Working Papers

U.S Safety Net Programs and early Life Skills Formation: Results from a Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study. With Frances A. Tylavsky and James E. West. (Under Review.)

Abstract: This paper uses a novel data from a large longitudinal prospective cohort study to estimate the effects of WIC, SNAP and Home Visitation Program on early-life outcomes up to the age of two. Our empirical approach uses child-mother fixed effects and previously unavailable time-varying covariates related to selection into the safety programs to plausibly account for potential endogeneity of program participation. We show that mothers’ participation in these programs has a robust positive statistically significant effect on children receptive and expressive communication scores, smaller effects on cognitive development scores.

High Intensity Health Care at Birth and CP Outcomes. Evidence from the Canadian CP Registry. With Michael Shevell, Pia Wintermark and James E. West.

Abstract: We exploit the uneven geographical distribution of high intensity maternity hospitals across Canada to compare long-term outcomes of children with Cerebral Palsy who were born at high versus low intensity hospitals. Using data from the from the Canadian Multi-Regional Cerebral Palsy Registry, we find that differences in hospital intensity are not associated with differences in clinically relevant, long-term health outcomes.

Published Research

Wellbeing Indices: A Comprehensive Inventory of Standards and a Review of Current Comparative Measures

De Novo Mutations in YWHAG Cause Early-Onset Epilepsy (Member of Epilepsy Genomic Study)

Loss-of-Function and Gain-of-Function Mutations in KCNQ5 Cause Intellectual Disability or Epileptic Encephalopathy (Member of EPGEN Study)

Participation in the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is not associated with early childhood socioemotional development: Results from a longitudinal cohort study

Economic impact of genomic diagnostics for intermediate-risk acute myeloid leukaemia

Perinatal Regionalization and Implications for Long-Term Health Outcomes in Cerebral Palsy

Resource utilization and costs during the initial years of lung cancer screening with computed tomography in Canada

Published Work

Teaching Economic Evaluation with Population Health Cases

Adult Lumbar Scoliosis: health economics evaluation.Book chapter in Adult Lumbar Scoliosis A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Management

Work in Progress

Diagnostic Yield And Treatment Impact of Targeted Exome Sequencing In Early-Onset Epilepsy

A Detailed Assessment of the OECD’s Better Life Index


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