Epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University
Associate Member in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University

Dr. Kathryn Bennett is an Epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Research Evidence and Impact (formerly the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. Dr. Bennett is also an Associate Member in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences. She has held senior administrative roles including Director and then Assistant Dean, Health Research Methodology graduate program (2000 – 2010), Interim Chair (2009), Department of CE&B and Acting Chair, Department of Health Research Evidence and Impact (2019).

Dr. Bennett received Career Scientist awards from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation and has been a member of national advisory boards including the Science Advisory Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She also received the President’s Award for Educational Leadership, McMaster University. Her research expertise centres on research synthesis, the design and testing of child and adolescent mental health programmes/services and knowledge translation and exchange and has been funded by CIHR, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF) and provincial government ministries including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.

Current Activities



Five Most Impactful Publications:

Bennett, K., Courtney, D., Duda, S., Henderson, J., & Szatmari, P. (2018). An appraisal of the trustworthiness of practice guidelines for depression and anxiety in children and youth. Depression and anxiety35(6), 530–540. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22752

Bennett, K., Gorman, D. A., Duda, S., Brouwers, M., & Szatmari, P. (2016). Practitioner Review: On the trustworthiness of clinical practice guidelines – a systematic review of the quality of methods used to develop guidelines in child and youth mental health. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines57(6), 662–673. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12547

Bennett, K., Rhodes, A. E., Duda, S., Cheung, A. H., Manassis, K., Links, P., Mushquash, C., Braunberger, P., Newton, A. S., Kutcher, S., Bridge, J. A., Santos, R. G., Manion, I. G., Mclennan, J. D., Bagnell, A., Lipman, E., Rice, M., & Szatmari, P. (2015). A Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Canada: A Systematic Review of Reviews. Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie60(6), 245–257. https://doi.org/10.1177/070674371506000603

Bennett, K., Manassis, K., Walter, S. D., Cheung, A., Wilansky-Traynor, P., Diaz-Granados, N., Duda, S., Rice, M., Baer, S., Barrett, P., Bodden, D., Cobham, V. E., Dadds, M. R., Flannery-Schroeder, E., Ginsburg, G., Heyne, D., Hudson, J. L., Kendall, P. C., Liber, J., Warner, C. M., … Wood, J. J. (2013). Cognitive behavioral therapy age effects in child and adolescent anxiety: an individual patient data metaanalysis. Depression and anxiety30(9), 829–841. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22099

Salvo, N., Bennett, K., Cheung, A., Chen, Y., Rice, M., Rush, B., Bullock, H., Bowlby, A., & Evidence on Tap Concurrent Disorders Collaborative Team (2012). Prevention of substance use in children/adolescents with mental disorders: a systematic review. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry = Journal de l’Academie canadienne de psychiatrie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent21(4), 245–252. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3490525/

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Research Interests

child and adolescent mental health, adolescent depression and anxiety, interventions, knowledge synthesis

Education, Memberships, Certifications

M.Sc., McMaster University, Ph.D., Waterloo 

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