Chair: SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education
Bachelor of Science Psychology, Trent University, 1999
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 2015
Doctorate of Philosophy Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2007
Master of Arts - Masters Developmental Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2001
Postdoctoral Fellowship Psychology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 2010
Areas of Research
My research focuses on determinants of social, emotional and cognitive development in early childhood. Child development is determined by multiple sources of influences, including those operating within the individual child (e.g. perinatal factors, genetics, temperament), within the family context (e.g. parenting, marital conflict, parental attachment history and experiences of early adversity) as well as processes embedded in the broader social context (e.g. socio-economic status, social networks). The overarching goal of my research is to examine how and why these nested layers of influence contribute to children's healthy developmental trajectories, or alternatively, serve to undermine children's development. My research uses a variety of methods (e.g. observational assessments, survey data, structured interviews) and capitalizes on multiple statistical methods as a function of the questions under consideration (eg. meta-analyses, mediation and moderation, trajectory analyses, multilevel models, path analyses, and individual participant data reviews).
- CIHR Brain Star Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2017
- Emerging Researcher Award, The University of Calgary. 2017
- Tier II Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, Government of Canada. 2020
In the News
- The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting. The Wall Street Journal. (2018)
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