RESEARCH TEAM

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Jacky Au

Jacky Au is a Clinical Research Project Manager in the program. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinical research program. He has joined the SickKids Research Institute since 2016 and has over 6 years of experience leading clinical research projects. He enjoys working with children and families and is passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical care. When not working, you will most likely find him either at a coffee shop or at the movies.

Clinical Research Project Manager

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

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Dr. Daphne J. Korczak,
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Principal Investigator

Dr. Korczak is the Director of the Children’s Integrated Mood and Body (CLIMB) Depression Program, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research activities focus on the relationship between early onset depression and future cardiometabolic risk, including obesity, and the mechanisms subserving this relationship.  Her secondary area of research is in child and adolescent suicidality, in which she is leading the first RCT of a youth suicide prevention intervention in Canada. She is currently leading a study looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in children and youth. Dr. Korczak is the author of over 50 publications and book chapters and is a sought after speaker on the topics of depression and suicidality among children and adolescents for clinical and research audiences. She is the Chair of the Research and Scientific Committee for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chair of the Mental Health Task Force of the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Clinical Research Project Manager

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

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Clinical Research Project Assistant
Dr. Kaitlyn LaForge-MacKenzie, PhD

Dr. MacKenzie arrived to Korczak Lab in 2020 as a Research Associate with the COVID & Kids Mental Health Research Collaborative, examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and youth mental health. After completing her BSc in Life Sciences (Psychology Specialist, Biology Minor; 2007) at the University of Toronto, Kaitlyn completed both a MA (Physical Education & Kinesiology; 2010) and PhD (Applied Health Sciences, Behavioural and Population Health; 2015) at Brock University in St. Catharines where she earned the Distinguished Graduate Student Award in 2015. During her time as a graduate student, Kaitlyn was funded by both SSHRC and OGS and continued her work in athlete development during a brief postdoctoral position at York University. Kaitlyn stepped away from research to care for her children but returned with the opportunity to pursue her passion at SickKids. Her research interests mainly center around sport and physical activity, specifically around psychological skill development. As a result of her experiences in the Korczak Lab and COVID Research Collaborative, she discovered an interest in the effects of organized sport on child and youth mental health, specifically focusing on the impact of the cancellation/modification of youth sport in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. As her time in the Korczak Lab progresses, she aspires to examine the effects of organized sport on depression and anxiety in clinical populations of children and adolescents. During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys many recreational activities - running, cycling, swimming, skating, hiking, camping - with her husband and two children.

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Alicia N. Segovia, HBSc, MSc
Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Alicia Segovia joined the Korczak Lab in July 2020 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. She completed her Masters in Health Psychology at University College London and Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology Research at the University of Toronto. Her previous research focused on the relationship between emotional overeating and energy intake in early childhood. Before joining SickKids, Alicia worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital, where she discovered a passion for suicide prevention and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Alicia hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. 

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Fotini Krklinski, BA, CYC
Clinical Research Project Therapist

Fotini Krklinski joined the Korczak lab in 2018 as the Research Therapist for the Youth Suicide Prevention study.  In this role, Fotini has worked with youth and their families to deliver a suicide prevention program first developed for use in the inpatient unit at SickKids.  Fotini has 10 years of clinical experience working as a Child and Youth Counsellor in the inpatient unit and in outpatient mental health at SickKids.  She is passionate about youth mental health and hopes to continue contributing in a therapeutic capacity in the future.  Fotini is currently pursuing her Master in Counselling Psychology. 

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Stephanie Perruzza,
HBSc, MSW Candidate

Stephanie began her time at SickKids in 2015 as a Child Life Volunteer, engaging in therapeutic play with inpatients on the Burns/Plastics and Haematology/Oncology Units. She joined the Korczak Lab in 2017 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 2016, specializing in Psychology and majoring in Neuroscience. Through her experiences in Child Life and the Korczak Lab, Stephanie discovered a passion for integrated models of care. Stephanie is completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto with aspirations of providing psychosocial support to patients and families experiencing acute and chronic illness.

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Hemantika Mahesh, BScH
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Logan Wilkinson, BScH
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Logan joined the Korczak Lab in June 2021 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. She recently graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. Logan has worked in a broad range of psychology labs throughout her studies, where she developed an interest in child clinical psychology, particularly surrounding social determinants of mental health. She is thrilled to be a part of the Korczak Lab and is looking forward to contributing to research aimed at better understanding low mood and suicide in youth.

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Sophie Coelho, BScH

Sophie recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, specializing in Psychology and minoring in Biology. She first joined the Korczak Lab as a research student in the summer of 2020, and now remains involved as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Her undergraduate thesis, conducted under Dr. Korczak’s supervision, examined associations between adolescent depression and physiological markers of glucose homeostasis. Sophie looks forward to continuing to contribute to research that takes a holistic approach to understanding child and adolescent mental health. 

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