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Dr. Kathy Nixon Speechley, Section Head Basic Science
Dr. Speechley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 and Master
of Arts degree in 1981 in Sociology at The University of Western Ontario.
She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University
of Western Ontario in 1987 and then spent two years as a Postdoctoral
Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale
Dr. Speechley became an Assistant Professor at Western in the Department
of Paediatrics in 1989 and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
in 1991. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. Dr. Speechley’s
research is currently funded by CIHR to conduct a study of quality of
life in children living with epilepsy.
Dr. Speechley’s two main research interests are the social determinants
of child health and the quality of life in children with chronic illnesses
and their families.
Dr. Speechley is currently conducting a national study following children
newly diagnosed with epilepsy for two years to document the course quality
of life in these children and assess risk and protective factors for quality
of life. She continues with collaborative research on the late effects
of childhood cancer and its treatment as part of the Canadian Childhood
Cancer Surveillance and Control Program. In the second area of social
determinants, Dr. Speechley is collaborating on research regarding the
impact of single parenthood on mothers’ and childrens’ health
and the determinants of preterm birth.
University of Western Ontario, Department of Paediatrics
800 Commissioners Road East, Rm E6-103
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5W9
Tel: (519) 685-8129 Fax: (519) 685-8156