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Offord Centre

Offord Centre for Child Studies

The Offord Centre for Child Studies is a multi-disciplinary research institute established in 1992. Through collaboration across fields such as child psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, pediatrics, policy development, social work, and nursing, the Offord Centre for Child Studies’ aim is to better understand children’s mental health problems with the overall goal of improving the lives of children and youth.


Research at the Offord Centre for Child Studies is focused on promoting positive child development. We work to understand why some children grow up to be healthy, well-adjusted adults while others do not, and to find solutions that will help to prevent, or ameliorate, emotional and behavioural problems in children and youth that can result in a lifetime of suffering and disadvantage.

Our researchers have earned worldwide recognition for their work, building Canada’s reputation for excellence in health research and confirming the Offord Centre for Child Studies’ status as an international leader in the scientific study of the important issues that have an impact on children’s mental health and development.

The Offord Centre for Child Studies has a diverse group of researchers with varied academic backgrounds and research interests. These research interests can be roughly categorized into the following four areas of focus:

  • Child mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Influences on child health and development
  • Treatments, interventions, screening and services
  • Knowledge translation and community connections


Application to Consumer

Current research projects at the Offord Centre for Child Studies include work on:

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Province Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND)
  • Family Checkup Canada
  • Early Development Instrument (EDI)
  • Child Maltreatment and Family Violence Prevention
  • Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS)

Offord Centre for Child Studies’ research could not be done without partnerships and participation from numerous organizations, such as international health organizations, academic institutions, various levels of government, and at a more local level, schools and clinical service providers. The knowledge produced is then moved from the lab, research journal and academic conference to the people and organizations who can put the information to practical use.



Key Partnerships

  • Child and Youth Mental Health Program, McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Child and Youth Services

Other Faculty

  • James MacKillop, PhD
    • Application of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics to addictive disorders
  • Joey De Leo, PhD
    • Evidence-based treatment of concurrent disorders

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