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Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Sandra Fisman, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Sandra Fisman

Chair,  Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Western University


London is a growing city of over 352,395 people located in South Western Ontario. It is situated between Lake Erie and Lake Huron and is a short two-hour drive from the major centers of Toronto and Detroit. Well known for its abundance of trees and pleasant surroundings, "the Forest City" offers relaxed and inexpensive living. The Thames River winds its way throughout the city, harboring a number of large and small parks, as well as miles of walkways and bike paths. London offers various cultural activities including theatre, museums, and a symphony orchestra. It is also near well-known culture centres including Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake. London is home to Western University with over 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students and more than 3,500 full-time faculty and staff.

London has an extensive array of clinical services, as well as education and research opportunities. Innovative development is occurring in the London region in the area of children and adolescent mental health. Both the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services provide child and adolescent mental health services. At a local level, strong alliances have been built between these two ministries.

Many opportunities are available in various treatment modalities including individual, family, play, dialectical-behavioural, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and pharmacotherapy. Experience in various group therapies is valuable to trainees. An interdisciplinary approach to treatment occurs across the entire child and adolescent mental health sector.

Please visit Clinical Programs for information on: Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI); Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program at Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital; Adolescent Program at St. Joseph's Health Care (SJHC), Parkwood Institute; Vanier Children's Services; Windsor Regional Children's Services; Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services; and Glengarda Child and Family Services.

Beginning in 2009, the Thames Valley District School Board developed a five year strategic plan for school based mental health. The Board is also one of the few boards in the province that operates specialized classrooms for children and youth with severe and chronic mental health problems. The Board operates five elementary and two secondary "Transitional Mental Health" classrooms to provide ongoing educational support for students who have previously received intensive psychiatric treatment. These are in addition to the Section 23 classrooms which are attached to group homes, hospitals and treatment agencies.

Schulich Windsor has accreditation for core and elective rotations in child and adolescent psychiatry.

To review Annual Report for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry please click link below: