Laura C. Ball

Laura C. BallLaura C. BallMA, PhD ABD, Knowledge Translation & Implementation Coordinator 

Laura Ball actively provides support for the implementation of evidence-based practices across Waypoint. She has been involved in knowledge translation (KT) research for over 15 years and currently is focusing on projects that support health equity across a number of dimensions. Ms. Ball holds a key position as the KT expert on several research grants, contributing important insights on ways to best move research into reality. She spearheads the Waypoint Research Institute annual conference – “Momentum: Research Realized” which focuses on implementing evidence-based practices in mental health and addictions and which attracts presenters and attendees from across Canada. She has also acted as Contract Faculty in the Department of Psychology at York University, where she has taught both History of Psychology and Psychology of Women. Prior experience includes being on the “Diabetes Team” at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), tasked with conducting research on new point-of-care decision support technologies, educational outreach, coaching, and awareness raising initiatives with physicians, patients, and the general public. In addition, she was part of the Law and Mental Health Program and the Centre for Addiction in Mental Health (CAMH), and was tasked with coordinating a provincial task force to establish evidence-based guidelines in forensic mental health. As well, she has conducted KT research for the Collaborative Learning and Performance Division of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Ms. Ball is near completion of her PhD in the Department of Psychology, York University, where she also took her MA in 2008. She has a BA(Hons) from the University of Western Ontario. She holds a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate, a Yellow Belt in LEAN/Six Sigma, and is working towards becoming a Project Management and a Change Management Professional.

Keywords: Knowledge Translation, Implementation Science, Health Equity


Research Interests


Knowledge translation/mobilization, implementation science, health equity, cultural safety, gender, evidence-informed decision-making, expert performance, creativity

Publications


PubMed Publications

Google Scholar Publications

Gerow, R., Bold, G., Ball, L. C., Bazar, J., & Maracle, T. (2017, October, 4). Keys to our past series [6 video files]. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/KeystoOurPast

Ball, L. C., Cribbie, R. A., & Steele, J. R. (2013). Beyond gender differences: Using tests of equivalence to evaluate gender similarities. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37(2), 147-154. doi:10.1177/0361684313480483

Rutherford, A., Vaughn-Blount, K., & Ball, L. C. (2010). Responsible opposition, disruptive voices: Science, social change, and the history of feminist psychology. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 460-473. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01596.x

 

Student / Volunteer Opportunities


Laura welcomes students to contact her about opportunities. Each year, she supervises and mentors students and volunteers for the Waypoint Research Institute Annual Conference, and for her other active grants. 

Stay Connected


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