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Ellen Lipman.2016


Dr. Ellen Lipman is a child psychiatrist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University. She is currently Head, Academic Division of Child Psychiatry, and Chief of the Department of Child Psychiatry at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. Her clinical work includes consultation to outpatient services at the Child and Youth Mental Health Program, McMaster Children's Hospital. Dr. Lipman’s main research interests are in the areas of single-parent families, teen mothers, disadvantaged children, group therapies, effectiveness studies, child and adolescent psychiatry, and epidemiology.

Featured Publications

DeWit DJ, Lipman E, DaCosta J, Graham K, Larose S, Pepler D, Coyle J, DuBois D, Manzano-Munguia M, Ferro A.  Predictors of early versus late match relationship beginnings in Big Brothers Big Sisters community programs.  Children and Youth Services Review.  Feb 2016; 61:281-287. 

Bennett K, Rhodes A, Duda S, Cheung A, Manassis K, Links P, Mushquash C, Braunberger P, Newton A, Kutcher S, Bridge J, Santos R, Manion I, McLennan J, Bagnell A, Lipman E, Rice M, Szatmari S. A youth suicide prevention plan for Canada: A systematic review of reviews. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. March, 2015

Korczak D, Lipman EL, Morrison K, Szatmari P. Child and adolescent psychopathology predicts increased adult body mass index: results from a prospective community sample. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics. Feb-Mar 2014; 35:108-17

Lipman EL, Georgiades K, Boyle MH. Young adult outcomes of children born to teen mothers: Effects of being born during their teens or later years. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011; 50:232-241

Lipman EL, Kenny M, Marziali E. Providing web-based mental health services to at-risk women. BMC Women’s Health. 2011; 11:38.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Young Mothers Health Study – This study examines mental health and service use in new, young mothers in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study – examining the mental health and functioning of 10,530 children in families and neighbourhoods across Ontario


  • Subspecialty Certificate in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2013
  • M.Sc., Design, Measurement and Evaluation, McMaster University, 1997
  • Diploma in Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 1992
  • Clinical Investigator Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, 1992
  • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Psychiatry), 1989
  • Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University, 1985
  • M.Sc., Department of Medical Science, McMaster University, 1983
  • B.Sc., Department of Biology (Genetics), University of Western Ontario, 1980

Research Areas

  • Evaluation of community-based interventions for at–risk children and families.
  • Mental health and health service utilization among disadvantaged populations, including teen mothers.
  • Identification of preschoolers with disruptive behavior child psychiatric epidemiology.
  • Single-parent families
  • Disadvantaged children
  • Group therapies
  • Effectiveness studies
  • Child & adolescent psychiatry

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