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The 1983 Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS) provided information on the epidemiology of child mental disorder in Ontario, including levels of child mental health need, socio-demographic variation in the population, and use of mental health services. Since that time, there have been substantial changes in Canada’s economic and demographic conditions that may pose threats to the mental health of children as well as policy and program changes designed to reduce mental health inequities among children. Little is known about the net effect of these changes. The 2014 OCHS and associated School Mental Health Surveys are designed to address the evidence gap on children’s mental health that has grown in the past 30 years.
The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys are currently being implemented in 180 communities and 240 schools across Ontario. This presentation introduces both projects and outlines what we will learn about child and student mental health and the potential impact of these findings.
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Presenters: Dr. Kathy Georgiades, Laura Duncan, Melissa Kimber and Anna Kata
Dr. Kathy Georgiades is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She holds the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies and a CIHR New Investigator Award. Kathy is a co-principal investigator of the 2014 OCHS.
Laura Duncan completed a master of arts in sociology at McMaster University and worked as an analyst for Statistics Canada at the McMaster Research Data Centre before joining the Offord Centre for Child Studies as a research coordinator. She brings experience in study coordination, design, and measurement development gained from implementing two Hamilton-based studies on child mental health and conducting secondary data analyses with large-scale datasets. She is presently coordinating the 2014 OCHS.
Melissa Kimber is a doctoral candidate in the Health Research Methodology Program under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Georgiades. Melissa’s research focuses on the social and psychological well-being of first and second generation immigrant youth living in Canada and the United States. Melissa is a co-investigator and the research coordinator for the 2014 OCHS School Mental Health Surveys.
Anna Kata is a full-time research coordinator at the Offord Centre for Child Studies and is supporting the 2014 OCHS team. She has previously worked on two other research studies at the Offord Centre, one examining peer provocation and the other testing measurement equivalency. Her background is in psychology and anthropology, with her graduate work examining the anti-vaccination movement. Her research interests revolve around public health; she is currently working toward a master of public health degree.
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