Meet Our Leadership Team

Scientific Director

Christine Chambers

PhD, RPsych

“Managing pain in kids is not just a nice thing to do.”

Christine Chambers is SKIP’s Scientific Director. She is a clinical psychologist, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain, and Killam Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. Her research, based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre, is aimed at improving the assessment and management of children’s pain. She was identified by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and is a leader and innovator in patient engagement, partnerships, and the mobilization of health research.

Knowledge User Director

Emily Gruenwoldt

“Effective knowledge mobilization is absolutely critical to our ability to deliver world-class healthcare services.”

Emily Gruenwoldt is the President & CEO of Children’s Healthcare Canada and Executive Director of the Pediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC), positions she has held for four years Previous to these roles, Emily spent over ten years with the Canadian Medical Association in various Director-level roles including Professional Affairs, Physician Leadership Development, and Strategy & Innovation. Emily has significant health care governance experience having served two terms as a board member for each of Carefor Home & Health Services and The Ottawa Hospital, and one term at Arnprior Regional Health. Emily is also co-founder of Emerging Health Leaders.

Associate Scientific Director

Katie Birnie

PhD, RPsych

“I am energized by SKIP’s focus on Patients Included and partnership approach.” 

Katie Birnie is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary where she leads Partnering For Pain, a patient- and family-partnered research program. Dr. Birnie’s work involves new knowledge generation, synthesis, and mobilization. She is a champion for patient engagement, and supports children and their families through her work at Alberta Children’s Hospital.