Visual Knowledge Building & Translation (vKBT) Lab in Biomedical Communications


Lead: Dr. Leila Lax

Leila’s MEd & PhD are from OISE/UT in Higher Education with a specialization in health professions education and computer applications. Her roots are in Art as Applied to Medicine (Class of ’83), teaching in Biomedical Communications (since 1983) and medical education research (since 1997) and supervision of student research (since 2005). Leila is also a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education in the Faculty of Medicine & the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. Leila is currently supervising BMC master’s students’ OPEN research projects.

For further information please contact Leila at l.lax@utoronto.ca.

OPEN poster

Current vKBT Design Research Projects

  1. Development of the Online Psychiatric Education Network (OPEN), in collaboration with Dr. Valerie Taylor, Chief of Psychiatry, Women's College Hospital (opportunities for funded BMC MRP students, post-grad design research & faculty collaboration)

    OPEN website homepage OPEN modules

    OPEN BMC Post-graduate Research

    • Qingyang Chen, Richelle Twose, Leila Lax, Valerie Taylor, Sanjeev Sockalingam, RenuGupta, Derek Ng & Robin Mason

      The Online Psychiatric Education Network Design Research Study: Visual knowledge building & translation outcomes of a CPD module on Anorexia Nervosa for family physicians, 2015-2016.

    OPEN BMC Student Masters Research Projects & Design Research Studies

    • Sarah Kim

      Visualizing the Neurobiology of Trauma to Improve Patient Care: Design, implementation, and evaluation of 2D animations for continuing professional development of family physicians in the Online Psychiatric Education Network. Supervisor: Dr. Leila Lax; Content expert, Dr. Valerie Taylor (Psychiatrist-in-Chief, WCH); content writer, Dr. Dana Ross; media expert, Dr. Derek Ng; other committee members: Dr. Renu Gupta, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Dr. Robin Mason). May 2015 to July 2016.

    • Diana Grossi

      Innovations to Improve Psychiatric Care for Women with Antenatal Depression: A design research study of an eLearning module for continuing professional development in the Online Psychiatric Education Network. Supervisor: Dr. Leila Lax; Content expert, Dr. Valerie Taylor; content writer, Dr. Renu Gupta; media expert, Dr. Derek Ng; other committee members: Dr. Dana Ross, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Dr. Robin Mason. May 2015 to July 2016.

    • Ruth Chang

      Obesity & Mental Health. An OPEN continuing professional development module for family physicians. Supervisor: Dr. Leila Lax; Content expert/writer, Dr. Valerie Taylor (Psychiatrist-in-Chief, WCH; media expert, Dr. Derek Ng; other committee members: Dr. Renu Gupta, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Dr. Robin Mason). May 2016 to July 2017.

    OPEN Funding

    BMC design research projects for the Online Psychiatric Education Network has been graciously funded by Women’s College Hospital, the University of Toronto, & the Royal Bank of Canada.

  2. Co-Design of knowledge, ideas & artifacts and visual analytics of collaboration

  3. Visualization of self-assessment for knowledge building & translation

    End-of-Life Care (2004) & Palliative Care eLearning Programs (2016). Educational design, evaluation & KF development by Dr. Leila Lax; Content by Drs. Anita Singh, Paolo Mazzotta & Larry Librach; SP scenarios by Diana Tabak; Original media development & programming (2004) by Meaghan Brierley & Ju Ho Park, 2009 revised by Jenn Tse & 2016 revised by Tabby & Jeff Rose, Axon Interactive Inc.

    End of life care distance education homepage Palliative care elearning program homepage
  4. eLearning design strategies for knowledge building & translation in the Communication & Cultural Competence Program

    Educational design & evaluation: Dr. Leila Lax; Content: Dr. Lynn Russell; SP scenarios: Drs. LJ Nelles & Cathy Smith; Media development: Meaghan Brierley; Programming: Ju Ho Park.

  5. The Pain Education Interprofessional Resource (PEIR)

    Educational design & evaluation, Dr. Leila Lax; Content, Drs. Judy Watt-Watson, Michael McGillion and Judy Hunter; Web development team: Tabby & Jeff Rose (Axon Interactive Inc.), Michelle Lui, & Brian Sutherland.

    PIER homepage PIER KT plan

Licensure of Design Research Projects

Communication & Cultural Competence Program. Drs. Lynn Russell, Leila Lax, Laura Jane Nelles and Cathy Smith. Licensed to the Medical Council of Canada. Originally funded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Ministries of Education and Training, and Citizenship and Immigration. The revisions and relaunch of this program was funded by Health Canada through the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative, 2015.

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