Joelene Huber


Project Investigator, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Joelene Huber is a Developmental Pediatrician (MD/PhD) in the Inner City Health program at St. Michael’s Hospital and medical outreach programs with a special interest in urban and global health, child development and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She has a Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University, a Master of Science from McGill University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science from the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on: 1) Smartphone app development for teaching and training children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and neurotypically-developing children about health and safety; and 2) Cultural competence in medical care.

Dr. Huber recently completed a Broadcast Journalism program at Seneca @ York and is completing a Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She has become a leading media health expert and medical journalist, appearing regularly on major network TV news programs to provide knowledge translation of health research and guidelines ( and She holds medical research grants, has published several medical research articles, presented at numerous conferences and is an author in two medical textbooks.

Please note: Dr. Huber is not taking any summer students.


Recent Publications

  1. Ho, K, Minhas, R, Young, E, Sgro, M, Huber, JF. Paediatric hyperthermia-related deaths while entrapped and unattended inside vehicles: The Canadian experience and anticipatory guidance for prevention. Paediatr Child Health. 2020;25 (3):143-148. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxz087. PubMed PMID:32296275 PubMed Central PMC7147705.
  2. Wang, M, Jegathesan, T, Young, E, Huber, J, Minhas, R. Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Monolingual vs Bilingual Homes: A Scoping Review. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2018;39 (5):434-446. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000574. PubMed PMID:29746381 .
  3. Minhas, RS, Graham, H, Jegathesan, T, Huber, J, Young, E, Barozzino, T et al.. Supporting the developmental health of refugee children and youth. Paediatr Child Health. 2017;22 (2):68-71. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxx003. PubMed PMID:29479183 PubMed Central PMC5804573.
  4. Kobylianskii, A, Jegathesan, T, Young, E, Fung, K, Huber, J, Minhas, RS et al.. Experiences of Inner-City Fathers of Children With Chronic Illness. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018;57 (7):792-801. doi: 10.1177/0009922817734361. PubMed PMID:28969464 .
  5. Porepa, M, Chan, M, Huber, J, Lam, CG, Au, H, Birken, CS et al.. Creating a student-led health magazine with an urban, multicultural, resource-restricted elementary school: Approach, process and impact. Paediatr Child Health. 2016;21 (3):119-22. doi: 10.1093/pch/21.3.119. PubMed PMID:27398046 PubMed Central PMC4933067.
  6. Shinghal, T, Cushing, S, Gordon, KA, Huber, JF, Lee, J, Papsin, B et al.. Seizure activity following cochlear implantation: is it the implant?. Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;76 (5):704-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2012.02.024. PubMed PMID:22386273 .
  7. Fehlings, D, Switzer, L, Agarwal, P, Wong, C, Sochett, E, Stevenson, R et al.. Informing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for children with cerebral palsy at risk of osteoporosis: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012;54 (2):106-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04091.x. PubMed PMID:22111966 .
  8. Porepa, M, Lam, C, Huber, JF, Au, H, Birken, CS. Kids on kids' health: Creating a child health magazine with students from an urban, multicultural, low-income elementary school. Paediatr Child Health. 2009;14 (4):219-21. doi: 10.1093/pch/14.4.219. PubMed PMID:20357917 PubMed Central PMC2690532.
  9. Huber, JF, Bradley, K, Spiegler, B, Dennis, M. Long-term neuromotor speech deficits in survivors of childhood posterior fossa tumors: effects of tumor type, radiation, age at diagnosis, and survival years. J. Child Neurol. 2007;22 (7):848-54. doi: 10.1177/0883073807303995. PubMed PMID:17715277 .
  10. Barnes, MA, Huber, J, Johnston, AM, Dennis, M. A model of comprehension in spina bifida meningomyelocele: meaning activation, integration, and revision. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007;13 (5):854-64. doi: 10.1017/S1355617707071172. PubMed PMID:17697417 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Developmental Pediatrician, Inner City Health Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children