conferences and meetings. He is published in the academic and professional journals, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Injury Prevention. His current research, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), includes national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; and, child passenger safety. Most recently his team was awarded a 5-year CIHR grant of $2 million and named the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention in Canada.

  • Shelina Babul, PhD
    Associate Director / Sports Injury Specialist

    Additional Affiliations

    Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with a cross appointment in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

    Research Interests
    • Sport and recreation injury
    • Concussion/traumatic brain injury
    • Knowledge implementation, education, and awareness

    Dr. Shelina Babul focuses primarily on sport and recreation evidence-based research and knowledge implementation, with a specialization in concussions/traumatic brain injuries and their prevention, recognition, treatment, and management. She is the Director of BC Children’s Hospital Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (BC CHIRPP) and an Investigator with both BC Children’s Hospital and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC.

    Dr. Babul chairs the BC Concussion Advisory Network (BC CAN) and is a member of several provincial and national concussion advisory committees, including Parachute’s National Concussion Subcommittee and the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium. She received the 2016 BC Hockey Safety Award and the 2014 Prevention and Awareness Award from the Brain Injury Association of Canada.

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  • Mariana Brussoni, PhD, MA, BA(Hon)
    Academic Scientist

    Additional Affiliations

    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and School of Population & Public Health, UBC
    Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

    Research Interests
    • Outdoor risky play
    • Parenting perceptions of risk and safety
    • Fathering
    • Burden of injury
    • Nature-based play
    • Play space design

    In addition to her affiliations with the BCIRPU, University of British Columbia, and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Dr. Mariana Brussoni is also a board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada. Trained as a developmental psychologist, she investigates child injury prevention. Current research interests include the influence of geographic, cultural and social places on parenting related to risk and safety; developmental importance of children’s risky play; the impact of injury on children’s health-related quality of life; injuries among Aboriginal populations; and injury surveillance.

    Mariana’s research has been featured extensively in national and international media. She currently leads CIHR-funded research to develop an index of the playability of the built environment; and Lawson Foundation-funded research to develop an online tool to reframe parents’ risk perceptions with the goal of facilitating children’s access to nature-based risky play. Further details can be seen at http://brussonilab.ca/.

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  • Claire Humphreys, MSc, BA
    Manager, Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC

    Research Interests
    • Child development
    • Child abuse prevention
    • Infant crying
    • Abusive head trauma

    Ms. Claire Humphreys received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and her Master of Science in Public Health Management from the University of London.

    In 2007, Claire joined the Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC team as the Educator & Information Specialist for the program. As the educator, her responsibilities included training and implementing the Period of PURPLE Crying BC initiative in the Fraser and Interior Health Regions. She also managed PURPLE implementation of BC community agencies such as pregnancy outreach, infant development, adoption, immigration, and child care. As the Information Specialist, she contributed to the development of the program website and the online training modules. Claire currently serves as the Program Manager and continues to provide education and resources to professionals supporting families. She is also the point person for the program’s public education campaign, CLICK for Babies. Claire previously worked in research at the University of Victoria and as a technician at a mood disorders clinic in Vancouver.

  • Dian L Leung, MEd
    Research Assistant

    On maternity leave until March 2017. Dian provides administrative and research support to the BCIRPU researchers and Director. She coordinates the 2012 Web Conference Series and is secretariat for the BC Injury Prevention Leadership and Action Network.

  • Fahra Rajabali, MSc
    Researcher

    Research Interests
    • Data analysis and manipulation
    • Data visualizations
    • Injury surveillance
    • Injury prevention
    • Abusive head trauma
    • Cost of injury

    Ms. Fahra Rajabali has been at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit since 2000, following the completion of her Masters of Science in Health Information Science at the University of Warwick, England. Although she wears many “hats,” Fahra’s primary role is working on data at the Unit, including data analysis and visualizations. She is also the Evaluation Coordinator for the Period of Purple Crying BC initiative. Other roles include injury surveillance and conference planning. Fahra is the Unit Liaison for Northern, Interior, and Island Health Authorities. Along with her co-workers, Fahra was a recipient of the UBC President’s Staff Award in 2014.

  • Jennifer Smith
    Research Coordinator

  • Kate Turcotte, MSc
    Researcher

    Research Interests
    • Injury surveillance
    • Program evaluation
    • Project management
    • Injury prevention

    Ms. Kate Turcotte has been at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit since 1999, following the completion of her Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. Her role at the Unit comprises supporting Dr. Shelina Babul’s concussion knowledge implementation program, as well as project management, grant and report writing, injury surveillance, program evaluation, and conference planning. Kate is the Unit Liaison for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, and she provides secretariat support for the BC Injury Prevention Committee and the BC Concussion Advisory Network. Along with her co-workers, Kate was a recipient of the UBC President’s Staff Award in 2014.

     

  • Megan Oakey
    Provincial Manager, PHSA – Injury and Falls Prevention

    Provincial Manager, Provincial Health Services Authority – Injury and Falls Prevention, Population and Public Health

    Megan has over 10 years experience working in injury prevention including falls prevention, road safety and sports injuries. Most recently, Megan has led the strategic development and implementation of regional injury prevention initiatives within Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Health and provided the regional leadership and project management for projects and clinical practice in the areas of Healthy Schools, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthy Weights.

  • Mhairi Nolan, RN, SCM
    CHIRPP Coordinator

    Ms. Mhairi Nolan is the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting & Prevention Program (CHIRPP) Coordinator. This is an injury surveillance program run by Health Canada tracking all injuries and poisonings seen in the Emergency Department of BC Children’s Hospital.

    For any requests concerning injury statistics associated with children up to the age of 17 years, please contact Mhairi for a report.

  • Rachel Ramsden, MPH, BKin
    Research Assistant

    Research Interests
    • Early child development
    • Physical literacy
    • Knowledge translation

    Ms. Rachel Ramsden is a Research Assistant with the BCIRPU,  focusing on the research areas of public health, injury prevention, and knowledge translation. While completing her Master of Public Health from UBC in 2015, Rachel joined the team at the BCIRPU to develop research reports on concussions among children and youth. Since then, she has also worked on updating the Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT) and is currently completing a project on occupational asbestos exposure. When not working, Rachel can be found on the soccer field either playing with her women’s team or coaching the local youth players in her community.

  • Samantha Bruin, BA
    Communications Coordinator

    Ms. Samantha Bruin joined the BCIRPU in 2017 as Communications Coordinator. Her job involves enhancing the Unit’s communications strategies and supporting a variety of projects through content creation, media relations, and the creation of reports, infographics, and other communications materials. Samantha also supports the Unit’s work with The Community Against Preventable Injuries.

    She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and holds a certificate in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Samantha has over five years of experience specializing in health care communications, having held positions at Pain BC and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital.

  • Sami Kruse, MPH
    Researcher

    Sami Kruse joined the BCIRPU research team in 2009 after obtaining her Master’s in Public Health from the University of British Columbia. During her MPH, Sami worked as a part of a team developing an international tool for monitoring the implementation of child rights in early childhood. Sami’s current research focuses on injury prevention and health promotion of children and youth. In particular her interests include understanding the burden of injury, the role of parents in child injury prevention, and exploring the use of technology in child injury prevention strategies.

  • Samar Al-Hajj, PhD Candidate (SFU)
    Research Assistant

    Samar joined BCIRPU in 2010, she’s working on a joint UBC-SFU research project aimed at developing a Visual Analytics System Dashboard for Canadian Child and Youth Injury Prevention. The new Dashboard will facilitate the storage, display and dissemination of Canadian Child and Youth injury indicators, data and research.

  • Takuro Ishikawa, MSc, BA(Hon)
    Graduate Academic Assistant

    Additional Affiliations

    Chief of Knowledge Translation, Hypothesis Journal

    Research Interests
    • Medical decision making and health
    • Risk communication
    • Socioeconomic determinants of health

    Mr. Takuro Ishikawa is a doctoral student in Experimental Medicine at UBC. He holds a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine, an Honours Baccalaureate in Psychology, and graduated with honours from the BCIT Technical Communication associate degree program.

    Takuro coordinates two randomized control trials testing online tools to help parents make better decisions regarding car seats and children’s outdoor play. His projects involve collaboration with the Laboratory for Rational Decision Making at Cornell University, and the Centre for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Plank Institute in Berlin.

    Before becoming a graduate student, Takuro was a road safety research advisor in Colombia; consulted for United Nations Development Plan in economic development projects; and advised the Inter-American Development Bank on harmonization of crime and violence indicators for 14 Latin American countries. He is a UBC Public Scholar, a Heart and Stroke Foundation/CIHR Fellow in Population Interventions for Chronic Disease Prevention, and a Highly Qualified Professional with AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. His research has been published in top tier periodicals such as the American Journal of Public Health, and was recognized with a first honours award by AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence.

    Further details about Takuro and his work can be seen at http://brussonilab.ca/.