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Our Team

Co-Directors

Dr. Barbara Fallon, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
barbara.fallon@utoronto.ca

Dr. Fallon’s research focuses on improving outcomes for children at risk of maltreatment by contributing to evidence-based policies and practices in child welfare. Her research interests include: comparisons of child protection systems; understanding the use of risk assessments in child protection investigations; and the collection and sharing of reliable data on the trajectories of children and families in the child welfare system.

Dr. Steven P. Miller, MDCM, MAS, FRCPC
Head, Division of Neurology and the Centre for Brain & Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children; Professor of Paediatrics, University of Toronto; Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience, Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation

steven.miller@sickkids.ca

Dr. Miller’s research focuses on improving the clinical care of newborns at high-risk of brain injury through discoveries made with advanced brain MRI, and informing new strategies to promote optimal brain development and neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with brain-based developmental disabilities.

Advisory Committee

Catherine S. Birken, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC
Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Staff Paediatrician, The Hospital for Sick Children; Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto 

Dr. Birken’s research relates to the prevention of overweight and obesity in early childhood through primary care practice and advancing care for children with severe obesity.

Eyal Cohen, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC
Program Head, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Staff Physician, The Hospital for Sick Children; Co-Director, Leong Centre for Healthy Children; Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto 

Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on improving health outcomes for children with medical complexity and their families and child health policy.

Avram Denburg, MD, M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCPC
Staff Oncologist and Clinical Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children; Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Denburg’s research centres on the political, ethical and economic dimensions of child health policy in both local and global contexts, with a specific focus on pharmaceutical policy and drug coverage decisions for children.

Astrid Guttmann, MDCM, M.Sc., FRCPC
Staff Physician and Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children; Co-Director, Leong Centre for Healthy Children; Professor, Pediatrics, cross-appointment in Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Guttman’s research aims to improve child health and well-being through population-based studies that inform health system programs and policies.

Jennifer Jenkins, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto

Dr. Jenkin’s main research area is understanding emotion processes in children with psychopathology to inform policies and programs that will improve the mental health of children.

Joel Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology, University of Toronto

Dr. Levine’s research explores how biology contributes to social behaviour, with a focus on studying social interaction networks, mechanisms of behaviour in groups, and how the social environment influences individual behaviour.

Faye Mishna, Ph.D.
Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Dr. Mishna’s research projects include bullying, cyber bullying and sexting among youth, and the use of information communication technologies in social work and clinical practice.

Marla B. Sokolowski, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Dr. Sokolowski’s research examines how genes and the environment interact to influence behaviour, including the effects of the early environment on children’s health and development.

Suzanne Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Stewart is committed to advancing research and policy in Indigenous health, with a focus on Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology, Indigenous pedagogies in higher education, and Indigenous ethics and research methodologies.

Research Associates

Sima Sajedinejad, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
sima.sajedinejad@utoronto.ca

Genevieve Sansone, MASc, Ph.D.
g.sansone@utoronto.ca