Peter Rosenbaum is a Developmental Paediatrician, Professor of Paediatrics and clinical and health services researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, where he also holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability, Mentoring and Dissemination. He has extensive clinical experience working with children with a range of developmental disabilities and their families. After many years of clinical service and teaching, in the 1980s Peter became involved with colleagues doing clinical research in this broad field.
Having become seriously infected by the challenges and fun of clinical and health services research, he pursued formal academic course work in clinical epidemiology, and teamed up with like-minded colleagues to help create, in 1989, what is now CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. This health system-linked research unit was funded by the Research Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care for 20 years. CanChild actively pursues research programs in collaboration with all 20 regional Ontario programs comprising the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS). CanChild has also had productive links with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, with which it undertook policy-relevant research.
Through his Canada Research Chair he has had the opportunity to work with graduate students both in Canada (at McMaster and the University of Toronto) and internationally (Universities of Oxford (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hahnemann (US), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) as well as to collaborate on research projects with colleagues in several countries. He has published almost 275 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and is a regular keynote speaker at childhood disability conferences around the world.