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Dr. John Cairney

Associate Member

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Associate Members

905-525-9140 ext 28506


Dr. John Cairney is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. He is also the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology, one of the academies of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. His research interests include the epidemiology of mental health problems across the life span and the impact of childhood physical disability on psychosocial and physical development in children, particularly in Developmental Coordination Disorder. He has won many awards for his scholarly achievements and has been nominated twice for the prestigious Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award. John is the first individual to be appointed to the McMaster Family Medicine Professorship in Child Health Research and will be working on research initiatives that will bring together researchers in multiple departments at McMaster and at CanChild.

Learn more about Dr. John Cairney here.

Areas of Focus

Epidemiology of mental health problems across the life span, and the impact of childhood physical disability on psychosocial and physical development in children.


Developmental Coordination Disorder: Screening and Intervention (PHAST I)

Developmental Coordination Disorder: Examination of a feasible screening and intervention for clumsy children (PHAST I)

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In the STACK Study (which stands for Screening, Tracking and Assessing Coordination in Kids), students in Grades 4 to 8 in two school boards were screened to identify children who may have coordination difficulties.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion) Education

In collaboration with the College of Family physicians and the Provincial MTBI Strategy, the team will work to develop and evaluate user-friendly materials that help physicians in: identification of MTBI; recommendations for return to activity and school; referral guidelines for further services, specifically for children/youth in their practice.

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