Laura C. Ball

Laura 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 nearly 15 years and currently is focusing on disseminating and obtaining feedback from hospital staff on Waypoint’s comprehensive document, “Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice”. Laura holds a key position as the KT expert on several research grants, contributing important insights on ways to best move research into reality. She coordinates the “Waypoint Talks” seminar series, presentations given once monthly at Waypoint by various inter-disciplinary experts in mental health. As well, Laura spearheads the Waypoint Research Institute annual conference, “Momentum: Research Realized”, which focuses on implementing evidence-based practices in mental health and addictions and that attracts presenters and attendees from across Canada. She is also 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, 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 at the Centre for Addiction in Mental Health, and was tasked with coordinating a provincial task force to establish evidence-based guidelines in forensic mental health. She has also conducted KT research for the Collaborative Learning and Performance Division of Defence Research and Development Canada . Laura is near completion of her PhD in the Department of Psychology, York University, where she also took her MA. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of Western Ontario.


Research Interests


Knowledge translation and mobilization, implementation science, health equity, cultural safety, gender, genius, technologies of the self

Publications


PubMed Publications

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Student / Volunteer Opportunities


Laura welcomes students to contact her about opportunities. Currently she is supervising and mentoring two students who are working on Waypoint’s SSHRC CANADA 150 Grant. Each year, she also supervises and mentors students and volunteers for the Waypoint Research Institute Annual Conference.