- BA, Simon Fraser University
- MBA, University of British Columbia
- MSN, Gonzaga University
- PhD, University of British Columbia
I am currently an evaluation consultant with the Fostering Early Development project for children in the care of the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD), co-sponsored by MCFD, Vancouver Coastal Health, and VACFASS. I also regularly consult with public health agencies on the selection and implementation of developmental and family risk screening measures and programs. I am also increasingly interested and engaged in the scholarship of global health and international engagement.
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2006 - 2012)
- HELP Affiliate (Human Early Learning Partnership), UBC
- Member, New Canadian Children and Youth Study Advisory Committee
- Member, Society for Research in Child Development
- Member, Canadian Society for International Health
- Member, Canadian Association for International Nursing
The aim of my research is to contribute to a better understanding of the social determinants and processes of child development, and to enhance public health efforts at identification, intervention and the prevention of developmental problems. Specifically, my research addresses: (1) the intersection of family and community factors that influence the health and developmental trajectories of children and youth, and (2) the evaluation of public health screening programs and family-focussed interventions to support healthy childhood development.
Early Identification of Families with Young Children at Risk: Evaluating a Public Health Screening Measure Through the Use of the NLSCY Data
The purpose of this longitudinal study is to amend the Parkyn postpartum screening instrument that is used by public health nurses across Canada to identify families with newborn children who are developmentally at risk, and compare the predictive value of the revised screen with that of the Parkyn Screen. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, we are investigating relationships between postpartum screening results and children’s health and developmental outcomes (measured primarily at ages 2-3 and 4-5 years) within a model that accounts for the effects of child care services received by the child.
Developing and Testing a Leadership Development Model
The purpose of this study is to test and refine a leadership development logic model as a foundation for leadership program development and implementation across Canada.
Using Administrative Data to Evaluate a Population-Based Parenting Intervention
This study draws on archived population-based administrative data to determine whether implementation of the Triple P parenting program is associated with population-level benefits to mothers and children under 15 years of age. The study is being conducted in partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Ministry of Child and Family Development.
Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Adolescent Internet Use: An Examination of Socio-emotional Wellbeing and Cognitive Development (PI: J. Shapka). CIHR.
Evaluating the Interacting Effects of School Readiness, Family, Neighbourhood and School Characteristics on Children’s Early Academic Achievement Through Linkage with Administrative Data. CIHR.
Children’s Health and Developmental Pathways in British Columbia: Trajectories of Vulnerability (co-PIs: C. Hertzman, E. Chen, V.S. Dahinten, & A. D’Angiulli). CIHR ICE.
Child and Youth Developmental Trajectories Research Unit (CYDTRU). (PI: C. Hertzman). MSFHR.
Raising and Leveling the Bar: A Collaborative Research Initiative on Children’s Learning, Behavioural, and Health Outcomes (PI: J. D. Willms). SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy.
The CHILD Project: Consortium For Health, Intervention, Learning And Development (PI: H. Goelman) (V. S. Dahinten is PI for the sub-project: Evaluation of a Universal Community-Based Screening System for the Early Identification of Children with Developmental Delays). SSHRC MCRI.
Vulnerable Teens: A study of Obesity, Poor Mental Health, and Risk Behaviours among Adolescents in Canada. Canadian Population Health Initiative. (PI: D. Willms). Canadian Population Health Initiative.
Family and Neighbourhood Influences on the Health and Developmental Outcomes of Preschool Children. B C Medical Services Foundation.
Lee, S.E., Dahinten, V.S., & MacPhee, M. (2016, accepted). Psychometric evaluation of the McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, ID JJNS-2015-0136.R1.
Havaei, F., MacPhee, M., & Dahinten, V.S. (2015, accepted). RNs and LPNs: emotional exhaustion and intention to leave. Journal of Nursing Management. JNM-15-0091.R1.
Almutairi, A.F., Dahinten, V.S, & Rodney, P. (2015). Almutairi’s Critical Cultural Competence model for a multicultural healthcare environment. Nursing Inquiry, 22(4), 317-325. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12099
Havaei, F., Dahinten, V.S., & MacPhee, M. (2015). The effects of perceived organizational support and span of control on the organizational commitment of novice leaders. Journal of Nursing Management. 23(3), 307-314. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12131
Premji, S.S., & Maternal Infant Global Health Team (MiGHT). (2014). Perinatal distress in women in low- and middle-income countries: Allostatic load as a framework to examine the effect of perinatal distress on preterm birth and infant health. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18 (10), 2393-2407. DOI 10.1007/s10995-014-1479-y and doi.org/10.1007/s10995-014-1539-3 (erratum).
Havaei, F., Dahinten, V.S., & MacPhee, M. (2014). Psychological competence: The key to leader empowering behaviors. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(5), 276-283. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000067
Dahinten, V.S., Arim, R.G., Guèvremont, A., & Kohen, D.E. (2014). The case for using administrative data to examine a population-based parenting intervention. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 7(2), 115-124 pages.
Dahinten, V.S. MacPhee, M., Hejazi, S., Laschinger, H., Kazanjian, M., McCutcheon, A., Skelton-Green, J., Mildon, B., O’Brien-Pallas, L. (2014). Testing the effects of an empowerment-based leadership development programme on leader and staff outcomes: Part 2 – staff outcomes. Journal of Nursing Management, 22, 16-28. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12059
MacPhee, M., Dahinten, V.S., Hejazi, S., Laschinger, H., Kazanjian, M., McCutcheon, A., Skelton-Green, J., Mildon, B., O’Brien-Pallas, L. (2014). Testing the effects of an empowerment-based leadership development programme on leader and staff outcomes: Part 1 – leader outcomes. Journal of Nursing Management, 22, 4-15. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12053
Arim, R. G., Tramonte, L., Shapka, J.D., Dahinten, V.S., & Willms, J.D. (2011). The family antecedents and the subsequent outcomes of early puberty. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(11), 1423-1435. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9638-6
Arim, R. G., Dahinten, V. S., Marshall, S. K., & Shapka, J. D. (2011). An examination of the reciprocal relationships between adolescents’ aggressive behaviours and their perceptions of parental nurturance. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(2), 207-220.
Arim, R. G., Shapka, J. D., Dahinten, V. S., & Olson, B. F. (2011). Evaluation of the factor structure of the child-report parenting questionnaire in the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (Statistics Canada Catalogue No. 82-003-XPE). Health Reports, 22(1), 1-7.
D’Angiulli, A., Warburton, W., Dahinten, V. S., & Hertzman, C. (2009). Population-level associations between preschool vulnerability and grade-four basic skills. PLoS ONE 4(11): e7692. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0007692
Hejazi, S., Dahinten, V. S., Marshall, S., & Ratner, P. (2009). Developmental pathways leading to obesity in childhood. Health Reports, 20(3). Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 82-003-XPE, 63-69.
Kohen, D., Dahinten, V. S., Khan, S., & Hertzman, C. (2008). Child care in Quebec: Access to a universal program. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 99, 451-455.
Goelman, H., Anstett, S., Backman, C., Brynelsen, D., Cameron, D., Canam, C., Dahinten, S. et al. (2008). Three complementary community-based approaches to the early identification of young children at risk for developmental delays/disorders. Infants and Young Children, 21, 306-323.
Masaro, C. L., Dahinten, V. S., Johnson, J., Ogilvie, G., & Patrick, D. M. (2008). Perceptions of sexual partner safety. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 35, 566-571.
Kohen, D.E., Leventhal, T., Dahinten, V. S., & McIntosh, C. (2008). Neighborhood disadvantage: Pathways of effects for young children. Child Development, 79, 156-169.
Dahinten, V. S., Shapka, J. D., & Willms, D. (2007). Adolescent children of adolescent mothers: The impact of family functioning on trajectories of development. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36, 195-212.
Arim, R., Shapka, J. D., Dahinten, V. S., & Willms, J. D. (2007). Patterns and correlates of pubertal development in Canadian youth: Effects of family context. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98, 91-96.
Irwin, L., Johnson, J. J., Henderson, A., Dahinten, V. S., & Hertzman, C. (2006). Examining how context shapes young children's perspectives of health. Child: Care, Health & Development, 33(4), 353-359.
Dahinten, V. S. (2003). Peer sexual harassment in adolescence. The function of gender. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 35, 56-73.
Tremblay, S., Dahinten, S., & Kohen, D. (2003). Factors related to adolescents' self-perceived health. Supplement to Health Reports (Statistics Canada, Catalogue 82-003-SPE), 14, 7-16.
Kornelsen, J., Dahinten, V. S., & Carty, E. (2003). On the road to collaboration: Nurses and newly regulated midwives in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 48(2) 126-132.
Kornelsen, J., Dahinten, V. S., Carty, E., & Gillespie, E. M. (2002). Physicians’ attitudes towards midwifery in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 1(1), 6-12.
Johnson, J. L., Ratner, P. A., Bottorff, J. L., Hall, W., & Dahinten, V. S. (2000). Preventing smoking relapse in postpartum women. Nursing Research, 49, 44-52. Reprinted in Loiselle, C. G., Profetto-McGrath, J., Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2004). Canadian essentials of nursing research (pp. 489-504). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Ratner, P. A, Johnson, J. L., Bottorff, J. L., Dahinten, V. S., & Hall, W., (2000). Twelve-month follow-up of a smoking relapse prevention intervention for postpartum women. Addictive Behaviors, 25, 81-92.
Dahinten, V. S. (1999). Peer Sexual Harassment: A barrier to the health of adolescent females? Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 31, 41-52.
Thorne, S., Canam, C., Dahinten, S., Hall, W., Henderson, A., & Reimer, S. (1998). Nursing’s metaparadigm concepts: Disimpacting the debates. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27, 1257-1268.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
Dahinten, V. S., Arim, R. G., Guèvremont, A., & Kohen, D. E. (2015). The case for using administrative data to examine a population-based parenting intervention. In J. Merrick (Ed.) Child Health and Human Development Yearbook 2014 (Chapter 12). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
Goelman, H., Ford, L., Pighini, M., Dahinten, S., Harris, S., Synnes, A., Tse, L., Ball, J., & Hayes, V. (2011). What we learned about early identification and screening. In H. Goelman, J. Pivik, and M. Guhn (Eds.), New Approaches to Research in Early Child Development: Rules, Rituals, and Realities (pp. 95-115). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hejazi, S., Dahinten, V. S., Ratner, P., & Marshall, S. (2010). Developmental trajectories of weight status in childhood and adolescence. In D. Bagchi (Ed.), Global view on childhood obesity: Current status, consequences and prevention (pp. 21-30). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
Ford, L. & Dahinten, V.S. (2005). The use of intelligence tests in the assessment of preschool children. In D. P. Flanagan & P. L. Harrison (Eds). Contemporary intellectual assessment: Theories, tests, and issues (2nd ed., pp. 487-503). New York: Guildford Press.
Dahinten, V. S., & Willms, J. D. (2002). The effects of adolescent childbearing on children’s outcomes. In J. D. Willms (Ed.), Vulnerable Children: Findings from Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (pp. 243-258). University of Alberta Press.
I currently teach quantitative research methods and statistics (N554 and N549). Other teaching interests include population health promotion and program planning and evaluation.
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