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Kathy Georgiades received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She completed a Clinical Internship in Pediatric Psychology at The Hospital for Sick Children and a post-doctoral fellowship in Child Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University. Her program of research (a) characterizes the nature of inequalities in child and youth mental health and academic achievement, particularly among immigrant and racial/ethnic minority youth, and (b) examines the role of schools in reducing inequalities. Through this research, she hopes to inform the development of school-based preventative intervention strategies that reduce inequalities in student mental health and academic achievement. She has a strong commitment to building researcher-educator partnerships that will optimize the uptake of evidence-based strategies in school settings. Kathy has received numerous recognitions for her research, including a New Investigator Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. She currently holds a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies. 

Featured Publications

  • Wahi, G., Boyle, M. H., Morrison, K., & Georgiades, K. (2014). Body mass index among immigrant and non-immigrant youth: evidence from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 105(4), e239 – e244.
  • Patterson, B., Kyu, H. H., & Georgiades, K. (2013). Age at immigration and the occurrence of mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(4), 210-217.  
  • Georgiades, K., Boyle, M. H., & Fife, K. A. (2013). Emotional and Behavioral Problems among Adolescent Students: The Role of Immigrant, Racial/Ethnic Congruence and Belongingness in Schools. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(9), 1473-1492.
  • Kessler, R.C., Avenevoli, S., Costello, E. J., Georgiades, K.., Green, J.G., Gruber, M. J., He, J-P., Koretz, D., McLaughlin, K. A., Petukhova, M., Sampson, N. A., Zaslavsky, A.M., & Merikangas, K. R. (2012). Prevalence, persistence, and socio-demographic correlates of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(4), 372-380.
  • Georgiades, K., Boyle, M. H., & Duku, E. (2007). Contextual influences on children’s mental health and school performance: The moderating effects of family immigrant status. Child Development, 78(5), 1572-1591.
  • Clinical and Research Interests

    • Hamilton Youth Study– a study of 1,450 recent immigrant, longer-term immigrant and non-immigrant students Hamilton
    • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study – examining the mental health and functioning of 10,530 children in families and neighbourhoods across Ontario
    • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study School Mental Health Surveys – a component of the larger 2014 OCHS that will enlist schools across Ontario to study school-level influences on student mental health


    • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Child Psychiatric Epidemiology, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University, 2007
    • Clinical Internship in Pediatric Psychology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 2004
    • PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, 2003
    • MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, 1998
    • Honours B.A. in Psychology, Brock University, 1996

    Research Areas

    • Inequities in child and adolescent health
    • Children and adolescents from immigrant and racial/ethnic backgrounds
    • Contextual influences (family, school, community) on child and adolescent health

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