The Offord Centre for Child Studies

The Offord Centre for Child Studies

Research at the Offord Centre for Child Studies is focused on child development and finding scientific solutions that will improve the lives, health and development of children and youth. The Centre hosts a multidisciplinary group whose work falls into a number of themes: (1) child mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders; (2) influences on child health and development arising from early experience, families, schools and neighbourhoods; (3) services and interventions for children with mental health needs; and (4) knowledge translation, community connections, and partnerships.

Work in these areas includes:

  • Population-based surveys
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Identifying early risk factors
  • Autism
  • Child and adolescent depression
  • Child physical abuse, neglect and bullying
  • School-based prevention programs
  • Health of disadvantaged children
  • Contextual factors in promoting healthy developmental trajectories
  • Improving the healthy development of children and youth with developmental disabilities
  • The early years and promoting school readiness and success
  • The prevention of domestic violence, childhood injury and maltreatment
  • Promoting the mental health of children and youth