Video: The Coach Approach, Supporting Families of Children with Disabilities

A coach or navigator approach is a new model that is now increasingly used in pediatric health care contexts. This webinar will provide an overview of what a coach is and the current evidence that exists in the use of a coach for parents of children with disabilities. Three research projects funded by CHILD-BRIGHT that use a coach model at three transition points in a child’s development will also be highlighted.


Tatiana Ogourtsova PhD, MSc, BSc OT (c), erg

Tatiana Ogourtsova is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Medicine, Pediatrics, mentored collaboratively by Dr. Maureen O’Donnell (UBC) and Dr. Annette Majnemer (McGill University) in the CHILD-BRIGHT’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Tatiana is an Occupational Therapist, with several years of clinical experience at the McGill University Health Center – acute care (MUHC, Montreal, PQ). She completed her MSc and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University (Montreal, PQ) in the field of neurorehabilitation and knowledge translation.

Annette Majnemer PhD, OT, FCAHS

Annette Majnemer is an occupational therapist with doctoral training in the neurosciences. She is a Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) at McGill University, with cross appointments in the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. She is currently Vice Dean – Education for the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and is a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre where she leads the CHILD-BRIGHT national SPOR Network.

Eyal Cohen, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)

Dr. Eyal Cohen trained in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia, completed an MSc in health research methodology at McMaster University in 2008. Dr. Cohen co-founded the Complex Care Program in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he is an Associate Scientist in the Research Institute. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is also a Scientist with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University.

Maureen O’Donnell MD MSc FRCPC

Dr. Maureen O’Donnell is the Executive Director of Child Health BC. A sub-specialist in Developmental Pediatrics, she has served as UBC Division Head, and has held provincial, national and international leadership roles related to her field. She holds a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and is an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics. She served as Special Advisor to BC’s Deputy Minister of Health on CYSN for almost 5 years. Child Health BC is a network bringing together health system planners, administrators, policy makers and professional organizations from across BC and is an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital.

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