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J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Aug 1;43(7):716-722. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy017.

Pioneer Paper: An Accidental Scientist: Chance, Failure, Risk-Taking, and Mentoring.

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Dalhousie University.
IWK Health Centre.

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I never intended to become a scientist. My career developed on the basis of chance happenings, repeated failure, the willingness to take risks and the acceptance and provision of mentoring. My career has included periods of difficulty and shifted back and forth between academic health centers and universities in Canada. Although I have been amply recognized for my successes, my greatest learning has come from my failures. My greatest satisfaction has been in the development, evaluation and dissemination of interventions. The combination of intellectual stimulation and emotional gratification has meant a rewarding career.

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