Introducing the EDI Team
Left to Right:
Cindy Walsh, Ashley Gaskin, Rob Raos, Anna Desimone, Amanda Schell, Magdalena Janus, Matt Horner, Pauline DeRosa, Caroline Reid-Westoby, Eric Duku
Pauline DeRosa – Pauline has been part of the Early Development Instrument since 2003. She is involved in the organization of the EDI implementations, and is responsible for the cleaning of incoming data files, data input, assisting with financial processes and many other administrative tasks to ensure completion of the day to day tasks that move a large volume of work forward.
Anna Desimone – Anna has been a staff member of McMaster University for 15 years as a Medical Administrative Assistant in a Clinical and Research Based setting. She started at the Offord Centre in 2006 and joined the EDI Team in 2010 working on various projects. She currently works in supporting the EDI team with various tasks and assists with reports and other administration activities related to the EDI program.
Eric K. Duku, PhD., PStat – Eric has been with the Early Development Instrument (EDI) Research team as a Senior Statistician since 2002. In addition to working with our team, he also works with Dr. Peter Szatmari's Autism Research team at the Offord Centre. As part of the EDI Research team, Eric is involved in the design, implementation and statistical analyses for local, national and international implementations of the EDI and cross-national validity of the EDI. Eric, a Professional Statistician is interested in issues related to measurement with an emphasis on measurement invariance in early child development research which is an important aspect of the research process often overlooked.
Ashley Gaskin – Ashley's work with the EDI began in 2004. She coordinates many of the aspects associated with the project and has helped numerous people understand how to complete the EDI and how to interpret the results. She has also been involved in various research projects. Ashley is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario.
Matt Horner – Matt joined the EDI team in early 2013. He is responsible for the coordination of a new series of studies examining how the EDI can be used to track the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Matt has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Master's degree in Psychology from Brock University.
Magdalena Janus, PhD. – Magdalena came to McMaster in 1998. She has an MSc from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a PhD from Cambridge University in the UK. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University where she holds the Ontario Chair in Early Child Development. Since joining the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster, Magdalena, together with the late Dr. Dan Offord, developed the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a measure of children's developmental health at school entry. This initiative has generated interest at national and international levels, from academic and social policy perspectives. Magdalena and her team support the implementation of the EDI in Canada, and its adaptation in many international sites. Magdalena's research interests also include the transition to school, with a particular emphasis on children with special needs, and communities' engagement in children's early development and health. Magdalena has associate appointments in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Family Medicine, and is on faculty in the Graduate program in Health Research Methodology. She is an active educator, being both directly involved in teaching, supervising, and tutoring students, as well as in the development of new curricula, with special relevance to early child development.
Renée D. Lapointe (not pictured) – Renée joined the EDI team in September 2005 as a Francophone consultant. She is responsible for providing support to all Francophone boards and communities. Renée taught in French language schools for a number of years. In 1980, she obtained a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. She was appointed principal of a French language school in Hamilton in 1980, where she stayed until 2001. She has served on several boards, advisory committees and councils at the local, provincial and international level in the field of education.
Rob Raos – Rob joined the EDI team in the fall of 2004 as the Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst. He provides support and services for the mapping and spatial analysis of EDI results for locations throughout Canada. Rob has worked on various research projects featuring EDI results and socioeconomic measures and is also involved in Pan-Canadian EDI projects. Rob has a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University and a Master's degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University.
Caroline Reid-Westoby, PhD. – Caroline joined the EDI team in October 2012. She is responsible primarily for the implementation of the EDI across Canada. Caroline obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, her Master's degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University, and she completed her PhD at York University in Kinesiology and Health Science in January 2013. She is also fluently bilingual in both English and French.
Amanda Schell – Amanda joined the EDI team in the spring of 2011, after completing her Master's degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Amanda is a research assistant and is responsible for the preparation and cleaning of the EDI and KPS data sets. Additionally, Amanda assists with the data analyses involved with reporting and other projects.
Cindy Walsh – Cindy has been a staff member of McMaster University for over 28 years, and prior to joining the EDI project was Dan Offord's administrative assistant for 10 years. Working alongside "Dr. Dan" developed her interest in research and provided her with a wealth of administrative experiences. Cindy joined the EDI Project in its infancy, and was instrumental in developing its scope. Currently she is the manager of the Early Development research program and administrator of all international collaborations.