Meet the SimEd Network’s Core Faculty

Tanya Dutton, PT, is the Director for the Center for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research (C3LR) at Dalhousie University. The C3LR is an interprofessional simulation and experiential learning centre that serves the Faculties of Health, Medicine and Dentistry. Ms Dutton graduated from Dalhousie University's School of Physiotherapy with her BScPT in 1991. After working as a physiotherapist in Halifax, and then travelling and working in Kuwait with the Kuwait Dalhousie Project, she earned her MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences) from the McGill University School of Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2000. Much of Ms Dutton's leadership career is within the public health care environment in Nova Scotia, where, from 2000 - 2017, she was a Health Services Manager of large, multisite discipline specific and interprofessional teams, as well as a Manager of Interprofessional Practice and Student / Learner Placements. Ms Dutton has presented locally, nationally and internationally on leadership, teams, and interprofessional practice. One of Ms Dutton's achievements was the design and launch of the Occupational Therapy Assistant-physiotherapy Assistant diploma program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the first of it's kind at NSCC and it currently the chair of their Program Advisory Committee. Ms Dutton's expertise lies with building and sustaining collaborative interprofessional team structures and processes as well as building relationships and connections to further the interprofessional, client-centered care skills to enhance health care for all. Ms Dutton is excited and proud to be part of such an innovative and collaborative simulation team at Dalhousie. 

Kathy Johnston, BHSc, RRT, is the Coordinator of the IWK Simulation Program. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Dalhousie University. Her clinical practice is concentrated in neonatal and pediatric critical care, including Flight RRT with the IWK/LifeFlight Neonatal/Pediatric/Obstetrical transport team. She held the positions of Educator for the IWK Respiratory Therapy Department and Clinical Leader for the IWK/LifeFlight transport team. Her interest in simulation-based learning grew out of being a participant in simulation during transport team education. She carries this passion into every learning experience she creates and is a strong advocate for simulation-based learning in interprofessional learning and practice.

Kelly Lackie, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and a research team member with the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research, Dalhousie University. She also holds an adjunct professor position with the School of Education, Acadia University, Nova Scotia. She has developed expertise in the field of interprofessional education which she applies as an interprofessional facilitator, debriefer, competency-based curriculum designer, and researcher. Kelly’s research focuses on IPC and productivity, instructional and assessment rubric development, competency assessment, IP learning, and evidence-based decision-making. Kelly continues to make valuable contributions to the IPE and practice-setting communities provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

Dr. Stephen Miller, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Med, is the Assistant Dean of the Skilled Clinician Program and Interprofessional Education in Undergraduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine and attending staff at the Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Center. Dr. Miller’s interest lies in interprofessional simulation in undergraduate medical education, as such he has been instrumental in development of interprofessional simulations and in the co-creation of the SLIIC (Simulation Leader Interprofessional Instructor Course) course. Stephen is a member of the Operations Committee of the SimEd Network, which aims to increase opportunities for IPE and simulation to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of healthcare providers. He is also the Chair of the Faculty of Medicine Interprofessional Advisory Committee, and Co-chair of the Interprofessional Education Coordinating Committee. Dr. Miller has presented Simulation and IPE research locally, nationally and internationally. He was recently the co-winner of the Sim One Simulation Innovation Award and Will Webster Award for Teaching Excellence in IPE, as well as the Faculty of Medicine Emerging Leader Award of Excellence.

Additional SimEd Network faculty names will be added soon.


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