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Research Day

Psychiatry Research Day promotes student involvement in research and showcases the department’s diverse expertise to our university and local communities. The day is composed of oral and poster presentations with awards given in various categories. 

Department of Psychiatry Research Day 2018

This year’s event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Now in its 28th year, Psychiatry Research Day promotes student involvement in research and showcases the Department’s diverse expertise to our university and local communities.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and clinical psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. He will speak on “Mental health and substance use research with First Nations: Development of a community-driven program of research.”

Indigenous peoples represent 4.9 per cent of the total population of Canada (1,673,785 people) and this proportion is growing; between 2006 and 2016, the Indigenous population of Canada increased by 42.5 per cent, compared to less than 10 per cent in the non-Indigenous population (Statistics Canada, 2018). First Nations people account for 58 per cent of the total Indigenous population (Statistics Canada, 2017). Rates of mental health and addiction difficulties in First Nations communities are significantly higher than the general Canadian population. As such, there is significant need while at the same time significant interest from many First Nations in addressing mental health and addiction difficulties through the mechanisms of research and program evaluation. Indeed, clinical service delivery is dependent upon having high quality data that is both culturally- and contextually-relevant for decision-making. Dr. Mushquash will describe a number of research projects embedded within a First Nations child welfare, mental health and addiction, and health organization in Northwestern Ontario that seek to improve services for First Nations children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.

If you are interested in attending Research Day, please visit https://dalpsychiatry.ca/ls/index.php/886725?lang=en

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