Mental Health Working Group Profile
Dr. Chiachen (Chi) Cheng is a Child & Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist and Physician-Researcher. Dr. Cheng completed her General Psychiatry residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry sub-specialization at McMaster University. After receiving Master’s of Public Health at Harvard University, she moved to Northern Ontario to implement and evaluate Northwestern Ontario’s sole early psychosis intervention program.
Dr. Cheng’s primary research interests are early intervention for youth mental health, evidence based practice as it interfaces with paediatric and youth mental health policy, and models of care for vulnerable populations in rural or remote settings.
In 2012, Dr. Cheng was awarded a three-year New Investigator Research Grant from the Sick Kids Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the NorthBEAT Project, with the goal to identify the mental health service needs of youth in Northern Ontario. In 2017, Dr. Cheng and the NorthBEAT team received an Ontario Trillium Foundation-Youth Opportunities Fund grant to support the NorthBEAT Collaborative. This diverse collaborative will enhance access to appropriate services for youth with psychosis who live in Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Cheng received the PSI Foundation’s four-year PSI-50 Mid-Career Clinical Research Award in 2019 to continue her research program in health services and policy research.
Dr. Cheng participates in peer review committees including at NOAMA, Sick Kids Foundation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is an Associate Editor of the Early Intervention in Psychiatry Journal and an Associate Editor on the Board of Mental Health Services, specialty section of Frontiers in Health Services, a new journal that will be launched in April 2021. Her research has examined program implementation and development, fidelity to Ontario’s Early Psychosis Intervention standards, evaluation of training for healthcare workers, evaluation of delivery of services in rural and remote regions, and pathways to care among vulnerable populations such as youth, or Indigenous communities.