Save the date: Early Childhood Development & Health:
The Intersections of Science, Policy & Practice

Psychometrics in Health Research: An Overview of the Fundamentals

Essential Skills for Data Quality, from Population Data BC

August 11 to August 15, 2014 9:00am to 4:00pm daily
On-site location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Video conference locations: University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, University of British Columbia, Okanagan

Instructor: Professor Bruno Zumbo, Measurement, Evaluation, Research Methodology Program and Department of Statistics, University of British Columbia

In this intermediate level course participants will:

  • Learn about construct theory and mapping
  • Learn about scoring and factor analysis
  • Learn about item analysis
  • Develop skills to aid in the selection of key measures and tests
  • Develop skills to study the psychometric properties (validity and reliability) of the measures used in your research.

Together these skills will help you develop stronger measures and tests that are psychometrically sound. Further details at: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/events/etu/PHR_Aug2014

To register, contact: Ann Greenwood, Lead, Education and Training Unit Population Data BC 
Email: ann.greenwood@popdata.bc.ca 
Phone: 250-853-3285

Child passenger safety in Aboriginal communities: a systematic review

Takuro (Tak) Ishikawa, a UBC PhD student at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, recently completed a systematic review of evidence presented in studies on child passenger safety in B.C. Aboriginal communities. Read more ...


"Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents" on CBC Doc Zone

Premiering on CBC Doc Zone on Thursday, March 27 at 9:00 p.m., this documentary features interviews with Dr. Robert McMahon and Dr. Thomas Boyce.

For more information, view the Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents media release.

Dr. Sterling Clarren is retiring

It is our pleasure to congratulate Dr. Sterling Clarren on his retirement! He has already undergone the difficult task of sorting and packing up his DNCH office, and is now well on his way to enjoying some well deserved relaxation. His official retirement date is at the end of March. 

Since joining the cluster in 2004, Sterling’s contributions to DNCH have been significant and will have lasting impact. As CEO and Scientific Director for the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network, Dr. Clarren played a central role in developing the current clinical model used in Canada for effectively evaluating FASD and for providing a consistent cased defined diagnostic method. His pioneering research in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has earned him world-wide recognition.

We are thankful to Dr. Sterling Clarren for his many years of contributing to research as a member of DNCH.

Catalyst Rounds Launch

March 27 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 3113, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

Rounds are held on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month. For more information and the current schedule, visit our Rounds page or email laura.beer@cw.bc.ca.

2014 Sun Run: Join Team N2N

Please join us this year on April 27, 2014. Register online using N2N as the team name.

Ivan and Gail have kindly volunteered to get us into shape. They will hold weekly training sessions on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Meet in room F611 at 1:00 p.m. Every fitness level welcome!

If you have questions, please email gandrews@cw.bc.ca or dmount@cw.bc.ca.

"It's not cause and effect:" Research investigates effects of pre-birth exposure to anti-depressants in school-age children

Researchers found that while the children’s performance varied depending on whether they were exposed to SSRIs before birth, it was the interaction between the gene variations and mom’s mental health that had the biggest impact. Read more ...

Preterm babies with slower brain growth more likely to have slower cognitive, language, and motor development as toddlers

New research shows that preterm babies with slower brain development as they reach their due dates are more likely to have delayed cognitive, language, and motor development at 18 months of age. Read more ...

Children, safety and risky outdoor play

Research has found that vulnerable children, those from low-income families, are at greater risk for injury due a range of factors including poorly-maintained playground equipment and less access to protective equipment such as helmets. Read more ...

Shining a light on the “black box” of concussions

Would you recognize a concussion if it happened to you or someone you know? The obvious signs are not the only signs, according to Dr. Shelina Babul. Dr. Babul and her colleagues at BC Children’s Hospital have developed a Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit (CATT) a web and educational resource designed to educate physicians and families about the signs and symptoms of concussions and standardize concussion care. Read more ...