Dr Shannon Stewart

Professor

Clinical Training Director, School and Applied Child Psychology Program

Profile

Dr. Shannon Stewart is a Professor within the Faculty of Education at Western University.  She is a Registered Psychologist and the Clinical Training Director for the PhD program in School and Applied Child Psychology.  Dr. Stewart is also an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) as well as a Fellow and Board Member of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers from over 35 countries developing assessment-to-intervention systems for vulnerable populations across multiple countries. As a interRAI Research Fellow, Dr. Stewart is leading the international efforts for the development of the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Suite of instruments.

My overarching program of research focuses on:

  1. Improving early identification of mental health problems and substance use
  2. Enhancing access to mental health care services
  3. Contributing to increased evidence-informed care planning to improve the functionality of mental health services across multiple service sectors

By providing a more systematic, coordinated and integrated approach to early identification and improved access to services, many of the childhood mental health problems can be improved through early diagnosis and intervention. Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on ways to better understand the complex medical, environmental, social, and psychiatric factors associated with mental health problems, treatment trajectories, and service use to better meet the needs of our children and youth. This research aims to reduce and potentially alleviate the negative consequences of mental health issues across the lifespan.

A major initiative over the last several years has been the international development of the interRAI suite of instruments for children and youth with mental health needs within a variety of service sectors (e.g., education, health, youth justice) and at different levels of service intensity (e.g., community and inpatient services for primary, secondary and tertiary care). This has also included Applications for the instruments such as: a) Collaborative Action Plans (CAPS) to support evidence-informed care planning; b) outcome measurement to evaluate programs; c) case mix systems to address resource allocation and intensity of services; and d) quality indicators for bench marking to improve outcomes across schools, hospitals, agencies and facilities. An essential part of this process is the facilitation and transfer of evidence to enhance knowledge mobilization and improve capacity building within the child and youth mental health service system.

Other areas of interest include trauma, school disengagement, non-suicidal self-injury, suicide risk, aggression, substance use, complex special needs, predictors of re-hospitalization, residential outcomes related to treatment sustainability, continuity of care and transition across service sectors. Dr. Stewart holds grants at the National and International levels concentrating on improving services for vulnerable children and youth exhibiting mental health struggles and their families.

Expertise Areas

Research

Research funding has been obtained from a variety of sources including: The Centre of Excellence in Children’s Mental Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Greenshield Foundation, Ontario Government’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Trillium Foundation, London Community Foundation, and the Volunteer Organization for the Child and Parent Resource Institute.

Grants Over $500,000

Reid, R. J. (PI), Brown, J. B. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L., Carter, J., Forchuk, C., Leschied, A., Ryan, B., Wickett, J. (2015-2018).  Perspectives on Transition into Adult Care for children and youth with Ongoing Mental Health Problems: Building a Foundation for New Models of Care. To be submitted to Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Stewart, S.L. (P.I), Hirdes, J. (Co-PI.), Gilpin, M., King, C., Leschied, A., & Perlman, C. (2015-2018).  The interRAI Education instrument: Identifying and responding to student mental health needs. To be Submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Grants Over $250,000

Reid, R. J. (PI), Brown, J. B. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L., Carter, J., Forchuk, C., Leschied, A., Ryan, B., Wickett, J. (2015-2018).  Perspectives on Transition into Adult Care for children and youth with Ongoing Mental Health Problems: Building a Foundation for New Models of Care. To be submitted to Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Stewart, S.L. (P.I), Hirdes, J. (Co-PI.), Gilpin, M., King, C., Leschied, A., & Perlman, C. (2015-2018).  The interRAI Education instrument: Identifying and responding to student mental health needs. To be Submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Grants Over $100,000

Collin-Vexina, E., Stewart, S.L., et al. (2019-2020). Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. SSHRC Partnership Grant, 20,000.00.

Goodman, D., (PI), Snow, K., Stewart, S. L., Duku, E. (2019-2021). The JoyPop App:  An intervention for adolescents experiencing challenges.  Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children's Mental Health, $50,000.

Collin-Vezina, D., (PI), Wekerle, C., Stewart, S. L., Daigneault, I., Laurier, C, Godbout, N., Milot, T., Romano, E., Milne, L., Alaggia, R., (2019-2020).  A One-Year Series of Outreach Activities on Childhood Complex Trauma: Developing a Cohesive Intersectoral Approach to Trauma-Informed Child & Youth Services, SSHRC Connection Grant $50,000.00

Lu, Shang (PI), Lu, Hao, Zhu, Shimin, Ni, Shiguang, & Stewart, S. L. (2019).   Assessing Chinese Child and Youth Mental Health: Validation and Localization of the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Screener (ChYMH-S). University of Hong Kong. $119, 837 (HKD)

Stewart, S. L. (2018-2019).  Family factors, psychiatric issues and mental health of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities with intellectual disability in Canada. C. K. Kingsley Award, $8500.

Perlman, C. M., Stewart, S. L., Ferro, M., Porath, A., Hall, B. (2017-2018). Cannabis legalization and mental health outcomes monitoring system. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medicinal Cannabis. $119,985.00

Stewart, S. L., & Hassani, K. F.  (2017-2018). Mental health of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities with intellectual disability in Canada. C. K. Kingsley Award, $9000.

Stewart, S. L. & Arbeau, K. (2017-2018). Criterion validity of the child and youth mental health and developmental disability instrument. C. K. Kinsley award, $8,985.

Stewart, S. L. (P.I) & Leschied, A. (2016 – 2021). Domestic violence, abuse and trauma: The implementation of interRAI Child and Youth Collaborative Action Plans to improve outcomes for children and youth. Public Health Agency of Canada, $999,289

Stewart, S. L. (PI). (2015-2018). Construction and validation of the interRAI 0-3. Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), $180,000

Stewart, S. L. (PI), Iantosca, J., & Wittstein, A. (2015-2018). Construction and validation of the interRAI 0-3. London Community Foundation Grant, $77,000

Stewart, S. L. (2016-2019).  interRAI 0-3: Care planning development for high risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Funded by the Local Poverty Reduction Grant, $470, 000.

Reid, G.J., Barwick, M., Cairney, J., Carter, P., Kurdyak, P., Neufeld, R., Schraeder, K., St. Pierre, J., Stewart, S. L., Tobon, J., Vingilis, E., & Zaric, G. (2015-2017) Before, during, and after: Service use in the mental health and health sectors within Ontario for children and youth with mental health problems. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), $630,232.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), Schwean, V., & Saklofske, D. (2014-2017). The Single Ceiling Project. Community Vitality Grant from the London Community Foundation, $150,000.

Reid, G. J., Schraeder, K., Brown, J., Stewart, S. L., Forchuk, C., Ryan, B., Wickett, J., Leschied. A., & Carter, J. (2013-2016). A Multiperspective study on transition to adult care for youth with mental health issues. Lawson Health Research Institute Internal Research Fund (IRF), $15,000.

Erickson, P. (Co-PI), Vingilis, E. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L. (Co-PI), Bondy, S., Carlisle, C., Kolla, N., Hamilton, N., & Wheeler, P. (2013-2020). Connecting youth in custody with mental health services. Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Partnership for Health Service Improvement, (PHSI), $589,011

Stewart, S. L. (2014-2015). Arkansas Universal Assessment Project.  Funded by the Behavioral Health Division of the Government of Arkansas, $157,006.

Fisman, S., Jeanson, J., Sukkera, J., & Stewart, S. L. (2014-2015).  Enhancing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:  Program training and research initiative.  Children’s Health Foundation, $105,164.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), & Kelly, T. (2013-2015).  Development, piloting, statistical analysis of interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) and Child and Youth Mental Health-Developmental Disability suite of tools.  London Community Foundation, $100,000.

Reid, G. J. (PI), Stewart, S. L., Cairney, J., Alders, G., & Chong, N. (2013-2014).  Data linkage for children’s mental health and health services: Proof of concept.  Western University, $4,637.

Canadian Youth Network for Innovation in Mental Health. (2013). Transformational research in adolescent mental health. Combination of Graham Boeckh Foundation and CIHR, $24,832 (Phase 1).

Stewart, S. L. (2011-2013).  RAI Mental Health System for children and youth:  Development, implementation and evaluation.  Volunteer Organization of Child and Parent Resource Institute (VOCPRI), $100,000.

Reid, G. J. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L. (Co-PI), Barwick, M., Carter, J., Evans, B., Leschied, A. W., Neufeld, R., St. Pierre, J., Tobon, J., Vingilis, E., & Zaric, G. (2010-2013).  Predicting and understanding patterns of service utilization within children's mental health agencies. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), $336,160.

Ninan, A. (PI), Stewart, S. L., Evans, R., & Theall-Honey, L. A. (2011-2012).  Conducting the second phase of an evaluation of evidence-based side-effect monitoring checklists for psychotropic medications with youth in residential care. AHSC AFP Innovation Fund, $21,513

Reid, G. J. (Co-PI), Tobon, J. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L., Evans, B., Brown, J. B., & Goffin, R. (2010-2012).  Continuity of care in children's mental health:  Development of a measure (2 years).  Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Advancing Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Health Research, $195,482.

DeOlivera, C. A., Stewart, S. L., & Rupert, K. (2011).  Evaluation of the Circle of Security program.  The Arcangelo Rea Family Foundation, $30,000.

Stewart, S. L. (2010-2011).  Working together for kids’ mental health.  Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Policy Development and Program Design Division, $75,000.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), Leschied, A. W., & Swart, G. T. (2010-2011).  Planning, access, and use of mental health services for youth in care:  Review of research literature.  Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Research and Outcome Measurement Branch, Strategic Research Fund, $29,982.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), & Marshman, M. (2010-2011).  A specialized sexual behaviour team:  Reduction of sexually inappropriate behaviours in children/youth with complex mental health and developmental difficulties.  The Provincial Centre of Excellence at CHEO, $31,683.

Reid, G. J. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L. (Co-PI), Barwick, M., Cunningham, C., Carter, J., Evans, B., Leschied, A. W., Neufeld, R., St. Pierre, J., Tobon, J., Vingilis, E., & Zaric, G. (2008-2010).  Exploring patterns of service utilization within children’s mental health agencies (2 years).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $149,467.

Stewart, S. L. (Co-PI), & Leschied, A. W. (Co-PI) (2008-2009).  Investigating the impact of intensive residential treatment on children referred from the Child Welfare System:  The nature of maltreatment.  The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $30,000 as part of 2003-2008 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Emerging Team (NET) Violence, Gender, and Health Program: The Impact of child maltreatment on adolescent and adult health outcomes $1,295,531.00 awarded across 5 years. Principal Investigator: C. Wekerle, Co-Investigators (in alphabetical order):  N. Comeau, P. Conrod, G. Flett, D. Goodman, P. Hoaken, P. Links, G. Millar, E. Sta Mina, S. Stewart, G. Swihart, A-M. Wall.

King, G. (PI), Specht, J., Bartlett, D., Stewart, S. L., Servais, M., Gilpin, M., & Petersen, P. (2008).  A longitudinal, naturalistic cohort study of professional expertise in the delivery of social, health, and education services to children and families.  Letter of intent funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, $18,210.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), & Currie, M. (2008).  Residential program evaluation:  A cognitive-behavioral approach for children/youth with explosive behaviors.  Evaluation Implementation Grant, the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $26,960.

Hamza, C. A., & Stewart, S. L. (2008). Young children at high-risk: Child compliance and parental warmth, sensitivity and the interpretation of emotion in a clinical sample. Undergraduate research grant awarded by The Provincial Center of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $5000.

Wekerle, C. (PI), Links, P., MacMillan, H., Trocme, N., Tonmyr, L., Bergmans, Y., Rhodes, A. E., Bennett, M., Wathen, C. N., Jack, S. M., Lewis, S., Wolfe, D., Waechter, R. L., Leung, E., Goodman, D., Stewart, S. L., & Paglia-Boak, A. (2008).  Childhood maltreatment and deliberate self-harm:  Impacts to caregivers and their children and youth.  Letter of Intent funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, $10,000.

Reid, G. J. (PI), Evans, B., Leschied, A. W., St. Pierre, J., Wolfe, V., Carter, J., Stewart, S. L., Tobon, J., & Vingilis, E. (2007-2008).  Patterns of service utilization within children’s mental health agencies:  Pilot studies.  Green Shield Foundation, $18, 259.

Stewart, S. L. (2007-2008).  Ethics and children’s mental health (EMA 445).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $20,000.

Stewart, S. L. (2007-2008).  Short-term residential treatment: Effectiveness of intensive intervention for children with complex mental health needs (PEG 657).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $14,938.

St. Pierre, J. (Co-PI), Leschied, A. W. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L., Cullion, C., & Johnson, A. (August 2006-August 2008).  Situating the role of residential treatment for high needs, high risk children and youth: Evaluating outcomes and service utilization. RG 160106-003.  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $146,179.

Stewart, S. L. (2006-2007).  Ethics and children’s mental health (EMA 040706-003).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $20,000.

Stewart, S. L. (2006).  Evaluation of the bipolar clinic: Treatment of children with bipolar disorder (PEG 160206-006).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $9,000.

Stewart, S. L. (2006).  Evaluation of the brake shop:  Intervention for Tourette Syndrome and related disorders (PEG 160206-005).  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $9,000.

Reid, G. J. (Co-PI), Shanley, D. (Co-PI), Goffin, R., Brown, J. B., Evans, B., Stewart, S. L., & Wolfe, V. (June 2005-October 2007).  Parents' conceptualization of child mental health problems:  Development of a self-report measure.  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, $148,665.

St. Pierre, J. (Co-PI), Leschied, A. W. (Co-PI), Stewart, S. L., & Cullion, C. (2005).  Follow-up study of residential treatment.  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, Grant-in-aid, $9,450.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), Chen, X., & Cullion, C. (2005).  Early identification of mental health problems:  A long term follow-up.  The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, Grant-in-aid, $9,900.

Stewart, S. L. (2004).  Internalizing and externalizing problems in young children at risk:  The relationship between children’s intellectual abilities and their socio-emotional presentation.  Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs (RACSN), $6,500.

King, G. (PI), Killip, S., Bartlett, D., DeWit, D., Kertoy, M., Miller, L., Specht, J., Stewart, S. L., & Spencer, T. (2003-2005).  Research alliance for children with special needs.  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA), $397,800.

Stewart, S. L. (PI), Bachand, C., Harris, K., Johnston, K., Lawrence, J., & Rupert, K. (2003).  Young children with disruptive problems:  The impact of maternal depression.  Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs (RACSN), $6,500.

Rupert, K., (Co-PI) & Stewart, S. L. (Co-PI). (2002). Early intervention with young children: Comparing thera-play and play therapy as treatment modalities.  Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs (RACSN), $3,200.

Stewart, S. L. (2001).  Early intervention with children with disruptive problems:  The impact of maternal depressive symptomatology.  Research Alliance for Children with Special Need (RACSN), $6,000.

Grants Over $50,000

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Nov 20, 2015 - Western Education

Recent Publications

Manuals, Instruments And Tool Developments

InterRAI Tools and Applications

Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Frijters, D., Gilgen, R., Gray, L., Henrard, J., Hirdes, J. P., Ljunggren, G., Nonemaker, S., Steele, K., Szczerbinska, K. (2019). interRAI Community Health (CHA) Assessment Form and User’s Manual and Related Materials. Version 9.1.4, Electronic Canadian Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Frijters, D., Gilgen, R., Gray, L., Henrard, J., Hirdes, J. P., Ljunggren, G., Nonemaker, S., Steele, K., Szczerbinska, K. (2019). interRAI Community Health (CHA) Assessment Form and User’s Manual and Related Materials. Version 9.1.4, Canadian Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Morris, J. N., Howard, E. P., Geffen, L. N., Hirdes, J.P., Hogeveen, S., Morris, J. L., Berg, K., Bjorkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M. J., James, M. L., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Szcerbinska, K ., Stewart, S. L. & Topinkova, E. (2018 ).  interRAI Check-UP (CU) Assessment, Supplement, and Self-Reported Forms and User’s ManualVersion 10.1. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Hirdes, J. P., McKnight, M., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C. M., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Currie, M., Carson, S., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M. J., James, M. L., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Steel, K., Szczerbińska, K., &Topinková, E. (2017). interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Screener (ChYMH-S) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 9.3. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Berg, K., Arino-Blasco, S., Bescart, V. M., Gray, L., Hirdes, J. P., Jonsson, P. V., Meehan, B., Morris, J. N., Peel, N. M., Nimm, B., Topinkova, E., Wheeler, L., Morris, J. L., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Smith, T. F., Steel, K., Stewart, S. L., Szczerbinska, K., Topinkova, E. (2017).  interRAI Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation (PAC-Rehab) Assessment Form and User's Manual. Version 9.3.  Washington, DC:  interRAI.

Costa, A. P., Hirdes, J. P., Arino-Blasco, S., Berg, K., Boscart, V. M., Carpenter, C. R., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Emond, M., Gray, L., Heckman, G., Jonsson, P. V., Leyenaar, M., Martin-Khan, M., Melady, D., Sinha, S. K., Singler, K., Sjostrand, F., Swoboda, W., Wellens, N. I. H., Morris, J. L., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Smith, T. F., Steel, K., Stewart, S. L., Szczerbinska, K., Topinkova, E. (2017).  interRAI Emergency Department (ED) Assessment System Manual:  For Use with the interRAI ED Screener (EDS) and ED Contact Assessment (ED-CA).  Version 9.3.  Washington, DC:  interRAI.

Gray, L., Arino-Blasco, S., Berg, K., Fries, B., Heckman, G., Jonsson, P. V., Kergoat, M-J., Morris, J. N., Peel., N. M., Sinha, S. K., Sjostrand, F., Steel., K., Wellens, N. I. H., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Smith, T. F., Steel, K., Stewart, S. L., Szczerbinska, K., Topinkova, E. (2017).  interRAI Acute Care for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (AC-CGA) Form and User's Manual. Version 9.3.  Washington, DC:  interRAI.

Gray, S., Arino-Blasco, K., Berg, V., Boscart, G., Heckman, R., Hubbart, P., Jonssón, N., Peel, B., Pimm, S., Sinha, N., Wellens, S., Wood, J., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Stewart S. L., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2017). interRAI Acute Care (AC) Assessment form and user’s manual. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Morris, J. N., Fries, B. E., James, M., Hirdes, J. P., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Hall, M., Currie, M., Carson, S., Gray, L., Head, M., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Stewart S. L., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2017). interRAI Self-Reported Quality of Life (QOL) Surveys and User's Manual. Version 9.3. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Theall, L. A., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Hirdes, J. P., Head, M., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2016). interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative Action Plans (CAPs) for use with the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Developmental Disability (ChYMH-DD) Assessment Instrument. Version 1, Standard Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Hirdes, J. P., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Hall, M., Currie, M., Carson, S., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2015). interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 9.3. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Theall, L. A., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Frijters, D., Gray, L., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2015). interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative Action Plans (CAPs) for use with the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Assessment Instrument. Version 9.3, Standard Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Hirdes, J. P., Hoffman, R., Brown, G. P., Barbaree, H., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Frijters, D., Gray, L., Head, M., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Stewart, S. L., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2015). interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 9.3, Standard Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., LaRose, L., Gleason, K., Nicolson, R., McKnight, M., Knott, W., Currie, M., Hirdes, J. P., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C. M., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Carson, S., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (2015). interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health — Developmental Disabilities (ChYMH-DD) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 1. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Hirdes, J., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Mathias, K., Perlman, C., Saarela, T., Kohlbeinsson, H., Valdimarsdottir, R., Morris, J., Fries, B., Rabinowitz, T., Martin, L., Barbaree, H., Brown, G., & Stewart, S. L. (2011). interRAI Mental Health Clinical Assessment Protocols (CAPs). Version 9.1, Canadian Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

InterRAI Tools and Applications (in Press)

Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Frijters, D., Gilgen, R., Gray, L., Henrard, J., Hirdes, J. P., Ljunggren, G., Nonemaker, S., Steele, K., Szczerbinska, K. (2019). interRAI Community Health (CHA) Assessment Form and User’s Manual and Related Materials. Version 9.1.4, Electronic Canadian Edition. Washington, DC: interRAI.

InterRAI Tools and Applications (in Pilot or Development)

Stewart S. L., Iantosca J. M., Klassen, J. A., Tucker, M., Fisman, S., & McLean, J., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Frijters, D., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Henrard, J., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Martin, L., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (in pilot). interRAI 0-3 Assessment Form and User’s Manual.Version 1. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Hirdes, J., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., Topinková, E. (in pilot). interRAI Emergency Screener in Psychiatry for Child and Youth (ESP-CY) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 1. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Leschied, A. W., Hirdes, J., Mathias, K., Currie, M., McKnight, M., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Hall, M., Currie, M., Carson, S., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (in pilot).  interRAI Youth Justice Custodial Facilities (YJCF) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., McKnight, M., Currie, M., Gilpin, M., Evans, B., Richards, P., Leatham, A., Dromgole, L., Sabourin, T., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E. (in pilot) interRAI Education (EDU) Assessment Form and User’s Manual. Version 1. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Stewart, S. L., Leschied, A. W., Hirdes, J., Mathias, K., Currie, M., McKnight, M., Curtin-Telegdi, N., Perlman, C., MacLeod, K., Ninan, A., Hall, M., Currie, M., Morris, J. N., Berg, K., Björkgren, M., Declercq, A., Finne-Soveri, H., Fries, B. E., Gray, L., Head, M., Hirdes, J. P., James, M., Ljunggren, G., Meehan, B., Smith, T., Steel, K., Szczerbinska, K., & Topinková, E.  (in development). interRAI Youth Justice Supplement to the ChYMH and User’s Manual. Washington, DC: interRAI.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lau, C., Stewart, S. L., Saklofske, D. H., & Hirdes, J. P. (submitted for publication). Development and psychometric validation of the interRAI ChYMH externalizing subscale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.  

Stewart, S. L., Thornley, E., Lapshina, N., Erickson, P., Vingilis, E., & Hamilton, H.  (submitted for publication).  A gendered examination of youth with mental health problems using interRAI instruments in inpatient, outpatient and youth justice settings.  International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Li, Y., Babcock, S., Stewart, S.L., Hirdes, J. P. & Schwean. V. L. (submitted for publication). Psychometric Evaluation of the Depressive Severity Index (DSI) among Children and Youth using the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Assessment Tool. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.

Stewart, S. L., & Hassani, F. (submitted for publication).  Prevalence and determinants of psychiatric disorders in children with intellectual disability.  Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Klassen, J. A., Hamza, C. A., & Stewart, L. S. (submitted for publication). BRIEF REPORT: interRAI’s Child and Youth Risk for School Disruption Scale (RSD): Validation of a new scale to measure school disruption among children and youth. School Psychology Quarterly Journal.

Chapters

Stewart, S. L., Currie, M., Arbeau, K., Leschied, A., & Kerry, A. (in press). Assessment and Planning for Community and Custodial Services: The Application of interRAI Assessment in the Youth Justice System. In R. Corrado & A. Leschied (Eds.), Serious and Violent Young Offenders and Youth Criminal Justice: A Canadian Perspective. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Press.

Rubin, K. H., Burgess, K., Kennedy, L., & Stewart, S. L. (2003). Social withdrawal in childhood. In E. Mash & R. Barkley (Eds.), Child Psychopathology(pp. 372-406). New York: Guilford Press.

Rubin, K. H., & Stewart, S. L. (1996). Social withdrawal in childhood. In E. Mash & R. Barkley (Eds.), Child Psychopathology(pp. 277-307). New York: Guilford Press.

Rubin, K. H., Stewart, S. L., & Chen, X. (1995). The parents of aggressive and withdrawn children. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting. (Vol. 1), (pp. 255-284). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Rubin, K. H., Stewart, S. L., & Coplan, R. J. (1995). Social withdrawal in childhood: Conceptual and empirical perspectives. In T. Ollendick & R. Prinz (Eds.), Advancesin Clinical Child Psychology. (Vol. 17), (pp. 157-196). New York: Plenum Publishing.

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Presentations

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Teaching and Supervision

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Supervisory Experience

  • Supervision of senior honors theses and graduate research projects at "The Laboratory of Child and Family Relationships" located at the University of Waterloo (1993-1995).
  • Supervision of graduate students, research assistants, research coordinators, behavior therapists, psychometrics and psychologists (Supervised Practice) at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (1996 - 2014).
  • Behavioral Unit Level Supervisor for inpatient units at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (1999-2002).
  • Behavior Unit Level Supervisor for an inpatient female adolescent unit (1995-1999).

University Courses Taught

Abnormal Psychology:

Theory and research was presented to address concerns with regard to definitions, the origins of, and the means of studying and changing disordered behaviors. Various categories of abnormal deviant behavior such as mood, personality, schizophrenia, psychophysiological disorders, somatoform, dissociate and anxiety disorders were reviewed. A number of theoretical orientations were discussed and demonstrated. Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic theories were discussed in relation to behavior change. Emphasis was on current practice and research in these areas.

Introductory Psychology:

This course embodied lecturing about selected readings on various domains in psychology. This was a course designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts, strategies, and techniques of psychology as a behavioral science. Seminars were held to discuss any problems associated with in-class materials and assigned readings. These seminar periods were designed as an opportunity to pursue the course objectives in a more active and less prescribed way.

University Guest Lectures

Exceptional Children:

Lectures focused on atypical patterns of socio-emotional development throughout childhood, specifically internalizing and externalizing disorders. A number of issues and approaches were explored in reference to the treatment of emotional disturbances including characteristics and correlates of the disorders, intervention approaches, treatment effectiveness, cultural and epidemiological factors.

Developmental Psychology:

The presentations focused on the application and interpretation of projective testing with children, developmental issues when interpreting child drawings, nature of observational data when testing children.

Academic Appointments

July 2014 - PresentAssistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University, London, ON.
2013 - PresentAssociate Scientist, Children’s Health Research Institute, London, ON.
2007 - PresentAdjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, ON.
2013-2015Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
2007 - 2011Adjunct Research Professor, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department, the University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
2006 - 2007Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
2000 - 2014Adjunct Clinical Professor, Psychology Department, Western University, London, ON.
1993 - 1994Visiting Assistant Professor, the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Bachelors Thesis

Joanna Rowe 2009-2010 (Western) - Completed

Julia Rick 2007-2008 (Western) - Completed

Amanda Vine 2005-2006 (Western) - Completed

Bachelor Research Students

Julia Rick 2007-2008 (Western) - Completed

Missy Teatero 2007-2008 (Western) - Completed

Robert Horvath 2005-2006 (Western) - Completed

Masters Research Placememt

Julia Rick2008-2010 (Western) - Completed
Dianne Nguyen2005-2006 (Western) - Completed
Colin King2002-2003 (Western) - Completed
Carolyn Summerhurst2001-2002 (King's University College, Western) - Completed

Ph.D. Research Placements

Chloe Hamza 2011-2012 (Western) - Completed

Aimee Coloumbe 2010-2011 (Western) - Completed

Ph.D. Clinical Students

Matthew Shanahan 2010-2012 (Western) - Completed

Paul Frewen 2004-2005 (Western) - Completed

Joanne Gillespie 2002-2003 (Western) - Completed

Patricia Puhlick-Doris 1998-1999 (Western) - Completed

Medical Clerks

  • Atul Dave Nagpal (Western) -Completed
  • Farhan Siddiqi (Western) -Completed
  • Nabil Sultan (Western) -Completed
  • Aaron Tan (Western) -Completed
  • William Tong (Western) -Completed

Committee Member for Dissertation

  • Mathias, K. (2014). Gender-based analysis of criminogenic risk and clinical need among Ontario forensic patients.In Progress.

Ombudsperson

  • Alexandra Gousse (Psychology Resident, London Health Sciences Centre, 2008) – Completed

Titles of Theses

  • Rowe, J. (2011, April). Protective factors affecting youth in care. University of Western Ontario. Completed.
  • Rick, J. (2008, May).Nervous conditions in parents of young clinically-referred high risk children. University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Vine, A. (2006, May).Examining warmth and sensitivity: Parents of clinically referred high risk children. University of Western Ontario.Completed.

Advanced Doctoral Comprehensive Paper

  • Hamza, C. (2011). Examining the link between non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behavior: Review of the literature.University of Western Ontario.Completed.

University Examiner

  • Gomez, J.P. (2014, March).Childhood abuse and neglect: A profile of associated risk factors for non-suicidal self-injury.University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Kerry, A.J. (2013, April).Non-suicidal self-injury with girls in tertiary care: Implications for assessment and treatment.University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Oosterveen, J. (2008, April).Client satisfaction with mental health services: A qualitative approach to understanding family experience of residential care. University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Yaremko, S. (2009, February). Gender informed analysis of treatment outcomes. University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Rick, J. (2011, June).Profiles of children and youth displaying inappropriate sexual behaviors: Relevance for assessment for sexual offending patterns.University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Den Dunnen, W. (2011).The role of resilience in accounting for residential treatment outcomes with seriously emotionally and behaviorally disordered children and youth. University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • O’Keefe, E. (2010).The impacts of child maltreatment on residential treatment outcomes: The effect of multiple forms of victimization.University of Western Ontario.Completed.
  • Reid, N. (2010).Child maltreatment and negative affect states: Impacts on cognition and dating violence behaviors.University of Western Ontario.Completed.

Supervision of Directed Research Projects

Umera Ali
2013Harm to others: A collaborative action plan for children and youth.
Al Armieri
2011A predictive model of intrusive interventions in a tertiary residential treatment center: The impact of sex differences, self-harm and age when managing aggressive behaviors.
Phillip Baiden
2013Discharge of adolescents in adult mental health beds in Ontario against medical advice.
Kaitlyn Bruyns
2010The use of intrusive measures: Perspectives from children and youth.
Steve Cook
2008Situating the role of residential treatment for high needs, high risk children and youth: Preliminary outcomes.
2007Showing “restraint”: Understanding the management of aggressive behaviour in a residential care facility.
2007A longitudinal assessment of the trajectory of change for children and youth in mental health treatment.
2007The proactive use of medications to manage aggressive behaviour in residential care.
Rebecca Cuthbert
2011Symptom persistence in seriously emotionally disordered children: Findings of a two-year follow-up after residential treatment
2011Investigating sex differences among children and youth referred to tertiary mental health outpatient clinics.
2010Moderating effects on the relationship between child maltreatment and behaviour problems.
Wendy den Dunnen
2014Deliberate self-harm among children in tertiary care residential treatment: Prevalence and correlates.
2014Prevalence and correlates of adolescents’ insight into mental illness: Findings from the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System.
2013Childhood abuse and cannabis use among adolescents with mental health needs in Ontario, Canada.
2013Predictors of out-of-home placement following residential treatment for children with severe mental health problems
2013Prevalence and factors influencing prescription medication misuse among adolescents.
2013Prescription medication misuse among adolescents with severe mental health problems.
2013Discharge of adolescents with mental health problems against medical advice.
2012Predicting residential treatment outcomes with seriously emotionally and behaviourally disordered youth.
2011The role of resilience in accounting for residential treatment outcomes with seriously emotionally and behaviorally disordered children and youth.
2011Residential treatment outcomes for children in the child welfare system.
2011Planning, access, and use of mental health services for youth in care: Review of research literature.
Natasha Gallant
2014Childhood pain in children and youth with mental health issues.
2014Strengths: A collaborative action plan for children and youth.
2014Support systems for discharge: A collaborative action plan for children and youth with developmental disabilities
2014Strengths: A collaborative action plan for children and youth with developmental disabilities
Chloe Hamza
2012Examining the link between nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behavior: A review of the literature.
2009Short-term residential treatment: Effectiveness for child/youth complex mental health needs.
2008Evaluation of the short term residential treatment unit serving children/youth ages 6-13.
Jacqueline Lau
2014Continence: A collaborative action plan for children and youth with developmental disabilities.
2014Education support: A collaborative action plan for children and youth with developmental disabilities
2014Traumatic life events: A collaborative action plan for children and youth with developmental disabilities.
Vivien Lee
2012Flexibility in parent-child interactions: The application of dynamic systems methodology to dyadic processes in children with behavior problems. University of Western Ontario.
Courtney Newnham
2010Residential treatment outcomes with maltreated children who experience serious mental health disorders.
2010A profile of maltreated children who experience serious mental health disorder.
John Noftle
2011The trajectory of change for children and youth in residential treatment.
2008Construct validation of the Brief Child and Family Phone Interview in a population of high-risk, high-needs children.
Erin O’Keefe
2008Evidence-based treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder: Evaluation of cognitive-behavioral therapy in a real world setting.
2008Symptom presentation and intrusive measures: Managing destructive behaviors in residential care.
2008Chronic users of inpatient psychiatric services: Comparisons of pre-admission and inpatient risk indicators for children and youth.
2008Referral differences for boys and girls: Similarities and differences in symptomatology
2008Tracking intrusive measures during residential treatment: An innovative and clinically relevant approach to assessment, data collection and clinical programming.
2008Children and youth in adult mental health beds: Comparisons of risk indicators, intrusive measures and resource allocation.
Katherine Reif
2014Collaborative Action Plans (CAPs): Building effective capacity through the interRAI Youth Justice Custodial Facilities (YJCF).
2014The interRAI Criminality Prevention Collaborative Action Plan (CAP): Identifying children and youth at risk for involvement with the law.
Julia Rick
2011Residential treatment outcomes: A comparison of different therapeutic approaches within a tertiary regional mental health agency.
2009Young children at high-risk: Child compliance, parental warmth and emotional understanding.
2009Collaborative problem-solving approach in clinically-referred children: A residential program evaluation.
2008Nervous conditions in parents of young clinically-referred high risk children: Maternal warmth, control and sensitivity.
Matthew Shanahan
2011Child/youth and parent/caregiver experiences of intrusive measures during residential treatment for serious mental health issues.
Lyndsay Somerville
2010Residential treatment outcomes with maltreated children who experience serious mental health disorders.
2010A profile of maltreated children who experience serious mental health disorder.
2009Child Maltreatment in children and youth in residential care: Prevalence and correlates.
Elizabeth Willits
2012Predictors of out-of-home placement following residential treatment.
2011Police involvement predicts multiple admissions of youth to adult inpatient mental health.
Sharla Zalmanowitz
2011Treating mental health disorders for children in child welfare: Evaluating the outcome literature.
2011Planning, access, and use of mental health services for youth in care: Review of research literature.
Colin King
2003Tourette’s Syndrome and associated disorders.

Other

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Community Service

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Clinical Experience

1996-Present:Psychologist with MacDonald & Bryant.Primary responsibilities focus on assessment and treatment of children, families and adults who have been referred for psychological services. The method of treatment is primarily short-term. Assessments have largely included educational assessments, socio-emotional evaluations with a specialized interest in medical-legal assessments related to trauma and loss.

2004-2014:Psychologist and Program Manager for Applied Research and Education, Child and Parent Resource Institute, Ministry of Child and Youth Services. Responsibilities involved implementation research related to: 1) evidence-informed intervention programs which focus on providing assessment and treatment to high risk children and youth who are displaying behavioral, developmental and socio-emotional problems; 2) program evaluation, bench marking and outcome research; 4) inpatient stabilization; 5) intellectual disabilities; 6) disruptive disorders in childhood; 7) attachment and emotion regulation; 8) mental health and additions in youth; 9) service utilization, resource allocation and case-mix systems; 10) instrument development.

1995-2004:Psychologist and Unit Level Supervisor, Child and Parent Resource Institute. Primary responsibilities focused on providing assessment and treatment services to children (aged 2-18), with behavioral, developmental, intellectual emotional, learning and/or attention difficulties. Specific activities included: 1) comprehensive assessment, crisis intervention and therapy for both inpatient and outpatient services; 2) assessment and interventions services for the both the Dual Diagnosis and the Mental Health interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient teams; 3) school consultation to assist with programming and interventions within the classrooms; 4) development and implementation of intensive behavioral programs for children/youth with co-morbid mental health and developmental issues (e.g. positive behavior support plans); 5) Program Level Supervisor for the female inpatient unit; and 6) case management.

2000-2004:Psychologist for the Early Intervention and Prevention Program at Child and Parent Resource Institute, Supporting Early Experiences for Kids (SEEK).This position is separated to include both clinical and research responsibilities for young children (aged 2-6 years) who were exhibiting significant behavioral problems. Clinical responsibilities focused on providing assessment and treatment to high risk young children who were displaying behavioral, developmental and socio-emotional problems. This position also included consultation to preschools and elementary schools regarding transition planning, behavioral programming and classroom interventions. Research responsibilities included the design and implementation of program evaluation and research projects in addition to communicating the results in various venues.

1995-2000:Psychologist for the Adolescent Inpatient Units as well as the Emotional Disorders Program, Child and Parent Resource Institute.Primary responsibilities focused on providing assessment and treatment services to children (aged 3-18), with behavioral, developmental, intellectual emotional, learning and/or attention difficulties. In addition to providing psychological services to the female inpatient unit, additional duties included the development of milieu therapy and behavioral programming, quality assurance evaluation, in-service education, program co-ordination, and administrative activities.

October 1994-1995:Clinical Coordinator and Psychologist (Temporary Register) for the Health Service Organization for the Mental Health Program. Responsibilities focused on providing: 1) consultation with regard to assessment, treatment, case management and ethical issues in a multidisciplinary mental health program; 2) program development/evaluation, in-service education, administrative activities; and 3) comprehensive assessments, crisis intervention and therapy with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems.

1992-1993:Intern at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry.This placement involved assessment and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric disorders for several inpatient programs. This also included specialized assessments within the Gender Disorder Clinic.

1989-1990:Psychometrist for the Learning Disabilities Centre, North York, Ontario. Duties also included psychometric assessments, case management, psycho-educational intervention, and diagnostic interviewing. This position also involved formulating treatment objectives for young adults with a wide range of learning, neurological and emotional difficulties.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Poster Award at the Fifth Annual Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Half Day (interRAI Family Quality of Life) (2018)
  • Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) Second Place Prize in the 2017 Journal on Developmental Disabilities Student Publication Prize Competition for Excellence in Writing. Award received for: Billawala, A. S., Hamza, C. A., & Stewart, S. L. (2018). Risk factors for complex special needs among male children seeking mental health services. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 23(2), 17-26. (2017)
  • Best Poster Award at the Fifth Annual Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Half Day (2017)
  • Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award: Western University (2017)
  • Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award: Western University (2016)          
  • Amethyst Award:  Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Ontario Public Servant (2016)          
  • Post-Doctoral Supervisor of the Year Award: Western University (2016)
  • Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award: Western University (2015)          
  • Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement: Research Division (2014)
  • Best Poster award at the CACAP annual Conference in Vancouver, BC “Side Effects of Psychotropic Medications in Children: Predictive Factors" (2013)
  • 2Divisional Pinnacle Award for Recognition in Partnership (2011)               
  • Divisional Pinnacle Award for Service Excellence (2010)
  • Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation and Creativity for Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange (2010)
  • York Graduate Scholarship (1991-1992)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Scholarship (1990-1991)
  • Stanley Kushnir Memorial Foundation Scholarship (1990)
  • York Graduate Scholarship (1989-1990)
  • Guelph Graduate Scholarship (1989)
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Scholarship (1988)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (1988-1989) - declined
  • Huron County Scholarship (1987-1988)
  • Arts Upper Year Scholarship (1987-1988)

Supervisory Experience

  • Supervision of staff, students and service providers at the Child and Parent Resource Institute located in London, Ontario from 2003-2014.
  • Supervision of senior honors theses and graduate research projects at "The Laboratory of Child and Family Relationships" located at the University of Waterloo (1993-1995).
  • Supervision of graduate students, research assessment, research coordinators, behavior therapists, psychometrics and psychologists (Supervised Practice) at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (1996 - Present).
  • Behavioral Unit Level Supervisor for inpatient units at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (1999-2002).
  • Behavior Unit Level Supervisor for an inpatient female adolescent unit (1995-1999).

Clinical Consultation

2001 - 2003Consulting Psychologist for Tyke Talk

Research Consultation

March 2009Consultation for the Paediatric Complex Coordination Model - CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
1998 - 1999Consultation for evaluation of treatment service and program evaluation for a Young Offender’s Group Home, London, Ontario.
August 1994Ministry of Community and Social Services: Critique and evaluation of an "Impact Study" addressing issues surrounding data utilized in the release of children in secure treatment facilities.

Editorial Consultation and Review

  • Adoption Quarterly
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
  • Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Journal of Social Development
  • Journal of Substance Use
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Expert Witness

January 2011 Expert Testimony

Community Service

2013 - 2014Member of the Canadian Institute of Health Research Knowledge to Action Grant Review Committee
2014 - PresentinterRAI International Instrument and Survey Development (ISD) Committee
2012 - PresentMember of the Planning Committee for Canadian interRAI Conference
2010 - PresentinterRAI Associate Fellow, interRAI international lead for Child and Youth Mental Health
2007 - PresentAffiliated Member of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre
2007 - PresentMember of interRAI Network of Excellence in Mental Health (iNeMH)
2006 - PresentChairperson of the Child and Parent Resource Institute Research Ethics Committee
2011 - 2012Policy Framework Implementation Advisory Committee
2011 - 2012Program Supervisor Committee, Framework Implementation
2011 - 2012Child and Parent Resource Institute Clinical Framework for Intensive Services Steering Committee
2010 - 2011Client Information System Governance Committee
2009 - 2010Member of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group for the Effective Response Initiative. Ministry of Children and Youth Services
2009 - 2010Member of the Steering Committee for the Client Information System
2008 - 2009Member of the Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange Steering Committee, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
2007 - 2009Member of the RITE Committee at the Centre of Excellence at CHEO
2007 - 2008Member of the Expert Panel - Child & Youth Mental Health Indicators Project, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
2007 - 2008Chair of the Western Hub Telepsychiatry Evaluation Committee
2007 - 2008Member of the Provincial Telepsychiatry Evaluation Committee, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
2007 - 2008Centre of Excellence Education and Training Review Sub-Committee Member
2006 - 2007Inter-Ministerial Committees for Children’s Mental Health; Ministry of Children and Youth Services
2005 - PresentMarsden Fund Referee
2005 - 2006Mental Health Accreditation; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2005 - 2006Developmental Services Accreditation; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2005 - 2006Information Management Accreditation; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2005 - 2006Leadership and Partnership Accreditation; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2003 - 2004Committee for Accreditation: Children’s Mental Health; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2003 - 2004Committee for Accreditation: Research and Education, Child and Parent Resource Institute
2002 - 2003Early Years Council
2001 - 2002Special Committee on Psychotropic Medication; Child and Parent Resource Institute
2001 - 20020-3 Community Board Member
1995 - 2004Research Ethics Committee; Child and Parent Resource Institute
1997 - 1998Program Evaluation Committee; Child and Parent Resource Institute
1997 - 1999