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The CIHLC’s research associates have diverse experience as well as research interests in healthcare related backgrounds and come from the CIHLC’s member universities. They have been conducting research to determine the need for collaborative health leadership education and how this form of leadership may bring positive health system change. The results of their research contribute to the development of an innovative and global collaborative leadership education program.


Marla Steinberg

Marla Steinberg has been a professional evaluator for over 25 years.  She has conducted evaluations in a wide range of areas including early childhood development, health promotion, research capacity building, organizational development, leadership development, partnerships and coalitions, health services, research impact, and knowledge transfer and exchange.  Her work has examined strategies, policies and programs at the federal, provincial, and community levels.  She has extensive experience in teaching and professional development that spans developing and delivering graduate level courses, in-service coaching support for health service professionals, in-person workshops, and e-learning courses.  She brings to her work a passion for evaluation and a focus on engaging and experiential learning. She has a PhD in social and community psychology, has received the designation of Credentialed Evaluator from the Canadian Evaluation Society and is an adjunct professor at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.

Janice Van Dijk

Janice Van Dijk RN completed her MHSc Community Health focusing on adult education, program development/evaluation, community nutrition at the University of Toronto; she also holds an MSc Physiology and a BEd in Biology and Chemistry from Western University, London Ontario. Janice has worked in areas of basic and applied research, education and health care. Her recent roles include Interprofessional curriculum developer (online and face-to-face courses), project manager for hospice palliative care collaborative practice health care projects, and consultant on how to improve 24-h health care (community) access using information technology. Currently, Janice is a member of the program development team of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC), which she joined in May 2012 as a Research Associate for Queen’s University.

Gjin Biba

Gjin Biba holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Master of Science in management from the École Doctoral Économie et Gestion de Montpellier (France). Following his PhD Gjin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Centre for Research in Regional Planning and Development (CRAD) of Université Laval. After the post-doc, he occupied a position of professor of management at the University Marin Barleti (Albania). Since 2011 he has worked as a research associate and project coordinator at Université Laval. His researches and teaching experiences focus on the analysis of decision-making processes, forms of coordination and interaction between actors. Gjin is the author of several articles, conferences, book chapters and research reports. His works contributed to better understand the individuals’ and organizations’ behaviours and provide instruments to foster the organizations’ efficacy as well as the development of public policies. Recently, in collaboration with the Réseau de collaboration sur les pratiques interprofessionnelles en santé (RCPI) de l’Université Laval, Gjin developed an on-line course entitled “Collaborative Leadership: Concepts and Practice”.

Laurel O’Gorman

Laurel O’Gorman is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) at Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She has a Master of Arts in Sociology from Laurentian University’s Applied Social Research Program where she studied the effects of social policy on connections between post-secondary education, work and poverty.  She works primarily on the Community Engaged Medical Education: Systematic Thematic Review (CEMESTR) project with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Prior to working with CRaNHR, Laurel was employed in public health.  She also works as a sessional lecturer in the labour studies program at Laurentian University.