My research has focused on various aspects of child health, development and rehabilitation in communities in Canada, Uganda and India. I have a particular interest in the complex layers of influence on children's health and well being- from the daily environments to the systems that can support or create barriers to access to appropriate care and supports.


Implementation study of a 5-component pediatric early warning system (PEWS) in an emergency department in British Columbia, Canada, to inform provincial scale up
BMC Emergency Medicine
Theresa McElroy and Erik N. Swartz and Kasra Hassani and Sina Waibel and Yasmin Tuff and Catherine Marshall and Richard Chan and David Wensley and Maureen O’Donnell
DOI: 10.1186/s12873-019-0287-5

BRIGHT Coaching: A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of a Developmental Coach System to Empower Families of Children With Emerging Developmental Delay
Frontiers in Pediatrics
DOI: 10.3389/fped.2019.00332

Preparedness for physiotherapy in private practice: Novices identify key factors in an interpretive description study
Manual Therapy
DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2015.10.016

Risks to early childhood health and development in the postconflict transition of northern Uganda.
International Journal of Pediatrics
McElroy TA and Atim S and Larson CP and Armstrong RW
DOI: 10.1155/2012/820290
PubMed: 22518183

War, displacement and productive occupations in Northern Uganda
Journal of Occupational Science

Navigating a way forward: using focused ethnography and community readiness to study disability issues in Ladakh, India.
Disability and rehabilitation
McElroy TA and Davis A and Hunt C and Dadul J and Stanba T and Larson C
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2010.485670
PubMed: 20446808

Mothering in a Time of Conflict: Acholi Women’s Experience of Child Rearing in the Displacement Camps of Northern Uganda
Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement.

Understanding the barriers to clubfoot treatment adherence in Uganda: a rapid ethnographic study.
Disability and rehabilitation
McElroy T and Konde-Lule J and Neema S and Gitta S and Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care
DOI: 10.1080/09638280701240102
PubMed: 17577719


BRIGHT Coaching
We have been working with researchers across Canada to develop a coaching system for parents of preschool children with identified or suspected developmental delays who are waitlisted for services. Our goal is to empower families during this transition period and to study the outcomes of offering this support.

Implementation of the Pediatric Early Warning System in BC
At Child Health BC, we have been studying the Implementation of the Pediatric Early Warning System in BC. This system has been implemented in health facilities (both inpatient and emergency departments) throughout our province. BC PEWS is designed to help health care teams to systematically identify early signs of risk in children, and to mitigate those risks sooner to improve results. We are studying how this system is implemented, what healthcare workers think about this system, and its impacts on care and on health outcomes.


The CHILD-BRIGHT Network is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Initiative.

Honours & Awards

Poster Award for Systems Innovation: McElroy T, Moffat S, Tuff Y, Swartz E, Marshall C, Sallows M, Unger M, Wensley D, O’Donnell M. Piloting a Pediatric Early Warning System for BC Emergency Departments. (Poster Presentation). CAPHC Conference. October 22-24, 2017, Quebec, Canada.

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) Doctoral Salary Award supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).

Child and Family Research Institute and Centre for International Child Health Doctoral Salary Award.

Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award.

Human Early Learning Partnership Thesis Funding, University of British Columbia.

Research Group Members

Kasra Hassani, Research Associate, Child Health BC
Anya Smith, Research Associate