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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Chief, Department of Psychiatry, CHEO
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 2723
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
Dr. Pajer is involved in several projects, including: 1.The SARA Study, investigating if adolescent girls with self-harming behaviours/suicidality have different stress responses, coping strategies or genetic expression. 2. Project ECHO aims to help clinicians in rural/remote communities across Ontario provide better care to more children and youth. 3. The evaluation of Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) to determine the impact of a program to tackling wait times and putting patients and their families at the centre of treatment.4. A study addressing the impact of goal based outcomes in mental health services, launching Spring 2018.
Research Team:
Dr. Pajer joined CHEO in 2014 as Chief of Psychiatry and became Chair of the University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry in 2017. She completed her M.D. at the University of South Alabama and her Psychiatry residency at the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, she also obtained a Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Pajer is the recipient of numerous grant awards, including funding by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In 2009, she was recognized as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists”. She was one of six women honoured at the Women Reshaping the World Conference held in 2013.
Sample Publications:
Pajer, K., Andrus, B. M., Gardner, W., Lourie, A., Strange, B., Campo, J. & Churchill, G. A. (2012). Discovery of blood transcriptomic markers for depression in animal models and pilot validation in subjects with early-onset major depression. Transl psychiatry, 2(4), e101.

Clark S, Emberly D, Pajer K, DeLong E, McWilliam S, Bagnell A, Abidi, S, Casey B, Gardner W.(2018) Improving access to child and adolescent mental health care: the Choice and Partnership Approach. J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 27:1-16.

Pajer KA: What happens to “bad girls”? A review of the adult outcomes of antisocial adolescent females. Am J Psychiatry, 155: 862-870, 1998.
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