Research at the Offord Centre for
Child Studies is focused on early child development.
We work to understand why some children grow up to
be healthy, well-adjusted adults while others do
not, and to find solutions that will help to prevent,
or ameliorate, emotional and behavioural problems
in children and youth that can result in a lifetime
of suffering and disadvantage.
Much of our work centres
around population-based surveys conducted over
several decades. This longitudinal
research allows us to identify those children
who are at risk, and devise effective strategies
programs to improve their chances of success.
behaviour and conduct disorder, early risk factors,
autism, child and adolescent depression,
child physical abuse and neglect, bullying,
the health of First Nations and disadvantaged children,
prevention programs, school readiness to learn
and community report cards are just some of
being pursued by our research faculty.
earned worldwide recognition for their work,
building Canada’s reputation for excellence
in health research and confirming the Centre’s
status as an international leader in the scientific
study of the important issues that have an impact
on children’s mental health and development.
Click here for an overview of latest research grants awarded.