Stella is an Assistant Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology, and an Education Scientist. While practicing as an educational audiologist, she earned her PhD in Health Professional Education. Additionally she completed a Canadian Institutes for Health Research post-doctoral fellowship in Health Care, Technology & Place while working in private practice. Stella is currently the Director of Research at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Faculty Development based at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is joint-appointed as an education scientist at the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, and is a cross-appointed scientist at The Wilson Centre, which is world-renowned for advancing the science of health professions education and practice.
Stella’s research focuses on epistemologies of practice (reflective practice and critical theories of practice) in the contexts of: compassionate, ethical care, and integrated care for children with disabilities. She employs primarily qualitative research approaches, particularly constructivist grounded theory, institutional ethnography, and critical social inquiry.