Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University
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For BC audience members, there are two surveys related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that may be of interest:
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption in people’s lives worldwide. School closures, working remotely, physical distancing measures which disrupted the ability to engage with social networks and family support systems, and the absence of childcare and extra-curricular activities has been particularly challenging for parents and children. This presentation will highlight findings from the Ontario Parent Survey – two waves of online questionnaires conducted with caregivers of children in May 2020 and May 2021. The impact of the pandemic on both parents and children will be discussed, as well as the role of family/work conflict and the impact of accessing services. While the pandemic has been a major stressor, it has also been an opportunity for growth and innovation in how services may be provided to parents. The presentation will end with an overview of some of the recent innovations and a discussion of what we need to work towards post-pandemic to support families.
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, with cross-appointments in the Department of Psychology, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. Dr. Gonzalez is also a core member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. Her research program focuses on the developmental consequences of early life adversity; the impact of traumatic experience on brain development, behavioural outcomes and health; the intergenerational transmission of risk; and developing and evaluating evidence-based preventive interventions. Dr. Gonzalez adopts a multi-levelled, multi-method approach, collecting behavioural, cognitive and biological measures from mothers and their children (ages 0-6 years) within the context of evidence-based interventions.