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.

Julia Wedeles, MSW, Implementation Specialist

Julia has been working with the PART team since fall 2013, and holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She has also earned Bachelor of Social Work from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Previously, Julia has held position as a research assistant at the University of Toronto, and worked with low-income children and families as an assistant program coordinator in a non-profit agency. Julia is interested in knowledge translation processes, and connecting research to practice in ways that influence health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Sarah Head, PhD Student, Implementation Specialist

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.