• Barr, Ronald G.

    Senior Clinician Scientist, CFRI
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Fellow, Experienced-based Brain and Biological Development Program, Canadian Institute of Advanced Research
    Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Community Child Health Research
    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    604-875-2000 ext. 7474
    Mailing Address
    BC Children's Hospital

    Room F508, 4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Developmental/behavioural pediatrics
    • Infant pain
    • Infant crying and colic
    • Inflicted abuse prevention
    • Shaken baby syndrome
    • Nutrient effects on behaviour
    • Infant memory
    My research focuses on understanding the significant interactions between caregivers and infants, on both behavioural and biological levels, that contribute to infants benefiting from the challenges of early development.
    Current Projects

    Current research projects include:

    • The effect of feeding, nutrients and mother’s voice on infant memory
    • Affective responses to prolonged crying bouts in infants
    • A PDA (Palm Pilot) version of the the "Baby’s Day Diary"
    • "The Period of PURPLE Crying" intervention program to prevent shaken baby syndrome
    Selected Publications

    Barr, RG. Mother and Child: Preparing for a Life. In: Keating DP, editor. Nature and Nurture in Early Child Development. New York: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 3, pp 70-96, 2011.

    Barr RG, Fujiwara T. Crying in infants. In: Rudolph CD, Rudolph AM, Lister GE, First LR, Gershon AA, eds: Rudolph’s Pediatrics, 22nd Edition. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011, Chapter 83, pp 318-321.

    Lam J, Barr RG, Catherine N, Tsui H, Hahnhaussen CL, Pauwels J, Brant R. Electronic and paper diary recording of infant and caregiver behaviors. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, November 2010, 31(9):685-693.

    Barr RG. Commentary: "Infant abuse in rhesus macaques as an example of early experience 'getting under the skin.'" In: Worthman CM, Plotsky PM, Schechter DS, Cummings CA, eds. Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp 238-247, 2010.

    Runyan DK, Hennink-Kaminski HJ, Zolotor AJ, Barr RG, Murphy RA, Barr M, Sullivan K, Dougall EK, Nocera M. Designing and testing a shaken baby syndrome prevention program - the period of PURPLE crying: keeping babies safe in North Carolina. Social Marketing Quarterly, Nov. 2009;15(4):2-24.

    Barr RG, Rivara FP, Barr M, Cummings P, Taylor J, Lengua LJ, Meredith-Benitz E.: Effectiveness of educational materials designed to change knowledge and behaviors regarding crying and shaken-baby syndrome in mothers of newborns: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2009 Mar;123(3):972-80.

    Barr RG, Barr M, Fujiwara T, Conway J, Catherine N, Brant R.: Do educational materials change knowledge and behaviour about crying and shaken baby syndrome? A randomized controlled trial. CMAJ. 2009 Mar 31;180(7):727-33.

    Ouellet-Morin I, Dionne G, Pérusse D, Lupien SJ, Arseneault L, Barr RG, Tremblay RE, Boivin M.: Daytime cortisol secretion in 6-month-old twins: genetic and environmental contributions as a function of early familial adversity. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Mar 1;65(5):409-16.

    Ouellet-Morin I, Boivin M, Dionne G, Lupien SJ, Arsenault L, Barr RG, Pérusse D, Tremblay RE. Variations in heritability of cortisol reactivity to stress as a function of early familial adversity among 19-month-old twins. Arch Gen Psychiatry, Feb.2008;65(2):211-218. (Named a top ten best scientific paper on early child development in 2008 by Centre for Excellence on Early Child Development and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD), Bulletin on Early Childhood Development, 2009, 8(1):5).

    Catherine NL, Ko JJ, Barr RG.: Getting the word out: advice on crying and colic in popular parenting magazines. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Dec;29(6):508-11.

    Barr RG, Runyan DK.: Inflicted childhood neurotrauma: the problem set and challenges to measuring incidence. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Apr;34(4 Suppl):S106-11.

    Honours & Awards

    2014 Paediatric Academic Leadership Clinician Investigator Award, Peadiatric Chairs of Canada

    Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship Award, CFRI Member Recognition Awards

    Canada Research Chair in Community Child Health Research – 2003-2015 

    Director, Experience-based Brain and Biological Development, Canadian Institute of Advanced Research – 2003-2008

    McGill University Chair in Child Development, McGill University – 2000-2005

    Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Howard Webster Foundation – 2001-2003

    Research Award, Ambulatory Pediatric Association – 2001-2002

    Research Group Members
    Mandy Chen - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Heather Beveridge - Ph.D. Student
    Jill Quirt - M.Sc. Student
    Erica Miller - Research Assistant
    Julia JohnsonBaker - Research Assistant
    Nadya Moisseeva - Research Assistant
    Carolyn Reardon - Research Assistant