People

Principal Investigators


 

Heather O’Brien

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, UBC iSchool, University of British Columbia

Dr. Heather O’Brien is the Principal Investigator of the STOREE Project. She is an internationally respected expert on user engagement. Heather’User Engagement Scale has been adopted by over 60 international academic and industry researchers to measure the extent to which people feel engaged with different media, from search engines to mobile health appsIt has been translated into French and German.  Within the STOREE Project, Heather is interested in understanding how and why people engage with research outputs — from scholarly journal articles to blogs and tweets — and how research can be made more accessible and engaging for people beyond academic settings. By understanding people’s motivations, expectations, and capacities for engaging with research, we can design ways to enhance dissemination and knowledge exchange.  As a library and information science educatorHeather is also interested in investigating, promoting and supporting the integral work of information professionals in university-community knowledge exchange.

 

 


 

Heather De Forest

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, Community Scholars Subproject
Community Scholars Librarian, Research Commons Librarian, Simon Fraser University Library

Heather is a librarian at Simon Fraser University. She coordinates the Community Scholars Program, which engages individuals working in the non-profit sector with research publications, and identifies and reduces barriers to accessing this body of knowledge. Her work also involves preparing graduate students as lifelong producers and users of information. She was previously the librarian for programs including Public Policy, Urban Studies, and Resource and Environmental Management, where she learned about the information needs of people doing work for hands-on social change. She has worked in communities in Nunavut, the Yukon, and South Korea, in adult basic education and as an English language instructor.

 

 


Luanne Freund

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal
Associate Professor and Director, UBC iSchool, University of British Columbia

Dr. Freund is an information scientist whose research is focused on how people find, use and interact with information, primarily through search systems. Her work examines the kinds of situations and tasks that motivate people to search for information and the design of search systems to support particular kinds of tasks. She contributes to the STOREE project as part of the team devoted to the design of a community-based search system to enable access to and use of research carried out in the DTES.

 

 

 


Aleha McCauley

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal
Community Engagement Librarian, UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Aleha has experience developing partnerships with campus and community agencies and organizations that serve diverse communities. In 2015 she joined the Making Research Accessible steering committee and helped establish the ongoing partnership between UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library.  Aleha has ten years of experience working across diverse sectors integrating information literacy services and library resources into programs and initiatives that foster lifelong learners.

Aleha McCauley at LinkedIn

 

 


Lindsey Richardson

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, BCCSU Subproject
Research Scientist, BC Centre on Substance Use; Assistant Professor, UBC Sociology

Lindsey is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the drivers and consequences of socio-economic marginalization among people who use drugs.  Lindsey is currently the Principal Investigator of three ongoing studies: 1) the Cheque Day Study, a randomized controlled trial examining the drug-related impacts of changing the timing and frequency of income assistance payments; 2) the Assessing Economic Transitions (ASSET) study, a cohort study examining the impacts of economic engagement and 3) the Social Scientific Investigation of randomized controlled trial participation in addictions research (SIRCA) Study, a project examining the social and structural influences on and outcomes related to participation in drug use research. Her mixed-methods research links observational research, the implementation of social and structural interventions, and studies on medical research participation.

 

 


Suzanne Smythe

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, Community Scholars Subproject
Associate Professor, Adult Literacy and Adult Education, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Smythe’s research program is located in the theories, pedagogies and policies of literacy and learning in community settings, with a focus on new challenges for equity and social inclusion in a digital society. This research focus necessarily enfolds strategies of community-based and participatory research that embed knowledge mobilization and engagement as integral to research design, knowledge sharing  and publication methods. Her role in the STOREE project is concerned with the doing of knowledge mobilization, the potential and tensions of community engaged research in performative times, and the ethics of relationality that may guide these endeavours.

 

 

 


Angela Towle

Co-Investigator
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine; Academic Director, UBC Learning Exchange; Co-Director Patient & Community Partnership for Education, Office of UBC Health, University of British Columbia

Angela has a longstanding interest and track record of work in university–community engagement and public/patient involvement in health care and health professional education. Her scholarly work has focused on shared decision-making between patients and health care professionals and, more recently, bringing patient and community voices into the education of health professionals. All her scholarship has involved the development, study and dissemination of educational innovation, much in partnership with community members outside of academia. As Academic Director for the UBC Learning Exchange her role is to strengthen engagement between the university and the diverse communities in Vancouver’s inner city (Downtown Eastside) area. She initiated and leads a knowledge exchange project, ‘Making Research Accessible in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’.

 

 


Collaborators

 

 

Isto Huvila

Co-Investigator
Team co-lead, Sharing Science Subproject
Professor, Department of ALM, Uppsala University

Dr. Huvila is an information scientist interested in information work and information management in diverse contexts. His research focuses on the question of how people in diverse communities get to know what they need to know to do whatever they need and want to do. In STOREE project he is working together with Dr. Sinnamon on a to understand how different products of research, such as articles, datasets, or videos, are understood and used by academic researchers, and the extent to which they communicate necessary information about their research. During the academic year 2019-2020, Dr. Huvila was working as a visiting professor at the UBC iSchool.

 


Kristina McDavid
Co-Investigator
“The evolving roles of information intermediaries: Librarians at the centre of community-oriented knowledge work” project
Librarian, University of British Columbia

Kristina McDavid is Co-Investigator on the STOREE study “Librarians at the centre of community-oriented knowledge work.” Kristina is a librarian at UBC, where she works with the MD Undergraduate Program. She recently completed a 3-year secondment as Executive Director for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries. Kristina is interested in knowledge exchange and the democratization of information. She has been involved with the Making Research Accessible Initiative since its inception.