Canada Research Chair Tier II in Disability Policy for Children and Youth
As well as being an assistant professor in Kinesiology, Dr. Jennifer Zwicker, PhD, is the director of Health Policy at the School of Public Policy and the Deputy Scientific Officer for Kids Brain Health Network. She is a member of the Owerko Center in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health.
With broad interests in the impact of health and social policy on health outcomes, Dr. Zwicker’s recent research uses economic evaluation, mixed methods and policy analysis to assess interventions and inform policy around allocation of funding, services and supports for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.
She is an investigator with the CIHR funded Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research network on childhood disability called CHILD-BRIGHT and an investigator and board member of Kids Brain Health Network, where she co-leads the health economic cores for both networks. Strong collaborations with interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders have been critical in the translation of peer reviewed publications to policy papers, op-eds and briefing notes which have been utilized by both federal and provincial governments.
Recently a policy report from Dr. Zwicker’s team on the disability tax credit was used in Senate testimony and featured in their Breaking Down Barriers report by the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology. This translational policy work is supported CRC, CIHR, SSHRC, ACHRI and the Sinneave Family Foundation. See her profile to learn more.