Jayne Pivik

Apriori Research



Dr. Jayne Pivik, a Community Psychologist who focuses on community/neighbourhood impacts on child and youth well-being, human-environment interactions, the engagement of children and youth in decisions that impact them, community asset mapping and community-based participatory research. "Community psychology deals with the relationships between the individual, communities and society and is based on an ecological perspective of person-environment compatibility (Rappaport, 1977). Community psychologists seek to understand and enhance the quality of life of individuals, communities and society through collaborative research and action (Dalton, Elias, & Wandersman, 2001) often taking a public health approach that is focused on prevention and early intervention". She received her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2004 and went on to a Postdoctoral Fellowship with The Human Early Learning Partnership at the University of British Columbia. Awards and scholarships received include: a four year graduate scholarship from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council, an Award of Excellence and a Strategic Areas of Development Award from the University of Ottawa, an Award of Distinction from the Ottawa Council of Research in Innovation and a Community Research Fellowship from Educating Future Physicians of Ontario. In 2002, Dr. Pivik was commissioned to write a discussion paper for the Romonow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada entitled Practical Strategies for Involving Citizens in Health Care Decision-making. She has also completed a program evaluation and review for the Vancouver District School Board entitled: Promoting Literacy, Social-Emotional Learning and Parent Engagement in Inner City Schools: Combining Research Evidence and Experiential Knowledge. As well, Dr. Pivik completed a review for the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance entitled: Principles, Policy and Practice: Supporting Children with Special Needs in British Columbia and one for Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care entitled Program Evaluation of the Supporting Interdisciplinary Practice: The Family Physician/Nurse Practitioner Educational and Mentoring Program. Since 1986, Dr. Pivik has studied the impact of traumatic brain injuries, stress and coping, promoting inclusion and disability awareness, university-community collaborations and involving community voices in health and social service decision-making. See for copies of publications.

Disability Health Area of Focus:

Inclusion for children with disabilities in communities and schools. Health policy for children with special needs.

Area of Expertise

Acquired disabilities Developmental disabilities Intellectual disabilities Other Visual disabilities


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