Dr. Louise Gallagher is a senior scientist, child and adolescent psychiatrist and a researcher in the areas of genomics and neuroscience. In 2022, she took up the role of Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative (CYMHC) at the Hospital for SickKids, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Gallagher also serves as the Patsy Jamie Anderson Chair of Child and Youth Mental Health and as a professor at the Department of Psychiatry within the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine.
She trained in undergraduate medicine at University College Dublin prior to core training in psychiatry and specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Gallagher was awarded a Wellcome Trust Mental Health Training Fellowship and completed a PhD in Psychiatric Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, where she was Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 2011-2022 at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Irish Health Service from 2005-2022, in child and adolescent mental health services, consultation liaison and specialist autism services.
Dr. Gallagher's research interests are particularly focused on the application of genomics and neuroscience to personalised medicine approaches to therapeutics for neurodevelopmental conditions. As an active clinician, she has always been committed to advocating for improvements in services for child and youth mental health. She enjoys mentoring colleagues in their careers in science and medicine.