Dr. Martin Guhn is an Associate Professor at the Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC. He is also a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health. Dr. Guhn has a PhD in Human Development (UBC), and degrees in Psychology and Music.

His research focuses on understanding how early childhood experiences and social, cultural, demographic, and socio-economic context factors are related to children’s and adolescents’ development, health, wellbeing, and education. His research draws from HELP’s population-based comprehensive child development monitoring system – including the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI)Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ), Early Development Instrument (EDI), and Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), and the development of the Youth Development Instrument (YDI), with PI Dr. Hasina Samji (SFU; BCCDC).

Further research interests include children’s social and emotional development, bio-ecological theories of human development, validation of population-level assessment, measurement of change over time, educational reform, and school- and community-based knowledge-to-action research.


  • Gregory T, Dal Grande E, Brushe M, Engelhardt D, Luddy S, Guhn M, et al. Associations between School Readiness and Student Wellbeing: A Six-Year Follow Up Study. Child Indicators Research. 2020. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-020-09760-6.

  • Parent N, Guhn M, Brussoni M, Almas A, Oberle E. Social determinants of playing outdoors in the neighbourhood: family characteristics, trust in neighbours and daily outdoor play in early childhood. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2020. Available from: https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-020-00355-w. 

  • Zeraatkar D, Duku E, Bennett T, Guhn M, Forer B, Brownell M, et al. Socioeconomic gradient in the developmental health of Canadian children with disabilities at school entry: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2020;10(4):e032396. Available from: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/10/4/e032396.full.pdf.

  • Gadermann, A. M., Guhn, M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Hymel, S., Thomson, K., & Hertzman, C. (2015). A population-based study of children’s well-being and health: the relative importance of social relationships, health-related activities, and income. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17, 1847–1872. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-015-9673-1.