Megan Harrison

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Megan Harrison received her medical degree from McMaster University and completed her Pediatric residency training at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. She leads many advocacy initiatives at CHEO and within the community using a strength-based, youth focused approach. Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on adolescent mothers and their children, pediatric eating disorders, vulnerable and high-risk youth, and sexual health. She thrives in collaborating with other health advocates on interdisciplinary, qualitative, arts-based research with the aim of highlighting youth voice.

Research areas: Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Adolescent Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Social Determinants of Health 

Research Projects

  1. Dismantling Inequities in Adolescent and Young Adult Health through a Sexual and Reproductive Health Justice Approach


    Healthcare providers are well positioned to advance AYAs SRH through mitigating inequities and in so doing, they are assuring the health of the population and future generations.

  2. The impact of COVID-19 on adolescents with eating disorders: a cohort study


    Further research is required to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the clinical course and outcomes of EDs in adolescents.

  3. Use of cyproheptadine to stimulate appetite and body weight gain: A systematic review


    Future prospective randomized controlled studies in low weight patients that include objective measures of appetite and intake are needed to better understand the mechanism by which CY augments weight gain.

  4. Embodied motherhood: Exploring body image in pregnant and parenting youth


    Future research exploring prepregnancy depression, eating disorder, body esteem, and depression in pregnant youth are needed.

  5. Adolescent pregnancy and eating disorders: a minireview and case report


    Further research is needed to identify risks of EDs in adolescent pregnancy, to explore the trajectory of pre-existing EDs during pregnancy and to identify effective interventions for prolonging remission into the post-partum period.