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Offord Centre for Child Studies

Offord Centre for Child Studies

is a multi-disciplinary research institute established in 1992 through the efforts of the late Dr. David (Dan) Offord, a leading child psychiatrist, clinician and research scientist who in 1983 had initiated Canada’s first large-scale observational study of children within families, the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS). That landmark study showed that one in five children experienced some form of mental health concern. Through collaboration across fields such as child psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, pediatrics, policy development, social work, and nursing, the Centre’s aim is to better understand children’s mental health problems with the overall goal of improving the lives, health, and development of children and youth.