Our Current Projects!

Barbara Morrongiello: Canadian Research Chair in Child and Youth Injury Prevention.



 Virtual Reality Training System

Over the last few years we have been using a fun and innovative virtual reality technology to generate realistic traffic conditions. This system allows us to study and understand how a child would cross a 'virtual' street. Currently we are developing an interactive virtual reality training system to help teach children the skills they need to cross the street safely!

Being hit by cars when crossing streets is a major cause of injury for school-aged children, and we are the only team in Canada who is using this approach to better understand how we can help children to cross streets more safely!

Please contact us if you are interested in participating and your child falls between the ages of 7-10.


How do Parent Safety Practices Change as Infants Learn to Walk?

As infants grow and become more active parents need to adjust their safety practices. In this research project we're interested in studying the types of changes that parents implement as their baby becomes more active at home. 

We are in need of infants who have just started sitting upon their own. The study involves several visits to participants' homes to talk about home safety practices. Parents will also help us by filling out some diary sheets about their baby's activities in the home.

This study will help us develop useful guidelines for parents about how to prevent injuries to their increasingly active infant.

How do Emotional Factors Influence Children's Risk Taking During Play Over Time?

Whether children perform or avoid risky behaviours depends on a combination of many factors. This study extends findings that children are more likely to take risks when they are emotionally aroused and focused on fun and with peers. We would like to know whether this risk-taking behaviour continues after an extended period of time.  Indeed, this may play a role in why being with peers actually increases children's risk of injury!

For this study we are looking for mothers or fathers of 7 - 9 year old children to come to the CDRU with their child and answer some questionnaires while their child does some fun activities (like playing a video-game and running through a obstacle course).

This study has the potential to gain new ground in this area, and can eventually help us teach children to better understand their behaviour and reduce risk-taking decisions when in certain circumstances. Please contact us if you have a 7 - 9 year old who might be interested in participating!