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About Stella Ng PhD

Stella earned her PhD in Health Professional Education while practicing as an educational audiologist and teaching future health professionals at Western University. This experience allowed Stella to see the importance of studying and improving how health professionals learn to practice in response to people’s everyday lives and needs, and within the complexities of health systems and society.
Every individual or family who seeks care from a health professional lives a complex life; their care pathway may thus involve a complex intersection of social and cultural factors, community-based services, school-based services, or home-based care. In real-world settings, Stella advances theories of practice-based knowledge and innovation and applies social scientific approaches to uncover and improve the social and structural conditions of health care. Stella’s most recent collaborative publication in this realm is currently ranked by the company Altmetric as 9th out of 830 articles in the highest impact health professions education journal, Medical Education.
Highlights from Stella’s current research and education collaborations:
• a $134,000 CIHR-funded research program on integrated care for children with disabilities, to result in a national toolkit to support families in navigating systems of care
• a $37,500 AMS Phoenix and Gold Foundation-funded project on balancing evidence-based practice with compassionate care, co-led with St. Michael’s research & education expert Lindsay Baker, to result in a massive online open course module
• supporting an innovative collaborative program of research led by St. Michael’s knowledge mobilizer Farah Friesen, on advancing and demonstrating meaningful healthcare impact through education
• a $99,415 Sim-One/Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care-funded, applied education project: the Virtual Home-based Homecare Curriculum, in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital’s staff, co-PI Nikki Woods and collaborators from Women’s College Hospital, George Brown College, Fanshawe College, and VHA Homecare, resulting in an online curriculum to be launched for hundreds of thousands of professionals and caregivers
Stella is passionate about education and has received numerous awards for teaching and for research presentations. She also serves on many educational and practice leadership committees provincially, nationally, and internationally.


Present Assistant Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto
Present Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto
Present Education Scientist, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, University of Toronto

Research Interests

health professional education, intersector collaboration, tacit knowledge, educational audiology, pediatric audiology, reflective practice, grounded theory, and institutional ethnography

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Honors and Awards

  • PA: CIHR-STIHR Fellowship in Health Care, Technology, & Place (2011-2013)
  • Co-PI: Lawson Health Research Institute Internal Research Fund (2011-2013)
  • PI: Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network Planning Grant (2011-2012)
  • PA: Educational Audiology Association Doctoral Research Award (2010)
  • Co-PA: CIHR Open Operating Grant (2013-2015)


  • Professional Issues and Practice Management
  • Evidence-Based Practice Working Groups
  • Hearing Management for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Master's in Health Professional Education
  • Simulation Research Primer

Contact Information

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital,


Articles (15)

Contributions to Books (2)

Other (2)