Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Magdalena Janus

PhD (Cambridge), MSc (Jagiellonian, Poland)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Associate Member, Deptartment of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

905.521.2100 ext. 77616 or 74377

Offord Centre for Child Studies
Patterson Building
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Academic Interests

My main research focus is early child development in context.  This involves investigating individual, family, and community-level determinants of children’s health at the age of school entry - in communities in Canada, and in countries outside Canada, especially developing ones. Using population-based data on developmental and educational outcomes for young children, we are building a body of evidence on both universal and specific contributors to children’s developmental health at school entry. The current research projects include the study of social determinants of health for typically developing children, and children with special needs and specific disorders (e.g., ASD and FASD); measurement of sense of identity among 5 year-olds; and a study of developmental trajectories from kindergarten through later grades.   

Currently accepting Graduate students

Currently accepting Post Doctoral Fellows


  1. Brinkman, S., Gregory, T., Harris, J., Hart, B., Blackmore, S. & Janus, M. (2013). Associations between the early development instrument at age 5, and reading and numeracy skills at ages 8, 10 and 12: A prospective linked data study. Child Indicators Research, 6(1), DOI 10.1007/s12187-013-9189-3
  2. Janus, M., Hopkins, S. (2012) Constructing measures of northern children’s identity through dialogue.  Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 10 (2), 249-256.
  3. Brinkman, S.A., Gialamas, A., Rahman, A. Mittinty M.N., Gregory, T., Silburn, S., Goldfeld, S., Zubrick, S.R., Carr, V., Janus, M., Hertzman, C., Lynch J.W. (2012) Jurisdictional, socioeconomic and gender inequalities in child health and development: Analysis of a national census of 5 year olds in Australia. British Medical Journal, 2 (5), doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001075.
  4. Janus, M. (2011) Impact of impairment on children with special needs at school entry: Comparison of school readiness outcomes in Canada, Australia, and Mexico.  Exceptionality Education International, 21 (2), 29-44.
  5. Janus, M., Brinkman, S., & Duku, E. (2011) Validity and psychometric properties of Early Development Instrument in Canada, Australia, United States, and Jamaica. Social Indicators Research,103(2),283-297.
  6. Muhajarine, N., Puchala, C., & Janus, M. (2011)  School readiness in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children: Does EDI capture real differences? Social Indicators Research, 103(2), 283-297.
  7. Guhn, M., Zumbo, B. D., Janus, M., & Hertzman, C. (2011). Opening remarks to the special issue on validation theory and research for a population-level measure of children’s development, wellbeing, and school readiness. Social Indicators Research, 103(2), 179-181.
  8. Guhn, M., Zumbo, B., Janus, M. & Hertzman, C.  (2011) Validation theory and research for a population-level measure of children’s development, well-being and school readiness. Social Indicators Research, 103(2), 183-191.
  9. Raos, R. & Janus, M. (2010) Examining spatial variations in the prevalence of behaviour problems among  5-year-old children in Canada. Social Science and Medicine, 72(3), 383-388.

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