News, Invited Presentations, and Media



Dr. Karen Milligan and Dr. Karen Urbanoski, Co-Principal Investigators of the “Healthy Mothers” study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

On May 17, 70 service providers and researchers from across Ontario and beyond convened in Toronto for the “Healthy Mothers” Knowledge Sharing Event. At the event, Co-Principal Investigators Drs. Karen Millgan and Karen Urbanoski shared key findings from the “Healthy Mothers” study and Dr. Alice Ordean, Medical Director of the Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP) at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, delivered a keynote address, providing insight into the T-CUP program. The afternoon was devoted to break-out sessions focused on 1) inter-sectoral service delivery for pregnant and parenting women, 2) integrated treatment for pregnant and parenting women in the context of an opioid overdose crisis, and 3) intersections between substance use services, parenting programs, and child protection services.

A press release highlights some key findings from the “Healthy Mothers” study, including the finding that ; more information about the “Healthy Mothers” study can be found here.


Dr. Milligan and others conversing with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Dumfries House in Scotland, on October 22, 2017.

In October, 19 international experts working in the area of trauma and disaster convened in Scotland for a 2-day international roundtable to develop a brief intervention to facilitate recovery and enhance resilience in children, adolescents, and families after the experience of a disaster. Dr. Karen Milligan, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Child Self-Regulation Lab, took part on the expert panel. Natural disasters, such as Hurricane Irma, or terrorism events, such as the Manchester Arena bombing, can greatly impact the mental health and well-being of youth, adults, families and communities. Identifying challenges, navigating treatment systems and finding help and support can be challenging, particularly if a youth’s symptoms are not severe enough to warrant a mental health diagnosis. The interventions developed at this roundtable will support and improve access to care for this group of youth.

The roundtable was sponsored by the Prince’s Trust Australia and led by Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles attended part of the roundtable discussion and hosted a reception and dinner for the group. He was exceptionally warm and welcoming and took an active interest in learning about the intervention and its potential for implementation around the world.

In the upcoming months, Phoenix Australia will take a lead on developing the protocol for intervention and once funding is secured pilot its implementation. Dr. Milligan and the other roundtable participants, representing Australia, Norway, Germany, the US and the UK, expressed excitement about continuing to consult on this important project and continuing their involvement in evaluating and supporting its implementation once it is shown to be feasible and effective.

Invited Presentations


University of Guelph, Clinical Psychology Rounds
Karen Milligan presented ‘Using mindfulness-based martial arts to enhance attentional control and executive functions in youth with learning disabilities.’

Meeting of the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation 
Karen Milligan presented ‘Using mindfulness to address cognitive processing and emotion regulation challenges in youth with learning disabilities.’ *Click here for a video of this talk*


Hospital for Sick Children Psychology Conference
Karen Milligan presented ‘Enhancing emotion regulation and mental health outcomes through activity-enhanced mindfulness training.’


Hospital for Sick Children, Psychiatry Rounds
Karen Milligan presented ‘Mindfulness Martial Arts: Enhancing self-regulation in adolescents with learning disabilities.’


Children’s Mental Health Ontario Clinical Webcast Series
Marjory Phillips and Karen Milligan presented ‘Adapting therapy for children and youth with learning disabilities – Part 2.’

Ontario Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health Webinar
Karen Milligan presented ‘Sustaining Evaluation.’

Children’s Mental Health Ontario Clinical Webcast Series
Marjory Phillips and Karen Milligan presented ‘Adapting therapy for children and youth with learning disabilities.’


School Based Mental Health Literacy Practice Group, Hamilton, ON
Karen Milligan presented ‘School-based mental health literacy: Measuring outcomes.’

Knowledge Mobilization team, Hamilton Wentworth School Board
Karen Milligan and Melissa Rowbotham presented ‘Walk a Mile in my shoes: Evaluation of a learning disability and mental health literacy program.’


Ontario Centre of Excellence in Children’s Mental Health Webinar
Karen Milligan and Kimberly Harris presented ‘Evaluation designs with small samples.’



Marjory Phillips and Karen Milligan comment on The Star‘s series of psychological testing.