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Biography of Harriet MacMillan

Published: June 30, 2016
Harriet MacMillan
Dr. Harriet MacMillan, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. 

She received her medical degree from Queen's University, and followed with residency training in psychiatry and pediatrics at University of Toronto and McMaster. MacMillan was a visiting fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston before joining McMaster as a faculty member in 1992.

She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine with associate membership in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. MacMillan holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry

From 1993 until 2004, MacMillan was the founding director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) at McMaster Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence.  She continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP and provides consultations to child protection agencies. 

Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women; she has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.  Funding for this work has been provided by organizations such as the WT Grant Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MacMillan is the principal investigator of a CIHR-funded Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL).  PreVAiL is an international network made up of researchers in the areas of mental health, gender and violence, and of partner organizations with service, research and policy mandates in these areas.  Through PreVAiL, she works closely with organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

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