Mariana Brussoni

Dr. Mariana BrussoniDr. Mariana Brussoni is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is also a scholar with the Child & Family Research Institute and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit. In addition, Brussoni is funded by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.

Brussoni holds operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Trained as a developmental psychologist, she uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate injury prevention in vulnerable populations. She is also the director of the BC site for the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP).

Current research interests include the influence of geographic, cultural and social places on parenting related to risk and safety; developmental importance of children’s risky play; impact of injury on children’s health related quality of life and PTSD; injuries in Aboriginal populations; and injury surveillance.


University: University of British Columbia
Faculty: Medicine
Department: Pediatrics
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Location: BC Children's Hospital

Recent Publications

Brussoni, M., Olsen, L. L., & Joshi, P. (2012). Aboriginal community-centred injury surveillance: A community-based participatory process evaluation. Prevention Science,13(2),107-117. doi: 10.1007/s11121-011-0258-x

Brussoni, M., Olsen, L. L., Pike, I., & Sleet, D. A. (2012). Risky play and children’s safety: Balancing priorities for optimal child development. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 9, 3134-3148. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9093134

Brussoni, M., & Olsen, L. (2011). Striking a balance between risk and protection: Fathers’ attitudes and practices towards child injury prevention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32(7), 491-498. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31821bd1f5

Brussoni, M., & Olsen, L. L. (2012). The perils of overprotective parenting: Fathers’ perspectives explored. Child: Care, Health and Development,39, 237-245. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01361.x.

Brussoni, M., Creighton, G., Olsen, L. L., & Oliffe, J. L. (2013). Men on fathering in the context of children’s unintentional injury prevention. American Journal of Men’s Health, 7, 75-84. doi: 10.1177/1557988312462739.