Addo Boafo

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Boafo received his undergraduate medical training in Ghana, West Africa. He obtained his Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Ottawa Medical School. He has also a degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester, UK, with distinction. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa Medical School. He is also currently a Staff Psychiatrist in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON. His research interests include adolescent suicidality and the relationship between sleep and mental health

Research Projects

  1. Quick, effective screening tasks identify children with medical conditions or disabilities needing physical literacy support.


  2. Emotional Modulation of Response Inhibition in Adolescents During Acute Suicidal Crisis: Event-Related Potentials in an Emotional Go/NoGo Task


    These findings provide more insight into inhibition difficulties in adolescents with acute suicidal risk. Interactions between emotional and inhibition processing should be considered when treating acutely suicidal youths.

  3. Characterization of physical literacy in children with chronic medical conditions compared to healthy controls: a cross-sectional study.


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


    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.

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


    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.