Michael Cheng

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Michael Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and a psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where he helps families cope with modern society by helping them (re)attach to nature, people and other things that give purpose and meaning.

He is the co-founder of eMentalHealth.ca, which provides information to families and professionals about mental health and resources. As a parent, he knows first hand the challenge of staying connected to nature and fellow humans in an increasingly virtual world, and now the added challenge that pandemic parenting has brought us.

Dr. Cheng is happy to speak on a wide variety of topics, including child and youth mental health, technology and mental health, nature, self-regulation and self-compassion.

Research Projects

  1. Evaluation of eMentalHealth.ca, a Canadian Mental Health Website Portal: Mixed Methods Assessment


    Web analytic results showed that from January 1 to December 31, 2017, there were 651,107 users, with 1.97 million page views.

  2. A Pilot Study of Citalopram Treatment in Preventing Relapse of Depressive Episode after Acute Treatment


    Subjects with depression who responded to open label treatment with citalopram in 12-week acute phase were randomized to continued treatment with citalopram or placebo for 24 weeks.