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.

New Nature of Things episode "Kids vs. Screens"

Check out this documentary "Kids vs. Screens" from the CBC's Nature of Things, which I was honored to be a part of.

“In Kids vs. Screens, a documentary from The Nature of Things, guest host Dan Riskin, a biologist, science journalist and author, explores the latest research to discover how “digital babysitters” can affect children’s development, learning abilities and mental health. A father of three, Riskin is on a quest to understand the science of screen time, traveling everywhere from a brain imaging lab using Robert Munsch stories as a research tool to a kindergarten classroom where he gets a hands-on lesson in how kids learn.
As a scientist, Riskin is seeking facts. As a dad, he’s seeking advice. He’s concerned about his children’s growing desire to spend more time on screen — and how to manage the family fights that can arise as a result.”

Watch on CBC

From https://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/kids-vs-screens