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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed, Ed.D

Phone: 416-813-6062
Fax: 416-813-2258
Email: chaya.kulkarni@sickkids.ca

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Brief Biography

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni is currently the Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Infant Mental Health Promotion is a community based coalition of individuals and professional agencies dedicated to promoting optimal mental health outcomes for infants in the first three years of life. Dr. Kulkarni provides leadership to research, professional education and public awareness activities at IMHP. In her role with IMHP, Chaya is currently leading advocacy and training initiatives in areas such as child welfare including family courts, and community based programs supporting families in their neighborhoods.  She leads IMHP in the development and implementation of curricula and materials to support professionals working with families of young children.

Prior to joining IMHP, Chaya held positions as Vice President of Parent and Professional Education at Invest in Kids  and as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.  Chaya is also an instructor at York University in the Infant Mental Health Certificate Program, and at Seneca College in the Bachelor of Child Development program, and lectures frequently at professional development events.  Chaya has also sat on the Prime Minister's Committee for the Award of Excellence and currently sits a number of committees within the health and social services sectors including: the Children’s Programming Advisory Committee for TVO,  Health Nexus - Healthy Baby Healthy Brain project, FRP Canada Advisory Committee, Metro Toronto Family Services Consortium, Self Regulation Working Group (SickKids), SickKids Continuing Professional Development Committee, and the Board of Directors for Family Day one of the largest not for profit providers of child care in the GTA.  She is also the co-author of a book, Your Guide to Nurturing Parent Child Relationships.

Dr. Kulkarni received her B.A.A. from Ryerson University and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education from the University of Toronto.