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.


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