Funded Projects 

The following lists summarize the projects that have been succesfully funded by the Leong Centre in the 2020/2021 fiscal year:

 

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 lesson 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 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

 
3.

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, Departmant of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

 

4. 

 

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