Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent)

Mental Health Research at CHEO integrates the three pillars of our mission of high quality clinical care, ground-breaking research, and the education of the next generation of clinical scholars. A number of active research groups exist in psychiatric emergency services, eating disorders, ADHD, pediatric-mental health interface, and knowledge mobilization and outcomes management. Among the research scholars are local, provincial, national, and international leaders of research in child and youth mental health. All of the research enterprises are fully embedded in clinical practice creating the opportunity for the mental health community to be the type of learning environment expected in one of Canada’s leading pediatric teaching hospitals.

Research Projects

  1. Medications for sleep disturbance in children and adolescents with depression: a survey of Canadian child and adolescent psychiatrists

    01/03/2020

    Melatonin and certain off-label psychotropic drugs are perceived as being more effective and appropriate to address sleep disturbances in children and adolescents with depression.

  2. Could long-term administration of melatonin to prepubertal children affect timing of puberty? A clinician’s perspective

    31/01/2019

    We conclude that to investigate an association between melatonin and pubertal timing, it will be important to conduct long-term randomized controlled trials of latency age children and also examine the cellular and systems-level interactions between melatonin and kisspeptin, a recently identified neuropeptide with a locus of action at the gonadotropin releasing hormone neurons that is important in contributing to the timing of puberty onset.

Researchers

  1. Addo Boafo

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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  2. Paula Cloutier

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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  3. Stephanie Greenham

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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  4. Phillippe Robaey

    Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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  5. Wendy Spettigue

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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