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Mark Ferro


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.

Featured Publications

  • Saigal S, Ferro MA, Van Lieshout RJ, Schmidt LA, Morrison KM, Boyle MH. Health-related quality of life trajectories of extremely low birth weight survivors into adulthood. Journal of Pediatrics 2016;179(December):68-73.
  • Ferro MA, Van Lieshout RJ, Ohayon J, Scott JG. Emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents and young adults with food allergy. Allergy 2016;71(4):532-540.
  • Ferro MA, Gorter JW, Boyle MH. Trajectories of depressive symptoms in Canadian emerging adults. American Journal of Public Health 2015;105(11):2322-2327.
  • Ferro MA & Boyle. The impact of chronic physical illness, maternal depressive symptoms, family functioning, and self-esteem on symptoms of anxiety and depression in children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2015;43(1):177-187.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Multimorbidity in Children and Youth across the Lifecourse (MY LIFE)
  • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University, 2011
  • PhD, Western University, 2011
  • MSc, University of Saskatchewan, 2006
  • BSc (Hon), McMaster University, 2004

Research Areas

  • Intersection of physical and mental health in youth
  • Psychosocial outcome trajectories from childhood to young adulthood
  • Health service use among youth with multimorbidity
  • Family influences on child mental health
  • Measurement of mental health and health-related quality of life

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