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Developmental Pediatrician and Medical Director of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health in Winnipeg; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health with the University of Manitoba and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences
Dr. Hanlon-Dearman is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, where she completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital. She pursued her fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics with specific interest in the integration of child development, with social pediatrics and population health under the directorship of Dr. Sally Longstaffe. She completed her Masters of Science in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, focusing her thesis on children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This was her earliest translational work that asked families to share their needs and experiences in the developmental care of children with FASD, a disorder that truly models the intersection of biology, social medicine, and community health.
She maintains an academic practice in developmental pediatrics where she sees children with a variety of disabilities including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, global developmental delay, autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavior disorders. She is engaged in collaborative national research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also engaged in multisite clinical research on the use of an online intervention addressing sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Hanlon-Dearman sees children with neurobehavioural disabilities and sleep disorders through her work with the multidisciplinary Pediatric Sleep Program at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg.
Dr. Hanlon-Dearman has been the Program Director for the subspecialty training program in Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba and was the Preclerkship Coordinator for Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine. She currently teaches in the medical school at both the undergraduate and post graduate levels. She is highly regarded as an educator at all levels.
Her career is dedicated to improving the care and quality of life for children with developmental disabilities through clinical care, research, education, knowledge translation and advocacy. She has been awarded the Manitoba FASD Research Scientist Award to support her continued research in the care of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Hanlon-Dearman established and chairs the research group at the Manitoba FASD Centre. This group has grown to an internationally recognized presence through international collaboration in FASD education, training, and research. Recently she has provided consultation to the Scottish government on the development of FASD diagnostic teams. She is also actively engaged in cross-cutting research in autism spectrum disorders and sleep disorders in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaborating provincially and nationally with an interdisciplinary group of researchers in these areas.