Meet the Researchers


The Offord Centre for Child Studies is home to many talented researchers, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. Each member of the Offord Centre brings their unique talents and passions to the table to focus on one common goal: generate new knowledge to improve the mental health of children and youth. For an opportunity to Meet the Researchers and further understand the inspiration behind their work, select one of the profiles below.

Dr. Ellen Lipman

Ellen Lipman

Dr. Ellen Lipman started her position as the Director of the Offord Centre for Child Studies in 2016. She is a child psychiatrist, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, an Associate Member in the Department of Psychology, and an Associate Member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. She also heads the Academic Division of Child Psychiatry and is Chief of the Department of Child Psychiatry at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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Harriet MacMillan

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is one of the core members of the Offord Centre. She is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. Dr. MacMillan is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and of Pediatrics at McMaster University with associate membership in the Department of Health Research, Methods, Evidence and Impact. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women and determining ways to prevent family violence and associated impairment.  Harriet’s work in this area have been recognized with appointment as a member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

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Magdalena Janus

Dr. Magdalena Janus is one of the core members of the Offord Centre and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Dr. Janus also holds Ontario’s Children Secretariat Chair in Early Childhood Development and is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She earned a Ph.D. in behavioural sciences from Cambridge University. Her doctoral research involved studying the nature of relationships among young human and non-human primates. Since coming to McMaster University, Dr. Janus has mainly focused her research on early child development.

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Kathy Georgiades

Dr. Kathy Georgiades is one of the Core Members of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and an Associate Member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI). Dr. Georgiades also holds the endowed David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies.

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Melissa Kimber

Dr. Melissa Kimber is one of our Core Members at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and an Associate Member with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact. Additionally, she is a registered social worker within Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Stelios Georgiades

Dr. Stelios Georgiades is a Core Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. He is the Founder and Co-Director of the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), as well as an Associate Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is a Principal Investigator for the Pediatric Autism Research Cohort (PARC) Study and a Co-Investigator for the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network. Dr. Georgiades’ research program examines developmental trajectories, as well as the clinical heterogeneity of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. He is leading the development of an ASD research protocol at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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Jill McTavish

Dr. Jill McTavish is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, supervised by Dr. Harriet MacMillan. She received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University in 2013. Dr. McTavish’s doctoral work focused on people’s conceptions of healthy eating and how these conceptions relate to prevailing discourses that ask citizens to take personal responsibility for their health. Dr. McTavish has worked as an information professional in a hospital setting, where she conducted mediated searches (including systematic reviews) for allied health professionals.

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