~ Dr. Lee Ford-Jones
~ Dr. Lee Ford-Jones
The Start2Finish Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) was formed in 2011, providing Start2Finish with stellar, highly respected national research support. The SAG is comprised of some of Canada’s leading researchers who have recognized the Running & Reading Club program as a solution that comprehensively and effectively addresses the social determinants that impact the health, education, behaviour and, therefore, future of children living in poverty. They applaud the innovative way that the Running & Reading Club addresses the health and development (physical, social, emotional, cognitive) of the children who participate. The combination of physical activity and learning (the Running & Reading Club is the only known after-school program in the nation that does this), and the mentorship and inclusion, are key elements of the Running & Reading Clubs that all of our researchers are viewing as critical.
The Start2Finish SAG is comprised of the following members:
- Dr. Jean Clinton, Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry
- Dr. Kristi Adamo, Senior Research Scientist for the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
- Dr. Brian Timmons, Lead Researcher and Director of the Child Health and Nutrition Centre at McMaster Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Stuart Shanker, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University
- Dr. Lee Ford-Jones, infectious Disease Specialist and Clinical Researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children , in the Department of Paediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto
- Dr. Faye Mishna, Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Professor, Department of Social Work, Hospital for Sick Kids; holds Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family
- Dr. Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia; Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, BC Children’s Hospital
The work of Dr. Adele Diamond, Ph.D., integrates developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, and molecular genetic approaches to examine fundamental questions about the development of the cognitive control abilities that rely on a region of the brain known as ‘prefrontal cortex’ and has changed medical practice worldwide for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the type of ADHD without hyperactivity. Her recent work, including a paper in the journal, Science, is affecting early education practices around the world.
- Dr. Douglas Willms, Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Fellow of the International Academy of Education; Member of the US National Academy of Education
Dr. Willms has published over two hundred research articles and monographs pertaining to youth literacy, children’s health, the accountability of schooling systems, and the assessment of national reforms. He also played a lead role in developing the questionnaires for Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Recently, Willms and his colleagues designed the Early Years Evaluation (EYE), an instrument for the direct assessment of children’s developmental skills at ages 3 to 6, and Tell Them From Me, an evaluation system for the continuous monitoring of school climate and student engagement and wellness.
- Dr. Lyn Sharratt, Lecturer and Coordinator, Doctoral Cohort – Leadership and Learning, Educational Administration Program, OISE/UT; Coordinator, Educational Doctoral Cohort in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies, OISE/ UT
In 2002, Dr. Sharratt was named Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services in York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and is Research Associate for YRDSB, coordinating external research focused on increasing student achievement. She is also lead author of Realization: The Change Imperative in Deepening District-Wide Reform, co-authored with Michael Fullan. Dr Sharratt’s research focus includes whole System Reform and increasing ALL Students’ Achievement through Intentional Assessment and Instructional Practices.
- Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Children’s Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Education and the School of Psychology; Adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University; Core Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies
Dr. Vaillancourt’s research examines the links between aggression and bio-psychosocial functioning and mental health, with particular focus on bully-victim relations. Dr. Vaillancourt is currently leading a Community-University Research Alliance on the prevention and intervention of bullying which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
- Dr. John Cairney, Associate Research Director, Department of Family Medicine; Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience
Dr. Cairney is the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Professorship in Child Health Research, and an Associate Member of the CanChild Centre for Studies in Disability. He also carries the titles of: adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, adjunct Scientist in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as Associate Member in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster. Dr. Cairney has two main areas of interest: the epidemiology of mental health problems across the life span, and the impact of childhood physical disability on psychosocial and physical development in children.