McMaster University

McMaster University

Child Advocacy & Assessment Program: child looking out of window
Contact Information

Dr. Anne Niec
Director, Child Advocacy & Assessment Program

Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 73268
Fax: 905-522-7982
Email: nieca@mcmaster.ca

Child Advocacy & Assessment Program

About CAAP

The Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP), primarily provides assessment and consultation services to children and families where any aspect of child maltreatment (sexual abuse, neglect, physical or emotional abuse) is an issue.

In particular, the program provides assessments regarding child maltreatment, impact of child maltreatment, parenting capacity, sexual assault follow-up and counseling, a medical follow-up clinic and foster care consultation service. Community consultation is provided to the local Children's Aid Societies.

The CAAP team includes pediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and child life specialists. Inpatient and outpatient referrals are accepted.

The overall aim of the program is to reduce the burden of suffering associated with child maltreatment through clinical, educational and research activities. The program is affiliated with the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

CAAP provides training and educational presentations covering a range of topics related to child maltreatment and parenting capacity. Members of CAAP are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. 

Division Members

Dr. Anne Niec
Program Director, CAAP
Professor, Pediatrician

Dr. Burke Baird
Assistant Professor,
CAAP Physician

Dr. Elisabeth Canisius
CAAP Physician

Dr. Kristen Hallett
CAAP Consultant
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Harriet MacMillan
CAAP Clinician
Professor, Child Psychiatrist & Pediatrician

Dr. Frank O'Toole
CAAP Consultant
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Sandi Seigel
CAAP Consultant
Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Shobha Wahi
CAAP Consultant
Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Christine Wekerle
Associate Clinical Professor

What's New?

Dr. Harriet MacMillan will co-lead a $4.1 million study, looking at better ways to support victims of family violence. The announcement was made on February 20, 2015 by Canada’s Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose. The project is part of a 10-year, $100 million investment in preventing, detecting and combating family violence and child abuse in Canada.

The announcement received a significant amount of media attention (McMaster Daily News, CHML AM900, the Hamilton Spectator).


In December 2014, Dr. Christine Wekerle (PI) and colleagues were awarded a $1.2M grant over 5 years from CIHR and PHA, for the project "Understanding health risks and promoting resilience in male youth with sexual violence experience."

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