Interview with KMb Expert

Here we learn from Jayne Morrish, a Knowledge Translation Officer at the Institute for Lifespan Development Research at Brock University.


Jayne describes herself and her role at Brock:

“I am a mobilizer and community engagement professional, who works to ensure that knowledge is co-created and co-disseminated. As the Knowledge Mobilization Officer at Brock University’s Lifespan Institute, I focus my time on authentically engaging with the community and various stakeholders around using Brock Lifespan Institute’s research in practice, policy, public health and daily life. The focus of my work is on translating and co-creating new knowledge, while building strong and authentic connections with the community/partners. Knowledge mobilization is an emerging field that is becoming increasingly important and I am incredibly excited to be a part of the group that is moving toward community-engaged research, policy and programming initiatives.

I have received various awards, including the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association, a 2017 40 Under Forty award and Brock’s President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in 2017. Locally, I act as the Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region’s Board of Directors, sit on Brock University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and I sit on the Leadership Niagara Alumni Council. Outside of work, I enjoy music, travelling and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing to families in need.”

The Lifespan Institute has recognized that KMb is a critical part of the research process. For more information on the Institute and their focus on KMb, please visit:

Lifespan Institute KMb

In our interview with Jayne she focuses on examples of how to engage youth within the research process and shared this interesting article with us after her interview, which we thought may be of interest to all of you:

Brock students using social media to share results of youth mental research


Supplemental Materials shared by Jayne

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Attygalle, L. (2017). The Context Experts. Tamarack Institute. Retrieved from

Bowen, S. J. & Graham, I. (2013). From knowledge translation to engaged scholarship: Promoting research relevance and utilization. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(1), S3-8.Cazaly, Lynn (n.d). Levels of Participation [Video]. Vimeo. Retrieved from

Chin, S. (2019). Best Practices for Community Engagement (Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia). Retrieved from

Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium Community Engagement Key Function Committee Task Force on the Principles of Community Engagement (2011). Principles of Community Engagement (2nd ed.). Retrieved from

Gonzalez, R. (2020). Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership. Facilitating Power. Retrieved from

Lavis, J. (2003a, March 13). How Can Research Organizations More Effectively Transfer    Research Knowledge to Decision Makers? [Presentation]. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Available from:

Lavis, J., Robertson, D., Woodside, J., McLeod, C., & Abelson, J. (2003b). How can research organizations more effectively transfer research knowledge to decision makers? Millbank Quarterly, 81(2), 221-248.   

Lavis, J., Ross, S., McLeod, C., & Gildner, A. (2003c). Measuring the impact of health research: Assessment and accountability in the health sector. Journal of Health Services Research Policy, 8(3), 165-70.

Neufeld, S. D., Chapman, J., Crier, N., Marsh, S., McLeod, J., & Deane, L. A. (2019). Research 101: A process for developing local guidelines for ethical research in heavily researched communities. Harm reduction journal, 16(1), 1-11. Retrieved from

University of South Florida, Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. (n.d.). Community-engaged Scholarship Toolkit. Retrieved from 



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