Overview

Sometimes children who have seizures experience problems with thinking/learning, communication, behaviour, emotions, or social relationships because of the seizures or the underlying brain abnormalities that are causing the seizures. My research focuses on these possible difficulties and how they might be related to the child's neurological condition and quality of life. I am also interested in how thinking/learning, communication, behaviour, emotions, and social relationships can change (improve or get worse) depending on the treatment a child receives for seizures.

Research

Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy: What Factors of Important?
Site Co-Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
The purpose of this study is to find out how epilepsy affects the quality of life of children. This study examines the child, family and community factors that are important to the well being of these children.

Multi-site Pediatric Network for fMRI Mapping in Childhood Epilepsy
Site Co-Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
Some people with epilepsy have the language areas of their brain organized in a way that is different from the usual way. The purpose of this study is to show that fMRI can be used to identify these differences in children with epilepsy.

Impact of Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery on Health-Related Quality Of Life
Site Co-Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
The purpose of this study is to find out whether the type of epilepsy treatment (seizure medication alone versus epilepsy surgery) affects the quality of life of children with epilepsy and how the children's quality of life changes over time. This study also examines if other factors such as children’s or parents’ mood, family resources and demands influence the children's quality of life.