Experiences from conception to age six have the most important influence of any time in the life

Objective 4

All of my research is community-based and seeks to develop evidence to guide best clinical and community health practice in parent-child support and intervention to promote children’s mental health, neurodevelopment and other child health outcomes. I use integrated knowledge translation (KT) strategies, which ensures that stakeholders are identified from policy-influencing (e.g. government leadership and advocacy), program provision (e.g. agencies providing relevant services) and research (e.g. mentors, senior colleagues), and then meaningfully engaged in the research project from inception. For example, this approach has been responsible for the success of MOMS Link, as our commercialization partner was identified at the initial proposal stage and remains engaged with us to this day. I seek to use as many KT strategies as possible, including traditional (e.g. peer-reviewed publications and conferences) and more current methods such as broadcast and print media interviews and opinion editorials as well as social media including Twitter, webcasts, and electronic fact sheets. In seeking to share evidence with the widest possible audience, my book Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals about Parental Influence (published by Dundurn) and in progress follow-up Scientific Parenting: What Kind of parent Am I? are part of my KT strategy.