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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Ted McNeill, PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Social Work

Child Life

Phone: 416-813-6786
Email: ted.mcneill@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Joan Durette
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6787
Alternate Fax: 416-813-6746

Brief Biography

Ted McNeill provides leadership to Child Life and Social Work.

Child Life specialists work closely with hospitalized children. They seek to normalize the environment and to make the hospital as “child friendly” as possible. They operate the play rooms on each of the patient care units and also provide clinical interventions, such as preparation, distraction and medical play. The Child Life Department is also home to HSC’s therapeutic clowns and entertainment/donations coordinator, who works closely with the HSC Foundation and plans special entertainment events for patients and families.

Social workers provide a variety of clinical services including crisis intervention and counselling to patients and families to help them adjust to the many challenges associated with chronic health conditions. In addition, they are called on to deal with such issues child protection concerns, bereavement and loss, and serve as a bridge to the community.

Ted also participates on a number of hospital committees, such as Patient Care and Health Records and was asked recently to chair a task force to develop a hospital policy on the possible use of complementary and alternative therapies

He recently completed his PhD in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. His current research activities include a three-year meta analysis of literature on child and family adaptation to chronic health conditions (funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), a grounded theory study of the experience of fathers of children with chronic health conditions (funded by HSC), and a qualitative study of the perceived merits of Starbright World (funded by Starbright World). Other interests include evidence-based practice, resilience, parenting, and family functioning. He currently teaches research methodology part-time at the Faculty of Social Work.

Academic Background

PhD, Social Work
University of Toronto