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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Tracy Solomon, PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Former Health Systems Research Scientist
Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit


Brief Biography

Dr. Tracy Solomon was a Developmental Psychologist and Health Systems Research Scientist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She received a B.Sc. Hon. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago and as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Tracy was a staff member in the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (formerly Community Health Systems Resource Group) at SickKids from 2007 to 2018.

Research Interests

Dr. Solomon was primarily interested in early symbolic and spatial reasoning and in the development of mathematical skills. She was also interested in how research in the cognitive and neurosciences can inform classroom practice. Hence, most of her research took place in mainstream preschool and elementary school classrooms. Her primary line of work focused on identifying effective ways to teach children mathematics. She was involved in a large-scale study investigating the effectives of two different approaches to math instruction (JUMP Math and problem-based mathematics), in diverse learners. She also investigated the impact of different interventions on mathematical skills learning and recovery in long-term cancer patients who have returned to school. In a secondary line of work, she investigated the impact on self-regulation skills of two preschool curricula (Playing to Learn and TOOLS of the Mind).  

External Funding

  • 2014-2017 Keys to Succeed: Cognitive and Academic Intervention Program for Children and Adolescents Surviving Cancer, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), Co-Investigator with D. Mabbott, S. Guger, E. Bouffet, U. Bartels, T. Cunningham, L. Janzen, and T. Dockstader, CDN$ 450, 000
  • 2012-2016 Investigation of the Efficacy of the JUMP Math Program of Math Instruction. Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) USA Co-Investigator with R. Tannock, B. Ferguson and A. Dupuis,  US$ 2, 750, 000