University of Alberta
Summary of research:
My broad research aims are to investigate variables that significantly impact the assessment and treatment of youth with considerable life impairments, with the ultimate goal of improving diagnostic and intervention practices for children and families. My research involves gaining insight into (1) how characteristics of children and important adults relate to their perceptions of themselves, others, and clinical services, and (2) how the cognitions of these children and adults are associated with diagnostic and intervention outcomes both in home and school settings. I am also pursuing research to better understand (3) whether additional components of assessment need to be considered in enhancing diagnosis, and (4) how to improve the accessibility of evidence-based mental health practices across settings in current systems of care. Much of my research has focused on children with significant inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity, who experience challenges at home and at school. Efforts to continually improve upon the accessibility and effectiveness of services for these children are much needed.