Shannon Scott, RN, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-1037
5-187 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9



My ECHO (translating Evidence in Child Health to improve Outcomes) research program focuses on knowledge translation in pediatric health settings to improve outcomes for children, their families, and the health care system. The goal of knowledge translation activities is to increase the use of relevant knowledge, commonly research, among clinicians, managers, administrators, and policy makers. Knowledge translation problems are complex because they involve behavior change among providers working in complex and high velocity health care organizations. In my research program, I explore the reasons why research is used or not and what facilitates and hinders this process, with a particular focus on elements of the context or work environment.



Principal Investigator

  • Scott, S.D., Hartling, L. (2018). Distinguished Researcher Funding. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute & Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation ($1,000,000). 2019-2024.
  • Scott, S.D., Hartling, L., Newton, A., Stang, A., Robinson, J., Elliot, S. (2018). Establishing priorities in child health research: giving parents and youth a voice. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Innovation Grant ($49,913). 2018/07-2020/06.
  • Scott. S.D. (2018). Faculty of Nursing CRC Support ($100,000). 2018-2023.
  • Scott, S.D. (2018). Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) for KT in Child Health, Renewal 2018-2023, Government of Canada ($500,000).
  • Scott, S.D. (co-PI) & Hartling L (co-PI), Ali, S., Currie, G., Dyson, M.,Fernandes, R., Fleck, B., Freedman, S., Jabbour, M., Johnson, D., Junker, A., Klassen, T., Maynard, D., Newton, A., Plint, A., Richer, L., Robinson, J., Robson, K., Vandall-Walker, V [all collaborators listed in alphabetical order]. (2016) Integrating evidence and parent engagement to optimize children’s healthcare. CIHR Foundation Scheme ($2,500,000). July 2016-June 2023.
  • Scott, S.D & Hartling L. (2016). Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids renewal. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (matched dollars, $150,000). 2016/04-2019/04.


  • Hartling, L., Ali, S., Elliott, S., Felkar, B., Reiter, E., Scott, S.D., Stauffer, B., Dennett, E. Animal-assisted interventions ("Pet Therapy") in emergency department and ambulatory care: a systematic review. Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN) Grant ($15,000). 2020.
  • Yeates, K., et al., Scott, S.D. (2020). Canadian Concussion Network. CIHR Network Catalyst Grant ($1,500,000). 2020-2025.
  • Meherali, S., Scott, S.D., Salami, B., Valliantos, H., Hilario, C., Jackson, M. (2019). Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Immigrant Adolescents. Women & Children Health Research Institute CRISP Grant ($20,000). April 2020-March 2023.
  • Salami, B., Okeke-Iherjirika, P., Salma, J., Scott, S.D., Vallianatos, H., Yohani, S., Alaazi, D., Ayalew, T., Islam, B., Ndem, A., Nsaliwa, C., Urichuk, L. (2018) A Participatory Action Research Project to Promote the Mental Health of African Immigrant Children in Alberta. Women & Children Health Research Institute Bridge Funding ($40,000). May 2018-May 2019.
  • Samuel, S.M., Dimitropoulos, G., Mackie, A., Andrew, G., Guilcher, G., Hamiwka, L., Klarenbach, S., Lang, E., McBrien, K., Nettle-Aguirre, A., Pacaud, D., Pinzon, J., Scott, S.D., Zwaigenbaum, L. (2017) Evaluating Innovations in Transition to Adult Care: Transition Navigator Trial. CIHR Project Grant ($761,175). September 2017-September 2021.
  • Klassen, T.P., Samina, A., Freedman, S.B., Lacaze-Masmonteil, T., Offringa, M., Pechlivanoglou, P., Pling A.M., Poonai, N., Richer, L.P., Hickes, S., Jong, G.W., Moore Hepburn, C., Scott, S.D., Hartling, L. (2017) Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Trials. SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grants ($8,400,000). March 2017-March 2021.
  • Tricco, A. et al. Scott, S. (2017) SPOR REACH Network. Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Operating Grant. ($4,997,000) July 2017-2022.


INT D 690 - Topics in Knowledge Utilization

This course examines the scientific, theoretical, and historical underpinnings of the distinct but related fields of knowledge utilization, knowledge translation and innovation diffusion. Attention is given to contemporary manifestations in Canadian society such as evidence-based/evidence-informed decision-making, and in health care such as evidence-based medicine, and evidence-based practice. Particular attention will be given to the challenges of knowledge use in complex organizations and in the use of strategies to increase the use of knowledge, primarily although not exclusively the use of scientific knowledge. The course will focus on the central conceptual and methodological challenges in the field.

Fall Term 2020


Fading confidence: a qualitative exploration of parents’ experiences caring for a febrile child
Author(s): Thompson, A.P., Le, A., Hartling, L., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume: 29
Issue: 5-6
Page Numbers: 964-973

Learning from usability testing of an arts-based knowledge translation tool for parents of a child with asthma
Author(s): Archibald, M., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Nursing Open
Volume: 6
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1-11

Knowledge translation strategies used by healthcare professionals in child health settings: an updated systematic review
Author(s): Campbell, A., Louie-Poon, S., Slater, L., Scott. S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Volume: 47
Page Numbers: 114-120
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Parents’ information needs and preferences related to bronchiolitis: A qualitative study
Author(s): Campbell, A., Hartling, L., Louie-Poon, S., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: CMAJ Open
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: E640-E645

Health care stakeholder perspectives regarding the role of a patient navigator during transition to adult care
Author(s): Dimitropoulos, G., Morgan-Maver, E., Allemang, B., Schraeder, K., Scott, S.D., Pinzon, J., Andrew, G., Guilcher, G., Hamiwka, L., Lang, E., McBrien, K., Nettel-Aguirre, A., Pacaud, D., Zwaigenbaum, L., Mackie, A., Samuel, S.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMC Health Services Research
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 390
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Understanding determinants of sustainability through a realist investigation of a large-scale quality improvement initiative (Lean): A refined program theory
Author(s): Flynn, R., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume: 52
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 65-74

Engaging children and families in pediatric health research: a scoping review
Author(s): Flynn, R., Walton, S., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Research Involvement and Engagement
Volume: 5
Issue: 32

A realist evaluation to identify contexts and mechanisms that enabled and hindered implementation and had an effect on sustainability of a lean intervention in pediatric healthcare
Author(s): Flynn. R., Rotter, T., Hartfield, D., Newton, A.S., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMC Health Services Research
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 912

Digital technology distraction for acute pain in children: a meta-analysis
Author(s): Gates, M., Hartling, L., Shulhan-Kilroy, J., MacGregor, T., Guitard, S., Wingert, A., Featherstone, R., Vandermeer, B., Poonai, N., Kircher, J., Perry, S., Graham, T., Scott, S.D., Ali, S.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Pediatrics
Volume: 145
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: e20191139

Adolescents’ involvement in decision-making for pediatric weight management: A multi-centre, qualitative study on perspectives of adolescents and health care providers
Author(s): Kebbe, M., Perez, A., Buchholz, A., Scott, S.D., McHugh, T.F., Richard, C., Dyson, M.P.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Patient Education and Counseling
Volume: 102
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1194-1202
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End-user perspectives to inform lifestyle interventions and policy decisions: a qualitative and quantitative content analysis of recommendations by adolescents with obesity
Author(s): Kebbe, M., Perez, A., Buchholz, A., McHugh, T.F., Scott, S.D., Richard, C., Dyson, M.P., Ball, G.D.C.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMC Pediatrics
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 418

Feasibility, user experiences, and preliminary effect of Conversation Cards for Adolescents© on collaborative goal-setting and behavior change: protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial
Author(s): Kebbe, M., Farmer, A., Dyson, M.P., Scott, S.D., McHugh, T.L.F.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 149

Development of a program theory for clinical pathways in hospitals: protocol for a realist review
Author(s): Lawal, A.K., Groot, G., Goodridge, D., Scott, S.D., Kinsman, L.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMC Systematic Reviews
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 136
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Parents’ experiences with pediatric chronic pain
Author(s): Le, A., Dick, B.D., Spiers, J., Reid, K., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Canadian Journal of Pain
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 20-32
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A decision tool to help researchers make decisions about including systematic reviews in overviews of reviews of healthcare interventions
Author(s): Pollock, M., Fernandes, R.M., Newton, A.S., Scott, S.D., Hartling, L.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Systematic Reviews
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 29
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Systematic review of the use of process evaluations in knowledge translation research
Author(s): Rotter, T., Flynn, R., Brooks, H.M., Plesuk, T., Bannar-Martin, K.H., Chambers, T., Hartling, L., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMC Systematic Reviews

A pragmatic trial evaluating the effectiveness of a patient navigator to decrease emergency room utilisation in transition age youth with chronic conditions: the transition navigator trial protocol
Author(s): Samuel, S., Dimitropoulos, G., Schraeder, K., Klarenbach, S., Nettel-Aguirre, A., Guilcher, G., Pacaud, D., Pinzon, J., Lang, E., Andrew, G., Zwaigenbaum, L., Scott, S.D., McBrien, K., Hamiwka, L., Mackie, A.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMJ Open
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: e034309

Parents’ experiences and information needs related to childhood fever: a systematic review
Author(s): Thompson, A.P., Nesari, M., Hartling, L., Featherstone, R., Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Patient Education and Counselling
Volume: 103
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 750-763