• Brussoni, Mariana


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Associate Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia 
    Academic Scientist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit

    Degrees / Designations
    BA (Hon), MA, PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room F511
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC  V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Child injury prevention
    • Injury-related health inequalities
    • Injury surveillance
    • Aboriginal populations
    • Injury prevention in the family context
    • Gender-based analysis of injury
    • Injury policy indicators 
    • Risky play

    My research focuses on understanding injuries in children and youth, and measuring the physical, psychosocial and financial impacts of injuries on children, their families and the health care system. I also investigate the importance of outdoor risky play for children’s healthy development, and how built outdoor environment impacts children’s play.

    Current Projects
    CHILDS Play (Creating Health Inspiring Landscape Designed Spaces for Play) This research program examines children's need for risky outdoor play opportunities. We are currently conducting two studies within this program:
    • The State of Play: Socio-ecological perspective on children’s outdoor play
      Funded by CIHR, this study research seeks to gain the perspective of children aged 10-13 years and their parents on why they are motivated - or not - to play outside. We will use children's and parents' perspectives to develop an index of the playability of outdoor environments - the extent to which a given environment is friendly for outdoor play. The playability index will be useful for designing our urban environments to meet children's needs and positively influence their health.

    Go Play Outside! Reframing risk to promote children’s outdoor play 
    Funded by the Lawson Foundation, the goal of this study is to develop an online tool to influence parents perceptions of risk in outdoor play. Our goal is to encourage parents to let their kids out to play and to stimulate a societal shift in how outdoor risky play is viewed and highlight the importance of it to children’s development.  

    Selected Publications

    1. Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J. L., & Olsen, L. L. (2015). Fathers on child’s play: Urban and rural Canadian perspectives. Men and Masculinities, 18(5), 559-580. DOI: 10.1177/1097184X14562610 

    2. Brussoni, M., Brunelle, S., Pike, I., Sandseter, E. B. H., Herrington, S., Turner, H., Belair, S., Logan, L., Fuselli, P., Ball, D. J. (2015). Can child injury prevention include healthy risk promotion? Injury Prevention, 21, 344-347. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041241 (Available at: http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2014/12/22/injuryprev-2014-041241.full

    3. Brussoni, M., Jin, A., George, M. A., & Lalonde, C. (2015). Aboriginal community-level predictors of injury-related hospitalization in British Columbia, Canada. Prevention Science, 16(4), 560-567. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0503-1 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11121-014-0503-1

    4. Olsen, L. L., Oliffe, J. L., Brussoni, M., & Creighton, G. (2015). Fathers’ views on their financial situations, father-child activities, and preventing child injuries. American Journal of Men’s Health, 9(1), 15-25. DOI: 10.1177/1557988313515699 

    5. George, M. A., Jin, A., Brussoni, M., & Lalonde, C. (2015). Injury inequalities: Is the gap closing between Aboriginal and the general population in British Columbia? Health Reports, 26(1), 3-13. (Available at: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2015001/article/14131-eng.pdf

    6. Jin, A., Lalonde, C. E., Brussoni, M., McCormick, R., & George, A. (2015). Injury hospitalizations due to unintentional falls among Aboriginal population of British Columbia, Canada: Incidence, changes over time, and ecological analysis of risk markers, 1991-2010. PLOS ONE, 10(3), e0121694.(Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0121694

    7. George, M. A., Jin, A., Brussoni, M., Lalonde, C., & McCormick, R. (2015). Injury risk in British Columbia, Canada: Are Aboriginal children and youth over-represented? Injury Epidemiology, 2(1), 7. DOI: 10.1186/s40621-015-0039-2. (Available at:  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40621-015-0039-2

    8. Brussoni, M., Gibbons, R., Gray, C., Ishikawa, T., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stranger, N., Sampson, M., & Tremblay, M. S. (2015). What is the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6),6423-6454.  DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120606423 (Available at:  http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/6/6423

    9. Gray, C., Gibbons, R., Larouche, R., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., Brussoni, M., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stranger, N., Sampson, M. S., & Tremblay, M. (2015). What is the relationship between outdoor time and physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and physical fitness in children? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 6455-6474. DOI:  10.3390/ijerph120606455 (Available at:  http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/6/6455

    10. Tremblay, M. S., Gray, C., Babcock, S., Barnes, J., Bradstreet, C. C., Carr, D., Chabot, G., Choquette, L., Chorney, D., Collyer, C., Devane, S., Herrington, S., Janson, K., Janssen, I., Larouche, R., LeBlanc, C., Pickett, W., Power, M., Sandseter, E. B. H., Simon, B., & Brussoni, M. (2015). Position statement on active outdoor play. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 6475-6505. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120606475 (Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/16604601/12/6/6475

    11. Macpherson, A. K., Brussoni, M., Fuselli, P., Middaugh-Bonney, T., Piedt, S., & Pike, I. (2015). An evaluation of evidence-based pediatric injury prevention policies in Canada. BMC Public Health, 15, 707. DOI:  10.1186/s12889-015-1986-9 (Available at:  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/15/707)

    12. Herrington, S., & Brussoni, M. (2015). Beyond physical activity: The importance of play and nature-based play spaces for children’s health and development. Current Obesity Reports, 4(4), 477-483. DOI: 10.1007/s13679-015-0179-2 

    13. Pan, S. W., Hsu, C., Brussoni, M., & Pike, I. (2015). Indigenous ethnicity as a social determinant of exposure to riskier modes of transport: A survey study in Taiwan. Journal of Transport and Health, 2(4), 595-601. DOI:  10.1016/j.jth.2015.09.003 

    14. Jin, A., George, M. A., Brussoni, M., Lalonde, C. E., & McCormick, R. (2015). Primary care visits due to injuries among the Aboriginal off-reserve population of British Columbia, Canada, 1991-2010. International Journal of Equity in Health, 14, 136. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-015-0269-5 (Available at http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/14/1/136

    15. Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J., & Han, C. (2015). Picturing masculinities: Using photo-elicitation in men’s health research. American Journal of Men’s Health. DOI: 10.1177/1557988315611217 

    16. Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J., & Olsen, L. L. (2015). “It’s good for the kids”: Fathers consider risk and protection in their own and their children’s lives. Journal of Family Issues. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X15584679

    17. George, M. A., Brussoni, M., Jin, A., Lalonde, C. E., & McCormick, R. (2016). Ecological analysis of the association between injury risk and socioeconomic status, geography and Aboriginal ethnicity in British Columbia, Canada. SpringerPlus, 5, 567. DOI:10.1186/s40064-016-2262-x (Available at:  http://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2262-x)

    18. Brussoni, M., George, M. A., Jin, A., & Lalonde, C., & McCormick, R. (2016). Injuries to Aboriginal populations living on- and off-reserve in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in in British Columbia, Canada: Incidence and trends, 1986-2010. BMC Public Health, 16, 397. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3078-x (Available at http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-3078-x)

    19. Brunelle, S., Coghlan, R., Herrington, S., & Brussoni, M. (2016). Play worth remembering: Are playgrounds too safe? Child, Youth and Environments, 26(1), 17-36.

    20. Olsen, L., Kruse, S., Miller, A., & Brussoni, M. (2016). Safety-related concerns of parents for children with disabilities and chronic conditions. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 37(2), 121-131. DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000256

    21. Jin, A., Brussoni, M., George, M. A., Lalonde, C. E., & McCormick, R. (2016). Risk of hospitalization due to unintentional fall injury in British Columbia, Canada, 1999-2008: Ecological associations with socioeconomic status, geographic place, and Aboriginal ethnicity. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, epub. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-016-0258-4 (Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40615-016-0258-4)

    22. Yates, M. T., Ishikawa, T., Schneeberg, A., & Brussoni, M. (2016). Pediatric Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (PaedsCTAS) as a measure of injury severity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 659. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13070659. (Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/7/659/html

    23. Jin, A., Brussoni, M., George, M. A., Lalonde, C. E., & McCormick, R. (In Press). Iatrogenic injury among the Aboriginal and total populations of British Columbia, Canada, 1991-2010: Inequities associated with ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 28(2).

    24. Schneeberg, A., Kruse, S., Zallen, E., Ishikawa, T., Mitton, C., Bettinger, J., & Brussoni, M. (2016). A longitudinal study on quality of life after injury in children. Health and Quality of Life, 14, 120. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-016-0523-6 (Available at: http://hqlo.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12955-016-0523-6)

    25. Ishikawa, T., Jiang, A., Brussoni, M., Reyna, V., Weldon, B., Bruce, B., & Pike, I. (In Press). Perceptions of injury risk associated with booster seats and seatbelts: The ejection stereotype hypothesis. Hypothesis.


    CIHR Planning Grant - PA: Gender, Sex and Health Research - Project: "Levelling the playing fields: Will the provision of risk and natural play opportunities provide more equitable playgrounds?"

    Honours & Awards
    • Category Champion Award, CST Inspired Minds Learning Project 2014
    • Peter Wall Research Mentorship Award  2013
    • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award 2009-2015
    • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Scholarship  1999-2000
    • University Graduate Fellowship (declined)  1999-2000
    • International Society for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships Travel Award  1996
    • B.C. Health Research Foundation Studentship  1996-1999
    • B.C. Health Research Foundation Studentship  1995-1996
    • Maunders McNeil Bursary  1993
    • Petro-Canada Scholarship  1990-1994
    Research Group Members
    • Gen Creighton – Researcher
    • Takuro Ishikawa – Student
    • Allison Ezzat – Student
    • Amy Schneeberg – Student
    • Sara Brunelle – Student
    • Matt Hanna – Student