FHS Seminar Series - Children’s Mental Health Policy: For the One and the Many

by Dr. Charlotte Waddell, Professor, Canada Research, and Chair Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre with the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

September 21, 2017

Event Type

Seminar Series


September 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


Using a working definition of policy as “collective ethical decision-making for the one and the many” this talk will begin with the story of a British Columbia girl (the one). Then it will outline the prevalence and impact of childhood mental disorders, their importance for population health, and the stark service shortages in Canada and elsewhere (the many). The talk will conclude with discussing the prospects for change, featuring four policy exemplars of success.


Charlotte is a child psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. Her research focuses on improving social and emotional wellbeing for all children, and on the public policies needed to reach this goal. Charlotte also teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU and consults with health policymakers at the regional, provincial and federal levels. Beyond this, she continues to work as a psychiatrist with disadvantaged children — who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching. Please see childhealthpolicy.ca for more information.


* This Seminar Series is open to the SFU Research Community

* This seminar was recorded and can be viewed here by the FHS Research Community.

*  A light lunch will be available at this seminar

* The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons