This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB16-2561)

This study has been approved by the University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board (Pro00077325)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Dr. Susan Samuel

MD, MSc

Dr. Samuel is a pediatric nephrologist and clinician scientist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Her research goals are to improve care and outcomes of children with chronic disease, in particular those with kidney disease and kidney failure.  She is working with a multi-disciplinary team in Alberta to improve transition to adult care, and leads the Alberta Transition Navigator Trial.  She serves on various committees to enhance child health and kidney research both locally and nationally.

Dr. Andrew Mackie

MD, MSc

Dr. Mackie is a pediatric cardiologist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. For the past 10 years he has been involved in research about the transition from pediatric to adult health care. He is committed to improving that process for adolescents, their parents, and health care providers. Dr. Mackie has led clinical trials, observational studies, and systematic reviews. His research has resulted in written and video-based teaching materials for adolescents transitioning to adult care, and implementation of a nurse-led individualized transition program within the Cardiology clinic at the Stollery.

Gina Dimitropoulos

RSW, PhD

Dr. Dimitropoulos joined the Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2015. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both tertiary care and community based settings delivering family based treatments, group therapy and individual counselling for adolescents and adults with mental health issues. She teaches graduate level clinical and research courses. Gina also has extensive experience in various methodologies including randomized controlled trials, mixed methods analysis, health services research and qualitative research.