Harnessing the Social Exposome to Reduce Inequalities in Child Health and Development in Canada

Our Cluster will bring together experts in medicine, public health and policy, and the social and natural sciences to determine how children's social environments influence their physical and psychological exposures to impact their health and development and lead to the persistent health disparities in our society. We will do this by exploring the "social exposome," the cumulative social exposures over the life course that influence development from conception onwards.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Black, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health; Nutrition; Public health; food environments; social determinants of health; food banks; school food environments
Campbell, Trevor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) automated, scalable Bayesian inference algorithms; Bayesian nonparametrics; streaming data; Bayesian theory; Probabilistic Inference; computational statistics; large-scale data
Carlsten, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environment and Respiratory Diseases
De Longis, Anita Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social Determinants of Health; Health Psychology; stress; coping; social support; couples; marriage; families; chronic illness; health
Dennis, Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Complex Trait Genetics; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Epidemiology; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Bioinformatics; genetic epidemiology; statistical genetics; Precision Health; Electronic health records; Administrative health data; Machine Learning
Devlin, Angela Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Obesity; Children; cardiovascular disease; Diabetes; developmental programming
Finlay, B Brett Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it
Frangou, Sophia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) the study of the human brain in health and disease
Gadermann, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of
Gantt, Soren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) cytomegalovirus, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, herpes simplex virus, congenital infection, newborn infection, Burkitt
Green, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Antibiotic Resistance,  Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Determinants of the wage and employment structure bridging between macro labour and micro labour identification issues
Guhn, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion
Henderson, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environmental and occupational health and safety; wildfire smoke; air pollution; Extreme weather events; environmental health; radon gas; Food safety; Water quality
Huan, Tao Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Metabolic measurements; Metabolomics; Cellular Metabolism
Jenkins, Emily Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) optimizing mental health and substance use outcomes; collaborative mental health promotion strategies; health services and policy development and redesign; knowledge translation approaches; healthy public policy development
Jessri, Mahsa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health; Epidemiology; Nutrition; Health Policies; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Health Promotion; Health Prevention; Statistics and Probabilities; Preventive medicine; Nutritional Epidemiology; Public and Population Health; clinical epidemiology; Preventive Medicine; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; predictive analytics; Chronic Disease Prevention; Dietary Pattern Modeling; Dietetics; Dietary Assessment; Simulation
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Hematology; Maternal and child nutrition; Micronutrients (namely iron, folic acid, and zinc); Biochemical markers of iron status; Determinants and causes of anemia; Inherited blood disorders (sickle cell, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency); International nutrition; Clinical dietetics; Risk-benefit of micronutrient supplementation
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epigenetics; Social Epigenetics; molecular biology; Chromatin Biology
Lamers, Yvonne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Nutrients; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry; Micronutrients; Vitamins; Nutritional Biomarker; Pregnancy; Periconceptional folic acid supplementation; Prenatal Supplements; Newborn Screening; Toddler Nutrition; Clinical Chemistry; Maternal and child health
Lange, Philipp Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cell Signaling and Cancer; Bioinformatics; Proteomics; pediatric cancer; post translational protein modification; personalized medicine; mass spectrometry
LeMoult, Joelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) depression and psychobiological responses to stress; understanding how depression develops and unfolds across the lifespan
McGrail, Kimberlyn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) aging and health care services use; health care costs; health care financing; primary care; health care policy, Variations in health care services use across patients, providers and regions, and their relationship to population health, Aging and the use of health and social services, Personal, economic, and social factors that produce health at an individual and population level, and the role of the health care system in that process
Milligan, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Economic Policies; Public Finance; Taxation; Pensions; Children; Inequality
Pliska, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sleep and Sleep Disorders; Oro-Dental Disorders; Facial growth and development; sleep medicine
Poon, Brenda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population-level early identification and early intervention for children with special needs; Complex systems of coordinated service delivery and supports; Family-centered services; Integrated child health information systems; Community-based research regarding social determinants of children
Quayle, Moura Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social Policies; Policies and Public Services; Knowledge Exchange and Strategic Design
Richman, Joy Marion Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Embryonic Development; Cell Signaling; Congenital Anomalies; Growth Factors; Developmental biology; craniofacial development; Evo-Devo; reptilian tooth development; chicken embryo limb development; orofacial clefting
Sadarangani, Manish Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Microbiology; Bacteria; Immune System; Epidemiology; Vaccine Development; Bacterial Vaccines; Vaccine immunity; Childhood infections
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Children’s social and emotional development, empathy, moral development, bullying, risk and resiliency, adolescent stress and coping, transition to school, transition to adulthood (emerging adulthood), social and emotional learning in school, Social, emotional, and moral development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that promote positive development
Soma, Kiran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biological Behavior; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Endocrinology; stress; Behavior
Turvey, Stuart Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immune System; Asthma; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Primary Immune Deficiencies; Precision Medicine
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) cultural-historical psychology, child/parent relationships, student/ teacher relationships, play and performance based learning, bridging school and out of school contexts for learning, Alternative schooling and pedagogies, Critical theory, Discourse and critical discourse analysis, ethnography, Qualitative research, Socially constructing knowledge and identity, Sociocultural approaches to learning and teaching, Young people placed
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) call centre management practices; employer-employee relations, Call centre management practices, employer-employee relationship, employment policy, labour market analysis, public sector collective bargaining, work and employment relations
Weis, Dominique Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Earth Structure and Composition; Geodynamics; Chemical Pollutants; Earth Sciences; Geochemistry; Oceanic islands and mantle plumes; Environmental geochemistry; High-precision/sensitivity geochemical analyses; Indigenous studies