Dr. John Cairney is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. John is also Director of the Infant and Child Health Research (INCH) lab, which operates two research facilities at both the UofT and McMaster. He is currently President of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology. An internationally recognized leader in the field of child health and physical activity, Dr. Cairney is the author/editor of four books and more than 230 peer-reviewed research articles. He has held numerous funded grants, totalling more than $16.5 million in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator. Throughout his career, Dr. Cairney has held several major research positions including a Tier II Canada Research
Chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/Uof T, an endowed professorship in child health research and the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair. A Fellow of the American Psychopathological Association, Dr. Cairney is also the recipient of the Alexander Leighton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychiatric Epidemiology. A sought after scientific consultant to government, Dr. Cairney was co-lead on the evaluation of the child and youth mental health strategy in Ontario, a member of scientific advisory board for Healthy Kids CommunityChallenge, expert advisor on the brain health supplement to the ParticipACTION Report Card (2018), and lead investigator on the special needs strategy in the province of Ontario. In addition to sitting on the editorial boards of several major journals, he is currently the editor-in-chief of the Current Developmental Disorders Reports (published by Springer Press).