Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.

HELP’s interdisciplinary approach reaches from ‘cell to society’. We study everything from how early experience affects the development of the brain, to children’s development over time, to family policy. HELP builds on a range of population health approaches, including social determinants of health. HELP takes a life course approach, accepting the early years as the first and most critical in determining life-long health and wellbeing.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Gadermann, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of
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
Kershaw, Paul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) child care, parental leave, work-life balance, social policy, social citizenship, responsibilities and rights, gender and politics, income assistance, child benefit package, social inclusion, neighbourhood effects on child development, Canadian federalism, Citizenship, detrimants of Health, social care
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epigenetics; Social Epigenetics; molecular biology; Chromatin Biology
Oberlander, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Oberle, Eva Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Positive child development; Promoting mental health and wellbeing in the school context; Social and emotional learning in schools; Risk and resilience; Positive youth development
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
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
Turin, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Language Rights and Policies; Language Interactions; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Nepal; Tibet; Sikkim; Bhutan; First Nations; Bella Bella; Heiltsuk; Indigeneity
Zumbo, Bruno Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Statistics and Probabilities; Mathematics; Epistemology and Methodology; Psychometrics; Multivariate Analysis; Latent variable models; Test Theory; Item Response Theory; Validity Theory and Validation; Statistical Methods for Program Evaluation