Charlotte Waddell

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences  

Canada Research Chair Tier II


  • BSc, Biology, UBC (1978)
  • MSc, Human Nutrition, UBC (1981)
  • MD, McMaster University (1991)
  • CCFP, Family Medicine, McMaster University (1993)
  • FRCPC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, McMaster University (1997)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Children’s Mental Health Policy, McMaster University (1998)
  • Canada Research Chair in Children's Health Policy (2007-2018)


Charlotte is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy and is Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, where she is also Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations and Aboriginal communities across BC before going on to complete her MD, followed by residencies and post-graduate research training at McMaster University. She held faculty appointments at McMaster and UBC before joining SFU in 2006. Charlotte’s research focuses on reducing mental health disparities, starting in childhood, by improving the links between research and policy. She is currently co-leading the BC Healthy Connections Project, a five-year randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership program at reducing child maltreatment and improving children’s mental health and development in Canadian settings (for more information on the BCHCP, please see In addition to her research, Charlotte teaches at SFU and consults with policy-makers at the regional, provincial and federal levels. She also continues to work as a psychiatrist with disadvantaged children and youth — who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching.

Research Interests

Child and youth mental health, health policy, determinants of health, and children’s rights.

Publications and Activities

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