Research & Clinical Partners

Our work would not be possible without the important contributions of our research and clinical partners.

Major Partners

Karen Urbanoski, PhD

Dr. Urbanoski is a Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and Assistant Professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research (2015-2020). Prior to coming to the University of Victoria in 2015, she was a Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, where she still holds a position as a Collaborator Scientist. Dr. Urbanoski also worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School after completing her PhD.

Dr. Urbanoski draws from her training in epidemiology and behavioural research to study the social determinants of substance-related problems and addiction, and how these affect access to health care and addiction treatment. She is particularly interested in the effectiveness and implications of coercion and compulsory addiction treatment. She studies the ways people recover from substance problems both with and without treatment, and considers how insights generated from this research can be used to inform a more equitable and efficient treatment system. As much of her research is based on large populations or whole treatment systems, she works to support the ongoing development and improvement of structures for system-level data collection, needed for rigorous addiction services research, performance measurement and quality improvement.

Dr. Urbanoski is the Co-Principal Investigator on the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study.

Stefon van Noordt, PhD

Dr. van Noordt received his PhD in Psychology, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience, from Brock University. As a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Dr. van Noordt’s work integrates a variety of signal processing and analytical tools to study the neural underpinnings of attention control and self-regulation in developmental and clinical samples. Dr. Milligan and Dr. van Noordt are applying these tools to investigate the impact of mindfulness and mixed-martial arts training on EEG markers of attention and self-regulation in youth.

Organizations and Other Partners

The Integra Program (Child Development Institute)

Alison Niccols, PhD (McMaster University)

Louis A. Schmidt, PhD (McMaster University)

Sidney Segalowitz, PhD (Brock University)

Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth, and Families

Trillium Lakelands District School Board

For the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study we are working with many programs across Ontario who provide services for pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use. Visit the Connex directory to find out more information about the more than 30 programs in Ontario (many of them are found under Service specialized for “Early Childhood Development Clients”).

More coming soon!