Current CHILD Affiliated Projects
Psychosocial distress during pregnancy and pathways to preterm birth: Building evidence in LMIC to guide targeted psychosocial interventions
This study measures biological responses to emotional distress in Pakistani women in some of the most extreme socio-economic and cultural conditions. We follow these women to birth to determine if their babies are born early, before 37 weeks, and examine targeted psychosocial intervention to be responsive to the mental health needs of Pakistani women. Not only will our results benefit women in LMIC, but findings can help clinicians and the health care system in Canada more effectively manage mental health of Pakistani immigrant women. Understanding of psychosocial pathways to preterm birth will inform future research around how psychosocial interventions reduce risk.
Completed CHILD Affiliated Projects
The Social Support Networks and Need for Social Support Among Adults with Chronic Pain who are Enrolled in Methadone Treatment
The goal of this study is to conduct qualitative research over a two year period to explore and describe needs for social support among adults with chronic pain who are enrolled in a methadone treatment (MT) program. (read more)
The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Strategies to Promote the Well-Being of Children and Youth with Allergies and/or Asthma
The AllerGen mission is to reduce the morbidity, mortality and socio-economic impact of allergic and related immune disease by undertaking and applying innovative, multidisciplinary research on the development, persistence, prevention and treatment of the allergic state. (read more).
Purple Crying Early Intervention Program
The period of purple crying program is a new prevention program produced by the National Centre on shaken Baby Syndrome. It approaches prevention by helping parents and caregivers understand the features of crying in normal infants that are frustrating and can lead to shaking or abuse. (read more)
Canadian observatory on the justice system’s response to intimate partner violence
The Canadian observatory on the justice system’s response to intimate partner violence will maximize the knowledge mobilization impact of the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Violence in communities. (read more)
Mobilizing intergenerational support during the transition to motherhood
The purpose of this research is to examine intergenerational social support mobilization during the transition to parenthood and its influence on health among parents and grandparents. (read more)
Raising and leveling the bar: A collaborative research initiative on children, learning, behavioural, and health outcomes
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Initiative on the New Economy Collaborative Research Grant in 2003. This research is being conducted by a team of scholars from across Canada.
Evaluating success: The Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School longitudinal study
In the fall of 2002, researchers from the University of Alberta were invited to participate in a three year longitudinal evaluation of the effect of culturally compatible education, as understood and offered by Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School (MECCS), on the mental and physical health of Aboriginal children. (read more)
Support intervention for low income women smokers
The purpose of this research is to (1) assess the support needs and support intervention preferences of low income women who engage in smoking behaviour; and (2) design and test the impact of a comprehensive support intervention that reflects the support needs of low-income women smokers, the individual and systemic factors influencing their smoking behaviour, and their preferred form of intervention. (read more)
MOMS Link - PPD Telephone Support
This study emerges from an ongoing program of research on PPD support needs and interventions for women and families affected by PPD, and a CIHR funded meeting of key stakeholders on screening and intervention for Postpartum depression (PPD) in the Maritimes. A collaboration between the CHILD Studies Program, New Brunswick Department of Health, and Sykes Telecare, the study aims to develop and test an integrated, telephone-based, peer support program for mothers with (PPD). (read more)
MELT - Maritime Early Literacy Team
Researchers will work with the Read to Me (Nova Scotia), Born to Read (New Brunswick; Charlottetown, PEI), and Little Readers (Summerside, PEI) programs to study the impacts of these programs, which are designed to increase literacy by encouraging parents to read with their infants. (read more)