Heather Prime

Assistant Professor

Email address(es):

hprime@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

Google Scholar
Research Gate

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Degrees

PhD School and Clinical Child Psychology -
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Biography

Dr. Prime joined the Department of Psychology at York University in 2020, following a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University. Her research program uses a family-based approach to understanding and supporting socio-emotional and cognitive development in young children, with a focus on family interactions and relationships.

Dr. Prime is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and she is a practicing clinical psychologist in the Greater Toronto Area, with expertise in working with the family unit to support children’s mental health and well-being. As a clinical psychologist, she is committed to using her clinical training to guide her research, and she emphasizes clinical utility in her research endeavors.

Selected Publications

The following are a selection of representative publications of Dr. Prime. Complete and up-to-date list of publications can be found on Google Scholar and/or ResearchGate



Prime, H., Wade, M., & Browne, D.T. (2020). Risk and Resilience in Family Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. American Psychologist.



*Madigan, S., *Prime, H., Graham, S. A., Rodrigues, M., Anderson, N., Khoury, J., & Jenkins, J. M. (2019). Parenting behavior and child language: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 144(4), e20183556. *Co-first authors, listed alphabetically.



Prime, H., Wade, M., & Gonzalez, A. (2019). The link between maternal and child verbal abilities: An indirect effect through maternal responsiveness. Developmental Science, e12907.



Prime, H., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Birth order and preschool children’s cooperative abilities: A within-family analysis. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 35, 392-405.



Prime, H., Browne, D., Akbari, E., Wade, M., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (2015). The development of a measure of maternal cognitive sensitivity appropriate for use in primary care health settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 488-495.



Prime, H., Pauker, S., Plamondon, A., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. (2014). Sibship size, sibling cognitive sensitivity, and children’s receptive vocabulary. Pediatrics, e394-e401.


Affiliations

College of Psychologists of Ontario

Canadian Psychological Association

Ontario Psychological Association

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Prime is interested in risk and resiliency processes involving social disadvantage, caregiver and family well-being, and children’s development and mental health. Current activities include:

(1) The development and evaluation of family-based early intervention programs, in collaboration with the Family Check Up – Canada team at McMaster University;

(2) Knowledge synthesis activities used to examine pre-existing literature on early family-based interventions (SSHRC funded);

(3) The development of behavioural observation tools for assessing family interaction patterns;

(4) Secondary analysis of pre-existing longitudinal datasets in order to better understand social determinants of early childhood development; and

(5) Examining the ongoing impact of social disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic on family well-being and child adjustment.