Martin Guhn


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Recent Research Projects

Born to be Wise: Impact of Modifiable Early-life Environmental Exposures on the Health and Development of Children

2018/19-2020/21 • $351,901 • PI,CO
One of four Canadian children suffer deficiencies in early development and the difference between various socioeconomic groups is large. While the impact of environmental exposures on children's health is known to be large, the influence on early development is poorly understood. Equally, the...

Mental health trajectories of immigrant and refugee children from early childhood to adolescence: An ecological population- based approach

2018/19-2020/21 • $218,026 • PI,CO
Canada's immigrant and refugee population is growing rapidly, representing approximately 20% of the Canadian population. Despite the demographic significance, there is limited representative information on the mental health of this population. One significant challenge for the field concerns the...

A population-level linked data study of the long-term developmental impacts of prenatal antidepressant exposure

2020/21 • $89,888 • PI,CO
Each year, approximately 13% of North American women experience depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy and a third are treated with an antidepressant that alters levels of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter during fetal brain development. We know that these antidepressant cross the placenta...

Child and youth refugee research coalition (CYRRC): using research to inform best practices for language, literacy, learning, social integration, and child and family wellbeing

2016/17-2019/20 • $1,500,000 • CO
The arrival of well over 25,000 Syrians since November, 2015 reveals there is a pressing need for a national, intersectoral, multidisciplinary team to respond in a nimble and time-sensitive way to factors that threaten young people's integration while building the protective and promotive...

Building community partnerships to foster the wellbeing of young children and families

2017/18-2019/20 • $199,828 • PI,CO
Context: Early childhood is a critical period for development. Experiences during these years set the foundations for life-long learning, social relationships, and wellbeing as they shape a range of vital functions, including the developing brain and attachment system. Despite the known...

Understanding the K-12 academic achievement trajectories of immigrant and refugee children

2016/17-2019/20 • $149,525 • PI,CO
Objective: The objectives of the proposed research are (1) to identify the range of academic achievement trajectories (K-12) young immigrants and refugees experience and (2) to examine how migration factors (e.g., country of origin; refugee status) interact with the social, socioeconomic, and...

Identifying risk and protective factors for the social-emotional development of immigrant and refugee children

2017/18-2019/20 • $97,163 • PI,CO
Background: Canada's immigrant and refugee population is growing rapidly, representing approximately 20% of the Canadian population. Immigrant and refugee children face significant and unique challenges that can jeopardize their positive social-emotional adjustment and wellbeing in Canadian...

The Social Exposome in Child Health and Development: Building Partnerships and Collaborations to Reduce Inequalities in Canada

2019/20 • $10,000 • PI,CO,Other
Despite being the 5th most prosperous country in the world, when compared to other developed countries, Canada's rankings are alarmingly low on key measures of children's health and safety, as well as child poverty (17% of all children). These conditions have resulted in large and growing...

Prevalence and social determinants of developmental outcomes among 5-year-old children with health disorders: A Pan-Canadian study

2015/16-2018/19 • $378,411 • PI,CO
A health disorder early in life has tremendous impact on a child's developmental health trajectory. Among healthy children, approximately one in five kindergartners (20%) lacks the developmental skills to take advantage of school-based education. Among children with identified special health...

Get outside and play! Investigating outdoor play and children's positive development in schools and communities

2018/19 • $21,619 • PI,CO
Children instinctively are drawn to play (Gray, 2011). Over the course of history, most of this play has happened outdoors, self-motivated, spontaneously, and together with other children. Outdoor play, such as jumping in a pile of leaves and climbing trees, is believed to have a wide range of...

Examining the Social Determinants of Children's Developmental Health with a Population-Level, Pan-Canadian Database

2012/13-2015/16 • $675,594 • PI,CO
The proposed research project presents unprecedented opportunities to examine social determinants of children's developmental health at a Pan-Canadian population-level. We will examine neighborhood-level associations between children's developmental health and associated socioeconomic and...

What matters most: the effects of music making on adolescents in the 21st century

2013/14-2015/16 • $223,075 • PI,CO
Problem: Engagement with music is lifelong. Today's adolescents listen to, download, manipulate, play with, and create music in many ways. They "make" music. The purpose of the study is to investigate the critical roles that music making has on general academic achievement, socio-emotional...

Social-Emotional Health Trajectories from School Entry to Adolescence: A Population-Level Analysis

2014/15-2015/16 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Population health research has consistently shown that social and economic factors such as wealth, social status, and education play a significant role in determining life course health outcomes and that these factors have the greatest impact early in life. One existing method of altering these...

Educational, health and well-being outcomes of children born to immigrant and refugee families in British Columbia

2010/11-2013/14 • $354,027 • PI,CO
Canada as a whole, and BC in particular (e.g., BC Settlement & Adaptation Program), has been working hard to create settlement services for immigrant and refugee families in communities and in the schools with the aim of assisting these families in the process of integration into Canadian...

The KidsInPlaces initiative an international partnership for the study of societal resilience and early child development

2011/12-2013/14 • $196,610 • PI,CO
The KidsInPlaces Initiative (KIPI) is an international and inter-sectoral partnership between Italy and Canada established to study societal resilience and early childhood development. With the global economic hardship and uncertainty protracting longer than previously forecasted, whole...

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