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Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is also a senior scientist at the INCH (INfant Child Health) Lab at McMaster University. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, as well as a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014 - 2018.

Dr. Clinton is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.

Featured Publications

Peer Reviewed Contributions to Books

1.         VAILLANCOURT, TRACY, CLINTON JEAN, MCDOUGALL PATRICIA, SCHMIDT LOUIS, HYMEL SThe Neurobiology of Peer Victimization and Rejection Chapter in Shane R. Jimerson, Susan M. Swearer, and Dorothy L. Espelage (eds.) The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: And International Perspective. NY: Routledge Nov 2009 Second Author

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

1.         CLINTON, JEAN, FELLER, ANDREA, RC, WILLIAMS Infant mental health: A serious concern Paediatrics and Child Health, 2016; 21(x):1-3  First Author

2.         WILLIAMS, ROBIN, CLINTON JEAN, PRICE DAVID, NOVAK NANCY Ontario’s Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit: Program Overview, Implications for Physicians Ontario Medical Review February 2010 Feb, 2010. Second Author

3.         CLINTON, JEAN How the Science of Early Child Development Has Changed My Practice Paediatrics and Child Health, Dec 2009 First Author

4.         WILLIAMS, ROBIN, CLINTON JEAN, BISCARO ANNE Ontario and the Enhanced 18-Month Well Baby Visit: Trying New Approaches Paediatrics and Child Health Vol 13 No 10 Dec 2008 pp 850-856 Second Author

5.         CLINTON, JEAN Resilience and Recovery International Journal of Children’s Spirituality Vol 13, Issue 3, Aug 2008 pgs 213-222 First Author

6.         Hamilton Wentworth Prevention Planning Initiative, A Descriptive Study of Factors Leading to the Development of Positive child Guidance Strategies -- April1997. Under my Chairmanship on the Child care Advisory Committee. Apr, 1997. First Author

7.         Child Care Needs Assessment April 1996. Under my Chairmanship on the Child care Advisory Committee. Apr, 1996. First Author

8.         Child Care Profile of Ham- Went September 1994. Under my Chairmanship on the Child care Advisory Committee. Sep, 1994. First Author

Non-Peer Reviewed Contributions to Books

1.         CLINTON, JEANAdolescent Brain Development Chapter in OPP Manual for Youth Officers 2007 First Author 

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

1.         CLINTON, JEANMental Health Issues in Children: A “Hidden “ Epidemic? Leaders and Learners Journal Summer 2009 First Author

Other Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

1.         CLINTON, JEAN Children and Poverty: Challenges and Solutions “Children and Poverty: Challenges and Solutions.” Chapter in Proceedings from International Economic Forum of Americas 2006 First Author


  • UNICEF Canada: Canadian Index of Child Well-Being (CY-INDEX)
  • Well-Being Expert Panel – Ministry of Education 2017
  • Education Advisor to the –Premiere and Minister of Education, 2014 – 2018
  • Advisory Reference Group Member, 2017 – Present
  • ZERO TO THREE Academy Leaders of the 21stCentury Fellowship, ZERO TO THREE US, 2012 - 2013
  • YMCA Women of Distinction Award Winner (Health & Sciences), YMCA, 2010
  • Naomi Rae Grant Award, Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008
  • FRCPC (Psychiatry), Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, 1986
  • MD, McMaster University, 1981
  • BA (Hons), Music, McMaster University, 1977     

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