Drs. Suzanne Tough and Sheila McDonald lead the All Our Families research program with strong collaborations across the University of Calgary.
Suzanne Tough, PhD
Dr. Suzanne Tough’s research on maternal health has led to fundamental changes in prenatal care and clinical practice. She leads the innovative All Our Families study, a cohort of over 3,000 families followed prospectively for over 10 years resulting in a changed understanding of the relationship between early life events, mental health and long-term outcomes. She is a leader in translating evidence to practice, longitudinal research, and mental health. She is a Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and has held leadership roles as a Scientific Director and Policy Fellow. She has been recognized by numerous agencies including the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Canadian Pediatric Society, Global YWCA Women of Vision, and the United Nations International Women’s Day for her leadership in innovation, science and mentorship.
Sheila McDonald, PhD
Dr. Sheila McDonald is the Co-Principal Investigator of the All Our Families Study. She is also the Manager on the Early Years Health Promotion Team in the Department of Healthy Children and Families, Promoting Health, Provincial, Population and Public Health at Alberta Health Services (AHS), and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University, with a specific focus on life course epidemiology and causal inference. She has extensive methodological skills in research methods, complex data sets, longitudinal analysis, and content expertise in maternal mental health, adverse childhood experiences, and child development. Other contributions include work in Evidence Informed Decision Making in AHS, including evidence syntheses and critical appraisal, and contributing to the development of practice guidelines and policy recommendations.
Susan Graham, PhD
Dr. Susan Graham is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a registered clinical psychologist. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and previously held the Canada Research Chair in Language and Cognitive Development. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cognition and Development. Her research and supervision has been recognized with the Killam Annual Professor Award and the Izzak Walton Killam Award for Graduate Supervision and Mentoring. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba, she moved to Concordia University to complete her graduate studies. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1996. Her research focuses on language and cognitive development during the infancy and preschool years and is currently funded by a Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and an Insights Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Donna Slater, PhD
Dr. Donna Slater is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and the Co-Director for Biomedical Sciences Stream in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Undergraduate Program, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Slater obtained her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London, UK and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Imperial College School of Medicine, London and the University of Warwick. Her lab research focuses on the human uterus to determine the factors involved in regulating uterine contractions and relaxation, and to understand the mechanisms that lead to pregnancy complications such as preterm labour and post-partum haemorrhage, with the long term goal of better prevention, treatment and outcomes for both mother and child. She has expertise in molecular, cellular, physiology and pharmacology techniques in the lab, and has developed a number of cell based models, to investigate the mechanism of preterm labour, which can be used to safely test new targets. The research is funded by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Sheri Madigan, PhD
Dr. Sheri Madigan is a Canada Research Chair in the Determinants of Child Development. She joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently directing the Determinants of Child Development Lab, a lab that is dedicated to conducting research on the multidimensional influences that shape children's developmental trajectories. Dr. Madigan is a principal-investigator on several research projects on children's development supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
Katie Chaput, PhD
Dr. Chaput is a perinatal epidemiologist and assistant professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Her overall research interests lie in the intersections of perinatal mental health, substance use, and associated maternal and infant health outcomes. She uses advanced, mixed-methods of inquiry and analysis to address contemporary challenges in maternal and infant health research, to generate evidence for optimizing perinatal health policy and services. Her program of research includes ongoing studies on prenatal and postpartum mental health, breastfeeding, health service use, substance use in pregnancy and the postpartum, and infant neurodevelopment.
Muci Wu, BSc
Muci Wu joined the All Our Families team in 2012 as a Research Assistant and has since moved into her current role with the team as Research Program Manager. Muci completed her BSc in Statistics at the University of Calgary, and has experience in survey development, database design, and data management. In her free time, she can be found baking, hiking, and throwing pottery.
Mary Canning, BA
Mary Canning joined the All Our Families team in 2011 as a Data Research Assistant, initially involved with checking and cleaning data. Over the next several years, her role has evolved to include managing requests to access the All Our Families data, development of follow up questionnaires, and maintaining databases and data sets. Mary provides direction and consultation to internal and external investigators in their use of the AOF data. As a licensed practical nurse in a postpartum patient care unit, Mary also offers a clinical background in the area of child and maternal health.
Kristan Kushlyk, MA
Kristan joined the All Our Families team in 2022 as a Research Analyst. She holds a BSc in Biological Sciences and an Honours BA in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, and completed her MA in Biological Anthropology at the University of Calgary. Her graduate research employed a mixed methods approach to understand how biological, environmental, and evolutionary factors intersect to influence maternal and child mental and physical health outcomes. Kristan assists with AOF projects by employing data analytic and statistical techniques to help develop and answer research questions. In addition to her work in maternal and child health, she is a member of the cancer research division for the newly-built IGAD Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kristan is a former competitive swimmer who represented the University of Alberta Pandas at multiple USports Championships and Canadian Olympic Trials. In her spare time, she still enjoys swimming - albeit at a slower pace - as well as tending to her growing collection of plants, bothering her cat, and reading ethnographies from around the world.
Julia Wilson, MSc
Julia Wilson joined the All Our Families team in 2023 as a Research Assistant. She completed her BMSc and MSc in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario where she specialized in maternal and fetal health. Her graduate research focused on identifying disparities in maternal and child health outcomes by investigating access to prenatal care, maternal substance use, the role of community support, and the impact of socioeconomic factors on well-being. In Julia’s spare time, she enjoys running outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Tona Pitt, PhD Student
Tona joined the All Our Families team in 2021. He completed his BSc in Kinesiology and MSc in Population/Public Health at the University of Calgary. His training and previous work has primarily been in injury epidemiology with a focus on child health, active transportation, and injury prevention. Tona is responsible for the analysis of the incoming survey data that goes into the reports and presentations. He also works with the analysis of other data/epidemiology related projects as they come up. Sports, especially grappling, have always been a part of Tona's life, and he started doing Judo was he was 7. Once he started studying at the University of Calgary, he transitioned to the University of Calgary Dino’s wrestling team.
Anjola Adeboye, MSc Student
Anjola joined the All Our Families team in the summer of 2021 as a Research Assistant. Since then, she has been with the study in different capacities leading to her current graduate work. Anjola holds a BHSc in Bioinformatics with a minor in Health and Society. Currently, she is working towards her MSc in Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her project aims to develop a flourishing proxy measurement for well-being. When she's not behind her computer screen, Anjola can be found playing volleyball, engaging with her community, and listening to her favorite history podcasts.
Angie Uy, Practicum Student
Angie Uy is entering her 4th year at the University of Calgary and is studying towards a Bachelors of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies with a Minor in Health and Society. Angie hopes to pursue a Masters of Community Health Sciences in Epidemiology post undergrad. She is also currently one of the Students Union Cumming School of Medicine Representatives. Her interests include studying the health disparities within socioeconomic and marginalized populations, and sexual health accessibility. In Angie's free time, she enjoys going to the gym, gaming and going out with friends on the weekends.
Zahra Clayborne, PhD
Zahra joined the All Our Families team in 2022 as a postdoctoral fellow. She received a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2015, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa in 2022, where her doctoral research focused on identifying modifiable factors influencing the associations between prenatal maternal stress and children’s mental health outcomes. During her PhD, she also worked as an epidemiologist in positive mental health surveillance at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Zahra’s postdoctoral research will involve the study of flourishing, wellbeing, and their correlates in mothers and children from All Our Families. In her free time, she can be found running Calgary’s beautiful pathways and trails, reading, knitting, or spending time with friends and family.