David Nicholas

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for 2022 is Dr. David Nicholas of the University of Calgary.

His presentation is entitled: “Examining the Psychosocial and Health Service Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children with Health Challenges.”

Dr. David Nicholas is the associate dean of research and partnerships and a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. He is cross-appointed to the University of Alberta Department of Pediatrics.

He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications in the area of childhood health and disability. Dr. Nicholas has led multiple studies addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the earlier SARS pandemic, with a focus on psychosocial and health service impacts on children and their families. In 2021, he received the University of Calgary Sustainability Award for the innovation of his research, and in 2022, was named a Killam Annual Professor for impactful achievements in research, teaching and community involvement.

Date: November 2
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Examining the Psychosocial and Health Service Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children with Health Challenges

Children with health vulnerabilities have experienced a range of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These experiences and impacts were elicited in a qualitative study in which 336 participants (children with varying conditions, their parents, and health care providers) were interviewed. Psychosocial and health service delivery impacts of the pandemic will be presented, with recommendations for practice and planning in pandemic preparedness and recovery.