Associate Scientist, Division of Children's Health & Therapeutics, Children's Health Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Division of Foods and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College
How does my research help children?
My research examines the influence of socioeconomic status on children's health outcomes. I am especially interested in modeling the strength of the relationship between socioeconomic status and adverse birth outcomes so that policy interventions can be implemented targeting socioeconomic status itself, rather than lifestyle behavior modification per se. The earlier that interventions can target socioeconomic status directly, the better will be children's health.
I am presently working on a research project investigating the relationship between neighbourhood income and the likelihood of a preterm and low birth weight baby, after controlling for important epidemiological risk factors known to be associated with adverse birth outcomes, using data collected prospectively from perinatal and neonatal databases at London Health Sciences Centre. I am also finishing a research article with Dr. William Avison on a 14-year follow-up study assessing the influence of trajectories of family structure on children's socioeconomic attainment in the transition to adulthood.
My research team consists of three MScFN students and one undergraduate student at Brescia University College affiliated with Western University.
Future Research Plans
I am planning on accessing data from Ontario’s Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) so that data from my current study can be compared with population level data in Ontario.
Awards & Grants
Funding in support of "Regulation of fetal growth by hypoxia and nutritional deprivation" - Awarded by LHRI
Funding in support of "Randomized controlled trial of food elimination for treatment of primary headache in children" - Awarded by CHRI
Funding in support of "Regulation of IGF-1 bioavailability in intrauterine growth restriction: maternal and decidual IGFBP-1 hyperphosphorylation" - Awarded by CHRI
Funding in support of "The Role of IGFBP-1 Phosphorylation in Human Fetal and Postnatal Growth in Very Preterm Infants" - Awarded by Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Funding in support of "The Role of IGFBP-1 Phosphorylation in Human Fetal and Postnatal Grwoth in Very Preterm Infants" - Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI)
Funding in support of "Functional Recovery in Critically Ill Children: The "WEE-COVER" Longitudinal Cohort Study" - Awarded by Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO)
Funding in support of "Study of the Current Model of Care for Children with Congenital Heart Disease in Peru" - Awarded by Western University: Research Development and Services - International Research Award
Funding in support of "The Impact of a structured lifestyle intervention on body composition and exercise capacity in obese children with operated heart defects" - Awarded by Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSCO)
Funding in support of "What is the Prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Adults Presenting to the Emergency Departments of a Canadian Academic Health Care Centre?" - Awarded by Lawson Health Research Institute (Internal Research Fund)
2014 Outstanding PhD Graduating Student Award, Canadian Sociological Association / La Societe canadienne de sociologie (CSA/SCS), Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario
Are the children and adolescents with congenital heart disease really overweight and obese? Welisch E, Rauch R, Seabrook JA, Filler G, Norozi K
Cardiology in the Young. In press
Socioeconomic status and cumulative disadvantage processes across the life course: Implications for health outcomes
Seabrook JA, Avison WR
Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie. 2012; 49(1):50-68
Accuracy and reliability of direct observations of home-packed lunches in elementary schools by trained nutrition students
Richter SL, Vandervet LM, Macaskill LA, Salvadori MI,Seabrook JA, Dworatzek PDN
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012; 112(10):1603-1607
Once were farmers: Occupation, social mobility, and mortality during industrialization in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec 1840-1971
Gagnon A, Tremblay M, Vézina H, Seabrook JA
Explorations in Economic History. 2011; 48(3):429-440
Genotype-environment interaction and sociology: Contributions and complexities
Seabrook JA, Avison WR
Social Science and Medicine. 2010; 70(9):1277-1284
Phone: (519) 432-8353, x28284
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Email: jseabro2 [at] uwo [dot] ca
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