I am an expert in implementation science and knowledge translation (KT), working in many areas of health, mental health, and global health. My research aims to improve the implementation of evidence into practice and community and to broaden the reach of evidence more generally to support decision making, practice, policy, knowledge and awareness.
The Hospital for Sick Children / University of Toronto
Encouraging an evidence based approach in service design and development in relation to children and family services. Specific work supporting the roll out of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. Working with Research in Practice and Family Justice Observatory to improve use and understanding of reseach in social work and family justice practice.
I work in spreading innovation and new ways of working across and within children’s services. I mostly use facilitated learning approaches such as Action Learning, peer networking. Most of my work is within the children’s voluntary sector, but I also deliver programmes in local authorities and NHS organisations.
In August 2015, with support from the Scottish Government, Melissa joined the Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) at the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, as the International Expert Advisor on Implementation. Melissa works with key stakeholders to support capacity building of the health, education, and social care sectors in the areas of improvement and implementation science. In addition, Melissa supports various Scottish Government efforts to transfer policy and legislation into real practice change across Scotland.
CELCIS is a leading improvement and innovation Centre in Scotland for children in need of care and protection and their families. This includes those children on the edge of care, those who are looked after in the community, in foster care, kinship care, residential care and secure care. We are committed to implementation informed legislation, policy and guidance and building implementation capacity locally in order that desired outcomes of intentions are realised by children and families.
I am a Research Fellow with a particular interest in and experience of health psychology, intervention development and implementation, especially in terms of self-management strategies, social networks and social support in relation to the psychosocial side of living with a long term condition such as diabetes or Parkinson's Disease.
I manage AskFuse, rapid response & evaluation service of Fuse, Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which supports collaborative projects between academia and practitioners in the North East. I am a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow evaluating and supporting a regional System-Led Improvement approach for Best Start in Life.