The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has created the Harriet MacMillan Research Award, named for the Offord Centre researcher known for her groundbreaking work in child maltreatment and prevention of family violence. Dr. MacMillan, a fellow of the CPS, received the Order of Canada in early 2017.

The Harriet MacMillan Research Award is available annually to a trainee – medical student, resident, fellow or recent grad – who presents scholarly work in the area of child and youth maltreatment, at the CPS’s annual meeting.

The 2017 Recipient of the Harriet MacMillan Award

Dr. Melissa Rossoni, at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids), is the 2017 recipient of the Harriet MacMillan Research Award. Dr. Rossoni presented her poster at the annual meeting of the CPS in Vancouver recently. The work of the doctor, and her co-investigators, entitled “Utilization of a clinical tool for the assessment of bruises concerning for child maltreatment,” was undertaken as a quality improvement project and transformed into a research study and evaluation.

The CPS encourages all trainees (medical students, residents, fellows, and recent grads) to consider opting in to be considered for the Harriet MacMillan Research Award. For more information please contact Jaime McCormick at

Dr. Rossoni will co-present on “Advanced Issues in Child Maltreatment for Medical Providers and Experts” on Dec. 12, 2017 at the Canadian Symposium on Advanced Practices in Child Maltreatment. Dr. MacMillan will present on Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA Project) progress at the same symposium.

Harriet MacMillan
Dr. Harriet MacMillan receives the Order of Canada from then Governor General, David Johnson
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