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Dr. Jean M Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C)

Dr Jean Clinton is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital and an Associate in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster. In addition she is an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She has been a consultant to child welfare and children’s mental health programs for 25 years. Currently she is a consultant with the Telepsychiatry at Sick Children’s hospital in Toronto.

Dr Clinton is renowned nationally and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. She speaks to many groups, advocating the importance of relationships, early child development and brain development, parenting and asset building. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and child care for all young children and their families, which she believes plays a vital role in promoting healthy human development.

Her work for children has been recognized locally in Hamilton where she was nominated for Citizen of the Year in 2005 and in 2010 Dr Clinton was awarded the Woman of Distinction award. She was also honoured nationally by receiving the Naomi Rae Grant Award from the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for career commitment and dedication to community intervention, consultation and prevention in the area of early child development in Ontario and Canada.

Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. She speaks to many groups, advocating the importance of relationships, early child development and brain development, parenting and asset building. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and child care for all young children and their families, which she believes plays a vital role in promoting healthy human development. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected, and she actively promotes the celebration of National Child Day.

She has authored papers on early child development and poverty, infant neglect, children’s mental health, resilience, and on adolescent brain development.

Dr Clinton holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education and a medical degree and Fellowship in Psychiatry from McMaster University. Jean’s greatest accomplishment is being the mother of 5 great kids who range in age from 17 to 27 years.