March 31, 2015
Dr. 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. 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, developing population-level indicators of child health, and evaluating programs designed to improve early childhood development. Her research program includes projects focusing on vulnerable children, including children with autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, children involved with the child welfare system, and children living in poverty.
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).
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 to 2006). She is the current recipient of the MCHP Endowed Population-Based Child Health Research Fund, which, along with several provincial and national grants, supports her research program.