Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner (UBC-Okanagan) and Dr. Barbara Lee (UBC-Vancouver),  CSSCF Directors (May 2022).

The Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families (CSSCF) was originally established in 2011 by Dr. Susan J. Wells, UBC-O professor emerita, with a Canadian Foundation for Innovation infrastructure grant. The Centre continues to advance research related to services for children and families and contribute to evidence-based practices and policies in British Columbia and beyond.

CSSCF Mission:

To identify and support the development of evidence-informed policies, programs, and services aimed at improving the lives of children, youth, and families from diverse social contexts.

Primary Aims: 

  • Conducting Research: Conduct research that informs the development of evidence-based practice and policies impacting children, youth, and families.
  • Training: Train the next generation of researchers through graduate and undergraduate research assistantships.
  • Knowledge Mobilization: Translate and mobilize research-based knowledge about children, youth, and families to researchers, educators, practitioners, and the general public.
  • Partnerships: Build university-community partnerships and collaborations to enhance research, practice, and policies impacting children, youth, and families.


We acknowledge that the CSSCF is situated on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Peoples.

(Last updated: January 25, 2023)