Stella Ng




Stella is passionate about preparing health professionals for the humanistic, social-relational, and structural aspects of health care practice. Her tri-council, ministry and foundation-funded research program has shown that critical reflection is crucial to compassionately, collaboratively, and ethically navigating value-conflicted and uncertain zones of practice. Her passion was sparked by challenges she experienced as a pediatric audiologist in the public-school system, which motivated her to launch her research program in reflective practice, critical reflection, and critical pedagogies. She mobilizes this theory and research within her education and leadership work. Stella is Director and Scientist, Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education, Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Wilson Centre Scientist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is also the recipient of the Ministry Early Researcher Award, Meridith Marks New Educator Award and an AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology.

Recent Publications

  1. Gill, GK, Ng, SL, Kangasjarvi, E, Crukley, J, Kumagai, A, Simpson, JS et al.. From skillful to empathic: evaluating shifts in medical students' perceptions of surgeons through a combined patient as teacher and arts-based reflection program. Can Med Educ J. 2023;14 (5):14-21. doi: 10.36834/cmej.76536. PubMed PMID:38045079 PubMed Central PMC10690007.
  2. Diaz, BA, Rieker, J, Ng, S. Teaching critical reflection in health professions education with transformative-vygotskian praxis. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2023;28 (4):1191-1204. doi: 10.1007/s10459-023-10209-y. PubMed PMID:36890283 .
  3. Sheikh, N, Ng, SL, Flett, H, Shah, R. Internal medicine trainee perspectives on back-up call systems and relationships to burnout. Med Educ. 2023;57 (3):256-264. doi: 10.1111/medu.15003. PubMed PMID:36490279 .
  4. Cahill, PT, Ng, S, Dix, L, Ferro, MA, Turkstra, L, Campbell, WN et al.. Outcomes management practices in tiered school-based speech-language therapy: A Canadian example. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2023;58 (3):786-801. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12822. PubMed PMID:36426768 .
  5. Ng, SL, Forsey, J, Boyd, VA, Friesen, F, Langlois, S, Ladonna, K et al.. Combining adaptive expertise and (critically) reflective practice to support the development of knowledge, skill, and society. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2022;27 (5):1265-1281. doi: 10.1007/s10459-022-10178-8. PubMed PMID:36350488 PubMed Central PMC9645329.
  6. Boyd, VA, Woods, NN, Kumagai, AK, Kawamura, AA, Orsino, A, Ng, SL et al.. Examining the Impact of Dialogic Learning on Critically Reflective Practice. Acad Med. 2022;97 (11S):S71-S79. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004916. PubMed PMID:35950763 .
  7. Ng, SL, Crukley, J, Brydges, R, Boyd, V, Gavarkovs, A, Kangasjarvi, E et al.. Toward 'seeing' critically: a Bayesian analysis of the impacts of a critical pedagogy. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2022;27 (2):323-354. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10087-2. PubMed PMID:34973100 PubMed Central PMC9117363.
  8. Brydges, R, Nemoy, L, Ng, S, Khodadoust, N, Léger, C, Sampson, K et al.. Getting everyone to the table: exploring everyday and everynight work to consider 'latent social threats' through interprofessional tabletop simulation. Adv Simul (Lond). 2021;6 (1):39. doi: 10.1186/s41077-021-00191-z. PubMed PMID:34732264 PubMed Central PMC8564977.
  9. Tavares, W, Hodwitz, K, Rowland, P, Ng, S, Kuper, A, Friesen, F et al.. Implicit and inferred: on the philosophical positions informing assessment science. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021;26 (5):1597-1623. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10063-w. PubMed PMID:34370126 .
  10. Forsey, J, Ng, S, Rowland, P, Freeman, R, Li, C, Woods, NN et al.. The Basic Science of Patient-Physician Communication: A Critical Scoping Review. Acad Med. 2021;96 (11S):S109-S118. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004323. PubMed PMID:34348382 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director and Scientist, University of Toronto Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education, University Health Network
  • Teaching for Transformation Program, Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael’s Hospital & University of Toronto
  • Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, Applied Education Research Operatives, Unity Health Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Cross-Appointed Scientist, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto and University Health Network