Kathy Speechley

Children's Health & Therapeutics Dr. Kathy Nixon Speechley
Chair
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Affiliations

Chair and Scientist, Division of Children’s Health and Therapeutics, Children’s Health Research Institute
Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Graduate Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University

How my research helps children

My research aims to improve the health-related quality of life for children living with chronic illnesses and their families. As many more children are living longer with chronic illnesses, it is important that we focus not only on length of life but also on its quality. My work focuses on determining the child, family and health care factors that predict good quality of life with the ultimate goal of improving services to families to improve their quality of life.

Research

Current Research Activities

We are currently completing a national study of almost 400 families of children ages 4-12 from across Canada recently diagnosed with epilepsy to assess their health-related quality of life over the first two years and assess the most important child, family and health care determinants of good quality of life.

Research Team

In my research on health-related quality of life I collaborate with an inter-disciplinary team including other epidemiologists and biostatisticians and child neurologists. I currently supervise one Ph.D and 2 M.Sc. students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and serve on several other thesis supervisory committees. Thesis topics of some of my recent students include: an evaluation of an epilepsy education program for grade 5 students, depression among mothers of children with epilepsy, and the validity and reliability of research measures relevant to the study of outcomes in childhood epilepsy.

Future Research Plans

I plan to continue my program of research designed to improve quality of life in children living with epilepsy. I hope to follow the children with new-onset of epilepsy for a longer period to improve understanding of which children experience increases or decreases in quality of life. As well we have plans to continue research collaborations with our community epilepsy partners to learn from those living with epilepsy how to improve knowledge of epilepsy and attitudes toward people with epilepsy.

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

Funding in support of "Emerging team in rare diseases: achieving the 'triple aim' for inborn errors of metabolism" – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Health-related Quality of Life in Children with New-Onset Epilepsy: A Long-term Follow-up" – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Excellence in Teaching Award – Awarded by The University of Western Ontario

Funding in support of "A life course analysis of family structure, stress and mothers'mental health: Setting the stage for a prospective study of families" – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Fetal Growth Restriction: Mechanisms and Outcomes" – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Maternal and infant health, health services needs and utilization following term and preterm birth: outcomes in a cohort assembled antenatally" – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Recent Publications

Publications

Trajectories of health-related quality of life in children with epilepsy: a cohort study
Ferro MA, Camfield CS, Levin SD, Smith ML, WiebeS, Zou GY, Speechley KN
Epilepsia. 2013; 54(11):1889-189

An Evaluation of the measurement properties of the Mentor Self-efficacy Scale among participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada community mentoring programs
Ferro MA, DeWit D, Wells S, Speechley KN, Lipman E
International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 2013 Feb; 11(1):146-162

The measurement properties mentoring relationship quality scales for mentoring programs
Ferro MA, Wells S, Speechley KN, Lipman E, DeWit D
Prevention Science (published online). 2013 April 23

Stability of latent classes in group-based trajectory modeling of depressive symptoms in mothers of children with epilepsy: an internal validation study using a bootstrapping procedure
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2013; 48(7):1077-1086

Factor structure and longitudinal invariance of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) in adult women: application in a sample of mothers of children with epilepsy
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
Archives of Women's Mental Health. 2013; 16(2):159-166

Factor structure of the Child Health Questionnaire Parent Form-50 and predictors of health-related quality of life in children with epilepsy
Ferro MA, Landgraf JM, Speechley KN
Journal of Quality of Life Research. 2013 Jan 20

Latent class trajectories of depression in mothers of children with epilepsy: an internal validation study using the bootstrap procedure
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
Annals of Epidemiology. 2012; 22(9):675

Quality of life in children with new-onset epilepsy: A two-year prospective cohort study
Speechley KN, Ferro MA, Camfield CS, Huang W, Levin SD, Smith ML, Wiebe S, Zou GY
2012; 79(15):1548-55

Examining clinically relevant levels of depressive symptoms in mothers following a diagnosis of epilepsy in their children
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
2012; 47(9):1419-28

Incidence of medium-chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD) in Canada using the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP): Role of newborn screening
Prasad C, Speechley KN, Dyack S, Rupar CA, Chakraborty P, Kronick JB
2012; 17(4):185-189

Depressive symptoms in mothers of children with epilepsy: A comparison of growth curve and latent class modeling
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
2012; 12(1):44-61

What about dads? An exploratory analysis of depressive symptoms in paternal primary caregivers of children with epilepsy
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
Epilepsy and Behavior. 2012; 23(1):90-1

Predictors of health-related quality of life in children two years following epilepsy diagnosis: a prospective study
Speechley KN, Ferro MA, Camfield CS, Levin S, Smith ML, Wiebe S, Zou GY
Epilepsy Currents. 2012; 12(sup 1):79

Prevalence and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in Mothers of Children with Newly-Diagnosed Epilepsy
Ferro MA, Avison WR, Campbell MK, Speechley KN
Epilepsia. 2011; 52(2):316-325

The Impact of Maternal Depressive Symptoms on Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Epilepsy: A Prospective Study of Family Environment as Mediators and Moderators
Ferro MA, Avison WR, Campbell MK, Speechley KN
Epilepsia. 2011; 52(2): 326-336

Evaluating the effect of a television public service announcement about epilepsy
Martiniuk ALC, Secco M, Yake L, Speechley KN
Health Education Research. 2010 (doi: 10.1093/her/cyq058)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Canada: a survey of Canadian IVF units
Speechley KN, Nisker J
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Apr; 32(4):341-7

Do depressive symptoms affect mothers' reports of child outcomes in children with new-onset epilepsy?
Ferro MA, Avison WR, Campbell MK, Speechley KN
Qual Life Res. 2010 May 7

Knowledge Translation Strategies Using the Thinking About Epilepsy Program as a Case Study
Martiniuk AL, Secco M, Speechley KN
Health Promot Pract. 2010 Feb 15

Depressive symptoms among mothers of children with epilepsy: a review of prevalence, associated factors, and impact on children
Ferro MA, Speechley KN
Epilepsia. 2009 Nov; 50(11):2344-54

Identifying the determinants of childhood immunization in the Philippines
Bondy JN, Thind A, Koval JJ, Speechley KN
Vaccine. 2009 Jan 1; 27(1):169-75

Depressive symptoms during pregnancy in relation to fish consumption and intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
Sontrop J, Avison WR, Evers SE, Speechley KN, Campbell MK
Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2008 Jul; 22(4):389-99

Assessing severity of epilepsy in children: preliminary evidence of validity and reliability of a single-item scale
Speechley KN, Sang X, Levin S, Zou GY, Eliasziw M, Smith ML, Camfield C, Wiebe S
Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Aug; 13(2):337-42

Elective tracheostomy in mechanically ventilated children in Canada
Principi T, Morrison GC, Matsui DM, Speechley KN, Seabrook JA, Singh RN, Kornecki A
Intensive Care Med. 2008 Aug; 34(8):1498-502

Smoking and binge drinking among Canadian survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers: a comparative, population-based study
Carswell K, Chen Y, Nair RC, Shaw AK, Speechley KN, Barrera M, Maunsell E
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008 Aug; 51(2):280-7

Additional publications

Contact

Contact

Phone: (519) 685-8500, x52182
Fax: (519) 685-8156
Email: kathy [dot] speechley [at] lhsc [dot] on [dot] ca
Website: http://www.uwo.ca/epidem/people/Faculty/BasicScientists/K_Speechley.html

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