Dr. Kelly Anderson is a Canada Research Chair in Public Mental Health Research. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), as well as an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute and the Lawson Research Institute.

She received a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University in 2004, her MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster in 2006, and her PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University in 2012. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Professional and Academic Experience

2000 - 2004 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), McMaster University
2004 - 2006 MSc, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University
2006 - 2012 PhD, Epidemiology, McGill University
2012 - 2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social & Epidemiological Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
2014 - 2020 Assistant Professor, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Psychiatry, Western University
2020 - Present Associate Professor, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Psychiatry, Western University





Associate Professor - Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University Associate Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Western University Adjunct Scientist - Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Associate Scientist - Children’s Health Research Institute


Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Mental health and behavioural disorders
Societal and cultural dimensions of health
Health services research and health care delivery

Research Overview

Dr. Anderson leads a research program in public mental health, and her research interests lie at the intersection of population health and health services research. She is interested in the risk, course, and outcome of mental illness for different population groups, as well as in the social determinants of health service access and utilization. She has a particular interest in the mental health of adolescents and young adults, and her research to date has typically focused on first-episode psychosis and early intervention services. 

Dr. Anderson has published widely in high impact journals, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Psychological Medicine, and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. She hold a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Public Mental Health Research, and holds an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science (2018). She is also a past recipient of a New Investigator Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (2015).



psychiatric epidemiology, social determinants, health services, public mental health, health administrative data