Lucyna Lach is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University and an Associate Member of the Departments of Paediatrics and Neurology/Neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She has a special interest in health-related quality of life and parenting of children with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Dr. Lach is principal investigator for the Quebec subsample of the pan-Canadian study on Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy, a study examining determinants of health-related quality of life in this population. She is also co-principal investigator of the CIHR Team in PARENTING MATTERS! The Biopsychosocial Context Of Parenting Children With Neurodevelopmental Disorders In Canada, providing leadership and training to four concurrent projects that will contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge in this area of study. Working closely with parents, clinical and institutional leaders, and policy makers, Dr. Lach hopes to increase awareness of what constitutes parenting, what makes a difference to how parents parent their child, and what difference parenting makes to child outcomes.
Dr. Lach is currently the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) in the Faculty of Arts. She teaches direct practice, theory, and research courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has reviewed grants for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture, and numerous peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining the faculty at McGill University in 2001, she spent 17 years as a social worker at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario where she worked in the Division of Neurology.
Dr. Lach began her professional career as a front-line social worker working with families and children with Cystic Fibrosis and neuro-developmental diagnoses at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
In the mid 1990s, Dr. Lach became involved in an interdisciplinary project with a neuropsychologist and a nurse practitioner from her clinical setting. They set out to produce the first prospective longitudinal study on the cognitive and psychosocial outcomes of children undergoing epilepsy surgery. This project launched her academic career.
Dr. Lach returned to the University of Toronto in 1995 to complete a PhD, which she earned in 2004. When a position came up at McGill in 2001, she was hired while completing her dissertation, teaching applied courses such as Family Assessment, School Social Services and Health and Social Work, and maintaining her responsibilities as co-investigator in funded research.
To students, she hopes to be a motivator, to challenge them to define their distinctive traits as social workers, and to appreciate the scholarship behind their practice. She would like to encourage them to engage in research like she did, to document what they know and do, and to feel proud of the contribution that they make to interdisciplinary teams.
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Ph.D. (University of Toronto) 2004
M.S.W (University of Toronto) 1986
B.A. (University of Toronto) 1984
Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
Nov. 2012 to - present Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
Jun. 2009 - present Associate Professor
McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work
2004-present Associate Member
McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Child Behaviour Development Program
McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Department Neurology and Neurosurgery
Sept. 2001 - May 2009 Assistant Professor
McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work
1999-2000 Sessional Lecturer
University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
1988-2001 Social Worker
Hospital For Sick Children, Division of Neurology
1986-1988 Social Worker
Hospital For Sick Children, Chest Division
Areas of interest
- Children with chronic health conditions and disabilities and their families
- Mixed-method research
- Caregiver health
- Health-related quality of life
Description of current research
Dr. Lach is part of the Centre for Research on Children and Families as well as the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal Métropolitain. She is currently working on several projects related to children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and their caregivers. Among these, she is investigating the parenting of children with NDD, and is collaborating on projects that involve development and testing of models that address determinants of health-related quality of life in youth with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. In addition, she is part of a team that is documenting and testing a model about the health of caregivers of youth with disabilities using the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth in Canada. Her research is interdisciplinary and favours a mixed-method approach. It involves both the children, their families and surrounding environment.
Recent grants (selected)
|2011-2012||Mental Health Commission of Canada||
|Parenting for the Promotion of Adolescent Mental Health
Monica Ruiz-Casares, Lucyna M. Lach, Cecile Rousseau, & Richard Sullivan.
|2009-2012||Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)||
|CHIR Team in Parenting Matters! The Biopsychosocial Context of Parenting Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Canada
Peter Rosenbaum (Nominated Principal Investigator), Lucyna M. Lach (Co-Principal Investigator); Dafna Kohen (Co-Principal Investigator); Michael Saini, Rochelle Garner, Rachel Birnbaum, David Nicholas, Jamie Brehaut, Delphine Collin-Vezina, Ted McNeill, David Nicholas, Alison Niccols, & Michael McKenzie and collaborators.
|2009-2014||Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (MSSS)||
|Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy: What Factors are Important? Quebec Subsamples of the Canadian Study of Paediatric Epielpsy Health Outcomes
Lucyna M. Lach, Michael Shevell, Lionel Carmant, Gabriel Ronen, David Streiner, Peter Rosenbaum, Charles Cunningham, & Michael Boyle.
|2008-2013||Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)||
|Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy: What Factors are Important?
Gabriel M. Ronen, David L. Streiner, Peter L. Rosenbaum, Lucyna M Lach, Michael H. Boyle, & Charles E. Cunningham.
|2008-2009||Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council--Research Development Initiative (SSHRC- RDI)||
|Parenting Children and Adolescents With Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities: A Synthesis of the Research
Lucyna M Lach, David Nicholas, Ted McNeil, & collaborators Michael Saini and Peter Rosenbaum.
|2008||Canadian Institutes of Health Research Emerging Team Grant Competition: Children with Disabilities (Bright Futures for Kids with Disabilities)||
|Parenting in a Biopsychosocial Context: Challenges, Successes, and the Impact of Parenting on the Well-Being of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Canada
Peter Rosenbaum (Nominated Principal Investigator), Lucyna M Lach (Co-Principal Investigator), Jamie Brehaut, Delphine Collin-Vézina, Rochelle Garner, Dafna Kohen, Ted McNeil, David Nicholas, & Michael Saini.
|2007-2011||Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)||
|Determinants of Participation and Quality of Life among Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy
Annette Majnemer, Denise Keiko Thomas, Michael Shevell, Lucyna M Lach, Mary Law, Norbert Schmitz, collaborators Allan Clover, Kathleen Montpetit, France Martineau, Michele Gardiner, & Louise Koclas.
|2007-2009||Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)||
|Rehabilitation Services for Pre-School Children with Primary Language Impairment : Individual Vs. Dyad Intervention
Samuel (Mazer), Annette Majnemer, Lucyna M Lach, Elin Thordardottir, & Michael Shevell.
|2007-2009||Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)||
Pandemic Planning for Paediatric Centre.
David Nicholas, Beverley Antle, Donna Kolleer, Cynthia Bruce-Barrett, Annet Matlow, Randi Shaul Zlotnik, & Lucyna M. Lach.
|2006-2007||Réseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaptation-Réadaptation
Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)
Childhood Disability – Link : A Website linking information and new knowledge to service providers and families
Annette Majnemer, Jeffrey D Atkinson, Kim Cornish, D Feldman; Eric Jean Fombonne, S Ghosh; Eva Kehayia, Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Lucyna Lach, Mindy Levin, Catherine Limperopoulos, F Malouin, Barbara Mazer, Line Nadeau; Michael Shevell; Laurie Snider.
|2006-2007||Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute||
Determinants of Quality of Life and Participation in Leisure Activities of Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy
Annette Majnemer, Lucyna Lach, Michael Shevell, Denise Thomas.
|2005-2007||Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)||
The Health of Canadian Caregivers: Can a National Longitudinal Dataset be Used to Model the Health of Caregivers of Children with Disabilities?
Jamie C Brehaut, Dafna Kohen, Anne F. Klassen, Lucyna M. Lach, Anton Miller, Peter Rosenbaum.
|2005-2006||Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)||
Latency Age Children with Epilepsy and Their Peers : Perceptions of Peer Relationships and Social Support
Lucyna M. Lach, Beverley Antle, Janice Hansen, Catherine Frazee and Karen Yoshida.
|2004-2006||Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)||
An Evaluation of the Relevance, Feasibility and Validity of Web-based Data Collection for Children
Nicholas, D., Young, N., Boydell, C.M., Hetherington, C., Varni, J.W., Snider, L.M., Lach, L.M., & King, G.
Bailey, S., Lach, L.M., & Byford-Richardson, K. Interpersonal interactions and relationships. In A. Majnemer (Ed.), Measures for Children with Developmental Disability Framed by the ICF-CY. London, UK: Mac Keith Press. (in press)
Birnbaum, R., Lach, L.M., Saposnek, D, & Macculloch, R. (2012). Co-parenting children with neurodevelopmental disorders. In K. Kuehnle & L. Drozd (Eds.), Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for the Family Court (pp. 270-329). New York: Oxford University Press.
Bogossian, A., & Lach, L.M. Environmental factors: Support and relationships. In A. Majnemer (Ed.), Measures for Children with Developmental Disability Framed by the ICF-CY. London, UK: Mac Keith Press. (in press)
Smith, M.L., et al (2012). Quality of Life in Young Adults Who Underwent Resective Surgery for Epilepsy in Childhood. Epilepsia, in press.
Arim, R.G., Garner, R.E., Brehaut, J.C., Lach, L.M., MacKenzie, M.J., Rosenbaum, P., & Kohen, D.E. Contextual influences of parenting behaviours for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: Results from a Canadian National Survey. Disability & Rehabilitation, accepted.
Kuo, Y.C. & Lach, L.M. (2012). Life decisions of Taiwanese women who care for a sibling with Cerebral Palsy. Health Care for Women International http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07399332.2012.673655
Garner, R. E., Arim, R. G., Kohen, D. E., Lach, L. M., MacKenzie, M. J., Brehaut J. C., & Rosenbaum, P. L. (2011). Parenting children with complex health conditions. Child: Care, Health & Development. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01347.x/pdf.
Brehaut, J.C., Garner, R.E., Miller, A.R., Lach, L.M., Klassen, A.F., Rosenbaum, P.L., & Kohen, D. (2011). Changes over time in the health of caregivers of children with health problems: Growth curve findings from a 10-year Canadian population-based study. American Journal of Public Health, 101(12), 2308-2316.
Cimino, T., Lach, L.M., Saini, M., & Mechan, K. (2011). Abstract quality in a systematic review: Results from a study of parenting children with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, 8(4), 369-378.
Lach, L.M. Family Matters. In: G. Ronen & P. Rosenbaum (Eds.), Health Outcomes in Young People with Neurological and Developmental Conditions. London: MacKeith Press.(submitted)
Lach, L.M., Smith, M.L., Elliot, I. Giecko, T., Olds, J., Snyder, T., McCleary, L., Whiting, S., Lowe, A., & Nimigon, J. (2010) Patient-Reported Outcome of Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: Social Inclusion or Exclusion as Young Adults? Epilepsia, in press
Ronen, G., Streiner, D.L., Verhey, L.J., Lach, L.M., Boyle, M.H., Cunningham, C.E., & Rosenbaum, P.L. (2010). Disease characteristics and psychosocial factors: Explaining the expression of quality of life in childhood epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, accepted.
Nicholas, D.B., Patershuk, C., Donna Koller, D., Bruce-Barrett, C., Lach, L.M., Zlotnik-Shaul, R., & Matlow, A., (2010). Pandemic Planning in Pediatric Care: A Website Policy Review and National Survey Data. Health Policy, accepted.
Hum, K., Smith, M.L., Lach, L.M., & Elliott, I.M. (2010). Self perceptions of social function two years after pediatric epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy & Behavior, in press.
Nicholas, D., Young, N., Lach, L.M., King, G., Reisman, J., Schippel, E., Scott, M., & Sawatzky, B. (2010). Contrasting internet and face-to-face focus groups for children with chronic health conditions: Outcomes and participant experiences. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, accepted.
Lach, L.M., Kohen, D.E., Garner, R.E., Brehaut, J.C., Miller, A.R., Klassen, A.F., & Rosenbaum, P.L. (2009). The health and psychosocial functioning of caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Disability & Rehabilitation, 31(8), 607-618.
Shikako-Thomas, K., Lach, L., Majnemer, A., Nimigon, J., Cameron, K., & Shevell, M. (2009). Quality of life from the perspective of adolescents with cerebral palsy: "I just think I'm a normal kid, I just happen to have a disability". Quality of Life Research, 18, 825-832.
Verhey, L.H., Kulik, D.M., Ronen, G.M., Rosenbaum, P.L., Lach, L.M.,; Streiner, D.L. (2009). Quality of life in childhood epilepsy: What is the level of agreement between youth and their parents? Epilepsy & Behaviour,14(2), 407-410.
Lach, L.M. Social challenges among children and adolescents with intractable epilepsy. In: J.W. Wheless, L.J. Willmore, & R.A. Brumback (Eds.), Advanced Therapy in Epilepsy, accepted. Hamilton, Ont: BC Decker, Inc. in press.
Brehaut, J.C., Kohen, D.E., Garner, R.E., Miller, A.R., Lach, L.M., Klassen, A.F., & Rosenbaum, P.L. Poorer health among caregivers of children with health problems: evidence from a national population-based study. American Journal of Public Health, accepted April 7, 2008.
Thomas, D.K., Majnemer, A., Law, M., & Lach, L.M. Determinants of participation in leisure activities among children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy: A systematic review. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, accepted.
Lach, L.M., Kohen, D.E., Garner, R.E., Miller, A.R., Brehaut, J.C., & Klassen A.F. et al. (2008). Health and psychosocial functioning of caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disorders: Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth. Disability & Rehabilitation, accepted January 23, 2008.
Elliott, I., Lach, L..M., & Smith, M.L. (2008) Psychosocial outcomes in children two years after epilepsy surgery: Has anything changed? Epilepsia, 49(4), 634-641.
Kohen, D.E., Brehaut, J.C., Garner, R.E., Miller, A.R., Lach, L.M., Klassen, A.F., & Rosenbaum, P.A. (2007). Conceptualizing childhood health problems using survey data: A comparison of key indicators. BMC Pediatrics, 7(40).Article available here.
Smith, M.L., Elliott, I.M., & Lach, L.M. (2006). Memory outcome after pediatric epilepsy surgery: Objective and subjective perspectives. Child Neuropsychology, 12, 151-164.
Nicholas, D., Globerman, J., Antle, B., McNeil, T., & Lach, L . (2006). Processes of Meta-Study: A Study of Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Chronic Health Conditions. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(1).
Lach, L.M., Ronen, G.M., Rosenbaum, P.L., Cunningham, C., Boyle, M.H., Bowman, S., & Streiner, D.L. (2006). Health-related quality of life in youth with epilepsy : Theoretical model for clinicians and researchers. Part I: The role of epilepsy and co-morbidity. Quality of Life Research, in press.
Elliott, I.M., Lach L.M., Smith M.L. (2005). 'I just want to be normal': A qualitative study exploring how children and adolescents view the impact of intractable epilepsy on their quality of life. Epilepsy & Behavior, 7(4), 664-678.
Nicholas, D., Globerman, J., Antle, B., McNeil, T., & Lach, L. (2005). Processes of Meta-Study: A Study of Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Chronic Health Conditions. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, in press.
Oxman-Martinez, J., Hanley, J., Lach, L.M., Khanlou, N., Weerasinghe, S., & Agnew, V. (2005). Intersection of Canadian policy parameters affecting women with precarious immigration status: A baseline for understanding barriers to health. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(4), 247-258.
Kadis, D.S., Stollstorff, M., Elliott, I., Lach, L.M. & Smith, M.L. (2004). Cognitive and psychological predictors of everyday memory in children with intractable epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behaviour, 5, 37-43.
Lach, L.M. (2004). Social experiences of children and adolescents diagnosed with intractable epilepsy: Maternal representations. Dissertation Abstracts International, 65 (05), (UMI No. AAT NQ91844).
Smith, M.L., Elliott, I.M., & Lach, L.M. (2004). Cognitive, psychosocial and family outcomes one year after epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia, 45(6), 1-11.
Smith, M.L., Elliott, I.M., & Lach, L.M. (2002). Cognitive skills in children with intractable epilepsy: Comparison of surgical and non-surgical candidates. Epilepsia. 43(6), 631-637.