Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions

In 2009, CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) funded three Canadian Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions. IGH provided these interdisciplinary teams of researchers and their stakeholders with core infrastructure support to design and test new interventions. The Centres were tasked with developing integrated programs of research and knowledge translation that examine the influence of gender and sex on mental health and addictions and on policies and programs that affect mental health and addictions.

The specific objectives of this funding were:

  • To support research that focuses on improving the mental health of Canadian men and women, boys and girls and of the international community;
  • To understand the gender influences that underpin mental health and addictions and inform the design of appropriate programs, policies and interventions at national and international levels;
  • To position Centres to develop a multi-disciplinary strategic research program aligned with current and emerging priorities in gender, mental health and addictions;
  • To foster and support the translation of knowledge in order to increase the impact of research focused on gender, mental health and addictions on policy and practice.

Centres:


Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence

Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence Across the Lifespan: Preventing Gender Violence

Director: Dr. Harriet MacMillan, McMaster University

The PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan) Research Network is an international collaboration of over 50 researchers and partners from Canada, the US, the UK, Asia, Europe and Australia, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute for Gender and Health. Their goal is to bring together researchers and decision-maker partners to produce and share knowledge that will help children, women and men exposed to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV).

PreVAiL’s main objectives are to: increase knowledge about the links between mental health, gender and exposure to child maltreatment and IPV; develop interventions to prevent or reduce child maltreatment, IPV and related mental health problems, with a particular emphasis on factors that enable resilience in the face of traumatic exposures; and develop and use proven methods of knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) to ensure that their research findings reach those who make decisions in these areas, including policy, service delivery, advocacy and members of the public.

Their website provides regular updates about ongoing projects and background information about the Network’s researchers and partners, as well as access to reports, research briefs and other products intended for our various audiences. The member area of the site enables collaboration by providing a number of tools for knowledge sharing and project planning.

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a pediatrician and psychiatrist at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University with a major research interest in children’s and women's mental health, and Aboriginal health generally. Dr. MacMillan holds the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies and is a member of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) at McMaster Children's Hospital. This multidisciplinary program aims, through research, teaching and clinical activities, to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with child maltreatment.

Contact PreVAiL:

Email: prevlweb@uwo.ca

$2 million invested to fund Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence Across the Lifespan: Preventing Gender Violence


CIHR Centre for Intercultural Research on Prevention of Gender Violence: Preventing Gender Violence

Director: Dr. Neil Andersson, University of Ottawa

Dr. Neil Andersson is the executive director of CIET and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has three decades of experience designing, implementing and managing evidence-based health planning initiatives. A medical epidemiologist, for the last 15 years he has supported training of researchers in more than 200 Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

Contact CIET Canada:

1 Stewart Street, Room 319
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Telephone: 613-562-5393
E-mail: cietcanada@ciet.org
CIHR Centre for Intercultural Research on Prevention of Gender Violence Website

$2 million invested to fund a new CIHR Centre for Intercultural Research on Prevention of Gender Violence: Preventing Gender Violence


Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health

Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health: Reducing Social Inequities and Improving Mental Health

Director: Dr. Marina Morrow, Simon Fraser University

The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) is based at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Their collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users from Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom address gender and social inequities in mental health through the development of innovative research, knowledge exchange and training initiatives aimed at developing programs, policies, and interventions that will ultimately improve the mental health of men and women.

Mental health and substance use problems can be caused or exacerbated by social and structural issues such as homelessness, poverty, economic insecurity and lack of employment opportunities. The Centre seeks to improve understanding of the complexity of how gender, age, race, geography, Aboriginal status, immigrant status, and other categories of identity as well as broader systemic issues such as stigma and discrimination impact the mental health of different groups.

To work towards the Centre’s goals, their activities are organized by three priorities: research development, training and knowledge exchange (KE). Research development is encouraged through yearly seed grant funding to each priority theme group (mental health reform and policy; recovery and housing; reproductive mental health; violence, mental health and substance use; and the criminal justice system, mental health and substance use) and grant facilitation for external funding. Each year trainees (including academic and community based), practicum students and postdoctoral fellows are supported and involved in Centre activities. In addition, they host innovative training activities for the broader community. Their accessible website which regularly posts updates regarding activities and research is just one of their many KE activities. Central to their KE strategy is their focus on relationship building through workshops, presentations, community engagement and dialogue.

Dr. Marina Morrow is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health. She also is co-director of the Institute for Critical Studies in Gender and Health at SFU.

Contact CGSM:

SFU - Harbour Centre
3277-515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Telephone: 778-782-7735
Email: info@socialinequities.ca

Close to $2 million invested to fund Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health: Reducing social inequities and improving mental health