Shannon Stewart

Children's Health & Therapeutics Dr. Shannon Stewart
Associate Scientist


Associate Scientist, Division of Children's Health and Therapeutics, Children's Health Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Registered Psychologist, Child and Parent Resource Institute

How does my research help children?

This research helps children and youth in a variety of ways.  My research focuses on:

  1. improving early identification of mental health and substance use
  2. enhancing access to mental health care services
  3. contributing to increased evidence-informed care planning to improve the functionality of mental health services across multiple service sectors

By providing a more systematic, coordinated and integrated approach to early identification and improved access to services, many of the childhood mental health problems can be resolved through early diagnosis and intervention.  Our team conducts research to better understand the complex medical, environmental, social, and psychiatric factors associated with mental health problems, treatment trajectories, and service use to better meet the needs of our children and youth.  Our research aims to reduce and alleviate the negative consequences of mental health issues across the lifespan.



My research focuses on the international development of the interRAI ( suite of instruments for children and youth with mental health needs within a variety of service sectors (e.g., education, health, youth justice, community).  Research interests focus on understanding service delivery and patterns related to service use, including residential treatment outcomes and sustainability, continuity of care, factors associated with rehospitalisation and length of stay, resource allocation as well as quality indicators.  Additional areas of research interest include suicide, deliberate self-harm as well as adolescent substance use.  Our team, situated at a tertiary children’s mental health centre, examines service and outcome data in order to answer questions in the aforementioned areas of interest.

Awards & Grants


Funding in support of "Connecting youth in custody with Mental Health Services" - Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Data Linkage for Children's Mental Health and Health Services: Proof of Concept" - Awarded by Western University

Funding in support of "Development, piloting, statistical analysis of interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) and Child and Youth Mental Health-Developmental Disability (ChYMH-DD previously named ChYIDD) suite of tools" - Awarded by London Community Foundation

Fuding in support of "interRAI Mental Health System for Children and Youth: Development, Implementation and Evaluation" - Awarded by Volunteer Organization of Child and Parent Resource Institute (VOCPRI)

Funding in support of "Predicting and understanding patterns of service utilization within children's mental health agencies" - Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of "Conducting the Second Phase of an Evaluation of Evidence-based Side-Effect Monitoring Checklists for Psychotropic Medications with Youth in Residential Care" - Awarded by AHSC AFP Innovation Fund

Funding in support of "Continuity of care in children's mental health: Development of a measure (2 years)" - Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Advancing Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Health Research

Recent Publications


Discharge of adolescents with mental health problems against medical advice: Findings from adult mental health inpatient facilities across Ontario, Canada
Baiden P, den Dunnen W, Stewart SL
Psychiatry Research. 2013 Sept 29

BCFPI Validation for a High-Risk High-Needs Sample of Children and Youth Admitted to Tertiary Care
Cook S, Leschied AW, St. Pierre J, Stewart SL, den Dunnen W, Johnson AM
Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2013; 22:147-152

Predictors of out-of-home placement following residential treatment
den Dunnen W, Stewart SL, Currie M, Willits EC, Baiden P
Children and Youth Services Review. 2013; 35:518-214

An exploratory study of the factors associated with medication nonadherence among youth in adult mental health facilities in Ontario, Canada
Stewart SL, Baiden P
Psychiatry Research. 2013; 207(3):212-217

Prescription medication misuse among adolescents with severe mental health problems in Ontario, Canada
Stewart SL, Baiden P, den Dunnen W
Journal of Substance Use and Misuse. 2013; 48(5):404-414

Factors associated with the use of intrusive measures at a tertiary care facility for children and youth with mental health and developmental disabilities
Stewart SL, Baiden P, Theall-Honey LA
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 2013; 22(1):56-68

Treating mental health disorders for children in child welfare care: Evaluating the outcome literature
Stewart SL, Leschied AW, den Dunnen W, Zalmanowitz S, Baiden P
Child and Youth Care Forum. 2013; 42(2):131-154

Predicting residential treatment outcomes with seriously emotionally and behaviourally disordered youth: The role of pre-treatment factors
den Dunnen W, St. Pierre J, Stewart SL, Johnson A, Cook S, Leschied AW
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth. 2012; 29(1):13-31

Examining the link between nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behavior: A review of the literature and an integrated model
Hamza CA, Stewart SL, Willoughby T
Clinical Psychology Review. 2012; 32:482-495



Phone: (519) 661-2111, x88646
E-mail: sstewa24 [at] uwo [dot] ca