Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship


Dr. Amalla headshot"From Early Intervention in Psychosis to Designing an Inclusive Youth Mental Health Service for all"

2023 Carol Buck Lecturer: Ashok Malla, PhD

Emeritus Professor
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: PHFM 3015 and Zoom (request link by email

 Short Bio:

Ashok Malla is currently an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University (since Nov 2020). As a tenured professor with an adjunct appointment in Epidemiology and Biostatistics he held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Early Psychosis and Early Intervention in Youth Mental Health (2003-2020).  He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from l’Université de Montréal, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and, a past editor of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. He has been an international leader in Early Intervention in Psychosis since the mid 1990s and Youth Mental Health since 2013. In addition to investigating multidimensional outcomes in psychosis, early intervention models of service delivery in Canada and global mental health, recently (2014-2020) he led and completed a $25M, CIHR-SPOR funded pan-Canadian research project on transformation of youth mental health services (ACCESS OPEN MINDS). He has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles, supervised many graduate and post-doctoral trainees and been a strong advocate of access to evidence informed high quality care for the seriously mentally ill. Currently, he co-chairs the ‘systems, interventions and treatment’ section of the Lancet Commission on Psychosis (global) and is a scientific advisor for research projects in FEP and EI in Ethiopia and France


In this presentation I will review how early intervention in psychosis facilitated a different approach to youth mental health services (e.g. ACCESS-Open minds-Esprits ouverts); identify the key components of service transformation in AOM-EO and their operations in different environments; critically examine what we have learned from these transformed services; and propose a model for future YMH services that is inclusive and focused on vulnerable youth 

Key words: Early Intervention in Psychosis; Youth Mental Health; Extended Primary Mental Health Care

Dr. Carol Buck

CarolBuck_160x180.pngDr. Carol Buck, a dedicated member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 1952 to 2004, left an indelible mark on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as its first female chair, serving from 1967 to 1977. Her passion for advancing human health made her an international leader in epidemiology, and her impact extended to both students and colleagues.

The establishment of the Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology stands as a tribute to Dr. Buck's enduring legacy. Throughout her career, she demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving human health by employing rigorous epidemiological methods to identify and address the root causes of ill-health. Renowned for her remarkable clarity of thought and communication, Dr. Carol Buck continues to be remembered and respected by her colleagues and former students.