Dr. Mackenzie Martin: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient

The Strong Families lab would like to wish Dr. Mackenzie Martin a huge congratulations on receiving the Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Dr. Mackenzie Martin is a Canadian Rhodes Scholar from Edmonton, Alberta. Mackenzie’s research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs to improve child and family health and well-being, with a focus on supporting […]

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ontario Families with Children: Ontario Parent Survey (OPS3)

The purpose of the present report is to summarize the findings of our third Ontario Parent Survey (OPS3), a follow-up survey conducted from August 24th to November 9th, 2022, approximately one- and two-years after our first (OPS1; 2020), and second (OPS2; 2021) Ontario Parent Surveys, respectively. Data collection for the OPS3 took place during the […]

Katrina Abela: SSHRC Recipient

A huge congratulations to our Strong Families doctoral student, Katrina Abela, on being awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS-D). Katrina is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Gonzalez within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Katrina’s research focuses on how preventative intervention can […]

Scoping Review

Analyzing the Engagement of Racial and Ethnic Minority Children in Mental Health Services: A Focus on Barriers and Facilitators. The objective of this scoping review was to identify barriers and facilitators related to the engagement of racial and ethnic minority children and their caregivers in mental health services. Process Click here to download the full […]

Mental Health Inequities Knowledge Mobilization

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Health Equity Impact Assessments (HEIAs)

Health Equity Impact Assessments (HEIAs) should be conducted prior ti implementing new policy, programming, or initiatives. McMaster’s Offord Centre for Child Studies evaluated two group-based parenting programs to access health equity of caregivers to young children. Conducting a HEIA: ENG Infographic FRE Infographic

Stress Workshop for Children

The Strong Families lab at McMaster University has developed and will be facilitating psychoeducational stress workshops, ‘DESSERTS spelled backwards is STRESSED, but there’s not much sweet about it!’ that are targeted for children aged 7-12 years. Our goal is to work with organizations to provide opportunities for children to learn about where stress comes from, […]

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging – Intergenerational Study (MIRA-iGeN)

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging – Intergenerational Study (MIRA-iGeN) has officially launched in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA). The study aims to create an intergenerational cohort that includes grandparents, their children, and their grandchildren to investigate how family networks and intergenerational relationships impact health and aging, and to examine how biological, […]

Promoting Healthy Families

The Promoting Healthy Families study completed the final wave of recruitment for the parenting programs offered at various agencies in Ontario. We have a total of 517 participants, who have either completed the programs and study visits; are attending the parenting programs or are in one of the follow-up stages of the study. We are […]

The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS)

Project summary: The research team recently published a manuscript in the journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, using data collected from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS). The 2014 OCHS is a province-wide study of child and youth health. The current paper includes data from almost 3,000 youth (age 14-17) and their parents. The […]