Congratulations to the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) investigators and their teams who were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: Understanding and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families in Canada.

Awardees are researching the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of children, youth and families in Canada. Their projects are focused on the stresses and traumas of the pandemic itself, as well as the implications of public health restrictions in response to the pandemic. One of the main goals of this funded research is to provide important information to policymakers so they can better understand the effects of these events on children, youth and families, and rapidly address these evolving challenges.

Congratulations to:

BCCHR researchers awarded CIHR funding to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic impacts on children, youth and families

Impact of social determinants of mental health on child and parent risk, resilience and support access in the COVID-19 era: A nested mixed-methods study of short and long-term outcomes
BCCHR Principal Investigators: Dr. S. Evelyn Stewart, Dr. Hasina Samji
BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Jehannine C. Austin, Dr. John Best, Dr. Robert R. Selles

Examining the effects of public health policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic on unintentional injuries in children and youth in British Columbia and Ontario, including as related to equity and marginalized populations
BCCHR Principal Investigators: Dr. Ian Pike, Dr. Shelina Babul
BCCHR Co-investigators: Megan Oakey, Dr. Shazya Karmali

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on children with medical complexity and their families
BCCHR Principal Investigator: Dr. Marlee McGuire
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Esther J. Lee

We would also like to congratulate all other BCCHR recipients who are collaborators or co-investigators on funded projects:

How is COVID-19 continuing to impact children with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Janet W.T. Mah

Understanding dynamics of risk and protective factors and children’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Stuart E. Turvey

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care and outcomes in children and adolescents
BCCHR Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald G. Barr

Epigenetic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic chronic stress on youth: A prospective investigation of DNA methylation
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Sarah M. Merrill

Examining the long-term psychosocial and health consequences of COVID-19 on children with health vulnerabilities and their families
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Mark Belletrutti

The economic and social impact of eating disorders in youth across Canada: How much did the COVID-19 pandemic cost youth, families and the system?
BCCHR Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer S. Coelho

Accelerating stepped-care mental health with and for at-risk neurodiverse children and families using co-design
BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Steven P. Miller


See the full list of recipients on the CIHR funding decisions database.