Ottawa, Ontario, September 21, 2015 - A joint presentation on child and youth mental health by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), The Royal and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) will take place on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm at Sir Robert Borden High School.
What is the mental health profile of children and youth today? How has it changed in a generation? CHEO and The Royal have seen a dramatic increase in children and youth seeking help, and in the severity of mental illness. CHEO’s Chief Psychiatrist, Dr. Kathleen Pajer, and Dr. Smita Thatte, Director of The Royal’s Youth Psychiatry Program, will talk about the differences in the mental health of children and youth today, what that means for parents, potential warning signs, and how parents can support their kids. OCDSB psychologist Dr Timothy Hogan will provide an overview of OCDSB policies and resources relating to child and youth mental health.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
WHERE: Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium, 131 Greenbank Road, Nepean.
Members of the panel will include:
Dr. Smita Thatte
Dr. Smita Thatte is a Clinical Director of the Youth Psychiatry Program at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Psychiatry and has completed her subspecialty training and has obtained her Royal College Subspecialty Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 1991.
Currently she is working as the Unit Director of the Youth Partial Hospitalization program in Youth Psychiatry, as well as remaining as an active member of the teaching faculty at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Kathleen Pajer
Dr. Pajer joined the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in 2014 as the Chief of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Her previous roles include Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Senior Physician of the IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program, as well as Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. In 2009, she was recognized as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists”.
In the past five years, she has also been developing a blood test to diagnose depression in teens. She has studied the biological mechanisms for female anti-social behavior for almost 20 years.
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