The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development Editors

Michel Boivin, École de Psychologie, Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP), Université Laval
Richard Tremblay, Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP), Université de Montréal
Ray DeV. Peters, Queen's University
Ronald Barr, University of British Columbia, Pediatrics


Michel Boivin holds the Canada Research Chair on Child Social Development and is professor of psychology at the School of Psychology of Université Laval. He leads a program of research on the biological, psychological and social components of early child development. This program is anchored to large-scale longitudinal studies, such as the Quebec Study of Newborn Twins (QSNT) and the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD). He was a fellow (senior researcher) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) from 2000 to 2005. He is director at Université Laval of the Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP), a multi-disciplinary interuniversity research centre aimed at understanding and preventing the development of adjustment problems in children. He also leads the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SRC-ECD), whose goal is to mobilize knowledge on this issue. The SRC-ECD supports the construction of the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, of which he is an editor. He also chairs the Scientific Committee of the SRC-ECD and is a member of the directing board of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.


Richard Tremblay. For the past 25 years he has been conducting a program of interdisciplinary longitudinal-experimental studies on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children from conception to adulthood. His main goal is to integrate genetic, environment, brain and behaviour research to understand the socialisation process. This research program led to the creation of GRIP, an inter-university research center funded by University of Montreal, Laval University and McGill University. He coordinates the International Network for Research on Early Childhood Health Development which regroups investigators from University College Dublin (Ireland), INSERM (France), University of Montreal (Canada), Laval University (Canada), Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and University Alberto Hurtado (Chile). The general aim of the network is to strengthen collaborative interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer on early childhood development among the 5 countries. He is the founding director of the Center of Excellence on early childhood development and founding Editor of the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.

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Ray DeV. Peters is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University. He is the Research Director of the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Project, a multidisciplinary team from 6 Ontario Universities, and local research teams in 12 disadvantaged neighbourhoods across Ontario. This research is evaluating community-based programs which influence the development of young children and their families. He has been an executive committee member of the Annual Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science for the past 26 years. Dr. Peters is a member of the Governing Council, and Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the CEECD. He is an Editor of the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.


Ronald Barr's clinical work and research have focused on the needs of infants and young children. He is well-known for his studies on the biological and behavioral determinants of behavior, including pain, behavioral state and crying, cognition and memory, as well as for the outcomes of early clinical manifestations of these behaviors for later development (temperament, reactivity). In addition, his current interests include primary community prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome. His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Hospital for Sick Children's Foundation, the Howard Webster Fund, and the WT Grant Foundation. He was a Fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2000-2001. He was Associate Editor of the leading journal Child Development and serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen pediatric, child development and anthropology journals. He was the past President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Ronald Barr was also one of the founding editors of the Encyclopedia for Early Childhood Development and was co-chair of the Research Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD).


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LAST UPDATE: 2019-01-14