Gillian King (2 summer student positions)
Dr. Gillian King is a Senior Scientist within the Bloorview Research Institute, Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities, and a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on psychosocial aspects of intervention for children/youth with disabilities and their families. Dr. Michelle Phoenix, a BRI-CanChild Postdoctoral Fellow, is the lead researcher on the project and will assist with supervision. Her research interests include parent engagement in children’s therapy services and parent mental health and well-being. Two summer students will be involved with the project, titled “Opening the conversation with parents about their mental health concerns and needs: A systematic review to identify relevant screening tools.” The project aligns with the Mental Health Strategy initiative underway at the hospital. The project will identify and critically appraise existing parent mental health screening tools that can potentially be used by clinicians and parents at Holland Bloorview. The interdisciplinary project team consists of clinicians, researchers, educators, and a parent in a leadership role on the Family Advisory Council. The students will work together to conduct the literature review, synthesize the information, and critically appraise measures that have been used to screen for mental health concerns in parents of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and complex care needs. The students will conduct the literature review with the guidance of the team, and engage in knowledge translation and mobilization activities.
To be eligible, students studying life sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences or enrolled in other relevant programs will be given priority. Students must also be in their 3rd or 4th year of study and have an academic average of 80% or over.
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