Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, London Office
100 Collip Circle, Suite 200
U.W.O. Research Park
London, Ontario N8G 4X8
Dr. David DeWit is a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health facilities in London, Ontario. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario.
Areas of Research
Dr. DeWit’s primary interests include the evaluation of community interventions for vulnerable populations as well as risk and protective factors for child and youth mental health problems and substance addiction. He has led or co-led numerous grant-funded projects including a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the effectiveness of a family skills-based intervention for children of parents struggling with alcohol problems. Dr. De Wit recently received funding ($1.7 million) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the impact of Big Brother Big Sister community match relationships across Canada on the health and well-being of children in need of an adult mentor. Throughout his career, Dr. De Wit has published in several scientific journals. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Marriage and the Family.
DeWit DJ, Lipman EL, Manzano M, Bisanz J, Graham K, O'Neill E, Pepler D, Shaver K. Feasibility of a randomized controlled trial for evaluating the effectiveness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters community match program at the national level. Children and Youth Services Review. 2007;29: 383-404
King G, McDougall J, DeWit DJ, Hong S, Miller L, Offord D, Meyer K, LaPorta J. Pathways to children's academic performance and pro-social behavior: Roles of physical health status, environment, family, and child factors. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 2005;52(4): 313-344.
DeWit DJ, Chandler-Coutts M, Offord DR, King G, McDougall J, Specht J, Stewart S. Gender differences in the effects of family adversity on the risk of onset of DSM-III-R social phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2005;19(5): 479-502.