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Daphne Korczak

Title: Associate Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health
Designations: MD, M.Sc., FRCPC (Paediatrics), FRCPC (Psychiatry)
Phone: 416-813-6600
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Member, Institute of Medical Sciences

Hospital Positions

Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry

Research Positions

SickKids Chair in Child and Youth Medical Psychiatry
Associate Scientist, Neuroscience and Mental Health
Director, Children’s Integrated Mood and Body (CLIMB) Program


Dr. Korczak is the SickKids’ Chair in Child and Youth Medical Psychiatry, Director of the Children’s Integrated Mood and Body (CLIMB) Depression Program, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research activities focus on depression and suicide prevention among children and adolescents, and the association of adolescent-onset depression with premature cardiovascular disease. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Korczak has led a large collaborative initiative examining the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children with and without pre-existing mental health conditions. Dr. Korczak is the author of over 80 publications and book chapters and is a sought after speaker on the topics of depression and suicidality among children and adolescents for clinical and research audiences. She is the Chair of the Research and Scientific Committee for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chair of the Mental Health Task Force of the Canadian Paediatric Society. 


  • 2012: M.Sc., McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada (Field of Study: Health Research Methods)
  • 2006: FRCP(C), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (Field of Study: Psychiatry)
  • 2004: FRCP(C), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (Field of Study: Paediatric Medicine)
  • 2000: MD, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (Field of Study: Medicine)


  • 2020–Present: Chair, Research and Scientific Program Committee, Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2018–Present: Chair, Mental Health Task Force, Canadian Paediatric Society
  • 2010–2019: Director, Paediatric Postgraduate Teaching Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2022: Scientific Advisor (Children’s Mental Health), Ontario COVID-19 Science Table Providing scientific expertise and advice to inform school and screen time policy recommendations for children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2012–2018: Editorial Board, Children and Youth New to Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and CIHR)


  • 2021: Dr. Sam Wong COVID Certificate of Merit, Canadian Paediatric Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Distinction). For National Leadership in Child Health and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 2019–2022: Academic Scholar Award, Department of Psychiatry – University of Toronto
  • 2016–2018: O’Brien Scholarship in Child and Youth Mental Health Research, The Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


  1. Tsujimoto KC*, Cost KT, LaForge-MacKenzie K, Anagnostou E, Birken CS, Charach A, Monga S, Kelley E, Nicolson R, Georgiadis S, Lee N, Osokin K, Arnold P, Schachar R, Burton C, Crosbie J, Korczak DJ. School and learning contexts during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for child and youth mental health. Current Psychology. 2022 Nov, 1-17.
  2. Madigan S, Korczak DJ, Vaillancourt T, Racine N, Hopkins WG, Pador P, Hewitt J, AlMousawi B, McDonald S, Neville R. Comparison of paediatric emergency department visits for attempted suicide, self-harm, and suicidal ideation before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2023. Co-Author.
  3. Korczak DJ, Perruzza S, Chandrapalan M, Kirkpatrick SI, Tracey M, Cost K, Cleverley K, Birken C, McCrindle BM. The association of diet and depression: an analysis of dietary measures in depressed, non-depressed, and healthy youth. Nutritional Neuroscience. 2022 Sep; 25(9):1948-1955.
  4. Korczak, DJ, Madigan, S, Vaillancourt, T. Data Divide - Disentangling the Role of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child Mental Health and Well-being. JAMA Pediatrics. 2022;176(7):635–636.
  5. Orlando L*, Savel K*, Madigan S, Colasanto M*, Korczak DJ. Dietary patterns and internalizing disorders in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Australian and New Zealand. Journal of Psychiatry. 2022 Jun, 56(6):617-641.

See a full list of Daphne Korczak's publications.

  • 2022–2024: Principal Investigator. Attitudes and Aspirations: The indirect effects of educational disruption on the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant: Addressing the Wider Health Impacts of COVID-19. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co-Investigators: Anagnostou, E., Birken, C. Charach, A., Cost, K., Crosbie, J., Georgiades, S., Kelley, E., Monga, S., Nicolson, R., Tsujimoto, K.
  • 2021–2023: Principal Investigator. Better or Worse? Real-time Impact of COVID-19 Re- Opening Among Children With and Without Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Over Time. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co-Investigators: Anagnostou E., Birken CS., Charach A., Cost K., Crosbie J., Georgiades S., Kelley E., Monga S., Nicolson R.
  • 2020–2024: Principal Investigator. Population-based virtual mental health interventions for children, youth and families during COVID-19: If we build it, will they come? Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Principal Knowledge User: Martinussen R. Co-Investigators: Cost KT, Birken C, Charach A, Monga S, Crosbie J, Anagnastou E, Schachar R, Maguire J, Szatmari P, Lerch J, Arnold P, Dimitropoulos G, Georgiadis S, Burton C, Nicholson R, Kelly E.
  • 2019–2024: Principal Investigator. Measuring Cardiovascular Outcomes of Depression in reFerred Youth (MODIFY). Canadian Institute for Health Research Project Grant. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co-Investigators: Birken C, Cleverley K, Cost K, Kirkpatrick S, McCrindle B, Parry M, Szatmari P, Vaillancourt T.
  • 2022–2024: Principal Investigator. A Feasibility Study for a Personalized Nutrition Mediterranean Diet Intervention for Adolescent Depression. Gary Hurvitz Centre for Brain and Mental Health, SickKids. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co- Investigators: Campisi S., Dettmer E., Anthony S.
  • 2023–2024: Principal Investigator. Toward building a program in gut microbiome and child and youth mental health: Laying the foundation. Precision Child & Youth Mental Health Research Grant, The Hospital for Sick Children. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co-Investigators: Campisi S, Schumacher A, Crosbie J, Gallagher L, Burton C, Moraes T, Parkinson J, Subbarao P.
  • 2020–2025: Principal Investigator. Intervening in the Acute Management for Suicidal Adolescents and Families in the Emergency department (I AM SAFE): A Multi- Centre Randomized Controlled Trial. Canadian Institute for Health Research Project Grant. Principal Investigator: Korczak DJ. Co-PI: Finkelstein Y. Co-Investigators: Barwick M, Cleverly K, Henderson J, Monga S, Szatmari P, Beard j, Boylan K, Lipman E, Peltz L, Willan A.
  • 2023–2024: Co-Principal Investigator. Building National Standards for the Provision of Psychoeducation for Youth Depression. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Catalyst Grant. Co-Principal Investigators: Madigan SL, Korczak DJ, Dimitropoulos G, Racine NM Co-Investigators: Lane M, Hartwick C, Wong S.
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