Research Team

Operations Manager

Dalah Mason BSc, MPH, CCRP completed a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Research at Loma Linda University, California.  She was the Project Manager & Clinical Research Associate for the PEACE Trial (Prevention of Events with Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition) at The George Washington University Biostatistics Centre from 2001 to 2003.  She was employed at The Centre for Mother, Infant, and Child Research (CMICR) at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, most recently as a Research Projects Administration Manager. She has managed many trials including The Twin Birth Study a large, international, multi-centered, randomized clinical trial and joined the TARGet Kids! team as Research Manager in 2014.  She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and a Member of The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Dalah's interests include nutrition and prevention of disease in children.  


Science Manager

Christine Kowal BSc, MSc, CCRP completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from York University. Christine is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Christine previously worked as a Research Coordinator for the Twin Birth Study, an international, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial as well as a Research Associate for the Ontario Health Study, a large population health study.

Research Coordinator

Frank Ong is a clinical research coordinator working with TARGet Kids!. Frank received his MSc in Medical Sciences and BSc in Biology from McMaster University. He previously worked as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research at McMaster University. 

Research Assistants

Dharma Dalwadi holds a BSc in Microbiology from Sardar Patel University, India, and is OSMT certified. Dharma is also certified as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA), and is a Certified Clinical Research Processional (CCRP) and a member of the Society for Clinical Research Associates. For more than 12 years, she worked with Apotex Pharmaceuticals Inc as a Pre-Clinical Screening Technician, Clinical Operation Technician and Qualified Trainer. In 2014, Dharma joined the TARGet Kids! team as a Research Assistant and is delighted to join SickKids as she feels the institution promotes wellness and prevention of diseases in our community.  

Julia Thompson is a Research Assistant II, currently working at the Humber Pediatrics site. Her passion for research began with a weekly placement at The Hospital for Sick Children where she volunteered throughout her studies for a Health Studies undergraduate degree. Prior to working at Humber, Julia gained research experience with an adult population at Princess Margaret Hospital before rejoining the TARGet Kids! team where she had worked for 3 years previously. Julia attained her SOCRA CCRP (Certified Clinical Research Professional) designation in 2019 and is grateful and excited to be working on this valuable study with the goal of improving children's health. 

Laurie Thompson is a Certified Medical Lab Technician and is currently working with the TARGet Kids! Team as a Phlebotomist/ Clinical Research Project Assistant. Laurie really enjoys working directly with the children and parents that are participating in the study and considers it a privilege to be working for such a dynamic group of researchers and community physicians.

Marivic Bustos is a Registered Practical Nurse by profession with ample experience in research work. Having worked with children for the most part of her working years, she is a firm believer in early child health care. She is dedicated and passionate in her role as a Clinical Project Research Assistant of TARGet Kids! and hopes to contribute to the improvement of children's health and well-being.


Pamela A. Flores is a Research Assistant II at the Danforth Pediatrics site.  She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SoCRA, 2013) and was a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA, 2012-2016).  Pamela also holds a medical degree from the Philippines with a specialization in Pediatrics.  With her passion for preventive child health care and research, she enthusiastically joined the TARGet Kids! team in May 2019.  Since then, she has been truly grateful to have worked with dedicated children's researchers, pediatricians, clinical workers, and the wonderful children and their families in her site.

Rejina Rajendran is a graduate in Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology and also Post Graduate Diploma holder in Clinical Research. Her interest in exploring more on early child development health research has brought her to  TARGet Kids.She provides research assistant for  Fit for school, Fit for Life study and also handles the ASA24 dietary assessment tool.She possess strong commitment to team environment dynamics and has ability to contribute to expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times. 

Sharon Thadani is a Certified Medical Lab Technician and is very excited to be working with the TARGet Kids! team as a Pediatric Clinical Research Assistant. Sharon enjoys working with children and interacting with parents on a daily basis. Sharon is very proud to be working with TARGet Kids! on such a wonderful research project that combines her love for medicine and children all in one place.


Tarandeep Malhi is a TARGet Kids! Research Assistant II working at the Village Park Pediatrics site. She enjoys meeting and working with all the lovely kids, their families and an exceptionally awesome TARGet Kids! team. Apart from work she loves spending time with family and has a special passion for music and singing.


Dr. Charlie Keown-Stoneman (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Scientist in the Applied Health Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. Charlie received his PhD and MSc in Applied Statistics and BSc in Biological Science from the University of Guelph. Charlie has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics courses and providing statistical consulting for the Mood Disorder Centre of Ottawa at the University of Ottawa Health Services. In his current role within TARGet Kids!, Charlie provides statistical and database management support. His research interests include survival analysis, multi-state models, and longitudinal data analysis.




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