Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCPC


Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

Dr. Barr is a past Canada Research Chair in Community Child Health Research at the University of British Columbia, Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia, Emeritus, and Former Head of Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Barr is also a Fellow of the Experience-based Brain and Biological Development Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Dr. Barr’s research and clinical work have focused on the needs of infants and young children. Dr. Barr is well-known for his studies on the biological and behavioral determinants of behavior, including pain, behavioral state and crying, cognition and memory, as well as for the outcomes of early clinical manifestations of these behaviors for later development (temperament, reactivity). A primary research interest is the primary prevention of infant abuse and shaken baby syndrome (abusive head trauma). His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Hospital for Sick Children's Foundation, the Howard Webster Fund, the WT Grant Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Dr. Barr is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He was a Fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2000-2001. He was Associate Editor of the journal Child Development, and serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen pediatric, child development, and anthropology journals. Dr. Barr is a past President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and past Chair of the Developmental Committee of the Canadian Centre of Excellence Network.