Dr. Jean Clinton of McMaster University is one of four renowned experts to advise the Ontario government on bold reforms to the province's publicly funded education system.
The clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is a specialist in child psychiatry. Her expertise is in the development of young minds and she is recognized internationally as an advocate for children's issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein.
She speaks to many groups, advocating the importance of relationships, early child development and brain development, parenting and asset building. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and child care for all young children and their families, which she believes plays a vital role in promoting healthy human development.
She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected, and she actively promotes the celebration of National Child Day. She has authored papers on early child development and poverty, infant neglect, children’s mental health, resilience, and on adolescent brain development.
Dr Clinton holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education and a medical degree and Fellowship in Psychiatry from McMaster University. Jean’s greatest accomplishment is being the mother of 5 great kids who range in age from 21-31 years.