Katharina Manassis graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 1986. There she obtained her Diploma in Child Psychiatry in 1990 and her Diploma in Psychiatry in 1991. She obtained her FRCP(C) in 1991.
Dr. Manassis completed an Ontario Mental Health Foundation research fellowship studying the children of mothers with anxiety disorders. She then became a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, where she founded and continues to lead the Anxiety Disorders Program, which is now a joint program with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The program's main focus is the development and scientific evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments for children with anxiety disorders and related conditions. Factors related to the development of childhood anxiety disorders are also being studied.
Dr. Manassis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Human Development and Applied Psychology Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. These appointments allow her to supervise medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows in the treatment and study of childhood anxiety. Dr. Manassis leads several funded research studies to better understand and treat childhood anxiety disorders. She has published over 30 papers in professional journals in this field, and is also the author of two widely read books for parents entitled “Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child” and “Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression”.
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