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Dr. Mark Ferro

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Biography

Dr. Mark Ferro is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Systems at the University of Waterloo where he directs the Advancing Research in Children's Health (ARCH) Lab. Dr. Ferro completed his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Pediatrics (Western University) and Child Psychiatry (McMaster University). His research focuses on advancing the understanding of youth multimorbidity—the co-occurrence of physical and mental disorders in children and youth. His work takes a developmental approach to estimating the burden of youth multimorbidity, as well as expounding the multilevel determinants of youth multimorbidity; biological (systemic inflammation) and psychosocial (family environment) mechanisms resulting in youth multimorbidity; and, through data linkage activities, how youth with multimorbidity interface with the mental health care system.

Areas of Focus

Understanding the determinants of mental health and quality of life outcomes in children with chronic health conditions, with a particular interest in epilepsy