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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Peter Szatmari, MD, M.Sc., FRCPS

University of Toronto
Professor and Head
Division of Child and Youth Mental Health

Chair Positions
Patsy & Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health

Other Positions

Chief of Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative
The Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Alternate Contact: Shanique Edwards
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 328706
Alternate Email: shanique.edwards@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Starting March 1, 2013, Dr. Peter Szatmari assumed the combined position of Chief, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, as well as Director of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health at the University of Toronto. Szatmari holds the newly-endowed Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health. Szatmari is the head of one of the largest divisions of child and adolescent psychiatry in the world, and an international expert in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He has made significant contributions to the ASD field in many areas including diagnosis, measurement, genetics and longitudinal development – all of which led to significant changes in our understanding of ASD as well as the classification of ASD in both DSM IV and 5. He has also published more generally in psychiatric epidemiology (especially attention deficit disorder) and in clinical research in developmental psychopathology. More recently, he has turned his attention to developing evidence based, patient oriented systems of care for children and youth and evaluating innovative models of care using clinical trials methodology. He has been editor of several important journals in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and has consulted to government agencies in Canada, the USA and the UK.  He is the author of the book “A Mind Apart; Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome”.

External Funding

CIHR, Foundation Scheme. Pathways to Better Developmental Health in AutismSpectrum Disorder: Phase III. PI: Szatmari P.

CIHR and Ontario SPOR Support Unit, IMPACT Award. Among At-Risk Youth with Mental Health Challenges, Do Integrated Collaborative Care Teams Provide More Benefits in Reducing Symptoms, Improving Functioning and Providing Greater Client Satisfaction than Treatment as usual? PI: Szatmari, P.

Genome Canada. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Genomes to Outcomes. PI: Scherer SW, Szatmari P.


Developmental Trajectories of adaptive functioning and autism symptom severity in preschool children with ASD

Szatmari/ A prospective study of autistic-like traits in unaffected siblings of probands with autism spectrum disorder.

A Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Canada: A Systematic Review of Reviews.
Can J Psychiatry. 2015 Jun; 60 (6): 245-57. PMID: 26175322

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Predicts Increased Adult Body Mass Index: Results from a Prospective Community Sample
J Dev Behav Pediatric. 2014 Feb: 35(2): 108-17. PMID: 24343190

Linking Oppositional Behavior Trajectories to the Development of Depressive Symptoms in Childhood
Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2012 Jun; 43(3) 484-97. PMID: 22228549

The Longitudinal Association between Oppositional and Depressive Symptoms across Childhood
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Feb; 49(2): 152-61


Szatmari P. A Mind Apart.  Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome Guilford Press, New York City. 2004