With expertise in injury epidemiology, health promotion and education, psychology, kinesiology, preventive medicine, biostatistics and public health, BCIRPU provides a breadth of knowledge and applied injury research, development, and leadership to support government, health authorities, and injury prevention stakeholders.

Ian Pike, BSPE, MSc, PhD


Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Director, Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC
Scientific Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)
Adjunct Member, Graduate Program in Kinesiology & Health Science, York University
Research Interests:
  • Children and youth
  • Indigenous injury prevention
  • Child passenger safety
  • Risky play
  • Social marketing
  • Injury indicators
  • Social innovation

Ian is the Director of the BCIRPU; Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia; Investigator and Co-Lead of the Evidence to Innovation Research Theme at the Research Institute at the BC Children’s Hospital; Director of the Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC Program; and, Scientific Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries. He holds adjunct appointments at York University, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Fraser Health Research Institutes, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Parachute.

He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, and has held positions at the University of Regina, The Healthcare Benefit Trust, and the Canadian Red Cross, and was appointed Director, BCIRPU in 2004. Ian’s research is funded by CIHR, AUTO21, Transport Canada, and Public Health Agency of Canada, where he has co-led three national teams to conduct projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and inuit children and youth; child passenger safety; risky play; and, the efficacy of social marketing to reduce preventable injuries.

He has published his research extensively and is a sought-after speaker and media spokesperson. Ian is the recipient of the UBC President’s Award for Public Education Through the Media, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Researcher of the Year, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Research Fellowship. His current research is focused on social and systems innovation to reduce preventable injuries.


Dr. Shelina Babul, BSc, PhD

Associate Director / Sports Injury Specialist

Director, Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Investigator, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, UBC
Research Interests
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sports and recreation injuries
  • Knowledge implementation, awareness, education, translation

Shelina is the Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist with the BCIRPU. She focuses primarily on sport and recreational evidence-based research and knowledge implementation, with a particular specialization in concussion/traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their prevention, recognition, treatment and management. Shelina created the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), a series of online educational modules and resources addressing concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and management. 

She is the Director of BC Children’s Hospital Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (BC CHIRPP), a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, the University of British Columbia; an Investigator with both BC Children’s Hospital and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, UBC. She is the chair and/or committee board member on numerous provincial and national injury and concussion advisory committees. She was recently nomiated for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and has also received the Safety Award by BC Hockey and the Prevention and Awareness Award from the Brain Injury Association of Canada.



Mariana Brussoni, BA(Hon), MA, PhD

Academic Scientist

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Director, The Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC
Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa
Research Interests
  • Risky play
  • Outdoor play
  • Parenting
  • Risk-benefit assessment
  • Child-friendly neighbourhoods

Mariana is BCIRPU’s Academic Scientist, an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Mariana is a board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada and on the leadership team of Outdoor Play Canada. Mariana completed her PhD in developmental psychology at UBC. She joined BCIRPU as Associate Director from 2001-2004, after which she went on to post-doctoral training in England. In 2007, she returned to BCIRPU as Academic Scientist.

Mariana’s research foci include parenting attitudes related to risk and safety; developmental importance of children’s risky play; design of children’s communities and play spaces; and policy to support children’s outdoor play. She has published her research extensively and been widely featured in international media. Her work was featured in CBC’s The Nature of Things 2019 documentary, The Power of Play. Mariana was a Michael Smith Foundation Scholar and received the 2019 inaugural Outdoor Play Canada Dr. Mariana Brussoni award. Mariana spends her free time supporting her two children’s outdoor risky play so that she can take pictures for her presentations.

Learn more about Mariana’s work at brussonilab.ca.



Alex Zheng, BSE, MSc


Research Interests
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Cost modeling
  • Prediction modeling
  • Injury prevention and surveillance

Alex joined BCIRPU in October 2017 as a Biostatistician/Researcher. A graduate of the Master of Science in Biostatistics program at the University of Toronto, Alex brings over eight years of research experience from his time at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His main role is to provide statistical support and analytical prowess to the many projects conducted at the Unit. Alex also spends some of his time supporting other investigators at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. 



Anita Yau, BSc

Research Coordinator


Anita joined BCIRPU as a Research Assistant in 2019. She received her Bachelor of Sciences Degree from the University of British Columbia. As a Research Coordinator, Anita is responsible for the overall management of administrative and financial operations around the unit. She also organizes the BCIRPU Webinar Series, and coordinates the Brain Waves program with Mojgan Karbakhsh. 

When she is not working, she can be found scouting out a good sushi joint around Vancouver and often has a cup of hot milk tea in hand. 

Atousa Zargaran, BSc

Coordinator, Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, BC Children’s Hospital

Member, Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) 

Atousa is the Coordinator of the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, and a member of the BCIRPU. CHIRPP is an injury and poisoning surveillance system that collects and analyzes data on injuries to people who are seen at the emergency rooms of 11 pediatric hospitals and 8 general hospitals in Canada. Atousa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Tehran, Iran, and completed a Health Information Management (HIM) program in Vancouver, Canada.



Christina Han, BA, MA

Research Coordinator

Research Interests
  • Children’s outdoor play
  • Children’s independent mobility and boundaries
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sense of agency

Christina is a social science researcher working with Dr. Mariana Brussoni. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, both from the University of British Columbia. As a research coordinator, she is responsible for the overall management and implementation of multiple research studies from data collection to data analysis and dissemination. Christina brings over ten years of experience in qualitative and mixed-methods research and project management. She has successfully published over 20 peer-reviewed articles.



Denise Beaton, BA (Hons), MA

Provincial Coordinator, Injury Prevention

Research Interests
  • Fall and fall-related injury prevention among community-dwelling older adults
  • Road safety
  • Youth suicide and self-harm prevention
  • Concussion prevention, recovery, and return-to-work

Denise coordinates multiple projects, supporting team efforts with internal and external partners on ongoing programs and initiatives in collaboration with the Provincial Manager–Injury and Falls Prevention. In addition, she led the research and development of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool for Workers and Workplaces, under the guidance of Principal Investigator Dr. Shelina Babul, and drawing on the expertise of her partners, research participants, and the talented team at BCIRPU. Denise has eight years of experience in research and project management.

During the course of her MA in Gerontology from SFU she was a graduate research assistant with Gerontological Education, Research and Outreach at the UBC School of Nursing, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Denise is a Master’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Trainee with the Canadian Frailty Network. While completing her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology from UPEI, Denise was the project director and partners liaison with Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, and the conference coordinator for the Culture, Multimedia, Technology and Cognition (CMTC) Centre.

Denise commenced her PhD studies in September 2020 at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, with co-supervisors Dr. Ian Pike and Dr. Mariana Brussoni. For the past few years, Denise has been humbled by her experiences while witnessing resiliency and compassionate kindness as a volunteer and Board and Society member of Yaletown House, a non-profit long-term care home for older adults in downtown Vancouver.



Fahra Rajabali, BComm, MSc


Research Interests
  • Data analysis and manipulation
  • Data visualizations
  • Injury surveillance
  • Injury prevention
  • Abusive head trauma
  • Cost of injury

Fahra Rajabali has been at the BCIRPU since 2000. She is a specialist in injury data, epidemiology, visualizations, and evaluation. Fahra manages the data at the BCIRPU and is responsible for the data and interface for the Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT). She is the evaluation manager for the Period of PURPLE Crying program in BC. She wears many other “hats” in her work on injury surveillance and conference planning. She is also the BCIRPU’s liaison for Northern, Interior, and Island Health Authorities. Along with her co-workers, Fahra was a recipient of the UBC President’s Staff Award in 2014.



Karen Sadler, BID, MCP

Manager, Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC

Research Interests
  • Child development
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Infant crying
  • Abusive head trauma

In 2017, Karen joined the Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC team as its Manager. Her responsibilities include training, outreach, and community education to professionals supporting families. She is the point person for knowledge translation initiatives with PSBSBC. In 2005, she received her Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba. Karen has come from the early years sector specializing in collaborative approaches to community planning and cross sectoral integration. 

Kate Turcotte, BSc (Hons), MSc


Research Interests
  • Injury surveillance
  • Program evaluation
  • Project management
  • Injury prevention
  • Knowledge translation

Kate has been at the BCIRPU since 1999, following the completion of her Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. Her role at the Unit comprises supporting Dr. Shelina Babul’s concussion knowledge implementation program, as well as project management, grant and report writing, injury surveillance, program evaluation, and conference planning. Kate is the Unit Liaison for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, and she provides secretariat support for the BC Injury Prevention Committee. Along with her co-workers, Kate was a recipient of the UBC President’s Staff Award in 2014.



Maureen Nolan

Research Assistant, Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, BC Children’s Hospital

Research Interests
  • Children’s injuries and poisonings, 0-17 years old

Maureen holds a certificate in Office Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has been part of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program team since 2009. She is responsible for injury data collection from the BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, as well as assisting with various ongoing injury and poisoning studies. 

Megan Oakey, BHK, MPH

Provincial Manager, Injury Prevention, Population & Public Health, BC Centre For Disease Control; BC Injury Research And Prevention Unit

Megan joined the BC Centre for Disease Control and the BCIRPU in 2016 as Provincial Manager for Injury Prevention, with 15 years of experience working in Public Health in Canada, Australia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Megan is the current co-chair of the BC Provincial Public Health Injury Prevention Committee, which provides guidance and recommendations on injury prevention to the Provincial Public Health Executive Committee, the Ministry of Health, and the Provincial Health Officer. She also co-chairs the BC Injury Prevention Alliance, chairs the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition, and is an active member of the BC Road Safety Strategy. Megan holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and a BHK in Exercise Science from the University of British Columbia.

Mojgan Karbakhsh, MD, MPH

Community Mobilizer/Coordinator

Research Interests
  • Community-based injury prevention
  • Injury surveillance
  • Risk perception
  • Safety education & behaviour modification
  • Social Determinants of Heath (SDH)

Mojgan holds a medical degree, as well as specialty training in Community Health and Preventive Medicine. She has a passion for injury prevention and safety promotion, especially through community-based research and education. Dr Karbakhsh has a track record of quantitative research skills and scientific publication in various injury prevention domains including transport injuries, poisoning, burns, and intentional injuries.

She joined BCIRPU in 2021 and is responsible for mobilization and coordination of the BC injury prevention network by working with various injury prevention partners active in the province. Mojgan also serves as the Coordinator for the Brain Waves program.

Phoebe Cheng, BSc

Research Coordinator

Phoebe joined BCIRPU in 2018 as a UBC WorkLearn student with the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting & Prevention Program (CHIRPP). For three years, she supported the surveillance into alcohol and cannabis poisonings at BC Children’s Hospital. Now, she splits her time between the Research Coordinator role for the SHRed Concussions Study and the Evidence to Innovation Theme at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Outside of work, she is an avid runner, houseplant enthusiast, and connoisseur of useless facts.



Samantha Bruin, BA

Communications Coordinator

Media Relations Specialist, The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)

Samantha joined the BCIRPU in 2017 as Communications Coordinator. She leads the Unit’s communications and knowledge translation strategies and supports a variety of projects through content creation, media relations, social media, and promotion. Samantha also supports the Unit’s work with The Community Against Preventable Injuries.

Samantha obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and holds a certificate in Public Relations and Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has over nine years of experience specializing in health care communications, having held positions at Pain BC and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital.

In her spare time, Samantha loves running, eating good food, and watching movies.



Shazya Karmali, BHSc, MSc, PhD

Research Manager

Shazya joined the BCIRPU team in December 2019 as a Research Manager. She completed her PhD in Health Promotion at Western University in February 2020, where she studied healthy behaviours within the family unit, specifically focusing on physical activity and nutrition behaviours of parents with overweight/obesity and their children. Shazya’s role at the Unit involves project management, grant writing, and program evaluation. She is also coordinating the SHRed Concussions Study, a pan-Canadian research study in investigating the prevention, recognition, and treatment of concussion in high-school athletes who play sports associated with a higher risk of concussion.



Vanessa Linton, BSc, MPH

Project Coordinator

Vanessa joined the BCIRPU team in July 2021 as a Project Coordinator. Her main role at the Unit is coordinating Active & Safe Central, and also supporting the Concussion Awareness Training Tool. 

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University, and earned her Master of Public Health from McMaster University. 

When Vanessa is not working, she enjoys running and trying out gluten-free bakeries in Vancouver! 

Current Trainees and Students

  • Anmol Mattu
    Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pike, UBC FLEX Medical Program
    Anmol Mattu has completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and master’s degree specializing in Exercise and Health Physiology at the University of Calgary. She is currently in the MD program at UBC and continues to pursue her passion for research. Anmol’s research interests are in the fields of exercise medicine and injury prevention. Beyond academics, she enjoys travelling, being active, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Breann Cocoran
    Supervisor: Dr. Mariana Brussoni
    Breann Corcoran is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.  She has 15 years of experience working with local health authorities in BC in community development and community engagement roles.  She currently works part-time with BC Cancer’s Screening & Prevention team and is particularly interested in neighbourhood design to support healthy child development.  More recently Breann’s work has focused on the use of shade as a design tool for skin cancer prevention in early childhood settings.  Teaching has always been an interest for Breann and she previously taught a public health course to graduate naturopath students and created community placement opportunities for the students.


  • Catherine Smith
    Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Ian Pike
    Catherine Smith is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a faculty at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Her research focuses on burn injury in underserved communities, drawing from her experience in burn injury prevention and care in West Africa. She completed her MSc in Advanced Practice Neuroscience Care at King’s College, and her BSc (Hons) in Nursing from Kingston University, UK. Her background includes critical care nursing, global health and development in Sierra Leone, and leadership in the National Health Service, UK.


  • Denise Beaton
    Supervisors: Dr. Ian Pike, Dr. Mariana Brussoni
    Denise Beaton is the Provincial Coordinator for Injury Prevention at the BC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and a research staff member of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Denise co-chairs the BC Falls Prevention Community of Practice and is a member of various injury prevention and policy committees. Currently, she is on temporary reassignment to the Ministry of Health, developing the public health fall prevention strategy and action plan for BC. Her PhD research focuses on driving cessation as a sentinel marker of frailty among community-dwelling older adults and the opportunities for pre-injury preventive intervention.


  • Guikurat Kandola
    Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pike
    Gurkirat is a first-year Pediatrics resident who is interested in pursuing general pediatrics. Her research interests center around adolescent mental health including exploring barriers in accessing services, underserved and BIPOC populations, and causes of self-harm in youth.


  • Isla Shill
    Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Ian Pike
    Isla Shill is a PhD student under Dr. Carolyn Emery at the University of Calgary. Her MSc with a specialization in sport injury epidemiology described injury rates and mechanisms in high school female rugby and sought to understand youth rugby coach receptiveness to a rugby-specific neuromuscular training warm-up implementation. She played on the U of C Women’s Varsity Rugby team and has had the privilege of coaching high school and youth club teams. Combining her passion for rugby, Isla’s PhD will evaluate different injury prevention strategies in youth female rugby to inform safe practice and encourage lifelong participation in rugby.


  • Jacqueline Li
    Supervisors: Dr. Ian Pike, Dr. Kishore Mulpuri


  • Lucy Sager
    Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pike


  • Megan Zeni
    Supervisor: Dr. Mariana Brussoni
    Megan Zeni is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her research interests include developing professional learning communities with in-service teachers to bridge emerging theories with teaching practices that include unstructured outdoor play as a pedagogical approach. Megan has over 20 years of experiences as a professional educator, and currently teaches in a public school outdoor and garden classroom. To learn more about her work, visit: meganzeni.com.


  • Michelle Bauer
    Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pike
    Michelle Bauer is a SSHRC-funded post-doctoral fellow working in the Department of Pediatrics under the supervision of Dr. Ian Pike. Her current research centres children’s perspectives on injury experiences, neighborhood safety, risk-taking, and outdoor play. She is especially interested in how children assess and manage threats in their physical environments and how navigations of risk during play influence safety strategies children adopt. Outside of her research, her interests include hiking, travelling, writing/reading fiction, and spending time with friends and family.


  • Michelle O’Kane
    Supervisor: Dr. Mariana Brussoni
    Michelle O’Kane is a social worker with experience working with children and families in Scotland, England and British Columbia. She is currently working on her PhD at the School of Social Work at UBC, in examining jurisdictional differences in child welfare processes with infants. She is involved in the Playability study where she interviewed children and their parents, and analysed their interviews.


  • Rachel Ramsden
    Supervisors: Dr. Ian Pike, Dr. Mariana Brussoni
    Rachel Ramsden is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. She is interested in understanding the movements and behaviors that occur when children partake in unstructured play in order to examine the design of outdoor environments. Rachel is also the Child Care Planner at the City of Richmond, where she facilitates the design of indoor and outdoor municipal early child development settings.