The Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  (The JCACAP) is the official journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This open-access journal has no submission fees and no publication fees. Publishing 4 issues a year, The JCACAP contains original, previously unpublished, peer-reviewed scientific articles related to all aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry. The JCACAP is indexed in PubMed, PubMed CentralPsycINFO, CINAHL and Scopus.

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Early Release Articles

Past Issues (2011 onward)

Current Issue – Volume 32, Number 2, May 2023 


Aiming to broaden understanding of issues raised in articles in this journal
John D. McLennan


Training in the Psychiatry of Developmental Disabilities
Sarah O’Flanagan, Rob Nicolson


Introduction: The influence of COVID-19 pandemic policy on child and adolescent mental health: strong signal or mostly noise?
John D Haltigan

Commentary: School closures, the pandemic, and pediatric mental health: Scrutinizing the evidence
Tyler R Black, Punit Virk, Melissa L Woodward, Jonathan N. Stea, Quynh Doan

Rejoinder 1: Advocating for children in the presence of imperfect evidence: A reply to Black et al
Tracy Vaillancourt, Daphne J. Korczak, Sheri Madigan, Katherine Tombeau Cost, Nicole Racine, Peter Szatmari

Rejoinder 2: Educating kids during a pandemic: More“farmers,” fewer experts
Joel G. Ray

Rejoinder 3: School closures: The trigger point inthe decline in pediatric mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic
Carol Vidal, Eliza T. Holland, Ram S. Duriseti

Response to Rejoinders: The importance of balanced, clear, and specific science communication
Punit Virk, Melissa L Woodward, Quynh Doan, Tyler R Black


Meeting the service needs of youth with and without a self-reported mental health diagnosis during COVID-19
Ashley Radomski, Paula Cloutier, Christine Polihronis, Nicole Sheridan, Purnima Sundar, Mario Cappelli

Feasibility and acceptability of a brief, online transdiagnostic psychotherapy for young adults
Gina Dimitropoulos, David Lindenbach, Melissa Rowbotham, Daniel J. Devoe, Amanda Richardson, Tom Mogan, Scott B. Patten, Jill Ehrenreich-May, Paul D. Arnold


An introduction to the new advocacy column
Raj Rasasingham, John D. McLennan

Stopping deportation of parents of Canadian children: the need to prioritize the best interests of the child (A CACAP Advocacy Statement)
John D McLennan, Andrew Brouwer, Nikhita Singhal, Irfan Mian, Jaswant Guzder, Monique Jericho, Amy Gajaria, Lina Anang, Julia Gibson, Sabina Abidi, Jean-Victor Wittenberg, Jana Davidson, Raj Rasasingham

Commentary 1: The imperative for structural advocacy: protecting refugee and precarious migrant families from indefinite separations
Rachel Kronick

Commentary 2: In the Best Interests of the Child?: Canada’s practice of separating families in
immigration enforcement, and paths forward
Andrew Brouwer, Allison Rhoades

Cesser la déportation des parents d’enfants canadiens le besoin de donner la priorité à l’intérêt supérieur de l’enfant (Une déclaration de plaidoyer de l’ACPEA)


Dr. Sophie Flor-Henry
Lind Grant Oyeye


A review of “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Lind Grant-Oyeye

A review of “Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories that Make Us”
Polina Anang

Another world at the foot of the great trees of the Carolinian forest
Peter Braunberger



John D. McLennan, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator & Clinical Associate Professor
Departments of Psychiatry & Community Health Sciences
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

Clinical Editor

Lind Grant-Oyeye, MD, DCP, MSC, FRCPC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Child and Youth Mental Health Team
Campbellton Regional Hospital
Campbellton, New Brunswick

Associate Editors

Brendan Andrade, PhD., C.Psych.
Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Peter Braunberger, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor,  Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Staff Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
St. Joseph’s Care Group
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Liaison with rural and remote communities, Tele-mental Health,
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Gina Dimitropoulos MSW, PhD., RSW, RMFT
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work
Cross appointed to the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research
University of Calgary

Dean Elbe BSc(Pharm), PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Instructor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia
Associate Member, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Elbe is also the Head of the Psychopharmacology Section of the JCACAP  

John D. Haltigan, MA, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto
Research Scientist, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative Centre for Addiction and Mental Health & Hospital for Sick Children

Editorial Assistant

Vicki Simmons, BA, MEd
Victoria, BC
For general information on the journal, email Vicki at

Editorial Board Members

Paul Arnold, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Medical Genetics
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Kathryn Bennett, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact
McMaster University
Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies

Khrista Boylan, MD, FRCPC, PhD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Associate Professor, Offord Centre for Child Studies
McMaster Children’s Hospital

Alice Charach, MD, MSc FRCPC
Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Hospital of Sick Children
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Kristin Cleverly, RN, PhD
CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research
Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Jennifer Crosbie, PhD., C.Psych.
Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Hospital for Sick Children
Susan J. Bradley Health Clinician Scientist
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Joshua Fogel, PhD
Professor, Department of Business Management
Murray Koppelman School of Business
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Nathalie Gingras, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Professeure, Département de psychiatrie et de neurosciences
Faculté de médecine
Université Laval

Rebecca Haines-Saah, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Faye Mishna, MSW, PhD, RSW
Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Cross-appointment, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto

Amanda S. Newton, BScN, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Dorothy Reddy, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia

Nico Trocmé, MSW, PhD
Director of the School of Social Work and the Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work
School of Social Work, McGill University

Previous Editors-in-Chief

Khrista Boylan, MD, PhD, FRCPC (2016-2019)
Abel Ickowicz, MD, FRCPC & Russell Schachar, MD, FRCPC (2013-2015)
Normand Carrey, MD, FRCPC (2008-2013)
Mary Kay Nixon, MD, FRCPC (2002-2008)(Founding Editor)