Eric K. Duku

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Recent Research Projects

Pathways to Better Developmental Health in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Phase III

2015/16-2020/21 • $4,793,184 • PI,Other
The Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) study aims to describe and ultimately to optimize the processes that predict variations in the developmental health (DH) of children with ASD. In Phases I (2004-2009) and II (2009-2014), we employed a multi-method, multi-informant design across 5...

Pan-Canadian network to investigate cannabis use in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children

2019/20-2020/21 • $373,929 • PI,CO,Other
Even before legalization, cannabis use has been increasing in Canada, including among new and expectant parents. Cannabis use in pregnancy may harm fetal brain development and impact the long-term well-being of children and their families. The existing scientific literature is inconclusive and...

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...

Missed opportunities for early intervention: Determinants of prevalence and characteristics of children with impairments unrecognized in health systems by kindergarten age among the 2009 birth cohort of Ontario children

2019/20 • $74,356 • PI,CO
Early identification and intervention can have a beneficial impact on the lives of young children who have developmental deficiencies. The percentage of children who enter kindergarten with an impairment or a special health need (ISHN) that impact their ability to function in the classroom has...

Fit for School, Fit for Life - Child Health and School Readiness

2014/15-2018/19 • $1,256,576 • PI,CO
A child's readiness to start school is an important concept that is measured by teachers in Kindergartens across Canada using a tool called the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The EDI has been shown to be associated with school success later in childhood and child well-being. There is new...

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...

Ontario Child Health Study Sequel

2012/13-2017/18 • $5,312,446 • PI,CO
Mental health, the ability to regulate our emotions and behaviour and to cope with stress, is essential to development and life quality for all children. Yet very little is known today about the mental health of Canadian children. Since the last major study of childhood mental health, the...

School Influences on Child and Youth Mental Health

2014/15-2016/17 • $431,895 • PI,CO
Approximately 15% of Canadian children and adolescents (hereinafter called children) suffer from a mental disorder that adversely impacts their daily functioning at home, school, or within the community. Many of these children are exposed to socio-economic (SES) disadvantage and very few of them...

The Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cohort study - Examining how child and youth health, education and community services are integrated to support optimal trajectories of developmental health

2016/17 • $75,000 • PI,CO,Other
With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) becoming more common, it is more urgent than ever to understand how services offered by health practitioners, educators, behavioural therapists and in the community can be combined to provide the best care to children and youth with ASD. The Pathways Study is...

Peer victimization, mental health, and academic achievement: A multi-informant, multi-method longitudinal study

2010/11-2015/16 • $818,462 • PI,CO
Few topics in child and adolescent development have united researchers, parents, teachers, and health professionals in the way that the study of peer victimization has over the past three decades. The motivation of this work is the underlying belief that peer victimization is an extremely...

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...