Marni Brownell, PhD
University of Manitoba
Social Factors in Children’s Health
Marni Brownell is a Senior Research Scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She was the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award under the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Career Awards Program (2001 – 2006). Dr. Brownell trained as a developmental psychologist, completing her Bachelor’s (Honours) degree at the University of Winnipeg (1982), her Master’s at the University of Toronto (1986) and PhD at the University of Manitoba (1991).
Dr. Brownell uses administrative health and social service databases to examine child health and well being, with a particular focus on the social determinants of health. Her research program includes projects on early literacy, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and psychostimulant treatment, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, children in foster care, developing population-level indicators of child health, and evaluations of programs designed to improve early childhood development.
She currently mentors 8 students as an advisor or committee member, and has trained several Master’s-level students and research assistants to work with the administrative child health and social services data held at MCHP.