Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia | Scientist with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit | Developmental psychologist | MSFHR Scholar | Board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada |

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental child psychologist who has investigated child injury prevention and children’s outdoor play for 15 years. Dr. Brussoni and her interdisciplinary research team work closely with key stakeholders, knowledge users and community members to promote children’s healthy, active and risky outdoor play. Her work and research findings were featured in over 100 media outlets from 14 different countries.

Dr. Brussoni’s other websites:
UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH)
BC Children’s Hospital  Research Institute (BCCHR)
Injury Research Program (BCCHR)

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Team Members

Christina Han

Research Coordinator

Christina Han is a research coordinator working on the Playability and Go Play Outside! projects with Dr. Brussoni. She’s interested in understanding children’s perceived boundaries in their neighbourhood using children’s narratives, photos and map drawings, particularly how children feel about and manage their boundaries.

Yingyi Lin

Research Assistant

Yingyi Lin holds a B.Med. in Preventive Medicine at Southern Medical University (China) and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology at Queen’s University. She has investigated the interactions between children’s health-related behaviours using domestic and international databases. From a socio-ecological perspective, her current research interests focus on further exploring the social and environmental factors that influence these behaviours and related outcomes (especially childhood obesity) through a mixed method approach.

Allison Ezzat

Graduate Student

Allison Ezzat is a physiotherapist and a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Her PhD research aims to examine physical and psychological health-related outcomes with a focus on physical activity participation in adolescent females after anterior cruciate ligament injury using a mixed methods approach.

Takuro Ishikawa

Graduate Student

Tak uses decision theory as instruments to address social issues, particularly in public health. Before joining the lab, Tak was a consultant to the United Nations Development Plan; advised the Inter-American Development Bank in violence prevention; and developed and evaluated road safety campaigns in Colombia. Tak is currently a UBC Public Scholar, and has been a CIHR/Heart and Stroke Foundation Fellow in Population Interventions for Chronic Disease Prevention, as well as a Highly Qualified professional with AUTO21.

Morgan Yates

Graduate Student

Morgan Yates is a registered nurse and a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines how crime and perceptions of crime influence parental perception of neighborhood safety. Morgan is also interested in how crime and parental perceptions of safety influence various aspects of children’s health.

Michelle O'Kane

Graduate Student

Michelle O’Kane is a social worker with experience working with children and families in Scotland, England and British Columbia. She is about to embark on a PhD program within the School of Social Work at UBC and is interested in examining jurisdictional differences in child welfare processes with infants. She is keen to develop her practical research skills after some initial exposure to research projects at both BC Children’s Hospital and the Ministry of Children & Family Development as part of a Masters of Social Work program. She joins the team as a Work-Learn student.

Kathryn Soo

Work Learn Student

Kathryn Soo is a M.PT student at the University of British Columbia. She also holds a B.KIN from UBC. Additionally, she is a Work Learn Student on the Go Play Outside! and Playability projects. Her role encompasses data entry, qualitative data processing, social media management, and interview transcription. She is interested in researching parental perception of risky outdoor play for children with disabilities.

For Potential Students

 Become a Graduate Student

Dr. Brussoni supervises graduate students through the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and the Experimental Medicine Program. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies, you can check program requirements through SPPH or Experimental Medicine.

Become a Work Study Student or Volunteer

Work Study is a program at the University of British Columbia that provides students with opportunities to gain professional skills. At the Injury Research Program, Dr. Brussoni places a strong emphasis on students’ learning experience. Many students have had the opportunity to gain research experience through working or volunteering in her research office.

If you would like to work or volunteer at the Injury Research Program, please contact Dr. Brussoni, visit the Work Study website, and/or apply for a position in UBC Career Services Online.

Examples of Past Student Projects

Students have the opportunity to assist with research-related tasks, including different methods of data collection and data entry. Students also have opportunities to carry out their own research projects, where they would motivate a research topic, analyze and interpret data, and present their conclusions to an audience. Some examples of past student projects are: investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in parents of injured children, determining how fathers’ risk-taking attitudes affect children’s injury risk, and evaluating the effectiveness of a child home safety website for parents.

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Contact Information






F508-4480 Oak St. Vancouver, B.C.,V6H 3V4