Simon Davidson


Simon Davidson
Full Professor

Room: CHEO
Office: 613-737-7600 ext. 2723
Work E-mail: [email protected]

Simon Davidson


Dr. Simon Davidson is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and completed his residency in Psychiatry at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Davidson is currently the Regional Chief of the Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)/Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC)), Medical Director of the Mental Health Patient Service Unit at CHEO and Chief Strategic Planning Executive of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. He is a Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He is also a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CACAP), former Chair of the Child and Youth Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada and former Chief of Staff at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is the Co-Founder of Youth Net/Réseau Ado, an innovative service delivery model empowering youth in regard to mental health promotion, mental illness prevention and early intervention.

Integrating his understanding of system theory, analysis and change management, Dr. Davidson's interventional and academic interests include development and implementation of integrated models of mental health service delivery; models of youth engagement in therapy and service delivery planning; wellness; mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention; and transitioning youth into adult mental health services.

Key words:

Transitional services, youth and parent engagement

Fields of Interest

  • Transitioning of young people with mental health problems from child and youth to adult settings
  • Youth and parent engagement in their own mental health care and in the planning and implementation of mental health services
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