Dr. Steven Hanna
Dr. Steven Hanna is Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. He obtained a PhD in Psychology from Western University in 1998. His current areas of research and teaching focus on research design and biostatistics. His research interests in biostatistics include the design and analysis of longitudinal studies, latent variable models, multilevel models, and the analysis of observational studies. In the area of childhood disability and rehabilitation, he has been involved in research about motor development among children with cerebral palsy, social aspects of childhood disability, acquired brain injury, and clinical measurement. Since 2009, Dr. Hanna has been the Assistant Dean for the Health Research Methods graduate programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.
Areas of Focus
Motor development in children with cerebral palsy, social aspects of childhood disability, acquired brain injury and clinical measurement
The PARTICIPATE study has been designed to examine the participation of children with physical disabilities in formal and informal everyday activities.
Trajectories and Consequences: Long-term follow-up of children and youth and their families after acquired brain injury.
This one year pilot study will examine the effectiveness of a short-term, individualized occupational therapy intervention with children 7-15 years of age who are experiencing difficulties at home and school after a traumatic brain injury.
In the STACK Study (which stands for Screening, Tracking and Assessing Coordination in Kids), students in Grades 4 to 8 in two school boards were screened to identify children who may have coordination difficulties.
The Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment (CAPE) and the Preferences for Activities of Children (PAC) are two companion measures of children's participation.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapists, acting as Knowledge Brokers (KBs) within their own clinical facility to facilitate the clinical use of evidence-based measures of gross motor function for children with cerebral palsy.
What are the criteria that distinguish children with a MTBI from those with moderate and severe injuries?
In collaboration with the College of Family physicians and the Provincial MTBI Strategy, the team will work to develop and evaluate user-friendly materials that help physicians in: identification of MTBI; recommendations for return to activity and school; referral guidelines for further services, specifically for children/youth in their practice.
Patterns and Predictors of Recreational and Leisure Participation for Children with Physical Disabilities
For children and youth, involvement in life situations includes participation in recreational and leisure activities as well as school and work activities.
What are the factors that influence transitions to home, school and community / recreational activities for the school-aged child with an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
GMFM scores of a sample of over 650 Ontario children with cerebral palsy with varying GMFCS levels have been used to create five Motor Growth Curves.
Knowledge brokering is the process of “bringing people together, to help them build relationships, uncover needs, and share ideas and evidence that will let them do their jobs better.
Part 1: Children, families and services, Part 2: Perceptions about family-centred service delivery for children with disabilities and Part 3: Factors affecting family-centred service delivery for children with disabilities.