Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Pediatrics at McMaster University, with associate membership in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact. She holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry.
MacMillan’s research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women. She has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. MacMillan works closely with organizations such as the World Health Organization.
From 1993 to 2004, MacMillan was the founding director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. CAAP is a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence. MacMillan continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP and provides consultations to child protection agencies.
In 2016, MacMillan was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.