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Christina Bartha, Executive Director


Christina Bartha is the Executive Director of the Brain and Mental Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), overseeing the programs of psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, adolescent medicine, the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, Telelink, the departments of social work and psychology, and in the community, the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health.
  
Christina is a graduate of Western University with both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work, and obtained a Masters of Social Work and Diploma in Research Methods at the University of Toronto. She has taken numerous leadership courses from both the Schulich and Rotman Schools of Business at York University and the University of Toronto. An experienced clinician and senior leader since 1987, Christina has led clinical mental health programs and transformative processes to enhance service delivery to populations across the lifespan, including children and youth, adults and geriatric populations, as well as programs for vulnerable populations with developmental disabilities and autism.  

For 20 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Christina played a leadership role in the redevelopment of their Queen St. site in downtown Toronto as well as an ambitious agenda to redesign services with the client at the centre of care. She was instrumental in improving access to innovative services for children and youth with mental health, developmental disabilities and concurrent disorders.

Christina joined the SickKids team in November 2016 to lead the newly formed Brain and Mental Health Program, and in February 2017, assumed the role of Executive Director of the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (SickKids CCMH). To these roles, she brings a passion for excellence in clinical care, a supportive team-centred approach to leadership and a commitment to establishing measurable results for mental health services and initiatives. The SickKids integration with SickKids CCMH provides an exciting opportunity for two organizations to collaborate to leverage collective opportunities and overcome historical challenges in the field. 

Over her career, Christina has contributed to peer-reviewed publications, authored a book for parents involved in complex custody disputes, co-authored patient and family information materials, and been a champion of student education and professional mentorship. She is committed to supporting evidence-based practice, quality improvement and high performing teams and leadership, all with the interests of our patients, clients and families at the centre of care.