Kelly Anderson

Children's Health & Therapeutics Dr. Kelly Anderson
Associate Scientist


Associate Scientist, Division of Children's Health & Therapeutics, Children's Health Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Research Fellow, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

How does my research help children?

It has been estimated that nearly three-quarters of all diagnosed mental disorders have an onset before the age of 25 years. My research focuses on the first-onset of mental health conditions, which means the population I am interested in is comprised predominantly of adolescents and emerging adults.  I am interested in how factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence a person’s risk of and outcomes from mental illness, as well as the influence of those factors on how people access health services.  By understanding how these social determinants impact on the mental health of adolescents and emerging adults, we can target interventions to high-risk groups and reduce disparities in mental health and access to care.



Current Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of population health and health services research, specifically in the area of mental health. I am interested in the risk, course and outcome of mental illness for different population groups, as well as in the social determinants of health service access and utilization. I have a particular interest in the mental health of adolescents and young adults, and my research to date has typically focused on first-episode psychosis and early intervention services. From a methodological perspective, my interests are quite diverse. I have experience using large administrative databases to examine patterns of health services utilization for different population groups. Additionally, I have an interest in interdisciplinary research using mixed methods designs in an effort to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of observed trends. I am also involved in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Awards & Grants


This section is currently under construction.

Recent Publications


The first-contact incidence of schizophrenia among immigrants and refugees in Ontario
Anderson KK, Cheng J, Susser E, McKenzie KJ, Kurdyak P
(In Review)

Stigmatizing attitudes towards mental illness among primary school children in Kenya
Ndetei DM, Mutiso V, Maraj A, Anderson KK, Musyimi C, McKenzie K
(In Review)

Levels of resilience among primary school children in Kenya
Ndetei DM, Mutiso V, Maraj A, Anderson KK, Musyimi C, McKenzie K 
(In Review)

Minimal evidence that untreated psychosis damages brain structures: A systematic review
Anderson KK, Rodrigues M, Mann K, Voineskos A, Mulsant B, George TP, McKenzie K
(In Review)

The African, Caribbean, and European (ACE) Pathways to Care Study: A qualitative exploration of similarities and differences between African-, Caribbean-, and European-origin groups in pathways to care for psychosis
Ferrari M, Flora N, Anderson KK, Tuck A, Archie S, Kidd S, Tang T, McKenzie K on behalf of the ACE Project Team
BMJ Open. (In Press)

Pathways to first-episode care for psychosis in African, Caribbean, and European origin groups in Ontario
Anderson KK, Flora N, Ferrari M, Tuck A, Archie S, Kidd S, Tang T, Kirmayer L, McKenzie K on behalf of the ACE Project Team
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. (In Press)

The role of untreated psychosis in neurodegeneration: A review of hypothesized mechanisms of neurotoxicity in first-episode psychosis
Anderson KK, Voineskos A, Mulsant BH, George TP, McKenzie KJ
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2014; 59(10):513-517

A meta-analysis of ethnic differences in pathways to care at the first episode of psychosis
Anderson KK, Flora N, Archie S, Morgan C, McKenzie K 
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2014;130(4):257-268

Race, ethnicity, and the duration of untreated psychosis: A systematic review
Anderson KK, Flora N, Archie S, Morgan C, McKenzie K 
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2014; 49(7):1161-1174



Phone:  (519) 661-2111, x81001
Fax:  (519) 661-3766
Email:  kelly [dot] anderson [at] schulich [dot] uwo [dot] ca

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