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Faculty of Community Services

Sejal Patel


BSc, MA, PhD


416-979-5000, ext. 7309

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I am an associate professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies, in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. With training in developmental psychology and education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, I held CIHR Strategic Training and Peterborough K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital. I am an Affiliate Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital.

My program of research investigates the effects of innovation in (1) service provision and education, and (2) the designed environment, on inequities in children’s educational success and well-being. My research on educational success and well-being considers children’s physical, language, cognitive, social and emotional development. As a community-engaged scholar, I pursue professional goals by collaborating with community partners to carry out intervention research with marginalized populations to help reduce inner city disparities, and to mobilize knowledge to help inform local practice and public policy.

Research Interests:

Research projects:

  • SSHRC funded longitudinal research project investigating how a school redesign initiative affects children in the context of neighbourhood redevelopment.
  • SSHRC funded longitudinal research project investigating the effectiveness of Ontario’s educational early years policy on full-day kindergarten.
  • SSHRC grant for related knowledge mobilization activities.

Current Courses:

  • Foundational human development courses in the undergraduate program.
  • Graduate internship in early childhood studies course which involves experiential learning in early childhood service delivery, advocacy, and research.

Selected Publications:

Representative publications:

  • Patel, S., Corter, C., Pelletier, J., & Bertrand, J. (2016). ‘Dose-Response’ relations between participation in integrated early childhood services and child outcomes: Ecological complexities. Manuscript submitted to Early Childhood Research Quarterly: Special Issue on international research utilizing the Early Development Instrument (EDI) as a measure of early childhood. (available open access until July 4/16 at )
  • Minh, A., Patel, S., O’Campo, P. (2015). Letting youths choose for themselves: Concept mapping as a participatory research approach for program and service planning. Family & Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, 38(1), p. 33-43.
  • Patel, S., & Corter, C. (2013). Building capacity for parent involvement through school-based preschool services. Early Child Development and Care, 183(7), 981-1004.  DOI:10.1080/03004430.2012.701625
  • Patel, S., & Corter, C. (2011). Early Intervention Research, Services, and Policies. In A. Slater, M. Lewis, G. Anzures, & K. Lee (Eds.) Introduction to Infant Development, Canadian Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Corter, C., Patel, S., Pelletier, J. & Bertrand, J. (2008). The Early Development Instrument as an evaluation and improvement tool for school-based, integrated services for young children and parents: the Toronto First Duty Project. Early Education and Development, 19(5), 1-22.
  • Patel, S., Corter, C., & Pelletier, J. (2008). What do Families Want? Understanding their GOALS for Early Childhood Services. In M. Cornish (Ed.) Promising Practices for Partnering with Families In the Early Years. Family School Community Partnership Monograph series. Information Age Publishing.

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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  • Office location: KHS 363-Q, Kerr Hall South.
  • Appointment preference: By appointment.