Patient and Family Advisory Committee

group photo of members

Our work in patient engagement is guided by our Research Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC). PFAC is made up of CHEO family members who believe in the impact research can have on how we care for kids at CHEO and beyond as well as six administrators/researchers from the CHEO Research Institute (CHEO-RI). The committee works to engage families in all aspects of research conducted by CHEO-RI. 

PFAC’S Purpose

Based on experienced family voices, the PFAC advises and makes recommendations to CHEO-RI staff in order to promote family engagement in research. We’re moving beyond families as only research participants to families as partners in all aspects of the research process from developing an idea or research question to sharing the study results.  

Responsibilities and Opportunities 

Our members:  

  • Attend monthly meetings at the CHEO-RI (in person, teleconference or video conference). 
  • Advance client and family-centered research. 
  • Help researchers identify and plan future directions. 
  • Provide advice on the communication strategy: 
    • Help researchers plan how to best share the results
    • Help researchers ensure that results are understandable to families who were part of the research
    • Co-present or co-publish findings
    • Help with social media communication (e.g. Discovery Minutes)
    • Advise the CHEO-RI on how to promote family engagement in research
    • Share knowledge with caregivers and other parents
Patient and Family Advisory Committee Members

Kim Courtney

Research Family Leader Program Coordinator

Kim Courtney photo


Michelina Sicoli

Administrative Support, CHEO Research Insititute


Rhonda Correll

Chief Operating Officer, CHEO Research Institute


Claire Dawe-McCord

Patient/Family Representative (Youth)

Claire Dawe-McCord


Shelley Frappier – Co-Chair

Patient/Family Representative


Andrew McVey

Patient/Family Representative


Jacquie Minnes – Van Ierssel

Postdoctoral Fellow, CHEO RI and Patient/Family Representative


Sheena Murphy

Patient/Family Representative

Sheena Murphy


Nicole Obeid

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa Lead, Research and Outcomes Management, Eating Disorder Program


Katie O’ Hearn

Research Coordinator, CHEO Research Institute


Lori Pope

Patient/Family Representative


Ellen Song

Patient/Family Representative


Andy Statia

Patient/Family Representative

Andy Statia Family leader photo


Madleen Zapata

Patient/Family Representative