Lisa Hartling


The current focus of my research activities is on knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation. I conduct knowledge syntheses (e.g., systematic reviews, scoping reviews, overviews of reviews, rapid reviews, etc.) on a wide range of health topics to gather and synthesize the best available scientific evidence to support decision-making by healthcare providers, administrators, and patients and their families. I also conduct research to advance methods and increase efficiencies in knowledge synthesis. I develop knowledge translation tools to communicate scientific evidence to support healthcare decision making. In particular, I develop and evaluate knowledge translation tools for parents and families to improve child health outcomes. I am involved in stakeholder engagement activities wherein I work closely with stakeholders (e.g., healthcare professionals, health agencies, parents and families) to synthesize and disseminate knowledge and ensure the content and format meets their decision-making needs.

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February 7, 2024

CIHR announces $6.7 million of new research funding for nine WCHRI members

Awards will fund projects that have potential for breakthroughs in women's and children’s health

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September 6, 2023

Leading researchers recognized by Royal Society of Canada

Seven U of A standouts, including Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher Lisa Hartling, are making an impact in diverse fields from biology and computer engineering to food science and visual culture

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May 5, 2023

Reddit posts reveal youth struggles with mental health and getting support

Stigma still a big problem despite awareness campaigns and literacy efforts, study suggests.

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December 7, 2022

New research-backed tools ready to support parents in navigating COVID-19 pandemic

Videos and infographics provide information on vaccines, caring for a child with COVID-19 and easing children back into activities.

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June 8, 2021

Getting childhood health research into the hands of parents

Edmonton researchers are aiming to reach a more diverse population with their information resources for parents.

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March 29, 2021

Blazing new trails in digital child health: ‘Canadian parents deserve information that is trusted, practical, and accessible’

WCHRI Postdoctoral Fellow James Benoit's mobile health app will improve health decision-making for parents.

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June 21, 2018

Learning to live with chronic pain

Chronic pain in children can be disabling, preventing kids from participating in school, sports and social functions. "Learning to live with chronic pain" is an illustrated book designed to support families of children who live with chronic pain.

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June 21, 2018

Translating research into tools for all audiences

Distinguished Researchers Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott are helping to turn pediatric research into usable tools for families and health care professionals with TREKK.

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