Funded Projects 

The list below summarizes the projects that have been successfully funded by the Leong Centre.

2020 Catalyst Grant Competition

  1. Coping with COVID: A quasi-experimental, longitudinal study of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income children and their families ($74,900)
    Awarded in partnership with the Fraser Mustard Policy Bench
    PI: Michal Perlman, Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE, University of Toronto
    Co-Investigators: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto; Michael Baker, University of Toronto; Olesya Falenchuk, University of Toronto.
  2. Developing a community-informed intervention to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on families of children with developmental disorders in Toronto's inner-city ($60,000)
    PI: Shazeen Suleman, Paediatrics, St. Michael's Hospital – Unity Health Toronto
    Co-Investigators: Ripudaman Minhas, University of Toronto; Jennifer Blunt, Regent Park Community Health Centre; Mark Osler, College-Montrose Children's Place; Clara Juando-Prats, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Unity Health Toronto.
    Trainees: Tali Filler, University of Toronto; Usamah Mohammed, University of Toronto; Pardeep Kaur, Unity Health Toronto.
  3. Exploring inequities in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic ($74,984)
    PI: Ashley Vandermorris, Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
    Co-Investigators: Stephanie Begun, University of Toronto; Hilary Brown, University of Toronto Scarborough, ICES; Megan Harrison, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Britt McKinnon, University of Toronto; Alene Toulany, SickKids, ICES; Jannah Wigle, University of Toronto.
  4. Learning models during COVID-19 and school outcomes in children ($74,909)
    PI: Catherine Birken, Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
    Co-Investigators: Jonathon Maguire, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute - Unity Health Toronto; Jessica Omand, SickKids; Magdalena Janus, McMaster University; Laura Anderson, McMaster University; Barbara Fallon, University of Toronto.

Other 2020 Funding

  1. Real-time monitoring of disaster-related mental health impact of COVID-19 on Canadian children, youth and families: A cross collaboration of community and clinical cohorts ($25,000)
    Co-funded by the Centre for Brain and Mental Health
    PI: Dr. Daphne Korczak, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, SickKids
  2. Mental health support for SickKids children and families during COVID-19 using established eHealth interventions ($25,000)
    Co-funded by the Centre for Brain and Mental Health
    PIs: Dr. Tricia Williams, Neuropsychologist, Division of Neurology and Dr. Suneeta Monga, Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief, SickKids

Other 2021 Funding

  1. Expansion of TARGet Kids! clinics into lower income neighbourhoods and supporting a trial of free daycare to test impact on nutritional outcomes ($150,000)
    PIs: Dr. Catherine Birken, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids and Prof. Jonathon Maguire, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
  2. ExplAIn 2 Kids: Engaging Children & Youth in Ar@ficial Intelligence in Pediatric Healthcare ($20,000)
    In partnership with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Data Science Interdisciplinary Research Cluster
    PI: Dr. Melissa McCradden, SickKids and U of T
    Co-Investigators: Dolly Menna-Dack, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation; Randi Zlotnik Shaul, SickKids; James Anderson, SickKids; Elizabeth Stephenson, SickKids