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Isabela Granic

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Isabela Granic
Isabela Granic
,PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Health Systems Research Scientist
Community Health Systems Resource Group



Research Institute
Associate Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences


University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences

Tel: (416) 813-7850
Fax: (416) 813-6011
E-mail: isabela.granic@sickkids.ca


Large-scale randomized control trials have identified specific interventions that are effective in reducing children and youths' antisocial and aggressive behaviour, but variability in treatment outcome remains a persistent problem and effect sizes are generally moderate (e.g., Brestan & Eyberg, 1998; Weersing & Weisz, 2002). We do not know why some children fail to show improvements because research has exclusively focused on whether treatments work not how they work and for whom (Kazdin, 2001, 2002). Moreover, we have almost no idea how treatment programs developed in academic settings or "in the lab" transfer to the "real world" of community service agencies.

My program of research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of change underlying "real-world" evidence-based interventions with different subtypes of antisocial youth. All of my research -- from the development of relevant research questions all the way up to analyzing and disseminating the results -- is conducted in partnership with well-established children's mental health agencies across Ontario. We are studying behavioural changes in parent-child interactions (using direct observation methods) and changes in emotion regulation processes in the brain (using neuroimaging techniques) to identify how treatments help aggressive children and families.

My colleagues and I have developed new dynamic systems methods to study change processes in these domains; methods appropriate for both research and clinical purposes (Granic & Hollenstein, 2003; Granic & Lamey, 2002). I work with an interdisciplinary research network that brings together developmental and intervention scientists, neuroscientists, and clinical directors from several Ontario children's mental health agencies. By integrating brain and behavioural processes to identify what changes when interventions work, we hope to be able to better predict and evaluate treatment effectiveness in community practice, improve outcomes by targeting key psychosocial and neuropsychological mechanisms, and refine interventions to be more sensitive to the needs of different types of youth and families.

References

Publications available for download

1. Stieben, J., Lewis, M. D., Granic, I., Zelazo, P. D., & Pepler, D. (2007). Neurophysiological mechanisms of emotion regulation for subtypes of externalizing children. Development and Psychopathology.

2. Granic, I., O?Hara, A., & Pepler, D. (in press). A dynamic systems analysis of parent-child changes associated with successful ?real-world? interventions with aggressive children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

3. Granic, I., & Patterson, G. R. (2006). Toward a comprehensive model of antisocial development: A dynamic systems approach. Psychological Review, 113. (available for download)

4. Granic, I., & Hollenstein, T. (2006). A survey of dynamic systems methods for developmental psychopathology. Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology, (Second Ed.)., (pp. 889-930). New York: Wiley.

5. Granic, I. (2006). Timing is everything: Studying developmental psychopathology from a dynamic systems perspective. Developmental Review.

6. Hollenstein, T., Granic, I., Stoolmiller, M., & Snyder, J. (2004). Rigidity in parent-child interactions and the development of externalizing and internalizing behavior in early childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32, 595-607.

7. Granic, I., & Dishion, T. (2003). Deviancy training as an absorbing peer process for antisocial youth: Concurrent and predictive validity. Social Development, 12, 314-334

8. Dishion, T. J., Bullock, B. M., & Granic, I. (2003). Pragmatism in modeling peer influence: Dynamics, outcomes, and change processes. How prevention intervention studies in the field of developmental psychopathology can inform developmental theories and models. [Special Issue]. Development and Psychopathology. 14, 969-981.

9. Dishion,, T. J., & Granic, I. (2003). Naturalistic observations of relationship processes. In M. Hersen, S. N. Haynes, & E. M. Heiby (Eds.), The comprehensive handbook of psychological assessment, volume 3: Behavioral assessment. (pp. 394?446). New York: Jossey?Bass.

10. Granic, I., Dishion, T. J., & Hollenstein, T. (2003). The family ecology of adolescence: A dynamic systems perspective on normative development. In G. R. Adams & M. Berzonsky (Eds.), The Blackwell handbook of adolescence, (pp. 60-91). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

11. Granic, I., & Hollenstein, T. (2003). Dynamic systems methods for models of developmental psychopathology. Special issue: Conceptual, Methodological, and Statistical Challenges. Development and Psychopathology, 15, 641-669

12. Granic, I., & Lamey, A. V. (2002) Combining dynamic systems and multivariate analyses to compare the mother-child interactions of externalizing subtypes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30, 265-283. (available for download)

13. Lewis, M. D., & Granic, I. (Eds.) (2000). Emotion, development and self-organization: Dynamic systems approaches to emotional development. New York: Cambridge University Press.

14. Granic, I. (2000). The self-organization of parent-child relations: Beyond bidirectional models. In M. D. Lewis & I. Granic (Eds.), Emotion, development and self-organization: Dynamic systems approaches to emotional development (pp. 267-297). New York: Cambridge University Press.

15. Lewis, M. D., & Granic, I. (1999). Self-organization of cognition-emotion interactions. In T. Dalgleish & M. Power (Eds.), The Handbook of Cognition and Emotion (pp. 683-701). Chichester: Wiley.

16. Lewis, M. D., & Granic, I. (1999). Who put the self in self-organization? A clarification of terms and concepts for developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 365-374.

17. Granic, I., & Butler, S. (1998). The relation between anger and antisocial beliefs in young offenders. Personality and Individual Differences, 24, 759-765.


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