Dr. Russell Schachar trained in medicine at the University of Toronto and in psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Following this, he completed post-doctoral training during a fellowship at the University of London, England under the supervision of Professor Sir Michael Rutter. Motivated by a desire to advance the understanding of mental illness in youth, Dr. Schachar returned to The Hospital for Sick Children where he initiated an acclaimed clinical research program in Neuropsychiatry and set up a productive research laboratory.
During an active career spanning 30 years, his contributions to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism research have had significant and far-reaching international impact. He is a leader in the field of child psychopathology, advancing our understanding of brain structure and brain function in mental disorders, traumatic brain injury and individuals treated for cancer. He is also the founding scientific director of PEGASYS, a candidate Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence focusing on common mental illnesses.
Dr. Schachar has won several prestigious awards such as the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (achievement in ADHD research) and is an inductee to the CHADD Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in ADHD.
Dr. Schachar holds externally funded grants including from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network funded by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), and CIHR-funded SPOR