McMaster University

McMaster University

Mark Ferro

Dr. Mark Ferro

Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences and Pediatrics

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health & Health Systems (Waterloo)
Core Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies
Scientist, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

P: 519-888-4567 x33664

Additional Information

Dr. Ferro is currently accepting graduate students in Public Health & Health Systems.

Research Theme

  • Determinants of Health and Disease
  • Health and Quality of Life Outcomes


Key words

Epidemiology, Health trajectories, Health-related quality of life, Mental health, Physical health.


Research Program Overview

Dr. Ferro directs the Advancing Research in Children’s Health (ARCH) Lab (@ARCH__lab). His program of research investigates the link between physical and mental health in children and young people. His research takes a developmental approach to understanding the determinants of mental health and quality of life outcomes in children with chronic health conditions, with a particular interest in epilepsy. He also has interests in the measurement of mental health and health-related quality of life, health service use among children, family and stress processes influencing child health, and health trajectories during the transition from childhood to young adulthood.

Current Projects

  • Multimorbidity in youth receiving mental health services
  • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study










Publications & Achievements

  • Saigal S, Ferro MA, Van Lieshout RJ, Schmidt LA, Morrison KM, Boyle MH. Health-related quality of life trajectories of extremely low birth weight survivors into adulthood. Journal of Pediatrics 2016;179(December):68-73.
  • Ferro MA, Van Lieshout RJ, Ohayon J, Scott JG. Emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents and young adults with food allergy. Allergy 2016;71(4):532-540.
  • Ferro MA, Gorter JW, Boyle MH. Trajectories of depressive symptoms in Canadian emerging adults. American Journal of Public Health 2015;105(11):2322-2327.
  • Ferro MA & Boyle. The impact of chronic physical illness, maternal depressive symptoms, family functioning, and self-esteem on symptoms of anxiety and depression in children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2015;43(1):177-187.

Dr. Ferro’s Google Scholar page



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