Division of Child Psychiatry
Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Child and Youth Mental Health Program
The Child and Youth Mental Health Program (CYMHP) provides services for children, youth and families who are dealing with mental health concerns (up to their 18th birthday). The services we provide span the continuum of care, and include (1) Community Education and the Family Resource Centre, (2) the Child and Youth Emergency Mental Health Services (CHYMES), (3) Ambulatory Services, (4) Day Hospital, and (5) Inpatient Services. We are located at two sites, McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Chedoke campus of Hamilton Health Sciences (soon to move to the McMaster Children’s Health Centre). Care is provided by multi-disciplinary teams including child psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, child and youth workers, occupational therapy, and pharmacy.
Mental health problems and health service utilization of teen mothers; evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Adult Mentoring Program
Understanding neurobiological mechanisms of mood disorders in youth and possible early interventions; effects of physical activity in patients with mood disorders; multigenerational transmission of risk for psychopathology
Measurement and treatment of emotion dysregulation, primarily in adolescent patients; clinical study testing the ability of EEG to distinguish chronic irritability from depression in a broad clinical sample and how baseline EEG may be related to treatment responsiveness to antidepressant; epidemiologic study of factors associated with antidepressant responsiveness in teens, and measurement of irritability and oppositional defiant disorder
Interest/expertise in developmental psychiatry, early social communication as a marker of risk for ASD as well as neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk, early intervention targeting preschoolers at risk for ASD and other mental health/neurodevelopmental problems
Etiology and treatment of adolescents with eating disorders
Links between adolescent romantic and sexual-health risk-taking and mental health crises among youth admitted to psychiatric inpatient unit; Assessment of suicidality in adolescence and pathways to care connecting Emergency Departments and communities
Randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence
Early intervention program in pediatric OCDs; leading one of two McMaster clinical POND research sites; study of behavioral economics of hoarding and OCDs across the lifespan.
Application to Consumer
Children with mental illness and developmental disabilities deserve expert, evidence-based care that is informed by an understanding of the biological and environmental factors that shape their well-being and health development. Such a culture of care requires strong collaborations with researchers, teachers and knowledge leaders. Many of the faculty members and clinicians are involved in research that aims to improve the mental health and developmental path of children and youth. We are proud to collaborate with the Offord Centre for Child Studies in a shared mission to enhance the mental health and well-being of children with mental health and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
We are working on strengthening the link between the clinical program and academic/research initiatives of the individual researchers within the Child and Youth Mental Program, and CYMHP-wide initiatives. As we are undergoing some significant changes (e.g., move of the outpatient service to a new building, adoption of a new electronic medical record), we are working to increase these clinical/research/academic links.