WHO ARE WE?

The British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute

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 | Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar | Board Member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada | Member of the Canadian Outdoor Play Collective Impact Strategic Planning Group | Member of the International Play Safety Network | Member of the National Advisory Committee on Recess. 

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental child psychologist who has investigated child injury prevention and children’s outdoor play for 20 years.

Her research focuses on investigating and promoting the importance of outdoor risky play for children’s healthy development and well-being, and measuring the physical, psychosocial and financial impacts of injuries on children, their families and the health care system to better understand injuries in children and youth.

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 300 national and international media outlets.

Book Dr. Brussoni as a speaker

Dr. Brussoni is available for speaking engagements such as plenary presentations, lectures, workshops, conferences, interviews, and podcasts. Please provide a minimum of two months notice prior to your event.  

Current Team Members

Christina Han

Research Coordinator

Christina Han is a social science researcher working with Dr. Brussoni as a research coordinator, overseeing the overall management and implementation of research studies in the Brussoni lab. She has 10+ years of experience in  qualitative and mixed-method research, and published 20 peer-refereed articles. Currently, she is working on multiple qualitative analyses using children’s interviews, photos and neighbourhood map drawings.

Kathryn Soo

Graduate Work/Learn Student

Kathryn Soo is a MPT student at the University of British Columbia. She also holds a BKIN 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, interview transcription, and social media management. She is interested in researching parental perception of risky outdoor play for children with disabilities.

Tina Cheng

Volunteer

Tina Cheng joined the Brussoni lab in May 2019 and has been working on the ECO study as a volunteer.

Rachel Ramsden

Graduate Student

Rachel Ramsden is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. She is interested in understanding the movements and behaviors that occur when children partake in unstructured play in order to examine the design of outdoor environments. Rachel is also the Child Care Planner at the City of Richmond, where she facilitates the design of indoor and outdoor municipal early child development settings. 

Megan Zeni

Graduate Student

Megan Zeni is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her research interests include developing professional learning communities with in-service teachers to bridge emerging theories with teaching practices that include unstructured outdoor play as a pedagogical approach. Megan has over 20 years of experiences as a professional educator, and currently teaches in a public school outdoor and garden classroom. To learn more about her work, visit: www.meganzeni.com.

Emily Fox

Undergraduate Work Learn Student

Emily Fox is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, double majoring in psychology and sociology. She is also a Work Learn Student for the Early Childhood Outside RCT project. She is interested in further understanding the implications reframing risk has on early childhood educators’ comfortability with outdoor play.

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 currently working on her PhD at the School of Social Work at UBC, in examining jurisdictional differences in child welfare processes with infants. She is involved in the Playability study where she interviewed children and their parents, and analysed their interviews.

Past Team Members

Allison Ezzat

Graduate Student

Physical Activity Participation and Health-Related Outcomes in Adolescent Females following Sport-Related Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Mixed Methods Study

Amalie Lambert

Graduate Student

Playability Study (PLAY)

Amy Schneeberg

Graduate Student

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Andrew Wilson

Research Assistant

Playability Study (PLAY)

Erica Zallen

Research Assistant

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Fritha Munday

Graduate Student

Early Childhood Outside Study (ECO)

Genevieve Creighton

Graduate Student

 Father’s Injury Prevention (FIP)

George Ko

Medical Student

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Grace Chan

Medical Student

Child Home Safety Study and Mothers’ Risk Engagement and Protection Study (REPS)

Hannah Zimmering

Volunteer

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Janae Vlaar

Graduate Student

Playability Study (PLAY)

Jaspreet Dhillon

Work Learn Student

Playability Study and Go Play Outside Study (GPO)

Jessica Flores

Graduate Student

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and ED Injuries’ Psychological Dimensions Study

Keeva Lupton

Medical Student 

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Kendra Wong

Work Learn Student

Child Home Safety Study, Fathers’ Risks Engagement and Protection Study (REPS), and Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Kerry Walker

Medical Student 

Validity and Reliability of the EQ5D among a Paediatric Injury Population Study and Burden of Injury Study (BOI) 

Lise Olsen

Graduate Student

Burden of Injury Study (BOI) & Father’s Injury Prevention (FIP)

Matthew Hanna

Work Learn Student

Aging Road Warriors: An Emerging Public Health Concern

Morgan Yates

Graduate Student

Playability Study (PLAY)

Nelson Luk

Volunteer

Burden of Injury Study (BOI) and Fathers on Child’s Play Masculinities in Rural and Urban Canada

Ricky Zhang

Volunteer

Examining Childhood Risk Appraisal Measurements using Electroencephalography

Sami Kruse

Research Coordinator

Burden of Injury Study (BOI)

Sara Brunelle

Graduate Student

Play worth remembering I

Sarah Foster

Medical Student 

Urban Versus Rural Fathers’ Ideas of Risk and Risk Prevention

Tak Ishikawa

Graduate Student

Go Play Outside! Study (GPO)

Vincent Li

Work Learn Student

Playability Study (PLAY)

Yingyi Lin

Research Assistant

Playability Study (PLAY) & Go Play Outside! Study (GPO)

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/Learn is a program at the University of British Columbia that provides students with opportunities to gain professional skills. At the Brussoni lab, Dr. Brussoni and the research team place a strong emphasis on students’ learning experience. Many students have had the opportunity to gain research experience through working or volunteering in the Brussoni lab.

If you would like to work or volunteer at the Brussoni lab, please contact the research coordinator at playoutside@bcchr.ca, visit the Work/Learn program website, and/or apply for a position in UBC Career Services Online.