My research program is focused on families with infants and children at risk for abnormal growth and development because of circumstances such as preterm birth, birth defects or childhood disease and illness.

Policy decisions by government agencies and service providers about health services can have a big impact in the short and long term on the health and development of high-risk infants and children. My work looks at health care services delivered to high-risk infants and children and their families. It involves measuring the success of these services in improving child health, including how families, physicians, therapists and policy-makers view the results of these services. This research shows us how service providers and policy makers may make improvements in the health of infants, children and families with special health care needs. I’m conducting this research in collaboration with other clinicians and researchers at Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC as well as at the University of British Columbia.


Period prevalence of epilepsy in children in BC: a population-based study.
Schiariti V and Farrell K and Houbé JS and Lisonkova S
PubMed: 19294886

Severe retinopathy of prematurity and visual outcomes in British Columbia: a 10-year analysis.
Schiariti V and Matsuba C and Houbé JS and Synnes AR
DOI: 10.1038/jp.2008.34
PubMed: 18368058

Perinatal characteristics and parents' perspective of health status of NICU graduates born at term.
Schiariti V and Klassen AF and Houbé JS and Synnes A and Lisonkova S and Lee SK
DOI: 10.1038/jp.2008.9
PubMed: 18288117

Caregiver-reported health outcomes of preschool children born at 28 to 32 weeks' gestation.
Schiariti V and Houbè JS and Lisonkova S and Klassen AF and Lee SK
DOI: 10.1097/01.dbp.0000257516.52459.33
PubMed: 17353725

Chorioamnionitis with a fetal inflammatory response is associated with higher neonatal mortality, morbidity, and resource use than chorioamnionitis displaying a maternal inflammatory response only.
Lau J and Magee F and Qiu Z and Houbé J and Von Dadelszen P and Lee SK
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2005.01.017
PubMed: 16150264

Abstracts / résumés.
PubMed: 20098489

A search for guidance: examining prenatal substance exposure protocols.
Zellman GL and Fair C and Houbé J and Wong M
DOI: 10.1023/a:1019734314414
PubMed: 12236668

Physician response to prenatal substance exposure.
Zellman GL and Bell RM and Archie C and DuPlessis H and Hoube J and Miu A
DOI: 10.1023/a:1021810129171
PubMed: 10728287


Current Projects
Improved models of health service delivery for infants and children with developmental disabilities examining patient-held multi-disciplinary electronic health records

Current Projects
Impact of education policy on the health of early school-age children with developmental disabilities

Current Projects
Short- and longer-term health outcomes of premature infants born in British Columbia over the last 20 years

Honours & Awards

National Research Scientist Award, Agency for Health Care Policy Research – 1997

Centre Investigatorship and Establishment Awards, BC Research Institute for Children’s & Women’s Health – 2001

Clinician Scientist Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – 1995