McMaster University

McMaster University

Peter Rosenbaum

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum

Professor of Paediatrics
Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability
Co-Founder, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

Phone: 905-525-9140, ext 27834
Fax: 905-522-6095

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Research Theme

Childhood development: behaviour and disability

  • Primary Research: Childhood disability issues
  • Secondary Research: Service delivery and Family well-being

Key Words

Childhood disabilities, Measurement and classification of function, Family-centred service, Family well-being and service delivery, Quality of life of children with disabilities, Knowledge translation

Research Program Overview

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research is a multidisciplinary group funded since 1989 by the Ministry of Health in Ontario, and works in partnership with all the Children's Treatment Centres in the province and with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Our programs of research address issues such as: the development of measures and systems to classify function; explorations of Family-Centred Service - what it is, how to measure it, and whether it matters; how best to "translate" new research findings to parents and families, service providers, researchers and policy makers; and longitudinal studies of the "natural" and "unnatural" history of development of young people with developmental disabilities.

Current Projects

  • Adolescent Study of Quality of Life, Mobility and Exercise (ASQME) - teens with CP followed for 5 years
  • The Knowledge Broker study - promoting uptake and use of evidence-based materials.
  • Exploring FSC in Adult Rehabilitation Programs


  • Rosenbaum P. (2007) Children’s Quality of Life: Separating the Person from the Disorder.  Perspectives on Dickinson et al.: Self-reported quality of life of 8-12 year-old children with cerebral palsy: a cross-sectional European study. Lancet 2007: 369,2171-2177. In: Archives of Diseases of Childhood.
  • Rosenbaum P (2007). The environment and childhood disability... Editorial. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 49:563.
  • Rosenbaum P, Stewart D. Commentary: Perspectives on Transitions: Rethinking Services for Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities. (2007) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88:1080-2.
  • Rosenbaum P. Childhood disability and social policies. Editorial. BMJ 2009;338:b1020

Secondary Contact

Marlice Simon
Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 26852

Research Staff

Dayle McCauley
Ph: 905-525-9140, ext 26851

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