Who We Are

Kristen Lwin, PhD, Executive Director

Kristen has been with PART for 5 years and is passionate about research and child welfare and has worked in research and as a child welfare practitioner in Intake, Family Services, and Children's Services. Previously, Kristen has worked under the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Victim Witness Assistance Program, directly with victims and witnesses throughout the court process. Kristen is interested in organizational behaviour research, how child welfare worker characteristics are related to child and family outcomes, and implementation science. Kristen has a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work Degree, Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Hon. Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology, and diploma from the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program.

Auriole Fernandes, Program Coordinator

Auriole has been with PART for over 8 years and has a diploma in Business Administration and has her certification in Project Management through Centennial College, Scarborough. Auriole was employed as an Executive Assistant with PART in 2008, a year after its inception, and has since taken on the role of Event and Program Coordinator for the organization. Auriole has had varied experience in the private sector prior to joining PART and has since taken a keen interest in the field of child welfare.

Marianna Healey, MSW, Implementation Specialist

Marianna has been supporting children, families, and community initiatives since 2010. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. Her experiences include a range of clinical, research, and academic roles related to children’s developmental needs. Marianna is passionate about connecting research to practice in ways that promote positive outcomes for children and families. She is particularly interested in early child development, strengths-based caregiver interventions, and community programs.


Kate Bailey, MSW, Implementation Specialist

Kate is a graduate from the University of Toronto where she completed her Master of Social Work Degree. She has also earned her BA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kate’s experiences include clinical, research, and community engagement roles related to young people’s mental health and well-being. Kate is interested in connecting child welfare practitioners to evidence informed practices to improve practitioner relationships with children and their families. Her interests also include early childhood mental health, the use of anti-oppressive practices in the workplace, and social innovation.

Sarah Head, PhD Student, Implementation Specialist (Parental Leave)

Sarah is a graduate from the University of Guelph where she completed her MSc. Family Relations and Human Development, and has also earned her BSc. Psychology and Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sarah’s research focused on children and youth living in care, and their relationships with nonparental caregivers. Sarah has worked in private and public agencies that serve children and youth with social, emotional, behavioral and developmental difficulties. Sarah is interested in connecting practitioners in child welfare with research, and encouraging the use of evidence informed decision making in everyday practice.