About Us

EnRICH team in 2021. Back row, from left: Nancy Butcher, Andrea Chiaramida, Martin Offringa, Katy Goren. Front row, from left: Ami Baba, Adrian Sammy, Jaycie Dalson, William Douglas, Joanne Tay.

Current Lab Members:

Martin Offringa, MD, PhD

Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Nancy Butcher, PhD, MSc

Researcher and Methodologist

Dr. Butcher is a researcher in clinical trial methods with expertise in neuropsychiatric and rare diseases. Her current line of research focuses on clinical trial methodology with the aim of developing and disseminating tools that improve the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials, particularly in mental health and complex populations. Dr. Butcher is co-chair of the InsPECT Group, an international team that is developing a standard for reporting trial outcomes (InsPECT – Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials), and she is leading and participating in the development of several pediatric core outcome sets. Dr. Butcher has published widely on the neuropsychiatric expression of a multisystem genomic disorder, the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and identified the 22q11.2 deletion as a genetic risk factor for early-onset Parkinson’s disease. She holds a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Toronto.

Ami Baba, MRes

Clinical Research Project Manager

Ami is a Clinical Research Project Manager with the EnRICH lab, with a background in clinical research in neuroscience and psychiatry. Ami is passionate about research focused on optimizing patient outcomes and quality of life, and she manages and supports various clinical research studies and initiatives of the EnRICH team.

Joanne Tay, RN, MPH, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Joanne is a postdoctoral research fellow with the EnRICH lab who recently completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She is interested in enhancing research methodologies to help improve the reporting of health outcomes among families and children with rare life-limiting conditions. At EnRICH, Joanne will work on INFORM RARE projects.

Lisa Stallwood

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Katherine Goren, BHSc

Research Collaborator

Katy is a medical student studying at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is currently involved in a project which aims to assess the methodological approach of studies relevant to the development of pediatric core outcome sets.

Andrea Chiaramida, BA

Administrative Assistant

 Former Lab Members:

 Andrea Monsour, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager

Andrea is a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology graduate from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Prior to her graduate degree, she worked on a variety of research projects surrounding sleep-related disorders in paediatric populations. Andrea’s primary role at EnRICH is coordinating the Delphi study and consensus meeting phase of the Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials (InsPECT) project.

Emma Stallwood, BPHE, BA

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Emma’s educational background is in psychology and physical and health education. Emma is involved with various clinical research projects at EnRICH, including a project which aims to appraise outcome measurement instruments in adolescents with major depressive disorder.

 Leena Saeed, BSc

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Leena is a clinical research project assistant at the EnRICH lab. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto where she completed a double major in immunology and health and disease. During her undergraduate degree, she was a research assistant at IHPME in the University of Toronto, where she assisted with projects on colorectal cancer screening policies and creating a guideline for using Google in systematic reviews.

Emma Mew, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager

Emma is an epidemiologist with a background in mental health and health equity research. She has worked in a variety of research and applied public health settings in Canada and abroad. Emma manages various clinical research projects at EnRICH, including the Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials (InsPECT) project.

Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow, MPH

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Cara Murphy, MSc, PMP

Clinical Research Project Manager

Cara Murphy is a Master of Science graduate in health services research with a background in mental health. Her previous research projects involved the study of HIV associated neurocognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease, and access to health care services for youth diagnosed with mental health disorders. As a project manager, Cara is responsible for managing the Methods Core team that is part of a collaborative multi-site CIHR-funded research project on Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Trials.

Lauren Kelly, PhD, MSc

Clinical Research Project Manager

Lauren is a pharmacologist whose expertise is in pharmacogenomics and pediatric clinical trials. Her previous research investigated genetic and clinical risk factors for opioid morbidity and mortality in children. Her current research objectives include developing standards for pediatric drug monographs and empirically assessing the choice of comparators in pediatric clinical trials.

Allison Needham, MSc

Clinical Research Project Manager

Allison is a Masters of Science graduate with a background in adult and pediatric psychiatry. Previous research projects have included preclinical models of disease, clinical trials and programs for psychosocial support. Allison is responsible for research ethics harmonization activities, coordination of the Innovative Trial Design course and coordination of grassroots methodological group StaR Child Health.

Mufiza Kapadia, PhD, MSc, MBBS

Post-doctoral Fellow

Mufiza is a physician with a PhD in Public Health.  She has extensive experience in systematic reviews in the field of perinatal epidemiology, public health program monitoring and evaluation, teaching epidemiology and biostatistics and managing health development and research projects in Canada, United Kingdom and Pakistan. Her research interests include core outcome set development, maternal obesity, pediatric outcomes, disparities in treatment access, data linkage, surveillance, survey design, and methodological research in pediatric clinical trials. At CHES, she is involved in a series of research studies under TORCH (Toronto Outcome Research in Child Health), pediatric clinical trial guideline development, and Star Child Health.

Kariym Joachim, HBSc, MSc

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Kariym is a Master of Science graduate in Epidemiology & Biostatistics with a background in instrument validation, factor analysis, and survey methodology. His previous work involved using a combination of statistics and theory to adapt a measure of Family-Centred Care for use in children with epilepsy. As a Clinical Research Project Assistant, Kariym is responsible for the synthesis of evidence for the PRISMA-C and PRISMA-PC project, as well as the development a Core Outcome Set (COS) for children living with neurological impairments dependent on feeding tubes.

Winnie Chan, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager

Winnie is an epidemiologist with a background in chronic diseases, human nutrition and global health. She has extensive research experience using many different research methodologies and data types, including survey and administrative databases. As the Project Manager Winnie is responsible for several of the team’s initiatives including TORCH, GRiP, SPIRIT-C and CONSORT-C.

Pravheen Thurairajah,  MSc

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Pravheen is Masters of Science graduate in epidemiology. His previous work involved the study of  traumatic brain injury, focusing on topics such as return to work, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric disturbances.  Pravheen is currently involved in the synthesis of evidence for CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C projects.

April Clyburne-Sherin,  BSc, MSc (candidate)

Clinical Research Project Assistant

April is a Master of Science candidate in epidemiology with a background in geographical epidemiology, ecohealth and Aboriginal health. April has a strong foundation in statistical and epidemiological methodologies, including systematic review and meta-analyses. As a Clinical Research Project Assistant, April is responsible for synthesizing evidence to inform CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C guidelines.

Sagar Patel

Research Student

Lucia Santos

Research Student

Andrea Verdugo

Administrative Assistant

Craig Rodrigues

Research Summer Student