Dr. Mark Ferro is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Systems at the University of Waterloo and is an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University. Dr. Ferro completed his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatrics (Western University) and child psychiatry (McMaster University).
His research focuses on advancing the understanding of youth multimorbidity—the co-occurrence of physical and mental disorders in children, youth, and young adults. His work takes a developmental approach to estimating the burden of youth multimorbidity and the extent to which prevalence is sample-dependent, as well as expounding the multilevel determinants of youth multimorbidity; biological (systemic inflammation) and psychosocial (family environment) mechanisms leading to the onset of youth multimorbidity; and, through data linkage activities, how youth with multimorbidity interface with the mental health care system.
Methodologically, Dr. Ferro is interested in the measurement of mental health and quality of life in youth, particularly those with chronic health. In addition to validating the factor structure of measures, he examines the extent to which measures of mental health and quality of life are equivalent across different groups.