Dr. John Cairney has a joint appointment as Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Family Medicine.
He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario in 2002. He also completed post-doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology under Dr. Michael Boyle and Dr. Dan Offord at the Centre for Studies of Children at Risk at McMaster University.
Prior to coming to McMaster, Dr. Cairney held a Canada Research Chair in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (2005-2008), and was also Senior Scientist in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Dr. Cairney is the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Professorship in Child Health Research, and is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Since 2013, he has been the Director of the Infant and Child Health Research (INCH) Lab. He also serves on the Editorial Board of two journals – Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and BMC Pediatrics. Dr. Cairney is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Current Developmental Disorders Reports, published by Springer.