Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education
University of Calgary
Education Tower Room 508
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4
My research focuses on improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and cerebral palsy. Using a variety of research methods, techniques, and designs, my research aims to identify early determinants of NDDs, specifically prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal environmental and family risk factors. I also study the prevalence of co-occurring mental and physical health issues in NDDs, how these issues may lead to crisis and/or emergency room visits, and ultimately how they impact the lives of children and families. I also examine the service utilization patterns of children and adolescents with NDDs, as well as identify their needs, and barriers/facilitators to accessing services. Lastly, the overarching goal of my research is to facilitate healthy outcomes of children with NDDs, and to do I am interested in understanding the developmental trajectories of this population, and what child, family, and community factors predict such outcomes.