Primary Research Team

The Primary Research Team is based at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Kathy Georgiades and Dr. Michael Boyle have compiled a team of experts in child and youth mental health, school climate and knowledge translation.


Dr. Kathy Georgiades

Dr. Georgiades is Principal Investigator of the School Mental Health Surveys and Co-Principal Investigator of the 2014 OCHS. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a Core Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies.  Dr. Georgiades research interests focus on quantifying the relative impact of ecological contexts on developmental outcomes, disaggregating the influences of socio-economic characteristics and modeling the extent to which ecological contexts may influence immigrant and non-immigrant children differently. More information about Dr. Georgiades can be found here


Dr. Michael Boyle

Dr. Boyle is the Principal Investigator on the 2014 OCHS and a Co-Principal Investigator for the related 2014 School Mental Health Study (SMHS). He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, Director of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Social Determinants of Child Health.  Dr. Boyle’s research interests focus on the determinants of child health, particularly the relationship between neighbourhood, family and individual-level characteristics, the classification and measurement of childhood psychopathology, research study design and statistical analysis. More information about Dr. Boyle can be found here.


Soyeon Kim

Soyeon Kim is a post-doctoral fellow with the Offord Centre for Child Studies working with Drs. Kathy Georgiades and Michael Boyle.  She received her PhD in June 2015 in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto.  Her dissertation research examined the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms underlying ADHD symptoms.  Before her PhD, Soyeon was trained and worked as a child clinical psychologist. Now she intends to integrate contextual influences on mental health such as effects of family, schools, and neighbourhood. She is especially interested in quantifying the impact of cyber-bullying victimization on mental health and testing for the moderating influence of sex.


Irene Vitoroulis

Irene Vitoroulis is a post-doctoral fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies with Dr. Kathy Georgiades and Dr. Michael Boyle. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology with Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt at the University of Ottawa.  Her doctoral research focused on ethnic group differences in school bullying and peer victimization by (a) comparing the prevalence of bullying perpetration and victimization between ethnic majority and minority students based on meta-analytic reviews and (b) examining the association between school ethnic composition and bullying prevalence among Canadian and non-Canadian youth. Irene’s current work focuses on immigrant youths’ mental health associated with pre- and post-migratory stressors, family psychopathology and school influences including victimization, discrimination and school climate.


Past Team Members:


Alphabetical List of Co-Investigators

Name Affiliation Study Expertise
Dr. Kathryn Bennett McMaster University School-based mental health programming


Dr. Wendy Craig Queen’s University Violence and bullying

Peer and parent relationships

Dr. Scott Davies University of Toronto Determinants of educational achievement

School sub-cultures

Dr. Eric Duku McMaster University Analysis of complex survey data

Analysis of school-based survey research

Dr. Magdalena Janus McMaster University Development of school-based instruments

Instrument validity

Dr. Ian Manion Provincial Centre of Excellence on Child and Youth Mental Health Cross-sectorial research

Youth depression and suicide

Dr. Kathy Short School Mental Health ASSIST Addressing school-based mental health

School-based mental health service delivery

Dr. Juliana Tobon McMaster University School programs for mental health

Measurement development

Dr. Mark Weist University of South Carolina School mental health programming

School health and mental health policy

Dr. John McLennan University of Calgary Service use and intervention access
Dr. Melissa Kimber McMaster University Multi-level models

Differences in proximal and distal peer influences

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