Charlotte Waddell

University Professor Professor

Health Sciences

Charlotte Waddell

University Professor, Professor

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

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


  • 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 University Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, where she is also Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre. Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Children’s Health Policy from 2007 to 2018, she is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with longstanding interests in health policy and population and public health. After her basic training at UBC, Charlotte worked with First Nations communities across BC for eight years before going on to complete her MD followed by residencies and research training at McMaster University. She held faculty appointments at McMaster and UBC before joining SFU in 2006. Charlotte’s research focuses on improving social and emotional wellbeing for all children, and on the public policies needed to reach this goal. With academic and policy partners, she co-leads the BC Healthy Connections Project, a randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which aims to improve children’s mental health and development starting early in the lifespan. She also leads an ongoing program of providing systematic reviews and talks on effective prevention and treatment interventions for children, aimed at informing policy and practice. As well, with other FHS community members, she supports the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council’s research on healthy early-life trajectories. In addition to her research, Charlotte teaches at SFU and consults with communities and policymakers at the regional, provincial and federal levels. She also continues to work as a psychiatrist caring for disadvantaged children and youth – who inspire and inform every aspect of her research and teaching.


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