A photo image of Dr. Melissa Kimber and a description of her research, teaching, and practice within youth and teen mental health.

I am a front-line mental health service provider, researcher, and educator. My research uses quantitative and qualitative methods to reduce the prevalence and impacts of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and mental health challenges among children, youth, and their families.

I hold a PhD in Health Research Methodology (Population and Public Health Specialization) from McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (2015; formerly the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics).

My postdoctoral training was completed at the Offord Centre for Child Studies  within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University (2015-2018) where I am now a Core Member and Assistant Professor. I also hold Associate Membership status in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

My research is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada (see our RISE Project), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families, among others. I have published widely on child and adolescent mental health, child maltreatment and intimate partner violence, implementation science, and increasingly, health professions education. 

I’m the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund. In 2022, I was accepted as a Dissemination and Implementation Scholar within the Outcomes to Military Implementation Scholars Program (OMISP). In this role, I am collaborating on work that aims to reduce the prevalence and impact of suicide among military and veteran populations, some of whom have experienced childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence.

For a list of my peer-reviewed research publications, please see my Google Scholar and ORCiD pages.