Dr. Brenda Poon, Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), UBC, is a recognized scholar in applied, community-based research.

Her lab, funded for a decade through multiple government grants, of staff and various student research assistants has successfully conducted multi-year, large-scale studies of implementation processes and outcomes for three provincially mandated population-level interventions all with the aim to identify developmental concerns at an early stage; two were school-based interventions that were adopted in all BC school districts.

By the nature of the critical connection between her research and practice, her research findings have been extensively translated for diverse audiences of knowledge users at every level from decision-makers to practitioners within and across education and health sectors, such as school teachers and administrators, early childhood educators, and public health personnel, and utilized by decision-makers from multiple provincial ministries, including the BC Ministries of Health and Children & Family Development. This research program has led to numerous local, national, and international conference presentations, more than 20 key reports for funders, and nine peer-reviewed publications. The reports generated have influenced policy and practices, including standardized practices for recording developmental assessment outcomes.

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