Allison Kennedy

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Allison Kennedy completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 1995. She has worked as a Psychologist at CHEO for over 25 years with a focus on adolescent mental health and crisis intervention. She is currently Clinical Lead for Mental Health Crisis/Emergency Services at CHEO. Dr. Kennedy is also a clinical researcher who is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for the BRAVA Study which involves the development and evaluation of a brief group treatment for adolescents who experience suicidal thoughts. She additionally has a keen interest in the implementation and evaluation of care pathways and community-hospital partnerships.

Research Projects

  1. Building Resilience and Attachment in Vulnerable Adolescents (BRAVA): a brief group intervention for adolescents with mild-to-moderate suicidal ideation and their caregivers


    Further studies are required to establish BRAVA’s efficacy in a randomized controlled trial.

  2. The HEADS-ED: Evaluating the Clinical Use of a Brief, Action-Oriented, Pediatric Mental Health Screening Tool


    Results support the HEADS-ED's use by PED physicians to help guide the assessment and referral process and for discussing the clinical needs of patients among health care providers using a common action-oriented language.