Assistant Professor
BSc – Psych U of A, M.Ed, Spec Ed, U of A, PhD Spec Ed UBC
 
Rm 440, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048223560
fax: 6048220640

Brenda leads HELP¹s Early Childhood Screening Research Unit and is also a Co-Lead of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health’s Social and Life Course Determinants of Health Theme. Dr. Poon has led multi-year investigations involving extensive collaboration with the provincial government, regional health authorities, and community agencies. She currently has two active programs of research. The first explores population-level surveillance of disabilities and chronic health conditions emerging in early childhood. The second program explores the social influences, proximal to distal, on the health and development of young children. This research focuses on social determinants of healthy development, barriers to early treatment or care, and family support needs and services.

Selected Affiliations and Awards
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): CADRE program Post-Doctoral Award
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR): Doctoral Award
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Doctoral Fellowship
BC Health Research Foundation (BCHRF): Doctoral Award

Courses
SPPH 544 Social Determinants of Health Across the Life Course
SPPH 581 Seminar Series in Early Child Development as a Social Determinant of Health

Graduate Students
Hui Juan Gao, MSc Student
Maddison Spenrath, MSc Student
Shan Sun, MSc Student
Deirdre Curle, PhD Student

Representative Recent Papers

Poon, B.T. & Zaidman-Zait, A (in press). Social Support for Parents of Deaf Children: Moving Towards a Contextualized Understanding. Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education.

Poon, B.T., Louie, A., Holley, P., Rayner, A., Heard, D., Hsu, D., Leung, J., & Hertzman, C. (2012). BC Early Childhood Vision Screening Programs Final Evaluation Report. Report prepared for the BC Early Childhood Vision Screening Programs Evaluation Committee. Early Childhood Screening Research and Evaluation Unit, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), UBC.

Poon, B.T., Leung, J.W., Louie, A., & Vergel de Dios, C. (2013). The Key Functions of Collaborative Logic Modelling: Insights from the British Columbia Early Childhood Dental Programs. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 27(2), 87-102.

Poon, B.T., Louie, A., Holley, P., Rayner, A., Heard, D., Hsu, D., & Hertzman, C. (2011). BC Early Childhood Dental Programs Final Evaluation Report. Report prepared for the BC Early Childhood Dental Programs Evaluation Committee. Early Childhood Screening Research and Evaluation Unit, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), UBC.

Jamieson, J.R., Zaidman-Zait, A. & Poon, B. (2011). Family Support Needs as Perceived by Parents of Preadolescents and Adolescents Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Deafness Education International, 13(3), 110-130.

Poon, B.T., & Hertzman, C. (2010). Development of an Integrated Child Health Information System for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Paediatrics & Child Health, 15(9), 583-589.

Poon, B.T., Jamieson, J. R., Buchanan, M., & Brown, D. K. (2008). Parent-Screener Discourse in a Newborn Hearing Screening Program: Implications for Professional Preparation and Practice. Infants and Young Children, 21(2), 160-173.

Research Interests:
· 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’s health and development.

*I would welcome opportunities to speak with graduate students interested in these or related areas of research.