University of Calgary

Deborah M. Dewey

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


Deborah Dewey was educated at the University of Saskatchewan (BA Hons, MA), the University of Waterloo (MSc) and the University of Calgary (PhD). She was externally funded as a CIHR Health Career Investigator from 2001 through 2005 and since 2006 she has served as the Director of the Behavioural Research Unit, Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is very active in training and mentoring of high-quality people including undergraduate and graduate students, medical students and junior faculty, and in 2012, she was recognized for these efforts by the Department of Paediatrics and awarded the Academic Leadership Award. She has more than 20 years of experience in pursuing research in child health and neurodevelopment in a clinical research environment and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters. Her research program has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, the US National Institutes for Health, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation.

Dewey is actively involved in collaborative and translational research in child health and development. Her current research is investigating neurodevelopmental outcomes in children exposed to adverse events in utero (e.g., neurotoxicants, maternal hypoglycemia) and perinatally (e.g., very low birth weight). She is also examining the genetics and neurobiology of developmental coordination disorder, ADHD and learning disabilities in children and their families; the impact of maternal nutrient status during pregnancy on maternal mental health and child development; psychosocial outcomes of children with chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, autism, very low birth weight, developmental coordination disorder, cancer); and the epidemiology of post concussive syndrome in pediatric populations.

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Curriculum Vitae

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