Welcome to the practice website for Dr. Michael Cheng, a child and family psychiatrist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.

In between patients, Dr. Cheng works with eMentalHealth.ca, an initiative of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

My approach involves the following:
  • Radical empathy, acceptance and validation to connect to children/youth and families
  • Helping children/youth and families to (re)connect to the people, things and activities that are truly meaningful in their lives
  • Helping children/youth and families to disconnect from those people, things and activities that are not helpful in their lives
  • Helping children/youth and families overcome any particular challenges along the way, e.g. sensory processing issues, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, visual stress, etc.

Large 42-country study connects teen mental wellbeing to both screen time and physical activity

A study published today by a CHEO colleague Dr. Tremblay, in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, involving data for more than 577,000 adolescents (ages 13 to 15) from 42 North American and European countries, finds that: 1) increased physical activity is clearly associated with better mental wellbeing and 2) more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time, is bad for mental wellbeing. It is the first study to show such clear relationships in a large multi-country sample.