Kathryn is an experienced leader and researcher, her passion is using research and innovation to improve quality of care and outcomes for all Albertans.
In her current role as Vice President, System Innovations & Programs, Kathryn is responsible for providing provincial leadership of the Strategic Clinical NetworksTM, innovation, research strategy and operations, knowledge management, analytics, and provincial programs for Community, Seniors, Addictions and Mental Health.
Kathryn is an active researcher at the University of Alberta, where she continues to investigate the central nervous system response to disease and injury. She is a full Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine (Neurology).
Her knowledge and experience come from her Doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences (neurochemistry), Master’s of Science in psychology, and Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation medicine. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in France and Montreal, Quebec. Prior to joining AHS in 2012, Kathryn held a variety of leadership roles at the University of Alberta, including Interim Chair of Psychiatry, Director of the MD/PhD program, Associate Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry, and Director for the University Centre for Neuroscience.
She has received numerous awards from provincial and national funding organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and team grants from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She has published over 200 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.
Kathryn loves the outdoors and enjoys challenging herself. She’s climbed on Mount Everest twice, and can often be found running, walking or snowshoeing in Edmonton’s river valley.