The Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute is dedicated to studying neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health. The centre draws its support from a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers across the University of Calgary with expertise encompassing a broad range of neurodevelopmental and pediatric mental health research in basic, clinical, health services and population health.
Susan Graham, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology, is the director of the Owerko Centre. Graham was the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Language and Cognitive development from 2003 to 2015 at the University of Calgary. She is a recipient of the Izaak Walton Killam Award for graduate supervision and mentoring and the Killam Annual Professor award. Graham’s research focuses on language and cognitive development during the infancy and preschool years.
The centre was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Calgary philanthropists Stan and Marge Owerko to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. The new centre was built to accommodate more than 75 researchers, along with special testing and play rooms with adjacent observation suites, a motor skills examination area and labs for the preparation and collection of biological samples.