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At TIER we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nikki Woods as Research Institute Director of The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at UHN. Dr. Woods was the founding Scientific Director of TIER and worked closely with Dr. Ann Russell, who will continue in her role as Director of Applied Research. Dr. Woods previously served as TIER's Senior Director, Education and Research Integration and Scientific Director. She also currently serves as Associate Director and Education Scientist at The Wilson Centre and Associate Professor and Education Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
"Dr. Woods is an incredibly valuable contributor to both the UHN research and education community and the global scientific community," said Dr. Brad Wouters, Executive Vice President of Science and Research at UHN. "Recently, she has applied her dedicated advocacy for the social and behavioural sciences, including education science, to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes her leadership in developing the Virtual Care Competency Training Roadmap to support practicing family physicians in providing comprehensive primary care remotely, as well as helping UHN Libraries to develop the Science of COVID-19 web portal, a resource to facilitate knowledge mobilization."
"Dr. Woods is a highly regarded education scientist whose work has been recognized by some of the world's most distinguished institutes, including the Karolinska Institute and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Her leadership will position TIER well to imagine, design and implement bold new ways of educating the future health care workforce," said Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive Vice President of Education and Chief Medical Officer at UHN.
TIER is UHN's newest research institute, launched in 2019. Part of the UHN Research family, TIER plays a critical role in improving the quality of education and overall competency of learners through research, while helping to ensure health care providers across all disciplines are well-poised to respond to emerging technologies and medical breakthroughs.
The TIER Research Institute Director position reports jointly to the Executive Vice Presidents of Education, and Science and Research.