• Welcome to the Offord Centre for Child Studies!

    We are a multidisciplinary research institute envisioning optimal health and well-being for all children, youth, and families. 

  • The Offord Centre is home to faculty and staff researchers in the fields of psychiatry, pediatrics, nursing, social work, public health, clinical epidemiology, and psychology. 

  • We generate research and evidence that influences practices, systems, and policies for children, youth, and those who care for them.

  • Meet our new Offord Centre Director Dr. Stelios Georgiades. Learn more about his vision for the centre by reading his welcome statement.

The Offord Centre for Child Studies is situated on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas nations, protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. Today and always, it is important to recognize and honour the Indigenous people who lived on these lands before us. We are committed to being mindful, respectful, and inclusive of indigenous cultures and perspectives, especially in our research practices and strategic plan. At the Offord Centre for Child Studies, we will continue to acknowledge and stand with Indigenous communities and partners to advocate for the health and well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, youth, and families across Canada.

The Offord Centre for Child Studies

Established in 1992 and founded by the late Dr. Dan Offord, The Offord Centre for Child Studies is a Canadian children’s health research centre, affiliated with McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster Children’s Hospital.

The Offord Centre, comprised of McMaster faculty researchers and staff, primarily operates in offices at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. The Offord Centre develops research projects, studies, and programs, designed to support children and families while informing policy systems and care worldwide. To learn more about the centre, our staff and current activities, we encourage you to explore our website.

Offord Centre faculty, staff and students pose for a group photo in July 2023

Our Areas of Research

Our Mission

Generating research and evidence to influence practices, systems, and policies for children, youth and those who care for them.

Our Vision

Optimal health and well-being for ALL children, youth, and those who care for them.

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