Youth mental health services


My primary motivation for conducting research is to influence the type and quality of therapeutic services provided to individuals, primarily adolescents. Most of my work is foundational by identifying the characteristics associated with emotional and behavioural problems so that certain factors can be targeted for intervention. However, I have also been involved more directly in evaluating community-based services with youth.

I am currently involved with colleagues and various community partners across Atlantic Canada on a 5-year, CIHR-funded project to examine the access and barriers to youth mental health services within the region. We hope that findings from this project will directly benefit youth and families in the region and that our efforts will be used as a model for work elsewhere.


Borduin, C. M., Schaeffer, C., & Ronis, S. T. (2003). Multisystemic treatment of serious antisocial behavior in adolescents. In C. A. Essau (Ed.), Conduct and oppositional disorders in children and adolescents: Epidemiology, risk factors, and treatment (pp. 299-318). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. View


Graef, D. M., Sawyer, A. M., Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2008, May). Family functioning and adolescent delinquency in the context of neighborhoods among juvenile offenders participating in Multisystemic Therapy. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.


Looking for ways to improve our mental health system: Researchers at four universities are collaborating to make the system easier to navigate. View
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Crisis Intervention Team to help with mentally ill

By Amy Flowers Umble, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.

Atlantic professors tackle mental health services for kids

By Amanda Debison, News 88.9

Child & Youth Mental Health Services Research Gets $2.5 Million View
Community-Based Primary Health Care

CIHR & UNB, August 13, 2013


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 Canadian Institutes of Health Research