Dr. Mark Ferro is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Systems at the University of Waterloo where he directs the Advancing Research in Children's Health (ARCH) Lab. Dr. Ferro completed his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Pediatrics (Western University) and Child Psychiatry (McMaster University).
His research focuses on advancing the understanding of youth multimorbidity—the co-occurrence of physical and mental disorders in children and youth. His work takes a developmental approach to estimating the burden of youth multimorbidity, as well as expounding the multilevel determinants of youth multimorbidity; biological (systemic inflammation) and psychosocial (family environment) mechanisms resulting in youth multimorbidity; and, through data linkage activities, how youth with multimorbidity interface with the mental health care system.
Dr. Ferro has received numerous recognitions for his research, including Early Career Award from Hamilton Health Sciences, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Government of Canada, Brain Star Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Young Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society.
Dr. Ferro is supervises graduate students in Public Health and Health Systems.