About Sickkids
About SickKids

H. Bruce Ferguson, PhD, CPsych

The Hospital for Sick Children
Senior Consultant
Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit

University of Toronto
Professor
Psychiatry, Psychology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Full Member
School of Graduate Studies


Phone: 416-813-8846
Fax: 416-813-6011
e-mail: bruce.ferguson@sickkids.ca

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Brief Biography

Dr. Bruce Ferguson is a Senior Consultant and the founding Director of the Community Health Systems Resource Group (now Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He is also a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States. He taught psychology at Carleton University before moving to the health care system at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Ferguson received his doctorate in Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Ferguson works to build networks and improve systems of care and support for children and families. He is an advocate for children and youth, particularly those marginalized by race, poverty, gender, region or ethnicity. He created the Community Health Systems Resource Group (CHSRG) in an effort to increase implementation of evidence-based interventions and standardized outcome measurement in health, mental health, social services and education, and to promote and facilitate integration and collaboration in service delivery. The multidisciplinary team of health systems scientists work to coordinate their research to provide outreach and improve the well-being and mental health of children. The goals of the organization exemplify Dr. Ferguson's own vision: To promote success in children and youth by considering all factors essential to well-being including health, home life, school, community life and peer relationships.

In his research, policy development and advocacy, Dr. Ferguson works with people across many cultures and backgrounds, including Native and Francophone populations. A passionate mentor and collaborator, he networks with researchers and students across Canada. He was a member of the Minister's Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions Strategy which led to Open Minds, Healthy Minds, the Ontario initiative in child and youth mental health. Dr. Ferguson currently sits on the MCYS Expert Panel on System Transformation and participates in School Mental Health ASSIST.

Research Interests

  • Children's mental health
  • Service system implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Health systems research

Committees

  • Member, MCYS Expert Panel on System Transformation (2013-present)
  • Co-Chair, Accepting Schools Expert Panel, Ontario Ministry of Education (2012-present)
  • Member, ICES-CAMH Advisory Group: Outcomes Measurement of Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative (2012-present)
  • Member, MOHLTC-CAMH Provincial Collaborative Advisory Group (2011-present)
  • Member, Ministry of Education School Mental Health ASSIST (2011-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Physical Health Association (OPHEA) (2010-present)
  • Member, Learning to 18 Policy Roundtable, Ontario Ministry of Education (2005-present)
  • Member, School Based Mental Health and Abuse Consortium, Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health (2009-2012)

External Funding

2013-2016 Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Street-Involved Youth: The Effectiveness of a Theory-based Multi-component Resilience and Motivational Intervention
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ryerson University and The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

2012-2016 Investigation of the Efficacy of the JUMP Method of Math Instruction
Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)

Symposia and Conference Organization

Linking Research, Practice and Policy to Devise a National Prevention Strategy in the Prevention of Weight Related Disorders. (2011). Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Getting to Uptake: Leveraging Social Innovation for Practice Change. (2009). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Multiple Diversities: Child/Youth Identities and Life Outcomes. (2009). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Marginalized Youth in Contemporary Educational Contexts. (2009). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

From Science to Practice and Back: Mechanisms of Change in Developmental Psychopathology. (2008). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Improving the Prevention of Eating-Related Disorders: Collaborative Research, Advocacy, and Policy Change. (2008). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

A Focus on Relationships: Understanding and Addressing Girls' Aggressive Behaviour Problems. (2007). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Hearing Voices: The Utilization of Qualitative Research in Early Psychosis. (2007). Community Health Systems Resource Group Collaborative Symposia Series. Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Publications

Ferguson, H.B. & Wolkow, K. (2012). Educating children and youth in care: A review of barriers to school progress and strategies for change. Child and Youth Services Review, 34(6), 1143-1149.doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.034

Gervan, S., Granic, I., Solomon, T., Blokland, K. & Ferguson, H.B. (2012). Paternal involvement in Multisystemic Therapy: Effects on adolescent outcomes and maternal depression. Journal of Adolescence, 35(3), 743-751.doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.10.009

Granic, I., Blokland, K., Solomon, T. & Ferguson, H.B. (2012). Maternal depression mediates the link between therapeutic alliance and improvements in adolescent externalizing behaviour. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(6), 880-885.doi: 10.1037/a0030716.

Tilleczek, K., Ferguson, H.B., Roth Edney, D., Rummens, J.A., Boydell, K., & Mueller, M. (2011). A contemporary study with early school leavers: Pathways and social processes of leaving high school. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, 3(1), 1-39.

Tilleczek, K., Furlong, A., & Ferguson, H.B.  (2010). Marginalized youth in contemporary educational contexts:  A tranquil invitation to a rebellious celebration? Education Canada, 50(5), 6-10.

Barwick, M., Boydell, K.M., Stasiulis, E., Ferguson, H.B., Blase, K., & Fixsen, D.  (2008). Research utilization among children’s mental health providers, Implementation Science, 3,19.doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-3-19.

Ferguson, H. B., Bovaird, S., &  Mueller, M. P. (2007). The impact of poverty on educational outcomes for children. Paediatrics & Child Health, 12, 701-706.

Boydell, K.M., Barwick, M.A., Ferguson, H.B. & Haines, R. (2005). Implementation of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale in a Provincial mental health system: A Feasibility study to assess service provider perspectives. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 32(1),105-109.

Wolkow, K. E., & Ferguson, H. B. (2001). Community Factors in the Development of Resiliency: Considerations and Future Directions. Community Mental Health Journal, 37, 489-498.

Edited Books

Pepler, D., & Ferguson, H.B (Eds). (2013). Understanding and addressing girls’ aggressive behaviour problems: A Focus on Relationships. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Tilleczek, K., & Ferguson, H.B. (Eds).  (2013). Youth, education and marginalization: Local and global expressions. Waterloo, ON:  Wilfred Laurier University Press.   

McVey, G.L, Levine, M.P., Piran, N., & Ferguson, H.B (Eds). (2012). Prevention of eating-related disorders: Collaborative research, advocacy and policy change. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Boydell, K.M., & Ferguson, H.B. (Eds). (2012). Hearing Voices: Qualitative Inquiry in Early Psychosis. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Technical Research Reports for Policy & Evaluation

Tilleczek K., Laflamme, S., Ferguson, H.B., Roth Edney, D., Cudney, D., Girard, M., & Cardoso, S.  (2011).  Fresh Starts and False Starts: Young People in Transitions from Elementary to Secondary School. (PDF) Toronto, ON: Community Health Systems Resource Group, The Hospital for Sick Children (Report to the Ontario Ministry of Education).  

Barwick, M.A., Vlad, C., Shirazi, B., Urajnik, D., & Ferguson, H.B.  (2009).  Ontario’s children with mental health needs 2008 report: Level of functioning outcomes for children and youth receiving mental health treatment.  Toronto, ON: Community Health Systems Resource Group, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Ferguson, H.B., Santor, D., & Short, K. (2009). Taking mental health to school. (PDF) Toronto, ON: (Report for the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health (CHEO).

Barwick, M. A., Boydell, K. M., Stasiulis, E., Ferguson, H. B., Blase, K., & Fixsen, D.  (2005).  Knowledge transfer and evidence-based practice in children’s mental health.  (PDF) Toronto, ON:  Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

Ferguson, H. B., Tilleczek, K., Boydell, K., Rummens, A., & Roth Edney, D. (2005).  Early school leavers:  Understanding the lived reality of disengagement from secondary school. (PDF)  Toronto, ON: Community Health Systems Resource Group, The Hospital for Sick Children. (Report to the Ontario Ministry of Education).