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About Kelly Anderson

Dr. Kelly Anderson is an epidemiologist researching public mental health, especially first onset of mental disorders in adolescents and young adults with a focus on the social and environmental factors that influence risk, outcomes, and access to care.

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Dr. Kelly Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also a Fellow 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.

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’s research program lies at the intersection of population health and health services research, specifically in the area of mental health. 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. From a methodological perspective, she has experience with large administrative databases, mixed methods designs, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Dr. Anderson has published widely in high impact journals, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Psychological Medicine, and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. She is a recent recipient of a New Investigator Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.


Research Cluster Membership

Research Interests
  • Mental Health
  • Social Determinants
  • Health Services Research
  • Administrative Data
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
  • Mixed Methods Research

  • BHSc-Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University
  • MSc-Health Research Methodology, McMaster University
  • PhD-Epidemiology, McGill University

Research Grants
  • Understanding the Role of the Family Physician in Early Psychosis Intervention: A Mixed Methods Study (Principal Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Project Grant, 2017 – 2020)
  • Health Service Use and Outcomes for Young People with Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Comparison of Users and Non-Users of the First-Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (Principal Investigator, Lawson Health Research Institute – Internal Research Fund, 2016 – 2017)
  • The Determinants of Health Service Use and Outcomes for Young People with First-Episode Psychosis: A Population-Based Study (Principal Investigator, Ontario Mental Health Foundation – New Investigator Fellowship, 2015 – 2018)


Present Adjunct Scientist, Western University ICES Western
Present Assistant Professor, Western University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Present Assistant Professor, Western University Department of Psychiatry
Present Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute ‐ Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI)

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