UTM Celebrates International Women's Day: Tina Malti

Tina Malti
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Child Development, Mental Health, and Policy at UTM. Photo courtesy of Tina Malti.

Professor Tina Malti is a clinical child psychologist, a registered psychologist and an internationally leading expert in children’s mental health. Her research focuses on social-emotional development and mental health in children experiencing varying levels of adversity. 

Tina creates and tests interventions to help children overcome the negative effects of exposure to trauma and violence. She actively engages with communities and policymakers to translate her research findings into practical approaches and policies that nurture the development, well-being and potential for kindness in children and adolescents from all walks of life. 

Tina’s research initiatives have received $27 million in funding from Canadian and international agencies, and she has received several major research awards, including the new investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Tina has also served on numerous expert advisory panels and has trained over 500 future leaders since 2010, including students, scholars and clinicians. 

In 2022, Tina became the first and youngest female, multi-ethnic president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development – a leading scientific organization with members in over 70 countries. Last year, Tina was named recipient of Germany’s most valuable research award, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Child Development and Health — she was the first child psychologist and female psychologist in the award’s history. 

Tina’s dedication to advancing research, fostering empathy and advocating for the welfare of children continues to have a profound impact on society. We are delighted to celebrate her remarkable achievements and unwavering commitment to creating a more compassionate and equitable world.