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Marilyn Ahun, B.A.

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Université de Montréal, Montréal, CanadaPhD08/2021Public Health
McGill University, Montréal, CanadaBA06/2015Psychology (Honours)

Dr. Ahun’s research focuses on:
-Examining the underlying processes through which parental mental health, particularly maternal depression, influences child development, and
-Developing new interventions to promote early child development and overall family wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries by supporting maternal and paternal mental health and caregiving practices.

She uses longitudinal data from population-based cohorts in Canada and South Africa to examine how parental depression impacts child and adolescent outcomes. She also has experience contributing to the design, implementation, and evaluation of parenting interventions in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, as well as conducting qualitative research with mothers and fathers in rural areas of Mozambique and Tanzania to examine their daily experiences of caring for young children. For her Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Ahun is strengthening her skills in implementation research by leading work to identify effective implementation strategies in parenting and mental health interventions to promote early child development and caregiver outcomes. This work will inform future efforts to develop a parenting and mental health intervention for mothers and fathers to promote early child development in Ghana.

Dr. Ahun’s work on parenting behaviours, maternal depression, and child development has been published in scientific articles and international reports including Annals of the New York Academy of Science, JAMA Network Open, Psychological Medicine, and UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2021 report.

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  1. Bliznashka L, Ahun MN, Velthausz D, Donco R, Karuskina-Drivdale S, Pinto J, Yousafzai AK, Jeong J. Effects of COVID-19 on child health services utilization and delivery in rural Mozambique: a qualitative study. Health Policy Plan. 2022 Jun 13; 37(6):737-746. PMID: 35077547; PMCID: PMC8807260.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  2. Jiwani Z, Drylewski G, Sharma S, Ahun M, Thapa S, Steele M. Adverse childhood experiences and maternal self-efficacy: Examining the mediating role of intimate partner violence and the moderating role of caste membership in rural India. Infant Ment Health J. 2022 07; 43(4):546-557. PMID: 35665944.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Psychogiou L, Ahun MN, Geoffroy MC, Brendgen M, Côté SM. Adolescents' internalizing symptoms predict dating violence victimization and perpetration 2 years later. Dev Psychopathol. 2022 Apr 27; 1-11. PMID: 35473624.
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  4. Ahun MN, Brendgen M, Côté SM, Girard A, Vitaro F, Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Dionne G. Maternal depressive symptoms and children's cognitive school readiness: the role of gene-environment interplay. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2022 06; 25(3):595-602. PMID: 35305160.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Orri M, Ahun MN, Naicker S, Besharati S, Richter LM. Childhood factors associated with suicidal ideation among South African youth: A 28-year longitudinal study of the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort. PLoS Med. 2022 03; 19(3):e1003946. PMID: 35290371; PMCID: PMC8923476.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Naicker SN, Ahun MN, Besharati S, Norris SA, Orri M, Richter LM. The Long-Term Health and Human Capital Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Birth to Thirty Cohort: Single, Cumulative, and Clustered Adversity. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 02 05; 19(3). PMID: 35162821; PMCID: PMC8835353.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Jeong J, Bliznashka L, Ahun MN, Karuskina-Drivdale S, Picolo M, Lalwani T, Pinto J, Frey M, Velthauz D, Donco R, Yousafzai AK. A pilot to promote early child development within health systems in Mozambique: a qualitative evaluation. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2022 03; 1509(1):161-183. PMID: 34859451; PMCID: PMC8978755.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Jeong J, Ahun MN, Bliznashka L, Velthausz D, Donco R, Yousafzai AK. Barriers and facilitators to father involvement in early child health services: A qualitative study in rural Mozambique. Soc Sci Med. 2021 10; 287:114363. PMID: 34500322.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Orri M, Besharati S, Ahun MN, Richter LM. Analysis of Maternal Postnatal Depression, Socioeconomic Factors, and Offspring Internalizing Symptoms in a Longitudinal Cohort in South Africa. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 08 02; 4(8):e2121667. PMID: 34410394.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Sylvestre MP, Ahun MN, O'Loughlin J. Revisiting trajectories of BMI in youth: An in-depth analysis of differences between BMI and other adiposity measures. Obes Sci Pract. 2021 Dec; 7(6):711-718. PMID: 34877010; PMCID: PMC8633937.
  11. Richter LM, Ahun MN, Besharati S, Naicker SN, Orri M. Adolescent Mental Health Problems and Adult Human Capital: Findings From the South African Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort at 28 Years of Age. J Adolesc Health. 2021 11; 69(5):782-789. PMID: 34059430.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Ahun MN, Gapare C, Gariépy G, Côté SM. Sex differences in the association between maternal depression and child and adolescent cognitive development: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychol Med. 2021 07; 51(9):1431-1440. PMID: 33958014.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Psychogiou L, Ahun MN, Boivin M, Tremblay RE, Orri M, Côté SM. The mediating role of adolescents' loneliness and social withdrawal in the association between maternal depressive symptoms and suicidality in adolescence: A 20-year population-based study. Dev Psychopathol. 2022 08; 34(3):1045-1053. PMID: 33487191.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  14. Ahun MN, Psychogiou L, Guay F, Boivin M, Tremblay RE, Côté SM. Maternal depressive symptoms and children's academic performance: sex differences in the mediating role of school experiences. Psychol Med. 2020 Dec 04; 1-10. PMID: 33272330.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  15. Orri M, Boivin M, Chen C, Ahun MN, Geoffroy MC, Ouellet-Morin I, Tremblay RE, Côté SM. Cohort Profile: Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD). Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2021 May; 56(5):883-894. PMID: 33185737.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Ahun MN, Côté SM. Maternal depressive symptoms and early childhood cognitive development: a review of putative environmental mediators. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2019 02; 22(1):15-24. PMID: 29876681.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Côté SM, Ahun MN, Herba CM, Brendgen M, Geoffroy MC, Orri M, Liu X, Vitaro F, Melchior M, Boivin M, Tremblay RE. Why Is Maternal Depression Related to Adolescent Internalizing Problems? A 15-Year Population-Based Study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 12; 57(12):916-924. PMID: 30522737.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Ahun MN, Aboud FE, Aryeetey R, Colecraft E, Marquis GS. Child development in rural Ghana: Associations between cognitive/language milestones and indicators of nutrition and stimulation of children under two years of age. Can J Public Health. 2018 01 22; 108(5-6):e578-e585. PMID: 29356667; PMCID: PMC6972364.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Ahun MN, Consoli A, Pingault JB, Falissard B, Battaglia M, Boivin M, Tremblay RE, Côté SM. Maternal depression symptoms and internalising problems in the offspring: the role of maternal and family factors. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Jul; 27(7):921-932. PMID: 29273860.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Ahun MN, Geoffroy MC, Herba CM, Brendgen M, Séguin JR, Sutter-Dallay AL, Boivin M, Tremblay RE, Côté SM. Timing and Chronicity of Maternal Depression Symptoms and Children's Verbal Abilities. J Pediatr. 2017 11; 190:251-257. PMID: 28888562.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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