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Nancy Young

Nancy Young 

Full Professor

Rural and Northern Health



School of Education Building room 205B, Education Building 

Sudbury Campus


705.675.1151 ext 4014705.675.1151 ext 4014

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Dr. Young is a full Professor at the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University and holds a Research Chair in Rural and Northern Children's Health. She represents Laurentian University on several national child health councils. In addition to her primary appointment at Laurentian, she holds an Adjunct Scientist appointment at the SickKids Research Institute, an Associate Professor appointment in Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Senior Scientist appointment at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.  These linkages support her research focus on rural and northern children and youth.

Dr. Nancy Young is working to ensure that the voices of our children are heard, when it comes to their health. Since health and quality of life are specific to the perspective of the reporter, child-centric methods are of critical importance in the measurement of children's health. Dr. Young's research has proven that children are as good as their parents and clinicians in reporting on the state of their health. Her expertise in cross-cultural adaptation of child health measures is reflected in her collaborative research internationally, including projects with Beijing Children's Hospital in China. This expertise is being applied in many countries around the worlds.

Her research is increasingly focusing on Aboriginal children.  She has played a critical role in the devleopment of the Aboriginal Children's Health and Well-being Measure (ACHWM) in collaboration with many partners including children and youth.  She  has worked in collaboration with First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups to adapt the  ACHWM for use in different regions and cultural contexts.  This work is adding numeric data to augment traditional understandings of Aboriginal children's health and is another step towards better health outcomes.  See for more information.  A webex presentation of this work is available at:

Dr. Young is also a leader within the Laurentian University research community. She is the past Director of the Research Centre for Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (ECHO) and primary supervisor to a cadre of Masters and PhD students. Training the next generation of HQP is essential to her mandate. Investing in our children's health is essential to our future. Dr. Young's research bridges from bench to bedside to backyard to improve the lives of our children.


  • BSc PT (Physical Therapy) University of Toronto
  • MSc (Clinical Epidemiology) University of Toronto
  • PhD (Medical Science) University of Toronto

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Scientist, SickKids Research Institute

Adjunct Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

On The Web


Dr. Young's research focuses on children who face unique health challenges due to disability, disadvantage, and limited health-care resources, particularly children in rural and northern regions. Her projects enable children with physical disabilities as well as those in communities distant from tertiary care hospitals to be engaged, and thus enhance the relevance of research to these children. Her research is multi-disciplinary and uses a variety of research methods including health services research, survey research and qualitative research. Over the past five years, she has been actively engaged in 26 research projects, including special projects focused on rural and northern children's health; methodological foundation projects that are essential prerequisites for her research agenda; provincial and national child health projects in which she has integrated rural and northern children; and capacity building projects unique to rural and northern regions.  The goal of her current research is to improve the health of Aboriginal children, particularly those in rural and remote communities.


I am currently teaching Research Methods (INDH 5206) to the Interdisciplinary Health Masters students and Reserch Seminars (IRNH 6057) to the Interdisciplinary PhD students in Rural and Northern Health.


  • Laurentian Univeristy Research Chair in Rural and Northern Children's Health (2015 to present)
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Rural and Northern Children's Health (2005 to 2015)
  • Ontario Ministry of Health Scholarship (1994 to 1996)


Sample Publications:

Young NL, Wabano MJ, Usuba K, Mishibinijima D, Jacko D, Burke T. Reliability of the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Well-Being Measure (ACHWM).  SpringerPlus. 2016 Dec 7;5(1):2082. DOI 10.1186/s40064-016-3776-y.   

Young NL, Jacko D, Wabano MJ, Hawthorne L, Seabrook S, Wabanosse S, Usuba K.  A Screening Mechanism to Recognize and Support Aboriginal Children At-Risk.   Canadian Journal of Public Health, Dec. 28 2016;107 (4-5).

Haverman L, Limperg PF, Young NL, Grootenhuis MA, Klaassen RJ.  Paediatric Health Related Quality of Life: What is it and Why Should We Measure it? Submitted to:  Archives of Disease in Childhood, Oct 6, 2016. DOI:10.1136/archdischild-2015-310068

Villaca P, Blanchette V, Carniero J, Ozelo M, Atunes S, Feldman B, Abad A, Usuba K, Young NL.  Validity of the Portuguese CHO-KLAT in Brazil. Heamophilia, July 25, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/hae.1303

Marsh TN, Young NL, Cote-Meek S, Najavits LM, Toulouse P. Impact of Indigenous Healing and Seeking Safety on Intergenerational Trauma and Substance Use in an Aboriginal Sample.  Addiction Research and Therapy Journal, 2016.

St-Louis J, Urajnik DJ, Ménard F, Cloutier S, Klaassen RJ, Ritchie B, Rivard GE, Warner M, Blanchette V, Young NLGeneric and Disease-Specific Quality of Life Among Youth and Young Men with Hemophilia in Canada. BMC Hematology 2016: 16 (13) 1-9.

Marsh T, Cote-Meek S, Young NL, Najavits LM, Toulouse P.  Indigenous Healing and Seeking Safety: A Blended Implementation Project for Intergenerational Trauma and Substance Use Disorders.  The International Indigenous Policy Journal. ePublished  June 8 2016.

McKeever P, Dunn J, Yantzi N, Aslam H, Doherty S, Ruddick S, Young N, Scott H. Developing an Ethnography-Based Accessibility Survey With and for Disabled ChildrenJournal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. Published Apr 1 2015;10(2). 

Ritchie SD, Wabano MJ, Corbiere RG, Russell K, Restoule B, Young NL. Connecting to the Good Life through Outdoor Adventure Leadership Experience Designed for Aboriginal Youth. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. E-published June 20, 2015.

Young NL, Wabano MJ, Usuba K, Pangowish B, Trottier M, Jacko D, Burke TA, Corbiere R. Validity of the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Well-Being Measure: Aaniish Naa Gegii?. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2015; 13(148): 1-7.

Young NL, Wabano MJ, Ritchie SD, Burke TA, Pangowish B, Corbiere R. Assessing Children’s Interpretations of the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Well-Being Measure (ACHWM). Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2015; 13(105): 1-7.

McCusker PJ, Burke TA, Holzhauer S, Fischer K, Altisent C, Grainger JD, Meunier S, Wakefield C, Blanchette VS, Young NL. International Cross Cultural Validation Study of the Canadian Hemophilia Outcomes – Kids Life Assessment Tool (CHO-KLAT). Haemophilia, 2015; 21(3): 351–357.

Wu RJ, Zhang J, Sun M, Zhou JS, Wu JS, Li N, Li X, Luke B, Poon MC, Blanchette V, Young NL. Validation of the Chinese Version of the Canadian Haemophilia Outcomes-Kids’ Life Assessment Tool (the CHO-KLAT).  Haemophilia, November 2014; 20(6): 794-799.  

Usuba K, Oddson B, Gauthier A, Young NL. Changes in Gross Motor Function and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adults with Cerebral Palsy: an 8-year follow-up study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, November 2014; 95(11): 2071-2077.

Young NL, Anselmo LA, Burke TA, McCormick A, Mukherjee S. Youth and Young Adults with Spina Bifida: Their Utilization of Physician and Hospital Services. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, March 2014; 95(3): 466-471.

Ritchie SD, Wabano MJ, Enosse L, Russell K, Restoule B, Young NL. Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing Through an Outdoor Intervention Designed for Aboriginal Adolescents. Journal of Rural and Remote Health, March 2014; 14(1): 2523.

Stewart D, Law M, Young NL, Forhan M, Healy H, Burke-Gaffney J, Freeman M. Complexities During Transitions to Adulthood for Youth with Disabilities: Person-environment interactions. Disability and Rehabilitation, February 2014; 36(23): 1998-2004.

Ritchie SD, Wabano MJ, Beardy J, Curran J, Orkin A, VanderBurgh D, Young NL. Community-based Participatory Research with Indigenous Communities: The Proximity Paradox. Health and Place, November 2013; 24: 183-189.

Cassis FRMY, Carneiro JDA, Villaça PR, Santos VN, Sandoval EPN, Roy-Charland A, Burke TA, Blanchette VS, Brandão LR, Young NL. Importance of Literacy for Self-reported Health-Related Quality of Life: A Study of Boys with Haemophilia in in São Paulo, Brazil. Haemophilia, November 2013; 19(6): 866-869.

Young NL, Wabano MJ, Burke TA, Ritchie SD, Mishibinijima D, Corbiere R. A Process for Creating the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Well-Being Measure (ACHWM). Canadian Journal of Public Health, April 2013; 104(2): e136-e141.

Young NL, Burke TA, Sheridan K, McCormick A, Mukherjee S. Health Outcomes among Youths and Adults with Spina Bifida. Journal of Pediatrics, May 2013; 162(5): 993-998 (e-published: November 19, 2012).